How to Become a Truck Driver
Trucking remains one of the most important ways that goods get from one place to another, and truck drivers have been a part of this transportation network for decades. So, how do you get behind the wheel and start training to become a professional trucker? At NETTTS, we offer truck driver training in New England for students who are ready to begin their training to enter this field. We’re sharing tips on how to become a trucker so you can learn more about this profession and learn how you can get behind the wheel.
How Do You Become a Truck Driver?
There are a few things that you’ll want to think about as you plan for a future in trucking. Here are a few of our recommended steps towards becoming a truck driver:
- Think about how you’ll practice and consider a truck driving school. First, you’ll want to consider how you will practice CDL training. You should plan to have access to a Commercial Motor Vehicle to practice on, and you’ll also need a place to do this. If you have your Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) and want to drive on public roadways, you’ll need a valid CDL holder to be in the truck with you at all times. At NETTTS, we can help train you for your CLP and can provide all of the necessary training equipment included in our training programs.
- Should you attend CDL driving school. Students attend our truck driving school so they can learn the ins and outs of trucking as they work towards getting their CDL. What do you learn in truck driver school? Students learn many aspects of trucking at NETTTS before they even climb in a truck. This can include pre-trip inspection, defensive driving techniques, air brake systems, and a lot more of what they may need to get their CDL. Then, of course, students learn behind the wheel. They practice a series of backing and turning maneuvers in our training yard, then next hit the road with one of our CDL driving instructors.
- Take your CDL test. Upon completion of our training programs, graduates take their CDL test with the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. The two main CDL license types for truckers that we train for are Class A and Class B. Each state may have unique rules for taking the CDL test and our team can help answer specific questions you have.
- Undergo testing and a physical. Most states require potential truckers to undergo drug testing as a part of their CDL process. They are also required to undergo a DOT physical that measures a potential driver’s overall wellness. This helps to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on the road.
- Get your CDL and complete driving school. After finishing up any necessary CDL and state level testing, you’re ready to start applying to companies and begin your path as a trucker. Our team at NETTTS offers truck driver Job Placement assistance and works with students throughout their time in school to find a good company match for when they graduate.
How long does it take to become a trucker?
The answer depends on a number of different factors. Are you thinking about a Class A or Class B license? Do you have any prior experience with trucks or heavy equipment? What kind of training schedule works best for you? The number of days you’re in trucking school and the hours you’re putting into becoming a trucker can influence how long it takes you to become prepared and confident behind the wheel. If you want to find out how to become a truck driver, contact our team today to learn more about the courses and financial aid options we offer to those that qualify!
NETTTS Director of Career Services, Sarah Packer brings over 15 years’ recruiting and employment experience. Sarah’s previous experience includes serving as a Recruiter for a Health Care company and managing a Human Resources and recruiting team. Sarah is very passionate about assisting our students obtain employment after graduation. Sarah has assisted over 1,000 students obtain employment since she started here at NETTTS.