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Catalog 2017-2018 
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Commercial Vehicle Operator Certificate

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No. of credits required: 21
Contact: Mary Beth McCollum, Transportation Programs Coordinator

The U. S. Department of Labor predicts that the trucking industry will need to hire, on average 400,000 professional drivers each year for the next decade. Employment opportunities will be available in both local and long distance segments of the transportation industry.

Today’s commercial vehicle operators must be well trained to meet the increased demands of the modern, competitive transportation industry. This program trains individuals in the fundamentals of driving a Class A commercial vehicle, with emphasis on the practical knowledge required for tractor-trailer driving, and the operating and related skills needed to be successful in the transportation industry.

Through lectures, labs, and hands-on exercises, participants learn to safely manage the operation of a commercial vehicle in various driving situations. Both written and verbal communication skills are reinforced through vehicle inspection reporting, accident reporting, and completion of hazardous materials handling documentation. Trip planning and log book exercises that comply with the Department of Transportation regulations for hours of service will emphasize mathematical skills.

Students will be prepared to take the Motor Vehicle Administration Class A Commercial Vehicle License skills exam and can earn the following endorsements: general knowledge, air brakes, combination, doubles/triples, tankers and hazardous materials. The course includes defensive driving training and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations required entry-level driver training certificate. This program is a statewide designated program. For more information see the coordinator.

To gain admission to this program, students must:

  • Have a Department of Transportation physical examination and a drug screening
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Provide a copy of his/her driving record, reflecting no more than three points and zero points for drug or alcohol violations.
  • Submit a petition to the Occupational Training Department at least three weeks prior to the beginning of classes.
  • Random drug and alcohol testing may be conducted during the program.

To take the state exam for a Commercial Driver’s License, persons must be at least 18 years old. Students considering this program should recognize the employment opportunities are limited for persons under 21 years of age.

Offered at the Center for Transportation Training.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 9.

Career Opportunities:

professional truck driver

Gainful Employment:

View Gainful Employment information for this certificate on our website.


Required Courses and Recommended Sequences:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite

**** Pending MHEC approval

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