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Commercial Driver Training

  • 6 Months
  • 120 Course Hours
  • $850

Overview

Train to Earn Your Commercial Drivers License

The industry is facing a shortage of more than 50,000 long-haul truck drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. As the economy grows, so will the demand for goods and the need for these long-haul carriers. In fact, the jobs in the trucking industry will grow by 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Earning a commercial driver's license (CDL) is the baseline for breaking into the trucking industry. While a CDL is needed to become a commercial truck driver, it also allows you to operate large passenger buses, flatbed trucks, and more based on the Class of license.

The Commercial Driver Training course will teach you the skills you need to start a career as a commercial truck driver. You will learn about transporting cargo, operating commercial vehicles, and handling hazardous materials. You will also gain workplace preparedness soft skills, which increase your employability to prospect employers. When you finish this course, you will be prepared to sit for and pass your state's Commercial Drivers' License written exam.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Driving safety
  • Transporting cargo
  • Transporting passengers
  • Combination vehicles
  • Tank vehicles
  • Hazardous materials

How you will benefit

  • Complete self-study preparation to obtain a commercial driver's license
  • Gain in-demand soft skills to improve your employability

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 6-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course.


Job Outlook

With an estimated 1.6 million drivers moving around 70% of the total freight in the U.S., trucking is an enormous industry with enormous manpower requirements.

Earn $45,000+ Annually
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $45,260 in May 2019.
 
Expected 2% Job Growth
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029.  As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.

 

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Speaker or headphones.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software is not included in the cost of enrollment. All software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

 

Curriculum

Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1
Pretest
Understanding Self-Esteem
Setting Goals
Learning Styles
Professional Uses of Technology
Security in Technology
21st-Century Written Business Communication
Time Management
Stress Management
Anger Management
Conflict Resolution Strategies
Communication and Diversity
Communication in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment Awareness
Ethical Behavior
Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2
Pretest
Basics of Note-Taking
Reading Comprehension
Understanding and Improving Study Habits
Memory Techniques
Test-Tasking Skills
Effective Environments for Learning
Distractions and Deterrents to Educational Success
What is Motivation?
Self-Motivation
Trust and Motivation
Change as a Motivator
Embracing Change
Critical Thinking Basics
Problem Solving Model
Decision Making
Improving Decision Making
Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1
Pretest
Communication Overview
Verbal Communication
Verbal Business Communication
Written Communication
Written Business Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
Effective Communication
Active Listening
Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
Communicating in Difficult Situations
Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
Communicating by Telephone
Networking for Success
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2
Pretest
What is Stress?
Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Sources of Stress
Techniques for Managing Stress
Anxiety and Stress
Mindset and Stress
Stress and Values Clarification
Stress at Work
Emotional Intelligence (EI)
Emotional Intelligence Skills
Understanding Anger
Anger Cycle
Anger Management
Conflict Basics
Conflict Resolution
Addressing Violent Situations
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1
Pretest
Budgeting
Saving
Credit
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Personal Wellness
Self-Awareness
Positive Self-Talk
Accountability
Self-Management
Tips and Tricks for Smooth Living
Crisis Management
Using Critical Thinking in Work and Life
Lifelong Learning
Balancing Work and Life
Pros and Cons of Social Media
Basic Professionalism
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2
Pretest
Introduction to Time Management
Time Management Types and Styles
Procrastination
Time Management Antagonists
Time Management Strategies
Personal Productivity
Handling Information Overload
Setting Priorities
Diversity in the Workplace
Tolerance and Respect
Respect and Employment
Becoming the Go-To Person
Advancing in a Job
Cooperation and Compromise
Influencing and Persuading
Giving and Receiving Feedback and Criticism
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1
First Aid
First Aid: Guidelines and Precautions
First Aid: Physical Injuries and Emergencies
First Aid: Physiological Incidents and Emergencies
Bloodborne Pathogens
Medical Emergency Awareness
HIV/AIDS Awareness
Pretrip Air Brake Inspection
Knowing Your Route
Vehicle Operation
Blind Spots/Danger Zones and Mirrors
Backing and Turnabout Maneuvers
Inclement Weather and Adverse Conditions
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2
Driving
On the Road
Road Awareness
Safety
Sharing the Road
Traffic Lanes
Turning
The Threat of Road Rage
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam

 

Instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


 

FAQs

WHAT DO COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS DO? 
Commercial truck drivers operate tractor-trailers and other large vehicles to transport cargo over various distances. While some may work in a local area making deliveries to businesses and residences, others may travel long distances or carry non-traditional cargo, such as hazardous materials.
 
WILL I HAVE HANDS ON PRACTICE DRIVING A TRUCK IN THIS COURSE? 
No, this course only prepares you for the written portion of the commercial truck driver exam.
 
