What are the general admissions requirements?

Applicants for this training program must possess a valid driver's license from their official state of residence that have held for the period of one year with an acceptable driving record (MVR). Applicants must also pass a DOT physical exam by an approved medical examiner, pass a drug & alcohol screening and provide the results to the School.  Students are advised that at the normal rates, the costs of the MVD Written Exam(s), State Administered Skills & Road Test, DOT Physical Exam, Drug & Alcohol Screen, Safety Vest, and Work Gloves are included with the tuition paid to the School and are NON REFUNDABLE. The fee for the Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) and/or TSA Screening (if applicable) is the sole responsibility of the student and is not included with the tuition paid to the School.

Do you have to be 21 to apply for a CDL?

An individual cannot be D.O.T. certified until reaching the age of 21 years. A commercial driver must be 21 and over in order to cross states lines (interstate). However between, the ages of 18 and 21 a student can obtain a commercial driver’s license and drive within their state of residence (intrastate).

Do I need to have a high school diploma?

If the student does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, they may be admitted if the School Director or Sponsoring Program determines the student is capable of profiting from the instruction offered at Native Nations CDL Training. If admitted, the student will be on a "provisional status" and thereafter must comply with all school rules and regulations and remain in good standing as a condition of remaining enrolled at NNCT. Upon successfully attaining a CLP, the student will be granted full enrollment to NNCT.

Will a felony conviction disqualify me?

You must not have been convicted of a felony or DUI within three years of the date of application. Some exceptions apply. During initial consultation, disclosure of any felony convictions or excessive traffic violations must be disclosed. In order for NNCT to properly serve the student's best interests, it is important that the School have knowledge to the fullest extent of their driving and/or possible criminal history.  The student must understand that NNCT uses this information to aid in the decision to determine their ability to benefit from our training programs. All companies that employ commercial drivers, various state agencies, and the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) have strict guidelines and high safety standards which govern the qualifications necessary to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).  Anyone that does not meet these standards will not qualify for a CDL and therefore will not have the ability to benefit from the courses. Understand that this statement is not all inclusive and if at a later date additional information regarding a student’s driving record and/or criminal history is discovered the student may be expelled or forced to withdraw from the program without refund.

Is English the only language for the CDL exams?

Instruction and curriculum material is only offered in English. The student must be able to provide verification of their ability to speak, read, and write English. The student’s ability to obtain and provide a copy of a Commercial Learner’s Permit and will be the basis for documentation of the student’s ability to satisfy the English proficiency requirement and/or the high school/GED equivalence requirement. Contact the Operations Manager for more information.

NNCT does not provide an interpreter and no modification of the training programs will be made to accommodate any other language. You must be able to read, write, and speak English sufficiently enough to converse with the general public; to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make legible entries on reports and records. 

All state administered exams are in English only.

Are there any admissions exceptions?

The School recognizes that some applicants may not meet all of the general admissions requirements, but still may be able to secure gainful employment. In addition, the School understands some applicants may be taking training for their own personal fulfillment or for a private business. The above requirements serve to notify applicants that companies who hire through the School's job placement assistance services will not hire recent ex-offenders, alcohol/substance abusers, and applicants with certain physical limitations as defined by Federal D.O.T. Physical requirements, or applicants with poor driving records.  Job placement assistance with these conditions will be unavailable to the applicant. Therefore, providing the applicant can meet all requirements to obtain a CDL license and the applicant understands and signs the "Job Placement Assistance Waiver Release" form; admittance to the School can be considered.