Truck Driving (Commercial), Occupational Certificate

Course Information

Day classes meet Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for six weeks. Weekend classes meet Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 12 weeks. Each student will log approximately 300 miles of actual behind-the-wheel driving pulling empty and loaded trailers. Total truck maintenance and safety, Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and driving courtesy are covered. The commercial truck driving curriculum is designed to provide basic training in preparation for employment as a professional truck driver. A continuing education six-hour defensive driving course is also included.

Upon successful completion of the prescribed course work, students receive an occupational certificate and a Department of Transportation certification. These non-credit courses are approved for Veterans Administration educational assistance. Job assistance is available to qualified students through the commercial truck driving department.

Registration and Fees

Registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that any interested students register early in order to guarantee a place in the class. Payment of the total cost of both courses is due upon registration. Students are asked to contact the department chair for the most recent costs. (Tuition, fees and contact hours are subject to change without notice.) For more information, call 281-476-1886.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the San Jacinto College commercial truck driving courses must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and pass a mandatory drug test.
  • Be in reasonably good physical condition and have no serious physical handicaps. (For guidelines, please read the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Noise Emission Requirements, Chapter III–Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation–Subpart E–Physical Qualifications and Examinations–391.41)
  • If born outside the U.S. or a graduate of a high school outside the U.S., all applicants must be able to provide adequate proof of competency in English or pass the English Proficiency Test administered by the Testing Center at the College. For appointments with the Testing Center, call 281.476.2025.
  • If enrolling with an F-1 Visa, must be certified for English competency and be approved by the International Student Advisor, located in room 156 in the Central Campus Administration Building. For appointments with the advisor, call 281.476.1840.
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.

Central Campus

Course Contact Hours
CVOP 1013 120
COVP 1040 120

Occupational Certificate Total: 246

Capstone Experience: Department of Transportation (DOT) Written and Driving Examination

*Commercial truck driving courses are offered through the cooperation of the Industrial Technology Division and the Continuing Education Office. Students who successfully complete the above course(s) will receive credit in Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equal to 1.0 CEU per 10 contact hours in class.