What Are Some Well-Known Professional Truck Driving Schools?

Find out what types of courses and programs can prepare you to become a professional truck driver. Learn about some professional truck driving schools that are certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI). Schools offering Driver Training degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Professional Truck Driving School Overview

Professional truck drivers need either a Class 'A' or Class 'B' commercial driver's license (CDL). Programs are available at professional truck driving schools covering topics such as safety regulations, customer relations and traffic laws in preparation for these licensing exams. These four schools can prepare you to become a professional truck driver.

Important Facts About Professional Truck Driving Schools

Prerequisites Must be 18 years old, must be able to read and speak English, must pass DOT physical
Certifications Class A oilfield driver, Class B CDL bus or truck driver, Class A over-the-road driver
Online Availability None (hands-on driving training required)
Possible Careers Bus drivers, delivery truck drivers, railroad occupations
Median Salary (2018) $43,680 (heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers)
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 6% (heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville

The Tennessee Technology Center's Nashville campus offers a PTDI-certified truck driving program. The program is designed to prepare students to obtain their Class 'A' commercial driver's license (CDL) from the Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles. The program consists of 216 total instructional hours over eight weeks. It includes topics such as commercial driver license regulations, safety regulations, customer relations, traffic laws, trip planning, engine systems, air brake systems and defensive driving.

CDL College in Commerce City, Colorado

CDL College's truck driving certificate program prepares students for entry-level work as commercial motor vehicle operators in the heavy duty trucking industry. Students can choose between the Class 'A' or Class 'B' CDL programs, allowing them to tailor their education to their personal goals. This school offers flexible morning, afternoon, or evening classes with possible online options. The CDL program can be completed in 20 days on a full-time basis or in 45 days on a part-time basis.

Commercial Driver Training in West Babylon, New York

Commercial Driver Training is a private vocational school with several career training options for potential truck drivers; however, only the Career Training I option is certified by the PTDI. This 8-week certificate program is designed for students with little or no experience and prepares them for entry-level truck driving employment. The program is broken down into 152 hours of classroom instruction and 152 hours of road and skills driving.

Isothermal Community College in Spindale, North Carolina

Isothermal Community College offers a training program that prepares students to become entry-level truck drivers. After completing the certificate program, students are prepared to obtain their Class 'A' CDL with multiple endorsements, including tank truck and hazardous materials endorsements. The 168-hour program allows students to choose between day and evening classes and includes topics such as basic and advanced operation, CDL information, safe operating practices, non-vehicle activities and vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions.

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