Become an entry-level commercial truck driver in just four weeks!
UCC provides high quality training to help you gain job placement with a company that is compatible with your needs. UCC's four weeks of CDL training excels compared to other programs when you consider the following:
- Professional truck driver certification standards
- Highly experienced, professional instructors
- Modern equipment
- Excellent classroom and teaching methods that provide the depth of understanding needed to be successful
- High-quality training to help you gain job placement with the best companies
- More behind-the-wheel time than comparable programs
Training is provided by an accredited institution with well-established policies and procedures as described in the UCC Student Handbook and College Catalog.
The Umpqua Community College Commercial Truck Driving program includes classroom training covering: logbooks, trip planning, and preparation for all endorsements except passenger. This is followed by road/yard training covering: behind-the-wheel driving, backing, chaining up, make and brake, and completion of the CDL drive test.
Have you had a commercial driver license in the past and just need refresher training? Sign up for CDL Class A Refresher Training.
Completion of this program could lead to employment as one of the following:
- Chip Hauler
- Local Delivery Driver
- Log Hauler
- Long-Haul Truck Driver
- Sand and Gravel Hauler
The trucking industry expects to hire about 80,000 new drivers every year for the next 10 years, according to a survey done by the American Trucking Association.
Women and minorities may have even greater opportunities.
UCC provides graduates with job placement assistance. Recruiters from local and national trucking companies visit UCC classes. It is common for students to have multiple job offers before graduation. However, UCC makes NO guarantee of a job. You are encouraged to research and choose the trucking company that best suits your needs rather than accept the first offer. It is strongly recommended that students stay with the first company who employs them for at least 1 year.
Once you complete the program, it is very important you keep the school informed of your current address and phone numbers. You will receive periodic follow-up placement inquiries from UCC to document job placement.
In addition, UCC requests that you notify the school once you have gone to work for a trucking company, again after 30 days of work, and again after you have been on the job for 90 days.
UCC has a pre-approval program. Several employers participate in this program. See the Commercial Truck Driving program coordinator for details.
For more information about this field, you may want to explore the Oregon Labor Market Information System website.
View / Download catalog information for Professional Truck Driving Certification
If you are interested in this program, you must meet the following prerequisites:
- Placement into MTH 010, Math Skills; RD 080, Basic Reading; and WR 090, Writing Skills.
- Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license with at least one year driving experience and a clean driving record for the last five years.
- Must have no felony convictions in the last seven years (Hazmat requirement).
- Must pass a DOT physical and have a clean urinalysis (DOT pre-employment drug screen).
- Must provide verifiable past work history or schooling.
- Must be at least 18 years old to drive intrastate, 21 years old to drive interstate. Most insurance companies will not accept drivers under 23 years old. If you are not yet 23, you must see the Commercial Truck Driving program coordinator as your employment may be limited (See Industry Standards).
Once you have met the program prerequisites, you need to obtain a CDL permit with Airbrake and Combination Vehicle endorsements through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to register for the class.
Classroom portion will be held 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for one week.
Road and yard training will be held 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for three weeks (with a few exceptions for Third Party Tester availability).
At UCC, you can earn a variety of certificates and degrees that can enhance your current career or place you in the workforce sooner. Plus, UCC offers:
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• Online classes
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Judy Ode - Contact
Coordinator, Community and Workforce Training