Professional Truck Driving

Perry Technical Institute’s Professional Truck Driving program offers students a diversified curriculum that guides them through the process of becoming a commercially licensed truck driver.

The objective of the program is to provide students with a broad base of knowledge and skills necessary for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and beginning a career in the trucking industry.  Students will learn about safety pre-trip inspections, shifting/operating transmissions, backing and docking, coupling and uncoupling, visual search, speed and space management, extreme driving conditions, maintenance, cargo handling, hours of service, trip planning, and human trafficking.  The Professional Truck Driving curriculum follows the class A training curriculum defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as required by Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 308-100-033.  

The goal for students who successfully complete this program is employment as entry-level commercial truck drivers. The Professional Truck Driving program is 5 weeks in length. The student will earn 8 credit hours, which are 167.5 clock hours.


The student to instructor ratio for the Professional Truck Driving program is no greater than 8:1.

Program Outline

Course NumberTitleClock HoursCredits
PTD 110Classroom Instruction


PTD 111Lab, Range and Observation Training


PTD 112Backing Maneuvers


PTD 113Street Driving Training


PTD 114Proficiency Development


PTD 115Professional Development



Total Clock Hours: 167.5

Total Credit Hours: 8.0

Professional Truck Driving Book and Tool List

The book and tool list for students in the Professional Truck Driving program is intended to be a minimum requirement to complete the program. The book and tool list will be provided no later than the first day of class. For specifics on cost of books, training materials, uniforms, and tools, please refer to Tuition and Fees.

Professional Truck Driving Equipment List

Students in the Professional Truck Driving program utilize the following equipment in addition to a variety of hand and power tools:

Loading Ramps
Air Compressor
Tire Inflation Equipment
Lubrication Equipment
Fluid Dispensing Systems
Refrigeration Units (Refrigerated Trailers)
Load Securing Devices