Truck Driving


The Truck Driving Program prepares individuals to build skills in safety practices, operation, vehicle maintenance, and non-vehicle activities associated with truck driving.  Instruction includes the operation of vehicles on the interstate, on two-lane highways, in the city, backing and maneuvering.  Also included are recordkeeping, and performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and defensive driving.

The course is structured to emulate, as closely as possible, the normal day to day accountabilities of an over the road truck driver. The course is organized and developed to provide training in the following areas: Orientation, organization, vehicle orientation, skill proficiency including; safety, pre/post trip inspections, backing, coupling/uncoupling, road driving (interstate, secondary roads and city). General knowledge skills to include; CDL driving skills, map reading, trip planning, DOT regulations, state regulations, endorsements, logging, substance abuse and blood borne pathogens, weather and road conditions, freight documents, cargo handling, worker characteristics and job search.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 2 Months
Clock Hours 222
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate
Total Tuition/Fees $1,236.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Truck Driving CertificateCertificate

All students that attend school will have to register with the Clearinghouse before they can take their drug test/participate in the driving part of the class.

Requirements: The following criteria must be completed before you are given a start date, with the exception of the drug test which is due the week before you start the class. You must pass the drug test. If you do not pass the drug test you will not be able to attend the class. All students that attend school will have to register with the Clearinghouse before they can take their drug test/participate in the driving part of the class.

Step 1:  Must be 18 years of age & a U.S. Citizen

Step 2:  Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s License

Step 3:  Fill out TCAT online application at

Step 4:  Apply for financial aid at

Step 5:  Obtain DOT physical (Certified Medical Exam)

Step 6:  Obtain CDL permit at DMV

Step 7:  Submit copies of DOT physical (Certified Medical Exam) and Tennessee driver license.

Step 8:  Student will provide Student Services with the following documents:

Copy of your Ten Year Motor Vehicle Report. You can get your MVR by visiting or by going to your local Driver Service Center

Complete and provide a DOT drug screen prior to admission to the program.  A second drug test will be required before drive time training.

Any delay in the Admissions process listed above WILL DELAY ENROLLMENT.

Cost: There is financial aid available for this program if you have been a TN resident for at least a year and never have used the lottery scholarship at a TCAT before. If eligible the lottery scholarship will cover $667 of tuition. You can also visit your local career center to see if you qualify for financial assistance.

Additional out of pocket costs:  DOT physical, MVR report, DOT drug test, DOT learner’ permit, and licensure. (estimated costs: $350)

Campus Locations

TCAT Hohenwald Main Campus
813 West Main St.
Hohenwald, TN 38462


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