Commercial Truck Driving

Commercial Truck Driver Certification

Truck DrivingUCC is continuing to accept truck students during the closure. Interested students can call 541-440-4668 for information.

UCC provides high quality training to help you gain job placement with a company that is compatible with your needs. UCC's four weeks of CDL training excels compared to other programs when you consider the following:

  • Professional truck driver certification standards
  • Highly experienced, professional instructors
  • Excellent classroom and teaching methods that provide the depth of understanding needed to be successful
  • High-quality training to help you gain job placement with the best companies
  • More behind-the-wheel time than comparable programs

Training is provided by an accredited institution with well-established policies and procedures as described in UCC Student Handbook and College Catalog.

The Umpqua Community College Professional Truck Driver certification includes classroom training covering: log books, trip planning, and hours of service. This is followed by road/yard training covering; behind-the wheel driving, entry-level driver training, 3 types of backing, and pre-trip practice.

Students have two options for registration/completion of the 160 hour classroom/behind the wheel program:

  1. Non-credit training – 160 hours that prepares you to enter the field of truck driving and test to earn your Commercial Driver License (CDL). Non Credit Training is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
  2. Earn up to 10 college credits towards the Trucking & Transportation Logistics Certificate. In order to obtain the credit based Certification, students also take the Transportation Customer Service course and complete a minimum of 100 hours of Cooperative Work Experience which includes a sixteen hour seminar. This Certificate is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Class B Driver’s License Training

Umpqua Community College offers Class B CDL training that allows individuals to drive the second heaviest weight class of commercial vehicles. If you are looking to drive a bus or straight truck, contact the Community and Workforce Training office at 541-440-4668 for information.

Refresher Course

Umpqua Community College offers training if you have a CDL and need additional hours to improve or refresh your skills. Contact the Community & Workforce Training office at 541-440-4668 for more information.

Careers

Completion of this program could lead to employment as one of the following:

  • Chip Hauler
  • Local Delivery Driver
  • Log Hauler
  • Long-Haul Truck Driver
  • Sand and Gravel Hauler

The trucking industry expects to hire about 80,000 new drivers every year for the next 10 years, according to a survey done by the American Trucking Association.

Women and minorities may have even greater opportunities.

UCC provides graduates with job placement assistance. Recruiters from local and national trucking companies visit UCC classes. It is common for students to have multiple job offers before graduation. However, UCC makes NO guarantee of a job. You are encouraged to research and choose the trucking company that best suits your needs rather than accept the first offer. It is strongly recommended that students stay with the first company who employs them for at least 1 year.

Once you complete the program, it is very important you keep the school informed of your current address and phone numbers. You will receive periodic follow-up placement inquiries from UCC to document job placement.

In addition, UCC requests that you notify the school once you have gone to work for a trucking company, after 30 days of work, and again after you have been on the job for 90 days.

Catalog Info

View / Download catalog information for Professional Truck Driver Certificate

Program Requirements

If you are interested in this program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Must have a valid Oregon driver’s license with at least one year driving experience.
  • Must have no felony convictions in the past seven years if applying for Hazmat.
  • Must pass a DOT physical and have a clean urinalysis (DOT pre-employment drug screen).
  • Must provide verifiable work history or schooling.
  • Must be at least 18 years old to drive intrastate, 21 years old to drive interstate. Most trucking companies will require you to be at least 23 years old. Be sure to check in with the program coordinator if you have questions.

Classroom Hours

Classroom portion will be held 7 am to 3:30 pm for one week. Road and yard training will be held 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for three weeks (with a few exceptions for longer-earlier mornings or the night drive. 3rd Party Tester will come in the week following class to begin testing. Classes begin every six weeks on average and an evening/weekend option is offered 1-2 times annually.

Program Costs

Cost Sheet through June 2020

Payment Method Options

  1. Cash, Check or Money Order
  2. Visa, Master or Debit Card
  3. Student Loans/Personal Loans

Payment or proof of funding from another source is required at the time of registration. Enrollment is limited and seats are slotted by Truck Coordinator when a potential student has completed requirements outlined in Getting Started - Professional Truck Driving and provided payment or confirmed funding source.

Possible Funding Agencies

South Coast Business, Inc. 541-464-2359
Vocational Rehabilitation 541-440-3371
Employment Department 541-440-3344
Veteran's Financial Aid Specialist 541-440-4621
   

Contact

UCC Community & Workforce Training - Truck Driving Program

Community & Workforce Training Building,1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg OR,  UCC Campus - map
541-440-4668

Visit the Community & Workforce Training website

Next Steps

Review the information at Getting Started - Professional Truck Driving and attend a UCC Truck Driving Information Sessions are held weekly in the CWT Office. Please check in at the CWT reception desk.

  • Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 9 a.m.