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Truck Driver Admissions and Cost

Truck Driver Training Admissions and Cost - Catawba Valley Community College

Admission Requirements

Member of the NAPFTDS
To be admitted, you must:  Attend a mandatory orientation session before you can register and:
  • Be at least 18 years old: (Graduates under 21 years old can drive only 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 with officials, and complete the required reports. (FMCSR 391.11)
  • Present a high school diploma, college or GED transcript or take and pass a Prerequisite Reading Placement Test with a minimum 8th grade reading level or better to register. Call 828-726-2380 for testing information. Bring your official copy of your test results with you to registration.
  • Acquire a North Carolina Class A permit before the highway-driving portion of your training or no later than hour 135 of the class.
  • Pass a DOT physical and/or hold a valid (12 month minimum) DOT medical card: This should be completed prior to enrollment. A current medical card is required to drive on the road.
  • Pass a DOT drug screen: by the 1st day of class.  Negative results are required to get onto a truck and remain in class. 
  • Show proof of permanent residency:  All immigrants must have proper paperwork.
  • Complete a CCC&TI Application for Admission

Due to the strict requirements and restrictions of most trucking companies you must also have:

  • A current Motor Vehicle Record with no convictions in the past 3 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 5 years, based on completion of sentence.

Note:  Meeting these requirements will not guarantee you a position as a driver after course completion.  Each trucking company has their own list of requirements; some more strict than what's listed above.