Truck Driver Training

Truck Driver Training Program

Gaston College’s Truck Driver Training program is being offered through a partnership with Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute. Our Truck Driver Training program consists of classroom instruction, range driving, and road driving to prepare students for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) final test. This test will be administered at the course’s end.

Truck Driver Training

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Truck Driver Training

The total cost for class tuition is $1,999.00.

There are additional costs to obtain your DOT Physical, DOT Drug Screening, Class A Permit, and CDL License, these fees are not included in the total cost for tuition. The cost of the DOT Physical and DOT Drug Screen will vary by the healthcare agency of choice. The cost of the Class A Permit is $64.75, and the Class A License is $107.50 by the NCDMV.

2023 Truck Driver Training Schedule of Classes

Register for Mandatory Orientation by February 20, 2023 for:
CLASS: March 14, 2023 – May 19, 2023
Class meets Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday Online

All classes are limited to 18 students. Registration for mandatory orientation will close
after 18 students have registered.

The remaining 2023 classes will be made available for orientation registration after the previous class has been filled.

CLASS: May 23, 2023 – July 31, 2023
CLASS: August 1, 2023 – October 9, 2023
CLASS: October 10, 2023 – December 19, 2023

Classes are held at International Express Trucking Inc, 1201 E Church St, Cherryville, NC

Admission Requirements

  • Class A CDL Permit required prior to registering for the mandatory orientation.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation session.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • High School Diploma or GED or Reading Placement Test. The Reading Placement Test is needed if you do not have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Pass a DOT physical.
  • Pass a DOT drug screen within 30 days of the first day of class.

How to Register for Mandatory Orientation

Class A CDL Permit required prior to registering for the mandatory orientation. Shortly after class begins, you will be training behind the wheel with an instructor, and the Class A CDL Permit is needed to complete the range and road driving portion of the class. 

Click here to register for mandatory orientation. Be prepared to upload proof of your Class A CDL Permit from the DMV.


Email to make an appointment to register in person.

  • You must bring proof of your Class A CDL Permit and Driver’s License.
  • After your registration is approved you will be notified of the date, time, and location of the mandatory orientation.
  • Failure to attend the mandatory orientation will forfeit your seat in the class.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does Financial Aid (FAFSA) cover this class? No.
  • Do you offer Scholarships? Scholarship funds may be available and will be discussed at orientation.
  • Do you offer weekend or night classes? No.