Crosby Hall

Commercial Truck Driving

Program Information

Location(s) of Program: PRCC Poplarville Campus and PRCC The Lowery A. Woodall Technology Center Hattiesburg 

Brief Description of Program: Commercial Truck Driving is a four-week instructional program that prepares individuals to drive trucks and other commercial vehicles. Instruction includes operating diesel-powered vehicles, loading and unloading cargo, reporting delays or accidents on the road, verifying loads against shipping records, and maintaining necessary records. Applicants will earn a Certificate of Completion from workforce training.

Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Most companies require their truck drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

All long-haul truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge test and a driving test. States have the right to refuse to issue a CDL to anyone who has had a CDL suspended by another state. Drivers can get endorsements to their CDL that show their ability to drive a specialized type of vehicle.

Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) must have a hazardous materials endorsement (H). Getting this endorsement requires passing an additional knowledge test and a background check.

Program Requirements for Admission:

  • Demographic/Application form from The Woodall Center
  • DOT Physical and DOT Drug Screen
  • Class A Learner’s Permit 
  • Valid MS Driver’s License
  • No more than two traffic violations in three years
  • No drug or violent crime in the last seven years
  • Driving record from the DMV

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Possible Careers in this Program: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.

What a student can expect from a career in this field: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers typically do the following:

  • Drive long distances
  • Report to a dispatcher any incidents encountered on the road
  • Follow all applicable traffic laws
  • Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chains, or covers
  • Inspect their trailers before and after the trip, and record any defects they find
  • Maintain a log of their working hours, following all federal and state regulations
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
  • Keep their trucks and associated equipment clean and in good working order