Before you can become a truck driver, you must complete training at a truck driving school. Your training will include handling and maintaining your truck, as well as additional preparation you will need to pass the CDL exam. If you’re considering applying to truck driving school, keep reading to learn more about the admissions requirements at HDS Truck Driving Institute.
Before applying to truck driving school, you must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. If you have neither of these, you must instead pass an approved Ability-to-Benefit test to be admitted.
There are two types of licenses you can pursue: an intrastate license or an interstate license. If you’re applying to train for an intrastate license, you must be 18 years old by the time you complete your CDL training. You must be 21 or older by the end of your training to receive an interstate license.
While English does not need to be your first language to become a trucker, you must show proficiency in the language. You must demonstrate the ability to read and speak English well enough to understand road signs, make official reports and entries, and converse with trainers and other drivers.
All applicants to truck driving school must pass a drug screening test. You must also be able to pass a Department of Transportation medical exam to prove that you can operate a truck without posing a safety hazard to yourself or others.
To qualify for a commercial driver’s license, you must already hold a valid Arizona driver’s license. You must also show proof of at least one year of driving experience in a standard vehicle. A valid U.S. social security card is also required for admission to trucking school.
Are you ready to apply for CDL training in Tucson? Call HDS Truck Driving Institute today at (877) 205-2141 or stop by one of our open house events to learn more about the application process. You can also find additional information about applications and financial aid on our website.