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Truck Driver Training Program Information

Applicants must meet all the following requirements before being admitted into the truck driving program. The applicant must schedule an interview with the admissions office and submit a completed application. Applicants must be a United States citizen or have proof of current permanent residency.

Successful completion of the Department of Transportation physical examination (long-form required); successful completion of a Department of Transportation drug screening; must possess a valid; Texas driver’s license prior to enrollment; free of any outstanding tickets and/or warrants; provide Premier Technical Institute with a copy of your High school diploma, GED, or successfully pass the written Learner’s Permit section of the Truck Driver Training Program exam; Complete your Admissions Application; must be at least 18 years of age (Limited to intrastate driving) / 21 years of age for the interstate driver; must be able to read and write English; must be able to perform simple arithmetic; no felony convictions involving illegal drugs in a commercial vehicle, and no DWI (driving while intoxicated) violations within the last 3 years.

All applicants must also be in good health and cannot possess any of the following for safety measures: no loss of limb that has not been waived, no impairment of hand, finger, arm foot, or leg that interferes with driving; no diabetes requiring insulin for control; no heart problems; no respiratory dysfunction; no high blood pressure; no rheumatic arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular problems that would affect control of a motor vehicle; no epilepsy; no conditions likely to cause loss of consciousness; no mental, nervous, organic, or functional disease, or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with vehicle control, and no addiction to drugs or alcohol.

The applicant must possess a vision of 20/40 or better in each eye (cannot be color blind) and have good hearing. All students will be notified concerning his/her acceptance after a review of their application. Once the student has been accepted they will be subject to the school’s refund and cancellation policy. Class size is limited based on space availability. We does not discriminate regarding race, color, nationality, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or marital status.

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition: $4,290.00
  • Registration: $100.00
  • Examiner Fees: $500.00
  • Drug Test Fee: $48.00
  • DOT Physical Fee: $68.00
  • Commercial Learner’s Permit Fee: $25.00
  • License Fee (subject to change per DPS): $61.00
  • MVR: $8.00

Total Cost: $5,100.00

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Class Schedule

Day classes are scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, as indicated below. Classes will receive various breaks throughout the day (see schedule below) with a half-hour lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Upon completion of the program, the student will be issued a Certificate of Completion. Upon successfully completing all written and driving examinations, the student will receive a Commercial Driver’s License through the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Enrollment into the program begins every Monday.

Program & Subject Description

Total Clock Hours: 160

Length: 4 Weeks (Day Classes), 7 Weeks (Evening Classes)

Ratios: 20:1 (students/instructor)

Day Schedule
Monday – Friday

Period 1
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Period 2
9:10 AM – 11:00 AM
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Period 3
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Period 4
1:10 PM – 2:40 PM
2:40 PM – 2:50 PM

Period 5
2:50 PM – 4:00 PM

Evening Schedule
Monday – Friday

Period 1
4:00 PM – 5:50 PM
5:50 PM – 6:00 PM

Period 2
6:00 PM – 7:50 PM
7:50 PM – 8:00 PM

Period 3
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Graduation Requirements

The successful student will have completed 80% of clock hours at a 2.0 G.P.A. or higher. The student will also be able to drive with proficiency a tractor-trailer combination vehicle and passed written and driving portions of the program. (Written and driving exams at the Texas DPS does not determine student completion of this program).

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Program Objective

The Truck Driving Program is designed to provide the student with the skills and competencies necessary to pass the Texas Department of Public Safety Commercial Driver’s License Exams. Once the student is issued a CDL from the Texas DPS, he/she will be qualified to perform entry-level truck driving duties. Through hands-on experience, the student will be able to safely operate a tractor-trailer. Students will also learn how to complete the necessary paperwork required of truck drivers, as well as be educated on the regulations that govern the truck driving industry. After receiving a Class A driver’s license, the graduate will qualify for employment as a truck driver, driver, and tractor-trailer operator for private carriers, short-haul trucking companies, and distributors.

The truck driving program offers a total of 160 hours of student instruction which includes, but is not limited to lectures, simulations, observations, behind-the-wheel, and range driving. Note: Behind the wheel, instruction is conducted with groups of students per driving shift.

Subject NumberCourse NameLecture HoursLab HoursCredit Hours
Subject NumberTTBO-100Course NameBasic OperationsLecture Hours15Lab Hours60Credit Hours4.5
Subject NumberTTBO-200Course NameSafe Operating PracticesLecture Hours10Lab Hours30Credit Hours2.5
Subject NumberTTBO-300Course NameAdvanced Operating PracticesLecture Hours10Lab Hours10Credit Hours1.5
Subject NumberTTBO-400Course NameSystems and MalfunctionsLecture Hours5Lab Hours0Credit Hours0.5
Subject NumberTTBO-500Course NameNon-Vehicle ActivitiesLecture Hours15Lab Hours0Credit Hours1.5
Subject NumberTTBO-600Course NameHuman TraffickingLecture Hours5Lab Hours0Credit Hours0.5
Subject NumberTotal Hours:Course NameLecture Hours60Lab Hours100Credit Hours11

Subject Description


Basic Operations

The student will learn how to properly operate the control systems of a tractor and trailer, coupling and uncoupling, as well as proper procedures for shifting and backing maneuvers.
Prerequisites: None.
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 15/60
Quarter Credit Hours: 4.5


Safe Operating Practices

The student will master visual methods for visual searches of traffic including night driving, realize the effects of rain, snow, and ice, and how to handle difficult situations.
Prerequisites: Learner’s Permit.
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 10/30
Quarter Credit Hours: 2.5


Advanced Operating Practices

The student will learn advanced methods of operating a tractor and trailer, as well as road speed, space management extreme driving conditions, hours of service, hazardous awareness, and sliding 5th wheel and tandem axles.
Prerequisites: Learner’s Permit.
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 10/10
Quarter Credit Hours: 1.5


Systems and Malfunctions

The student will learn vehicle systems, methods and processes of vehicle inspections, how to properly recognize truck / trailer malfunctions, as well as how to report any malfunctions.
Prerequisites: Learner’s Permit.
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 5/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 0.5


Non-Vehicle Activities

The student will learn how to properly fill out cargo documentation and will learn how to carefully handle cargo, as well as how to keep track of service log sheets. The students will also learn how to perform first aid, environmental issues, alcohol and drug awareness while operating a vehicle, as well as learn accident procedures and how to handle hazardous materials.
Prerequisites: Learner’s Permit
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 15/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 1.5


Human Trafficking

The student will learn basic information regarding human trafficking as well as current statistics. The student will learn facts about major types of human trafficking, be able to identify potential situations of trafficking and learn when and how to report suspected trafficking.
Prerequisite: None
Lecture/Lab Contact Hours: 5/0
Quarter Credit Hours: 0.5

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