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 6-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

Overview

Train to Earn Your Commercial Drivers License

The industry is facing a shortage of more than 50,000 long-haul truck drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. As the economy grows, so will the demand for goods and the need for these long-haul carriers. In fact, the jobs in the trucking industry will grow by 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Earning a commercial driver's license (CDL) is the baseline for breaking into the trucking industry. While a CDL is needed to become a commercial truck driver, it also allows you to operate large passenger buses, flatbed trucks, and more based on the Class of license.

The Commercial Driver Training course will teach you the skills you need to start a career as a commercial truck driver. You will learn about transporting cargo, operating commercial vehicles, and handling hazardous materials. You will also gain workplace preparedness soft skills, which increase your employability to prospect employers. When you finish this course, you will be prepared to sit for and pass your state's Commercial Drivers' License written exam.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Driving safety
  • Transporting cargo
  • Transporting passengers
  • Combination vehicles
  • Tank vehicles
  • Hazardous materials

How you will benefit

  • Complete self-study preparation to obtain a commercial driver's license
  • Gain in-demand soft skills to improve your employability

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 6-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course.


Job Outlook

With an estimated 1.6 million drivers moving around 70% of the total freight in the U.S., trucking is an enormous industry with enormous manpower requirements.

Earn $45,000+ Annually
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $45,260 in May 2019.
 
Expected 2% Job Growth
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029.  As the demand for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.

 

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Speaker or headphones.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software is not included in the cost of enrollment. All software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

 

Curriculum

Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1
Pretest
Understanding Self-Esteem
Setting Goals
Learning Styles
Professional Uses of Technology
Security in Technology
21st-Century Written Business Communication
Time Management
Stress Management
Anger Management
Conflict Resolution Strategies
Communication and Diversity
Communication in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment Awareness
Ethical Behavior
Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2
Pretest
Basics of Note-Taking
Reading Comprehension
Understanding and Improving Study Habits
Memory Techniques
Test-Tasking Skills
Effective Environments for Learning
Distractions and Deterrents to Educational Success
What is Motivation?
Self-Motivation
Trust and Motivation
Change as a Motivator
Embracing Change
Critical Thinking Basics
Problem Solving Model
Decision Making
Improving Decision Making
Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1
Pretest
Communication Overview
Verbal Communication
Verbal Business Communication
Written Communication
Written Business Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
Effective Communication
Active Listening
Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
Communicating in Difficult Situations
Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
Communicating by Telephone
Networking for Success
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2
Pretest
What is Stress?
Signs and Symptoms of Stress
Sources of Stress
Techniques for Managing Stress
Anxiety and Stress
Mindset and Stress
Stress and Values Clarification
Stress at Work
Emotional Intelligence (EI)
Emotional Intelligence Skills
Understanding Anger
Anger Cycle
Anger Management
Conflict Basics
Conflict Resolution
Addressing Violent Situations
Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1
Pretest
Budgeting
Saving
Credit
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Personal Wellness
Self-Awareness
Positive Self-Talk
Accountability
Self-Management
Tips and Tricks for Smooth Living
Crisis Management
Using Critical Thinking in Work and Life
Lifelong Learning
Balancing Work and Life
Pros and Cons of Social Media
Basic Professionalism
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2
Pretest
Introduction to Time Management
Time Management Types and Styles
Procrastination
Time Management Antagonists
Time Management Strategies
Personal Productivity
Handling Information Overload
Setting Priorities
Diversity in the Workplace
Tolerance and Respect
Respect and Employment
Becoming the Go-To Person
Advancing in a Job
Cooperation and Compromise
Influencing and Persuading
Giving and Receiving Feedback and Criticism
Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1
First Aid
First Aid: Guidelines and Precautions
First Aid: Physical Injuries and Emergencies
First Aid: Physiological Incidents and Emergencies
Bloodborne Pathogens
Medical Emergency Awareness
HIV/AIDS Awareness
Pretrip Air Brake Inspection
Knowing Your Route
Vehicle Operation
Blind Spots/Danger Zones and Mirrors
Backing and Turnabout Maneuvers
Inclement Weather and Adverse Conditions
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
 
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2
Driving
On the Road
Road Awareness
Safety
Sharing the Road
Traffic Lanes
Turning
The Threat of Road Rage
Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam

 

Instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


 

FAQs

WHAT DO COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS DO? 
Commercial truck drivers operate tractor-trailers and other large vehicles to transport cargo over various distances. While some may work in a local area making deliveries to businesses and residences, others may travel long distances or carry non-traditional cargo, such as hazardous materials.
 
WILL I HAVE HANDS ON PRACTICE DRIVING A TRUCK IN THIS COURSE? 
No, this course only prepares you for the written portion of the commercial truck driver exam.
 
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 6-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

Registration Information

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

The Commercial Driver Training program is 100% online and allows you to enroll at any time.  After enrolling you will have 6-months to complete the program at a pace that is convenient for you.  You can get started today by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below and completing your registration at our partner ed2go site.