Truck Driver Training

Tractor Trailer pulling double trailers with the sun setting on a mountain ridge in the background. Text on image, Earn your CDL (Commercial Drivers License) at HCC

Haywood Community College is partnering with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to offer a Truck Driver Training program in our community. 

This course teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles. The course work includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security, and fire protection. Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the student’s knowledge and skills. Upon successful completion, students are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License exam and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.

An orientation session is planned for May19th at 10:00am at Haywood Community College and classes start on May 27th.
Classes will run through August 5th (M-Th: 8am-5:30pm; Fri: 8am-Noon).

To find out more information and to register:

Doug Burchfield

Regina Hartley

For additional details, visit Caldwell Community College’s website


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

Range Driving

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

Road Driving

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

The truck driver training program is certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PDTI). 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 $1,882.00.

Payment plans and scholarships are available for qualifying students.

DOT Physical $60 Paid to Physician Due 1st day of class
DOT Drug Screen $50 Paid to Physician Due 1st day of class
MVR $10 Paid to DMV Due 1st day of class
Class A Permit $60 Paid to DMV Due 3rd week of class
CDL License $100 (for 5 years) Paid to DMV Last week of class
Endorsements $4/year Paid to DMV Purchased with license






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. This industry also continues to grow in our region and is considered a high-demand career.