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College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving

5252 Treasure Valley Way, Nampa, ID 83687

(800) 442-3221 | Website

If you are looking for a career that provides independence and numerous opportunities, a career as a professional truck driver is waiting for you. The CWI Professional Truck Driving program will train you to become an entry-level, over-the-road driver in the commercial trucking industry. Our program includes classroom, live simulator, and on-the-road training with special emphasis on developing safe and efficient operating skills. Skilled and professional drivers are in demand and can expect good wages and excellent benefits. This program is located near CWI’s Nampa Campus—and includes a driving range for practice, backing, docking, and parking.

This program offers the student 15 weeks of comprehensive training for the truck driving industry. The program will help the student develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in today's job market. It will also provide the skills needed to apply for, and acquire, an entry level truck driving position. Our staff has over 200 years experience in a variety of trucking disciplines. Our goal is to serve our community and help train in a profession that has shown resilience in all economic conditions.

- Learn skills and procedures for handling freight, loading and unloading, dock loading, and trailer combinations and their uses

- Skills needed to handle trucks in urban and heavy traffic situations, difficult weather conditions, steep inclines and downgrades, highways, and so much more

- Learn Department of Transportation regulations and interstate rules and requirements you will need to know

- On-the-job skills that include, but are not limited to: keeping log books, accident avoidance, and reporting procedures

This program is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and background for employment as an over-the-road entry-level driver. Initially, you will practice driving in non-traffic areas and attend class at our location in Nampa.

As your skills advance and your confidence increase you will progress to driving our big rig on the open road. You will learn the skills and procedures for handling freight, loading and unloading, dock loading, and trailer combinations and their uses. You will also gain the skills needed to deal with trucks in urban and dense traffic situations, severe weather conditions, steep inclines and downgrades, highways, and so much more. The program covers all of the Department of Transportation regulations and interstate rules and requirements you will need to know. You will also gain valuable on-the-job skills that include, but are not limited to keeping log books, accident avoidance, and reporting procedures. All students must meet the Department of Transportation’s physical standards, have a Department of Motor Vehicles driver’s record check, and pass the state commercial driver’s license exam. Special fees apply to this program, see below for more information.


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