1. Must submit an official high school transcript showing date of graduation or an official high school transcript showing twenty (20) acceptable high school units or an official GED transcript with satisfactory scores; OR must have completed at least the tenth grade.
2. Must be 21 years of age. Persons at least 18 years of age may attend if they present a statement, on company letterhead stationery, stating that upon successful completion of the course, the company will employ the person as a truck driver.
3. Must be able to pass the Department of Transportation physical and drug test requirements*.
4. Must present a satisfactory driver’s history from state of residence: (a) must not have any driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) within the previous five years, (b) must not have a reckless driving, failure to heed a traffic control device, or failure to yield violation in the previous three years, (c) must not have more than two speeding tickets within the previous three years, and (d) must not have any speeding violations 15 miles in excess of the posted limit within the previous three years.
5. Must hold a valid driver’s license from state of residence.
6. This program requires a particular score on the COMPASS test for program entrance. Please see the program advisor or a counselor for additional information regarding testing times, locations and minimum scores.
* The DOT physical with drug screen and the Motor Vehicle Report should be turned in to the school prior to the first priority deadline date for admission. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a possible entrance delay into the program. Students will be subject to random drug and alcohol tests according to federal guidelines. Failure of these tests will result in termination from the program.
All students are required to pass the written examination given by the Mississippi Highway Patrol for the
Commercial Drivers License prior to their being allowed to drive off campus. Students must pass all CDL tests to secure their Commercial Drivers License before being allowed to receive a graduation certificate.
The Commercial Vehicle Driver Training Curriculum consists of four general categories:
1) Classroom: Department of Transportation regulations, demonstrations, freight handling, defensive
driving, accidents, customer relations, maintenance of equipment, etc.
2) Field Work: Using basic driving skills, handling equipment, maneuvering vehicles, maneuvering
combination vehicles, etc.
3) Road Driving: Actual day and night highway driving.
4) City Driving: Actual driving in city traffic.
DTV 1114 Commercial Truck/Bus Driving I & DTV 1124 Commercial Truck/Bus Driving II must be taken concurrently.
Estimated additional costs:
Physical and Drug Screen, $140
CDL license, $85
Background Check for Hazardous Materials Endorsemen (optional), $108