Truck Driver Training

Drive into new opportunities with a Commercial Driver's License.

A CDL can help you reach your career goals with a variety of in-demand job opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 4% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving."

This comprehensive training program will teach you the skills you need to pass the NCDOT’s CDL skills and knowledge tests and give you hands-on driving practice. Scholarships are available to help cover program costs, including the Metallica scholarship.

Enrollment Requirements

Students who wish to be admitted to the GTCC Truck Driver Training Program must meet all the enrollment requirements listed below at least seven days before the class start date.

  1. Must be able to read, write, understand, and speak English at a level that permits the student to benefit from the course.
  2. Must be 18 years old.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or meet the NC DMV requirement to prove permanent legal residence in the United States.
  4. Pass and obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination that is valid through the end date of the class your registered class. This physical examination may be obtained from any outpatient clinic, urgent care center, or doctor's office.
  5. Obtain a valid North Carolina Class A CDL Learner's Permit. The written test may be taken at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office consisting of general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicle tests. You should study sections 13 and 5-6 of the North Carolina Commercial Driver License Handbook.
    1. Review our CDL Test Prep courses below.
  6. Obtain an NC-DMV driving record not more than three months before the start of class. We need an Uncertified Complete History obtainable from DMV in Raleigh or online at Any of the following violations within two years of the start of class will prohibit you from entering the program.
    1. Driving while impaired (DWI)
    2. Careless and reckless driving
    3. Hit and run
    4. Refusal to take chemical test
  7. Pass a DOT drug-screening test at a lab designated by the school. Students will also be subject to random drug testing for the duration of the class.
  8. Please note that the following information pertains specifically to students who have completed their education outside of the United States:
    1. Provide transcripts of a high school diploma from an accredited school or equivalency such as a GED with tests completed in English. If you have never taken a class at GTCC before and have a high school diploma from another country, it will need to be validated through GTCC's Admissions Office. You may email Jesse Cross at to have this done.
    2. If you did not complete high school or a high school equivalency diploma with tests completed in English, you must complete a National Reporting System (NRS) approved English assessment with a score of High Intermediate or above to enter the truck driver training program. You must provide a score of Advanced ESOL or above on an NRS-approved assessment from an established ESOL program. If you have not recently attended an ESOL program, contact GTCC's Assessment Center (336) 334-4822, ext. 50574, or to schedule your English assessment at least two weeks before the start of class. 


Commercial Driver License Exam Prep Schedules

A requirement to enter the Truck Driver Training program is to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A learner's permit.

This 16-hour exam prep course is designed to help individuals pass the written test at the NC Department of Motor Vehicles that is required to obtain a CDL Class A learner's permit.

This exam prep class is not required but is available for those who need help preparing to sit for the NC DMV exam.

Course Registration Fee: $91.10; includes student manual that will be issued in class. 

Course Name Dates Days Hours Campus Room Register
TRA-3605-161 CDL Exam Prep 5/4/24 - 5/5/24 Sa, Su 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Greensboro TEC 209 Register Now

Truck Driver Training Classes

TDT Class Schedule 2024

Truck Driver Training – CDL Class A License
Greensboro Campus, 3505 E. Wendover Ave. Greensboro, 27405
Course Registration Fee: $1,172.00; Books $126.00 plus tax

Full-time courses: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Eight-Week Weekday Class
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Course Dates
Course 1 1/8/2024-2/29/2024
Course 2 3/4/2024-4/25/2024
Course 3 4/29/2024-6/20/2024
Course 4 6/24/2024-8/15/2024
Course 5 8/26/2024-10/17/2024
Course 6 10/21/2024-12/13/2024
16-Week Part-Time Weekend Class
6-10 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Course Dates
Course 1 1/12/2024-4/20/2024
Course 2 5/3/2024-8/9/2024
Course 3 9/6/2024-12/14/2024

The truck driver training (TDT) curriculum provides students with training to inspect and operate tractor-trailers and to assume responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. This is a 320-hour course. Instruction will be 22% classroom and 78% on the driving range and/or on the road. Emphasis is placed on vehicle inspection, defensive driving, range maneuvers, motor carrier’s safety regulations, trip planning, cargo handling, size/weight laws, general maintenance procedures; hours of service, and vehicle accident prevention. 

Before registration, you must submit:

  • Class A driver's permit
  • Department of Transportation physical;
  • Drug screening done separately;
  • Three-year noncertified driving history

For questions, contact Janice Troy at or 336-334-4822, ext. 53024.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prep Classes

Students can register for CDL Prep classes and Truck Driving: An Introduction to the Job and Lifestyle in one of three ways:

  • To register online: Visit Self-Service and search for "CDL."
  • To register in person: Complete a Continuing Education Registration Form and bring it (along with your payment*) to one of these GTCC Campus locations:
    • Greensboro: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, no Friday registration at 3505 E. Wendover Ave., Continuing Education Center
    • High Point: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, no Friday registration at 901 S. Main St., H1
  • Mail: Download the Continuing Education Registration Form from the website, fill it out, and mail it to GTCC, P.O. Box 309, Jamestown, NC 27282.

* Acceptable forms of payment include: check, cash, credit card, or money order.

Truck Driver Training Classes

Before registering online, contact Janice Troy 336-334-4822, ext. 53024.

Once all required documentation has been submitted, you will register and pay on the Greensboro Campus (3501 E. Wendover Ave.). 

Or you can register and pay by mail. Download the Continuing Education registration form and mail it to GTCC, P.O. Box 309, Jamestown, NC 27282.

Con ed Registration form


Course Requirements:

Before you can register for class, we need to have copies of the following items:

  1. CDL Class A permit: You can contact the NC DOT and make an appointment to take this written test. (If you need additional support studying for the permit test, consider our CDL Prep course.)
  2. Get your DOT physical by a certified medical examiner.
  3. Get a copy of your three-year driving history (non-certified). This can be done on the DMV website.

Please upload your documents using the form below, or send them to Janice Troy at

GTCC will make a 100% refund of registration fees if you officially withdraw from class before the first class meeting.

GTCC will refund 75% of the registration fee (tuition only) if you officially withdraw from classes on the first day of class or before the class reaches the 10% point. The 10% point varies from class to class.

To request a refund, please call MaryAlice LaDue at 336-334-4822, ext. 57001, or email

If a class is canceled or full, GTCC will automatically process a full refund. Refunds are processed every month and may take four to six weeks.

The college refund policy is established by state legislative action and is subject to change without prior notice to students.

  • Alcohol and drug testing: What drivers need to know driver handbook
  • Daily Log Book
  • Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas
  • J.J. Keller Entry-Level Driver Training Obtaining a CDL Manual
  • Keller Motor Carr Safety Reg Pocketbook
  • Hazardous Materials Compliance Pocketbook  
Book cost: $126.00 + tax (approximate, always check with the bookstore for current pricing)

You may be eligible for scholarships. Each scholarship has time-sensitive application deadlines. Click on the link below to learn if you might meet the requirements. 

  • Workforce and Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Golden Leaf Scholarship Application