Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Truck Driver Training

Truck Driver Training

Our truck driver training program started in 1990 with one truck and a few students. Today we have over 90 pieces of equipment and have graduated over 2,000 CDL drivers in the past 10 years. We offer full-time day classes requiring 9 weeks to complete and a part-time evening class (Hudson only) that takes 15 weeks.

CCC&TI Semi in front of school

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Truck Driver Training Curriculum

The course involves extensive training, divided into 3 parts. Some examples of the training provided in each part are shown below:


  • Air Brake Training
  • CDL Permit and Endorsement Instruction
  • Cargo Handling
  • Defensive Driving
  • Driver Qualification
  • Driver Wellness
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • Hours of Service and Map Reading
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Whistleblower Protection

Range Driving

  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Proper Backing Techniques
  • Proper use of clutch and gears

Road Driving

  • Defensive Driving
  • Different Roads and Conditions
  • Loaded Trailers
  • Night Driving
  • Observation of Highway Laws
  • Proper use of clutch and gears
  • Vehicle Control

*At the conclusion of the class, our third-party testers will administer the Commercial Driver License (CDL) final test.


The truck driver training programs at Hudson and Gaston are certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) located in Alexandria, VA. PTDI is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supports the PTDI curriculum as representing the basis for adequate training of entry-level drivers.


Tuition and Fees

The total cost for tuition and fees is $1,877.00 payable to CCC&TI.

CCC&TI accepts most all forms of payment. (However, when registering at any location other than CCC&TI in Hudson; personal or cashier’s checks or money orders are preferred, and credit cards cannot be accepted unless personally taken to the business office at CCC&TI in Hudson, NC.)

A payment plan has been put in place for students. A $500 deposit must be made on the day of registration, a second payment of $689 must be made on the first day of class, and a final payment of $688 must be made on the 5th week of class. Please contact Roger Chester or Chris Brinkley for more information on the payment plan.

Bring an authorization voucher or letter of intent if ESC, TAA, or WIA is paying for you.

Note: All students must obtain a Class A CDL permit from the same state that their driver’s license is issued in order to qualify for the program.

Tuition is set by the North Carolina Legislature. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Associated Costs

Additional costs not included in the tuition and fees listed above are shown below. Some of these costs are approximate and should only be used as a guide.

DOT Physical
(see Note Below)
$60.00 Paid to physician Due 1st day of class
Pre-employment Drug Screen
(not part of the physical)
$50.00 Paid to physician Due 1st day of class
MVR $10.75 Paid to DMV Optional but suggested
Class A Permit $64.75 Paid to DMV 3rd week of class
CDL License $107.50 – 5 years Paid to DMV Last week of class
Endorsements $4.25 per year Paid to DMV Purchased with license

Note: A Medical Card and Long Form Physical will be issued to you at the time you take the DOT Physical. The Medical card is good for a maximum of 2 years to a minimum of 3 months (1 year required to enroll). Make sure the card is filled out completely and accurately with no corrections made on the card. Your medical card and a copy of your driver’s license will be faxed to DMV in Raleigh on the first day of class. Approval will be entered into the DMV data base before you will be allowed to take the tests for your CDL permit at your local DMV.

Future Classes

The Truck Driver Training course is taught throughout the year at various locations. Select a location from the list below to see when Truck Driver Training are scheduled.

Career Information

The trucking industry continues to be a major employer in the United States, with almost 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs. Over 3 million of these are drivers of tractor-trailers operated by over 550,000 interstate motor carriers. More than 80% of U.S. cities receive their goods exclusively from trucks.

Now as freight and the economy begin to turn around the trucking industry is facing a growing epidemic across the country. As the driver shortage epidemic grows larger every day, entry-level drivers are entering a demanding field where there is a premium placed on quality student drivers fresh out of school.

At CCC&TI we have a very successful job placement program with numerous local and national trucking companies recruiting our graduates during and after each class. During the past 12 month reporting period, CCC&TI graduated 348 students with 84% of those being pre-hired prior to graduation.

Graduates from our program can expect to average $50,000 or more their first year and up to $60,000 or better with one year of experience.

To learn more about a career in the Truck Driving field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program:

Career Coach logo Certificate: Truck Driver Training

Truck Driver Training Video

To learn more information about the employment outlook and work environment for the Truck Driver Training field, go to:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a GED or high school diploma to enroll in the course?
    • No, but if you do not have a GED or high school diploma, you must pass a Reading Placement Test with a minimum 8th grade reading level or better to register.

      Schedule the test by calling the appropriate Testing Center. If testing at any college other than CCC&TI, You must bring the official test results when registering.
  • Do you have financial assistance?
    • A truck driver training scholarship fund may be available to assist students with tuition costs. Call 828.726.2386 for more information. A limited number of State Employees Credit Union (SECU) scholarships are available. Call 828.726.2251 for more information. For job training programs that may apply (WIA, TAA) contact your local ESC or Job Link for eligibility.
  • What type of equipment will be used during training?
    • We have single axle day-cabs, tandem axle conventional sleeper tractors with 9 and 10 speed manual transmissions and 48 & 53 foot semi trailers.

      Several trailers will be loaded during the road driving portion of the class.
  • Do all class schedules include night driving?
    • All PTDI certified classes are required to have at least 1 hour driving at night. Night driving for the day class will be planned after normal scheduled hours.
  • Do you do job placement?
    • We work with many major carriers and local trucking companies that will hire our graduates. Recruiters from these companies also visit our classes.
  • When should I have my DOT physical and pre-employment drug screen done?
    • A DOT physical and pre-employment drug screen should be completed prior to the first day of class.

      Note: A Medical Card and Long Form Physical will be issued to you at the time you take the DOT Physical. The Medical card is good for a maximum of 2 years to a minimum of 3 months (1 year required to enroll). Make sure the card is filled out completely and accurately with no corrections made on the card. NOTE: Please be aware that the drug screen is not part of the physical. You will need to request and pay for the drug screen separately. A positive result will cause you to be dropped from class.
  • Do I have to get my permit before I enroll in the class?
    • No, the first several days of class are spent in the classroom preparing you to get your permit, but you must have your permit before hour 135 of the class or you will be dropped.
  • Do I have to do my final road test for my CDL at the DMV?
    • No, at the conclusion of the class, our third party testers will administer the CDL final test.
  • Are all locations certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI)?
    • Classes at Caldwell Community College in Hudson and Gaston College in Dallas are certified by PTDI.


Licensure: Authorization granted to CCC&TI to provide instruction within another state does not imply or provide guarantees of any kind that an individual will be granted professional licensure by another state as a result of completing coursework at CCC&TI or receiving professional licensure in North Carolina. It is the sole responsibility of the individual/student to determine whether another college or license-awarding agency in another state will accept CCC&TI coursework and/or award licensure through a reciprocity agreement with the State of North Carolina.


For Additional Information:
Contact the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at 828.726.2242.
For course specific information, contact: