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Professional Truck Driving School

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.


Workforce Education Course Evaluation Form


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.