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.