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

Please Note: New Entry-Level Commercial Driver Training went into effect February 7, 2022. TCAT Shelbyville is registered with the FMCSA as a Registered Training Provider.

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

2023 Truck Driving Program Cohorts

Spring Cohort #1:  January 4th – February 24th

Spring Work Base Learning Cohort: January 9th – March 1st

Spring Cohort #2:  February 23rd – April 24th

Summer Cohort #1:  May 3rd – July 7th

Summer Work Base Learning Cohort: May 8th – July 12th

Summer Cohort #2:  July 6th – August 25th

Fall Cohort #1:  September 5th – October 27th

Fall Work Base Learning Cohort: September 11th – November 2nd

Fall Cohort #2:  October 26th – 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 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)? 
Learn more about scheduling CDL testing.

Campus Locations

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


First Trimester: 
TRK 0001 - Worker Characteristic
TRK 1010 - Orientation
TRK 1020 - Map Reading
TRK 1030 - DOT Regulations and Logging
TRK 1040 - Substance Abuse and Blood Borne Pathogens
TRK 1050 - Vehicle and Vehicle Component Orientation
TRK 1060 - Safety
TRK 1070 - Couple and Uncouple
TRK 1080 - Backing
TRK 1090 - Road Driving
TRK 1100 - Weather and Road Conditions
TRK 1110 - Public Relations
TRK 1120 - Freight Documents
TRK 1130 - Cargo Handling
TRK 1140 - General

Books and Supplies Lists


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