Truck Driver Training
Frequently Asked Questions
Truck Driver Training at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
Q: Do I need a GED or high school diploma to enroll in the course?
No, but you must pass a Reading Placement Test with a minimum 8th grade reading level or better to register.
Call Chris Thompson @ 828-726-2380 for locations of the appropriate Testing Center.
You must bring the official test results when registering.
Q: Is financial assistance available?
A scholarship fund is available to assist students with tuition costs up to a maximum of $200. Call 828-726-2386 for more information. For possible veterans’ benefits call 828-726-2714 for more information. For job training programs that may apply (WIA, TAA) contact your local ESC or Job Link for eligibility.
Q: What type of equipment will be used during training?
We have single axle day-cabs, tandem axle conventional sleeper tractors with 48 & 53 foot semi trailers; several trailers will be loaded during the road driving portion of the class.
Q: Do all class schedules include night driving?
Yes. All PTDI classes are required to have at least one hour driving at night. Night driving for the day class will be planned after normal scheduled hours.
Q: Do you offer job placement?
We work with many major carriers and local trucking companies that will hire our graduates. Recruiters from these companies also visit our classes.
Q: When should I have my DOT physical and DOT drug screen done?
A DOT physical and DOT drug screen must be completed no later than the first day of class.
Q: Do I have to get my permit before I enroll in the class?
No, the first several days of class are spent in the classroom preparing you to get your permit, but you must have your permit before hour 135 of the class.
Q: Do I have to do my final road test for my CDL at the DMV?
No, at the conclusion of the class, our third party testers will administer the CDL final test.
Q: Are all courses certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI)?
Classes at Caldwell Community College in Hudson, Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, Gaston College in Dallas and Isothermal Community College in Spindale are certified by PTDI.