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At the Southwest Texas Junior College Professional Truck Driver School, our goal is simple - get our students fully trained and on the road to a new high-paying career as quickly as possible. That is why our program offers an 18 day class starting every other Monday.

Admission Requirements

  • Department of Transportation Physical Exam and Drug Test
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • 21 years of age for a Class A Interstate CDL and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) (ages 18 through 20 are eligible for an Intrastate CDL only)
  • Criminal Background Check (conducted by Southwest Texas Junior College)

Workforce Education Course Description

This course covers the content necessary for mastering the skills for the entry-level tractor trailer driver. General truck driving with hands-on skill development and preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written and driving examinations. The curriculum focuses on the skills, knowledge and duties of professional Truck Drivers. Objectives include:

  • Fundamentals of Tractor-trailer operations
  • Tractor-trailer rules and regulations as mandated by State and Federal laws
  • Tractor-trailer safety
  • Logbook and record keeping
  • Day and night driving
  • General employability skills

CVOP 1013 - Professional Truck Driver I - Overview of the State of Texas Class A Commercial Drivers License written test. Includes preparation for mastery of the Commercial Drivers License written examination, general truck driving skills with hands-on component, and instruction coordinated with the Department of Transportation. Students will demonstrate the safe operation and compliance with the law in various maneuvers of a commercial vehicle in different traffic situations; operate a tractor-trailer combination; and maneuver the vehicle safely frontward and backward around various obstacles.

CVOP 1040 - Professional Truck Driver II - A continuation of Professional Truck Driver I. General truck driving with hands-on skill development and instruction coordinated with the Department of Transportation. Students will demonstrate the safe operation and compliance with the law in various maneuvers of a commercial vehicle in different traffic situations; exhibit an understanding of the operation of a tractor-trailer combination; and maneuver the vehicle safely forward and backward around various obstacles.


Contact Information

For more information, you may contact Cesar Talamantes, Lead Instructor at (830) 279-1872 or the Workforce Training and Development Office at (830) 758-4124.