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Richmond Community College has partnered with Caldwell Community and Technical College to offer truck driver training. Photo of semi truckUpon completion of the course, students will take the final road test for their commercial driver’s license at RichmondCC’s training facility. Students will not have to go to the DMV.

To Sign Up

Contact Alicia Butler, WED Programming Assistant, at (910) 410-1706 or ambutler979@richmondcc.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Attend the mandatory orientation session.
  • Be at least 18 years old. (Graduates under 21 years old can only drive within North Carolina.)
  • Hold a valid North Carolina Driver’s license with no limiting restrictions.
  • Be able to read and speak English well enough to take instructions from highway signs, to converse officials and complete the required reports.
  • Reading Placement test with a minimum eighth grade reading level or better OR present high school or GED transcript showing graduation from high school or completion of GED. Bring an official copy of your GED test results to registration unless you completed testing at RCC, where your grade will be in our student records.
  • Acquire a North Carolina Class A permit with no limiting restrictions before the highway-driving portion of your training.
  • Pass a DOT physical and/or hold a valid (12-month minimum) DOT medical card. 
  • Complete and pass a DOT drug screen.
  • Show proof of permanent residency. All immigrants must have proper paperwork.

Due to the STRICT REQUIREMENTS of most trucking companies, you must also have:

  • A current Motor Vehicle Record with no convictions in the past three years of DUI, refusal to take a chemical test, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, careless and reckless driving, a preventable accident or speeding 15 mph over the limit.
  • No felony or major misdemeanor convictions in the past five years, based on completion of sentence.

Class Curriculum

This course involves extensive training divided into three parts:

CLASSROOM

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

RANGE DRIVING

  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • Proper Use of Clutch & Gears
  • Proper Backing Techniques
  • Coupling/Uncoupling

ROAD DRIVING

  • Defensive Driving
  • Vehicle Control
  • Proper Use of Clutch & Gears
  • Roads & Conditions
  • Observation of Highway Laws
  • Loaded Trailers
  • Night Driving

Course Fees

Tuition: $1,882 
Payment plans and WIOA assistance available! For more information about WIOA, Scotland County residents should call Logan McKenzie at (910) 276-4260; Richmond County residents should call Takeesha Patterson or Javan Leach at (910) 997-9180.
For information about financial assistance through the Sandhills Community Action Program, call Mary McLean at (910) 410-0207.

Additional Fees:

  • DOT Physical - $60   
  • DOT Drug Screen - $50          
  • MVR - $10            
  • Class A Permit - $60          
  • CDL License - $100
  • Endorsements - $4 per year

FAQs

Q: Is this class certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI)?

A: Yes, this course offered at RichmondCC is certified by PTDI.


Q: Is financial assistance available?

A: A truck driving scholarship fund may be available to assist students with tuition costs up to a maximum of $200. Call (910) 410-1704 for details. The program has been approved for veterans’ benefits. Call (910) 410-1721 for details.


Q: What equipment will be used during training?

A: We have single axle day-cabs, tandem axle conventional sleeper tractors with 9 and 10 speed manual transmissions and 48- and 53-foot semi trailers. Several trailers will be loaded during the road driving portion of the class.


Q: Do all class schedules include night driving?

A: All PTDI certified classes are required to have at least one hour driving at night. 


Q: Do you do job placement?

A: We work with many major carriers and local trucking companies that will hire our graduates.