Professional Truck Driving
The 10 credit Professional Truck Driver Training Program is designed to prepare students to meet the qualification to become a qualified entry-level commercial truck driver. The program provides in-depth classroom instruction as well as range and road driving. Participants will learn basic operation, safe operating practices, vehicle maintenance, and non-vehicle activities such as cargo handling, trip planning, and customer relations.Classroom instruction will be two weeks in length. Driving range and behind the wheel driving and observation will be four weeks in length. Students will also obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
What Jobs Can I Get?
- According to the U.S. Department of labor, "New drivers sometimes start on panel trucks or other small straight trucks. "As drivers gain experience and show competent driving skills, they may advance to larger and heavier trucks, and finally to tractor-trailers."
- Many long haul carriers have training programs available and will accept EITC graduates into their long distance truck driving training programs.
- Some drivers choose to purchase a truck and go into business for themselves becoming owner-operators.
- A few truck drivers may advance to dispatcher, manager, or into training positions with additional experience.
How Long Will it Take?
This program is designed to be completed in a six-weeks, 40-hours per week time frame.
How Much Will It cost?
The course fee for the Professional Truck Driver training program is $3,721.00. Other program costs include textbooks, Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exam, drug test, & CDL fees. These costs are approximately $300. A Post Secondary Certificate is available for a $10 fee.
Why Truck Driving at EITC?
- Avoid traveling to distant training programs - save money by living at home and attending school locally.
- The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics estimates a rapidly growing nationwide need for qualified commercial truck drivers.
- Attend small classes conducted by professional commercial truck driver training personnel.
- Practice using the latest, most modern tractor-trailer equipment.
Students must possess a valid Idaho driver's license. The state of Idaho requires drivers to be at least 18 years old to drive trucks within its borders. The U.S. Department of Transportation establishes minimum qualifications for truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require drivers to be at least 21 years old and to pass a physical exam once every 2 years.
The main physical requirements include good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. Drivers must be able to distinguish the difference between the colors of red, yellow, and green. Drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at not less than 5 feet with a hearing aide if needed. Drivers must have normal use of arms and legs and normal blood pressure.Drivers cannot use any controlled substances, unless prescribed by a licensed physician. Federal regulations require employers to test their drivers for alcohol and drug use as a condition of employment and require random tests while they are on duty.Persons with epilepsy or diabetes controlled by insulin are not permitted to be interstate truck drivers without a special waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).According to DOT regulations, all drivers must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports, and communicate with law enforcement officers and the public.