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Eastern's Truck Driving / CDL Program

Career Training in the Transportation Industry

4-week training:
Class hours:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Thursday.
Call 304-434-8000, ext. 257 for program start dates.

Eastern's truck driving program offers career training in the road transportation industry. The program provides up to 160 hours of instruction, including at least two weeks of on-the-road training in a big rig, and prepares trainees to pass West Virginia's CDL Learner's Permit and the state's CDL Licensing exams.

Program graduates qualify for entry-level employment immediately upon obtaining their Class A CDL.

Admission Requirements The Program More Information Financial Aid

Minimum qualifications to apply:

  • 19 years or older
  • at least two years legal driving experience
  • a valid WV driver’s license
  • pass a DOT physical examination
  • pass a drug screen
  • possess a valid high school diploma or GED® or TASC (replaces GED®  in WV to earn a WV High School Equivalency Diploma)
  • copy of driving record from DMV

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The Program

Students receive a total of 160 hours of instruction, divided into two units (2 weeks each):

Component 1: Classroom Theory and Application (Up to 80 Hours as needed)

During the first two weeks, in the classroom, Component 1 introduces students to the most important and essential concepts for professional truck drivers:

  • orientation & preparation for DMV's written test (for the CDL Learner's Permit)
  • securing cargo
  • transporting hazardous materials
  • regulations affecting the industry
  • inspection
  • repair & maintenance
  • map reading & trip planning
  • defensive driving
  • logbook entries.

Component 2: Road/Range Skills (80+ Hours)

For the next two weeks, on the road, Component 2 gives learners the opportunity for hands-on practice of essential tractor-trailer road driving skills, including these and other techniques and maneuvers:

  • basic control skills
  • road driving skills
  • pre-trip inspections
  • straight line & serpentine backing skills
  • coupling & uncoupling skills
  • driving on two-lane & four-lane highways, interstates (Corridor H), city streets & rural roads
  • fuel conservation methods
  • truck parking

Financial Aid

Many students can qualify for financial assistance in the form of state grants through the Workforce Development component of the Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student (HEAPS) grant program.

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For more information, contact Sherry Watts, Director of Workforce Development, at: 304-434-8000 or toll free: 1-877-982-2322 .