Commercial Truck Driving

Program at a Glance

Commercial Truck Driving is an eight week (240 hours) 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 may earn a Certificate of Completion from either workforce training or college course credit options. Instruction is offered in various formats including Workforce Training, College Credit Program and two-week refresher courses.

Program Requirements for Admission:

  • Commercial Truck Driving Program application
  • DOT Physical and Drug Screen
  • Class A Learner’s Permit (suggested but not required)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • No more than two traffic violations in three years
  • No drug or violent crime in the last seven years

NOTE: In order to enroll in the college course credit program, applicants must meet college admission requirements in addition to the workforce requirements listed above.

Third Party Testing (601-403-1101 or 601-554-4647)

Pearl River Community College (PRCC) conducts third-party testing at the Poplarville Campus and Forrest County Woodall Technology Center. There is a $150 fee for the test and a 48 hour notice requirement to Department of Transportation by PRCC. Test takers must bring truck and trailer, current Driver’s License, CDL Learner’s Permit and proof of registration and insurance. Study materials available.


Depending on the option, program and related fees range from $2,200-$2,600. Fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid may be available:
Workforce Incentive Act (WIA)
Contact Rebekah Jackson at
Veteran’s Administration (VA)
Contact Gloria Wasmund at

What can I expect from a career in Commercial Truck Driving?

Truck drivers and related occupations currently hold 44 percent of all trucking and warehousing jobs. The occupation is projected to grow about as fast as average in the United States, 11 percent, and Mississippi, 14 percent, over the projection decade (EMSI, 2011). Job prospects will be excellent for truck drivers. Truck drivers with hazardous material endorsements will increase their marketability and improve their job prospects considerably (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011). The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $38,200 in May 2012.

For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: