The Commercial Vehicle Operator program is currently not accepting students for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

Commercial Vehicle Operator

  • Credits: 18
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Description

The Commercial Vehicle Operators certificate program is a comprehensive truck driving program that will prepare you for the successful acquisition of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). This program offers you the ability to get behind the wheel and learn by driving tractor-trailer combinations under the direction of experienced instructors. Students will log a significant amount of miles behind the wheel prior to their graduation so you will be ready to confidently enter the workforce that needs you NOW. Students will use a college-owned tractor-trailer to test during this program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to sit for the CDL examination in their State of Licensure.

The program will provide direct connection to regional transportation companies in the form of job fairs, guest speakers, company recruiters. Resume building, application preparation and interview techniques are included in this program.


According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers in the state of Minnesota is $20.13 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 4.0%, a high-growth career.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Labor Market Information there is a projected increase of 4,817 truck driving jobs in Northwest Minnesota to 2014. The projected increase for Minnesota is 17,346.

Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CVOP 1100 State/Federal Regulation 4
CVOP 1105 Safe Operation/Regulation 4
CVOP 1110 Trip Planning 3
CVOP 1115 Commercial Op I 4
CVOP 1120 Commercial Op II 3

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