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Commercial Driver's License

Appointment Plus ButtonEarn your Commercial Driver’s License at Barton! Barton’s CDL courses are designed to meet U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the new Entry Level Driving Training (ELDT) requirements. In Barton’s CDL program, students will learn, drive, practice, and test in the same vehicles at the Barton County Campus!

Class A & B Training Details

  • 6 Week Online Theory Course: 3 credit hours; $465
    • Students learn and complete assignments on their own schedule. Assignments are due weekly. Textbook purchase is required. The required textbook is J.J. Keller Entry Level Driver Training Manual purchased online from J.J. Keller here.
  • 8 Week Behind-The Wheel (BTW) Course: 2 credit hours; $540 (includes tuition/course fees)
    • Students schedule, at a minimum, 2 – 2 hour drive times per week. Schedule availability varies with evening, daytime, and some weekends.
    • Students have access to a variety of trucks; day cab, conventional with sleeper, flatbed, van trailer, and Class B flatbed. All trucks are equipped with manual transmissions.
  • Customized training options are available.

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Passenger/School Bus Endorsement Training Details

  • P/S Theory Course: online and class time available; 1 credit hour
  • P/S BTW Course; 1 credit hour
    • Student will work with instructor for scheduling and scheduling is flexible.
  • Customized training options are available.

Financial assistance may be available through BCC Foundation Scholarships and Veteran Benefits.

Job Placement Opportunities with various industries.

Class A & B Program Process

  1. Apply for admissions to Barton and enroll in the Theory Course. Application and Enrollment information
  2. Once enrolled students will receive an informational welcome letter from the instructor.
  3. Complete the Theory course with an 80% or better (FMCSA standard) to obtain the Theory certificate.
  4. Prior to the beginning date of the Behind The Wheel (BTW) course students must obtain:
    1. Class A or B commercial drivers permit with airbrakes and combination (only Class A) endorsement.
    2. Negative Drug Test
    3. Medical DOT card
  5. Students must attend the mandatory orientation meeting. Students must provide the above listed documents to be eligible to enroll in the Behind the Wheel course. During this meeting students will complete required enrollment paperwork and receive scheduling and course information. Orientation meetings are scheduled in the evening.
  6. Students schedule drive times and testing appointments throughout the 8 weeks.

Proud to be TAT Trained (Truckers Against Trafficking)

Course Schedule

Spring 2022

AGRI 1217 CDL Theory (Barton Online):
Session I - January 24 - March 20, 2022; Session II - March 21 - May 15, 2022
AGRI 1214 CDL Behind the Wheel:
Session I January 11 - March 4, 2022, Session II - March 7 - May 12, 2022

Fall 2022

AGRI 1217 CDL Theory (Barton Online):
Session I - August 22 - October 16, 2022; Session II - October 24 - December 4, 2022

AGRI 1214 CDL Behind-the-Wheel:
Session I - August 17 - October 7, 2022; Session II - October 17 - December 15, 2022

Contact Information

For course information, contact Maggie Tracy at or 620-786-1120.

Public CDL Drive Testing

The CDL driving examination is available to applicants who provide their own vehicles and have met ELDT requirements. Test fees are $50 for the initial CDL Test and $20 for a retest. Payment for testing is required at the time of test scheduling.

Cancellation Policy

If the applicant cancels and reschedules with 48-hour notification, the prepaid test fee will be applied to the rescheduled test, or may be refunded. The applicant will forfeit test fees if the appointment is not kept.

To schedule a drive test, contact Mary Foley at or (620) 792-9278.

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