Truck Driving


This program is designed to provide classroom work, yard and road driving experiences. Students are taught to drive defensively and gain the knowledge necessary to operate the vehicle as well as abide by all local, state and federal regulations. Students will be prepared for both the written and skills portions of the commercial driver's license (CDL) examination.

Broad Units of Study include Public/Customer/Employee/Employer Relations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, CDL Regulations, Local, State & Federal Traffic Laws, Emergency Equipment Use, Road Atlas and Highway Routes, Instruments and Cab Controls, Engine & Air Brake Systems, Industry Related Paperwork, Weather Conditions, Hazard Perception, Emergency Maneuvers, Use of Clutch/Transmission/Gear Patterns, Coupling & Uncoupling Trailers, Defensive Driving Procedures and On the Road Driving.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Full Time
Typical Program Length 2 Months
Clock Hours 222
Class Type Day
Total Tuition/Fees $1,203.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $984.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Truck Driving222Certificate

The Truck Driving Program meets Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. at the Shelbyville Main Campus Location.

2021 Truck Driving Program Cohorts:

Fall Cohort #1 - September 1st through October 26th
Fall Cohort #2 - October 25th through December 17th

2022 Truck Driving Program Cohorts

Spring Cohort #1 - January 4th through February 25th
Spring Cohort #2 - February 24th through April 25th
Summer Cohort #1 - May 3rd through June 23rd
Summer Cohort #2 - June 22nd through August 25th

Fall Cohort #1 - September 6th through October 28th
Fall Cohort #2 - October 27th through December 20th


  • Fees will be assessed at orientation for a drug test and Moving Violation Report
  • Fees will be assessed upon enrollment for tuition and insurance
  • Have your CDL permit. Additional information about obtaining your permit can be found here
  • Pass the medical exam required by the Department of Transportation
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Have a good driving record (You must obtain a copy of your State Department of Safety Moving Violation Report prior to beginning the program.) This must indicate no more than 3 speeding tickets and/or at-fault accidents in the last three years and no DUI convictions in the last 5 years.
  • Have a drug test and be certified drug free. A fee will be charged and the student will be referred to a test site by the college.
  • Student will be subject to random drug tests while enrolled.

*The curriculum is covered in five weeks, at which point, students are skill tested, and may obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  Students that obtain their CDL, and have secured documented full-time employment may opt-out of the remaining class hours while still receiving a certificate of completion.

Students who do not pass their CDL exam, or who are not employed at the end of the five weeks, must complete the remaining required hours.

Interested in earning your Comercial Driver's License (CDL)? 
Learn more about scheduling CDL testing.

Campus Locations

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville:
1405 Madison St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Job Duties

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook: Yes

Currently employed in the area: 69,150

Current job openings per year: 8,470

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