How Long Does It Take to Become a Truck Driver?

Have you ever wondered about becoming a truck driver, but thought that the process was too detailed and took too long? The good news is that these programs are actually quite quick to complete, and within a few short months you could be starting your new career in trucking. You can often find programs that are either full-time or part-time, based on your particular needs.

Obtaining Your Commercial Driver’s License

Your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) provides you with the license that you need to legally drive a large vehicle such as a truck. The process begins with obtaining your Commercial Instruction Permit, which is the first building block towards your trucking career. There are a variety of different additions to your CDL to allow you to drive a school bus, commercial bus, double or triple trailers and hazardous materials. These are called “endorsements” and will be added to your CDL as you gain skills and hours on the road.

On-the-Road Training

Driving a big rig is vastly different from piloting a traditional car, truck or SUV and requires specialized skills and knowledge that can only be gained through study and extensive practice. In general, prepping for your CDL and required road work involves upwards of 72 hours of classroom time as well as more than 160 hours of range and road operation training. Passing your CDL exam is often the first step towards your career, but many trucking operators require you to receive additional instruction, training and hours of operation before entrusting you with a highly expensive rig.

Becoming a truck driver does require several steps and a fair bit of time, but the good news is that the professionals at M&W Transportation are available with top-notch openings once you’ve completed your certification. Search online for the perfect opportunity today or apply now for truck driving jobs in your area.