Earn a CDL in Three Weeks!
Panola College and Rapid Commercial Driver's License Certification have partnered to provide professional truck driving instruction, allowing students to qualify for the CDL certification exam in just three weeks.
Students who complete the Professional Truck Driver I course and pass the Texas Department of Public Safety Commercial Driver's License Exam are eligible to work as a professional truck driver.
Almost every product sold in the United States spends at least some time in a truck, so drivers are in demand with more than three million jobs in the profession.
Truck drivers are needed in the oilfield, by manufacturing companies, food processing companies, retail stores and other employers. Professional truck drivers are in demand with starting pay ranging from $15 to $22 per hour. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in this industry to grow by about 10 percent over the next few years, with almost 300,000 new jobs expected to be created.
Do You Qualify?
To qualify for a CDL, applicants must have clean driving records, pass written tests on rules and regulations, and demonstrate that they can operate commercial trucks safely.
A national database permanently records all driving violations committed by those with a CDL, and applicants whose licenses have been suspended or revoked in other states are not eligible to obtain a license.
Many states allow 18-year-olds to drive trucks within their borders, but in order to cross state lines or obtain special endorsements, drivers must be at least 21.
Drivers must pass a physical exam every two years, must have good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. They must also be able to distinguish between colors on traffic lights. They must have normal use of arms and legs and have normal blood pressure.
Drivers must pass periodic and random drug testing and meet other criteria requited by licensing agencies.
All drivers must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports and communicate with law enforcement officers.
Professional Truck Driver I Training
- 120 Clock hours of instruction
- General knowledge
- Air brakes
- Tanker training
- Hazardous materials training
Instruction complies with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and prepares students to successfully complete the Department of Public Safety Commercial Driver's License exam.
Professional Truck Driver II Training
A refresher course is available for drivers who already hold their commercial driver's licenses and complies with safety and training requirements for many trucking companies.