About our Training
Rogue Community College's Commercial Truck Driver Training provides a Non-Credit Training Certificate (NCTC), approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). It has these unique features:
- Highly-experienced, patient, and professional instructors
- Excellent classroom setting and teaching methods
- College transcript of training and non-credit certificate
- GearMaster Equipment: speed RPM and gear availability indicator system
RCC's program is approved by the Oregon Department of Education to provide high-quality training designed to develop the skills needed for job placement with a company that is compatible with each student’s needs.
Classes are held at the Table Rock campus in White City, and the classroom portion runs Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For the driving portion class runs Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This program consists of 50 hours of classroom instruction and 144 hours of truck yard and open road instruction, delivered in three sections. The final section has 4 students in each one of our two tractors. Three students are observing in the back row seat with one student driving and the instructor in the front passenger seat. Students rotate through driving on each session. This splits driving time between the four students in each tractor for an average of 36 hours each of behind-the-wheel time.
- 3.111, Introduction: Dedicated to studying and reviewing the information required to obtain your Commercial Learner's Permit, and study other introductory materials. Class required as part of the full training, even if you already have your Commercial Learner's Permit.
- 3.112, Advanced Topics: A complete study of what it takes to be a well-rounded professional driver.
- company expectations and successful attitudes required of a professional truck driver
- Instruction on all phases of truck driving techniques
- State and Federal laws as they apply to the transportation industry
- Local and National driving opportunities
- Paper Logbooks, Electronic Log Devices, Cargo Handling & Manifests
- Time management and safety
- Preparation for behind-the-wheel Commercial Driver's License Exam
- 3.113, Practical Applications: Extensive behind-the-wheel instruction covering: pre-trip inspection, brakes test, shifting from square one, all types of backing, coupling and uncoupling, local and city driving, freeway driving, and extensive practice on all types of grades. Includes CDL skills test given by third-party tester.
- Must be at least 18 years and have a valid unexpired Oregon driver license.
- Must have a reasonable driving record for the past five years.
For students 18 - 20 years old, commercial driving within state lines is allowed (intrastate).
You must be at least 21 years old to drive commercial across state lines (interstate).
Driving Record, Industry Standards:
- No more than three moving violation citations in the past three years.
- No major “at fault” accidents in the past five years, and no more than one “at fault” accident in the past 12 months, or more than two in the past five years.
- No DUI, reckless, or negligent violations within the past three years.
- No excessive speed violations in the past three years, fifteen miles or more over posted limit.
- No “Failure to Appears” on Motor Vehicle Record.
- No Felonies within the past seven years.
The above standards reflect current insurance requirements to be competitively employed in the trucking industry. Not meeting these standards will not always prevent a student from entering the RCC Commercial Truck Driving training, but students should be aware of potential employability issues.
Truck Driving students need to apply for their professional truck driving positions (mostly online). RCC will provide all necessary documentation to inquiring Trucking companies to assist in placement of graduates. Search for professional truck driving positions under Resource Links.
Note: If you are self-employed, be prepared to share your Schedule C or 1099 Form with trucking companies as part of the application process. Also needed is a Profit and Loss Statement and reference letters from companies you worked with.
Further information: Contact the RCC Continuing Education at 541-956-7303.