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Truck Driver Training

Richmond Community College offers a 9-week truck driver training program through the Scotland County Campus. Student Driver Truck for the Truck Driver Training ProgramUpon completion of the course, students will take the final road test for their commercial driver’s license at RichmondCC’s training facility in Laurinburg. Students will not have to go to the DMV. 

Class Dates

  • March 20 - May 12 | Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. | First class meeting at the Morgan Center, Scotland County Campus

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.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent. If you do not have a high school diploma or equivalent, you will need to take the Reading Accuplacer test and score of 240 or higher.
  • 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.
  • Provide a current driving record.

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 and fees: $999

Scholarships are available to help offset the costs of the course. Two applications must be completed:

Course Registration Form

Complete the forms and bring them to either the Hamlet Campus or Scotland County Campus. For more information, call Student Services at (910) 410-1700.

Behind-the-Wheel Training

The Behind-the-Wheel training is for those who have a valid CLP (Commercial Learners Permit). The 3-week class includes the Range Driving and Road Driving portions of the Truck Driver Training program.

Class Dates

  • Feb. 13 - March 3 - FULL
  • April 17 - May 5 | Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. | First class meeting at the Morgan Center, Scotland County Campus.

Course Fees

Tuition and fees: $579

Scholarships are available to help offset the costs of the course. Two applications must be completed:

Course Registration Form

Complete the forms and bring them to either the Hamlet Campus or Scotland County Campus. For more information, call Student Services at (910) 410-1700.

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