Truck Driving


The Truck Driving Program prepares individuals to build skills in safety practices, operation, vehicle maintenance, and non-vehicle activities associated with truck driving.  Instruction includes the operation of vehicles on the interstate, on two-lane highways, in the city, backing and maneuvering.  Also included are recordkeeping, and performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and defensive driving.

Truck driving prepares students to pass the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test. TCAT enrolls each month into the seven week program. This is a full time program, Monday-Friday 7:00-3:00 pm. The course is divided into two sessions. The first session consist of three weeks of classroom instruction at TCAT Crossville. After completing the class work and receiving a learner’s permit, you will begin four weeks of training with a driving instructor.



Information Detail
Time Commitment Part Time
Typical Program Length 2 Months
Clock Hours 222
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate
Total Tuition/Fees $1,503.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $0.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Truck Driving 222Certificate

All students that attend school will have to register with the Clearinghouse before they can take their drug test/participate in the driving part of the class.

Requirements: The following criteria must be completed before you are given a start date, with the exception of the drug test which is due the week before you start the class. You must pass the drug test. If you do not pass the drug test you will not be able to attend the class. All students that attend school will have to register with the Clearinghouse before they can take their drug test/participate in the driving part of the class. 

Step 1:  Must be 18 years of age & a U.S. Citizen

Step 2:  Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s License

Step 3:  Fill out TCAT online application at

Step 4:  Apply for financial aid at

Step 5:  Obtain DOT physical (Certified Medical Exam)

Step 6: Submit copies of DOT physical (Certified Medical Exam) and Tennessee driver license. At this time, you will obtain a start    date.    *Within 30 days of class start date: (If not submitted a week before class starts you will lose you start date) 

Step 7:  Student will provide Student Services with the following documents: 

Copy of your Ten Year Motor Vehicle Report. You can get your MVR by visiting or by going to the Driver Service Center at 136 Dooley Street Crossville, TN 38555 

Complete a drug screen at Quality Medical Center-15 Walker Hill Street Crossville, TN 38555. 931-484-1100 

(TCAT will contact Quality Medical Center with your name to obtain drug test).Quality Medical Center will contact you with results and then send a copy of the results to TCAT. A second drug test will be required before drive time training.)

Any delay in the Admissions process listed above WILL DELAY ENROLLMENT. 

Cost: There is financial aid available for this program if you have been a TN resident for at least a year and never have used the lottery scholarship at a TCAT before. If eligible the lottery scholarship will cover $667. The cost of the program is $1503. You can also visit your local career center to see if you qualify for financial assistance. 

Additional out of pocket costs:  DOT physical, MVR report, DOT drug test, DOT learner’ permit, and licensure. (estimated costs: $350) 

If you have any questions regarding the Truck Driving program please contact the Instructor, Anthony Luttrell or 931-444-1297

Campus Locations

Main Campus
910 Miller Avenue
Crossville, TN 38555

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: 70,000

Current job openings per year: 9,070


First Trimester: 
TRK 0001 Worker Characteristic
TRK 1010 Orientation
TRK 1020 Map Reading
TRK 1030 DOT Regulations and Logging
TRK 1040 Substance Abuse & Bloodd Borne Pathogens
TRK 1050 Vehicle and Vehicle Comp 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
Truck Driving - Certificate 222 Hours


careeronestop logo

Please keep in mind that some of the content that we make available to users through this application comes from Careeronestop Web Services. All such content is provided to users "as is." This content and customer’s use of it are subject to change and/or removal at any time.