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Truck Driving

Technical Diploma

10 Credits | Less than 1 Year

Multiple Start Dates

6/8/20, 6/29/20, 7/20/20, 9/8/20, 9/28/20, 10/19/20

New Richmond, Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Join a growing field where there is a demand for truck drivers in local and long distance employment. Learn from instructors who are state-certified examiners and become fully prepared to successfully complete the CDL Road Test. You will be on your way to a rewarding career!  

Program Overview

Professional truck drivers are responsible for the safe, efficient delivery of goods between locations. Spend time behind the wheel learning how to maneuver trucks in a variety of real-world scenarios. You will develop backing and driving skills through classroom, lab, range and roadway experiences. Non-technical skills such as communications will also be discussed. With successful completion of this program, you will have the ability to obtain your Commercial Driver's License. Opportunities to earn additional CDL endorsements will also be available. 

The CDL test is not included within the Truck Driving program. Testing fees are set by the state of Wisconsin. To test and receive your CDL, you have the option to test at WITC or with any examiner in Wisconsin. Testing through WITC reduces some of the process for you. Please expect an additional fee for the test.

Program Outcomes

Truck Driving graduates will be able to:

  • Perform Basic Truck Driving Operations
  • Adhere to Safe truck driving operating procedures
  • Explain advanced operating practices
  • Explain vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions
  • Comply with non-driving activity activities

There is a current high demand for entry level truck drivers in local and long distance employment. After your 10 week program you will find yourself behind the wheel in a satisfying career. Entry level salaries are generally in excess of $40,000 per year with potential to earn more than $60,000 per year with experience. Most employers also offer health, vacation and retirement benefits. 

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High-demand job.

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Excellent starting wages.

A WITC truck

Rewarding career. 


Your ultimate goal is to earn your Commercial Driver’s License. Learn from those who have work experience in the industry and who conduct CDL tests for the State of Wisconsin. Be better prepared to successfully pass your CDL tests, from vehicle pre-trip inspections, to basic control skills and the road test. 

Truck Driving is a 10-week program offered at the New Richmond and Rice Lake campuses with coursework in the classroom, on the driving range and on the road.  

Beginners or Experienced

You will cover the basics from learning how to document hours of service, cargo handling and how to drive and shift an 18-wheeler.  Advanced activities will be learning how to maneuver and back a big rig in challenging situations. 

Real-World Training Opportunities

Through classroom and behind the wheel instruction, you will experience realistic situations that you can expect to encounter behind the wheel of a truck. Experience rural, small town and urban driving settings that will better prepare you for working in the trucking industry. 


You will get to see actual terminal operations and talk with employers as well as seeing DOT weight enforcement personnel on the job.  


This 10 week program will lead you to a Truck Driving technical diploma and the ability to obtain your Commercial Driver’s License. With safety as priority, progress from basic driving skills to more advanced operations. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Truck Driving Courses

| 3 CR
This is the first of three courses in the Truck Driving technical diploma. Become prepared for entry-level positions as a commercial driver and understand basic information about trucks and their operation. You will need to present your DOT physical (Fed-Med) card and drug test, CDL Permit (CLP) prior to enrolling in the course. If you need assistance with passing the CLP, refer to the CDL Theory course designed to help you prepare for the test.
| 3 CR
This is the second of three courses in the Truck Driving technical diploma. This course will focus on obtaining the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) while highlighting industry regulations, trip planning, hours of service, and driver safety. Corequisite: 30458304 Truck Driving - Semi Level 1.
| 4 CR
This is the third and final course in the Truck Driving technical diploma. Refine the skills learned in the first two levels assuring readiness for the industry (and to obtain a CDL). The primary focus includes entry-level requirements, program certifications, advanced operations, and technical backing skills. Corequisite: 30458305 Truck Driving - Semi Level 2.

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out the application form. 

Tuition and Fees

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Program-Specific Requirements

  • View the requirements that must be met before the first day of class
    • Submit a WITC Admissions Application

    • Must be 18 years of age or older

    • Verification of valid driver’s license

    • Pass the DOT physical exam and FMCSA Pre-Employment drug test

      • Prior to DOT physical exam and drug test, contact WITC Student Services to acquire a Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form. This form will need to be brought to appointment. 

      • Visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website to search for certified Medical Examiners. When making an appointment, state that you are in need of a DOT physical exam and a pre-employment drug screening. Bring personal identification

        • Qualified site in Rice Lake includes: Mayo Clinic Health System, 715.286.8500.

        • Qualified sites in New Richmond include: Brown Chiropractic, Dr. Donald Brown, 715.246.2110 or New Richmond Clinic, Dr. David O. Degear, 715.243.3400

    • Contact WITC Student Services to acquire a Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

    • Provide a copy of CDL Class A permit with air brakes

      • To obtain a permit you will need to pass three written tests at the nearest Wisconsin Department of Transportation office.

        • The test includes: 1. General Knowledge, 2. Air Brakes, 3. Combination Vehicles. There is no fee to take the tests, but there is an additional fee for the CDL permit. An individual is given five attempts to pass the test on each section. If an individual cannot pass the test on the fifth time, they will have to wait one calendar year from the date of the first attempt to restart the testing process. Tests can be taken individually by section. Please refer to the manual to study for the test. WITC also offers a CDL Permit Prep and CDL Permit Prep Online course each term. 

        • Wisconsin Commercial Motor Vehicle Manual (CMV)

        • Proof of DOT physical and citizenship will be required at DMV before issuance of your CDL permit. 

    • Meet all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) requirements

      • FMCSA - Regulations, Section 49 CFR

        • After opening the above link, click on the title for Part 391: Qualifications of Drivers and Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) Driver Instructors. This will open a new window and you should refer to Subpart E: 391.41 Physical Qualifications for Drivers. 
          NOTE: It is recommended that Truck Driving students enroll in all three Truck Driving courses (30458304, 30458305, and 30458303) at the same time to ensure space availability.


Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

Truck Driving

10 Credits | Less than 1 year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Truck Driving Program

Upon completion of the program, you will have the ability to obtain your Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

WITC’s Truck Driving program is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, WITC has not made a determination whether this program meets the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state to verify that the WITC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

For more information, visit:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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