To get a job as a driver, you need to get a commercial learner's permit, attend a CDL class, and get a company truck driving job. You can become a company driver in as little as three weeks, but most programs take around seven weeks to complete.
Step 1: Meet the requirements to become a professional truck driver and get a commercial learner's permit (CLP).
The main requirements are below but make sure to check out your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website to become familiar with commercial driving rules and regulations.
Be at least 21 years old.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all professional truck drivers who drive across state lines to be at least 21 years old. You can obtain a CDL at the age of 18, but you will be limited to driving intrastate, and most trucking companies only hire CDL holders who are 21 years old and older.
Good vision and ability to pass a vision test
Have a clean driving record and solid work history.
Pass a drug test
Step 2: Attend a CDL program.
To earn a CDL, you will have to attend a truck driving school or a community college truck-driving program. Trucking school programs typically last about three weeks, while a program at a community college usually lasts about six weeks. The length of time is based on the type of CDL license and the truck you would like to drive.
Class A license (7- weeks to complete, 168 classroom hours) covers the heaviest of trucks (e.g., flatbed, dry vans, a semi, big rig, or 18-wheeler, truck trailer combinations - double and triple trailers, tractor-trailer buses)
Class B license (4 to 8 weeks to complete, 70 to 120 classroom hours) covers trucks at moderate to heavy in weight (e.g., straight trucks, buses, garbage trucks, dump trucks, delivery trucks, cement mixers)
Class C license (3 weeks to complete) covers smaller vehicles (e.g., delivery trucks, warehouse trucks, large passenger vans for 16 or more passengers)
Step 3: Get a company truck driving job.
Once you have your CDL, you will have access to a wide variety of truck driving jobs. Before starting employment at most companies, you will require to pass a drug and alcohol screen in addition to sharing your work history and passing a background check.