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Commercial Truck Driving

Start a Career in Commercial Truck Driving!

Drive your own career and keep America moving forward by joining the legions of commercial truck drivers who are indispensable to our economy. 

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Commercial Truck Driving Interest List

Earn More!

Having a Commercial Truck Driving Certificate of Completion can help you to earn more in a job that can take you across the country. Possible careers include:

  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck driving
  • School and delivery truck drivers

Commercial truck drivers based in the region are earning an average of up to $55,000 or more annually. What’s more, there is no shortage of jobs in the commercial trucking industry; the American Trucking Association says the country is currently facing an estimated shortage of nearly 60,000 commercial truck drivers.

About AHC's Commercial Truck Driving Program

Allan Hancock College Community Education can help you obtain a California Commercial Learner’s Permit and prepare for the behind-the-wheel test. Once students complete our tuition-free program, our students will qualify to take the Class A or B California Commercial Driver’s License exam. Students with a California Class A or B license may be eligible for entry-level positions in the trucking industry.

We do not prepare students for endorsements.


TRCK 7800 - Commercial Truck Driving: Preparation for the Learner’s Permit (Theory)

*Student Attendance is Mandatory for all courses!


  • Must know how to drive Stick-shift!
  • Current Driver's License
  • Student must be 18 years or older.
  • In accordance with §391.11 General qualifications of drivers, drivers must be able to read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records.
  • This course can be repeated three times.​

TRCK 7801 - Yard Skills

  • Includes pre-trip inspections, air brake system testing, and parkiing operations.

TRCK 7802 - Public Road Truck Driving

  • Prepares students to take the road skills test required to obtain a California Commercial Driver's License Class A or B.

*(Optional) TRCK 7803 - Commercial Vehicle Simulator Lab

  • Use computer-aided simulation technology to provide students with added training in a safe environment.


  • Successful completion of TRCK 7800 or equivalent.
  • Possess a valid commercial driver learner's permit.
  • Attendance to the courses is mandatory.
  • One unexcused absence will result in removal from the program. A doctor's note is required for absences due to illness. No other absences are excused.
  • Must pass the DOT drug/alcohol test and medical screening. These tests are at a cost to the student. AHC does not pay for them.
  • Submit the full/complete Medical Examiner's Report (all pages).
  • Provide a DMV 10-year driver history (full report).
  • When taking the DMV exams, students must provide proof of social security number. 
  • Must meet DMV exam limitations
  • Must meet DMV Medical Eligibility.
  • Due to the high demand, this course can be repeated two times.

California Minimum Hours of Training (SB 158)

Class A

Class B

Total Training Hours



*There are a minimum of 30 hours for Class A and 15 hours for Class B

*As of February 7, 2022, entry-level drivers must meet the FMCSA's requirements to obtain a CDL. This includes Theory plus minimum hours of Behind-the-Wheel and Yard Skills.

*All DMV fees and DOT screening costs are the responsibility of the entry-level driver (student).

View class schedule list here: Allan Hancock Class Schedule Search (

Due to the high demand for the program, trips for DMV testing are limited to two attempts.

Students who drop for ANY reason or miss one class will be placed at the end of the interest list!

  • Are you interested in applying? Add your information to the Interest List.
  • A generated interest list randomly selects students for enrollment.
  • Once selected from the lottery, you will need to attend a Mandatory Orientation.
  • Interested students are required to reapply every semester.
  • Students are chosen from the interest list at random.

Due to the new California and federal Department of Transportation regulations that come into effect on Feb 7, 2022, all students must meet program requirements BEFORE starting classes. Therefore, the program orientation is mandatory. (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Subtitle B, Chapter III, Subchapter B, Part 380)

Disclaimer: This program is on a lottery system.

For more information or a program application, contact

Program Brochure - English (downloadable pdf.)