Truck Driver Training

Want to change gears quickly? Our nine-week Truck Driver Training certificate can help you get a job or a better position quickly.

New technologies are impacting the field, especially for long-distance truck drivers. Satellites and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) provide instant information to drivers and dispatchers. Greenville Technical College provides a strong knowledge base in the latest technologies along with extensive hands-on experience so that you feel comfortable and confident from your first day on the job. 

A career you can count on

Truck drivers deliver everything from automobiles to canned foods. Firms of all types rely on trucks for pickup and delivery of goods since no other form of transportation can deliver goods door to door.

Truck drivers and driver/sales workers held over 1.2 million jobs in 2010, and the job outlook is favorable with good salaries predicted.

Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

Is Truck Driver Training right for you?

Prior to acceptance students must

  • interview with a faculty member.
  • be a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident.
  • hold a valid driver’s license that is not currently suspended or pending a suspension.
  • be at least 18 years of age to drive locally and at least 21 years of age to drive interstate.
  • have no felony convictions involving a motor vehicle.
  • be able to pass a physical examination and drug screen set by the Department of Transportation in which the student must have 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses, no defects or disease that would interfere with safe driving, no addictions to alcohol or drugs of any form, and be able to pass drug screening. This physical must be done two weeks prior to training.
  • meet with department head to discuss physical requirements of the program and job opportunities, if over 60 years of age.
  • have a command of the English language, reading at or above the 10th grade level.

What you’ll learn in the program

State and federal regulations govern the qualifications and standards for truck drivers. The Truck Driver Training Certificate program, offered at SCTAC (formerly the Donaldson Center), trains truck drivers in

  • long haul
  • short haul
  • local operations
  • basics of over-the-road travel
  • rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation

State and federal regulations dictate that drivers of trucks designed to carry 26,000 pounds or more must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) from the state of residence. Graduates of the program may qualify for a Class A CDL by passing the written test and demonstrating safe operation of a commercial truck.

Registration and class schedules

Registration sessions for upcoming classes will be held on the following date(s):  


Spring Class: Day Session 1, January 13 - March 13, 2014  

  • Class is full

Spring Class: Day Session 2, February 24 - May 1, 2014  

  • Class is full

Spring Class: Evening Session, January 13 - May 1, 2014  

  • Class is full

Summer Class: Day Session, May 19 - July 31, 2014

  • Open Registration: April 17th, 1- 4 p.m. Arrival by 12:30 p.m. is recommended.
  • Registration continues by appointment only (until class has filled).
  • Call (864) 277-2845 for your appointment. 

Summer Class: Evening Session, May 19 - August 7, 2014

  • Open Registration: April 17th, 1- 4 p.m. Arrival by 12:30 p.m. is recommended.
  • Registration continues by appointment only (until class has filled).
  • Call (864) 277-2845 for your appointment.


Get started today

  1. Go to any campus or to the Admissions and Registration Center at McAlister Square to complete your application and take placement tests.
  2. Select your preferred class session (see list below) and attend the corresponding Open Registration event for that class. Come prepared to meet with a faculty member for an interview and learn more about the process to take this class.
    Classes fill up fast and seats are limited, so mark your calendar!
  3. Meet with the advisor and pay all fees for the class.
  4. We accept checks, money orders or cashier’s checks. CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Program details and courses

Truck Driver Training
Certificate in Applied Science

This nine-week program, offered at SCTAC (formerly the Donaldson Center), trains entry-level commercial truck drivers in long haul, short haul and local operations, basics for over-the-road travel, and the rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation.

Read more from our current catalog (pdf)…

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Truck Driver Training.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.