Truck Driving


The mission of the Truck Driving Program is to prepare students for “entry-level” employment as tractor-trailer drivers by providing the identi­fied knowledge and performance skills neces­sary to pass the Commercial Driver’s test. The Truck Driving Program prepares individuals to build skills in safety practices, operation, vehicle maintenance, and non-vehicle activities associated with truck driving.  Instruction includes the operation of vehicles on the interstate, on two-lane highways, in the city, backing and maneuvering.  Also included are recordkeeping, and performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and defensive driving.

Truck driving prepares students to pass the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test. TCAT enrolls each month into the seven week program. This is a full time program, Monday-Friday. The course is divided into two sessions. The first session consist of three weeks of classroom instruction at TCAT Livingston. After completing the class work and receiving a learner’s permit, you will begin four weeks of training with a driving instructor.


Information Detail
Time Commitment Part Time
Typical Program Length 2 Months
Clock Hours 222
Class Type Day
Credentials Certificate
Total Tuition/Fees $1,536.00
Textbook/Supplies Cost $68.00

Program Credentials

Option NameHoursCredentials
Truck Driving222Certificate

New students enroll every month as space is available.

Requirements: The following criteria must be completed before you are given a start date, with the exception of the DMV check and drug test which you will be required to obtain 30 days before  you start the class (at a designated health care facility). You must pass the drug test and DMV check. If you do not pass the drug test and DMV check you will not be able to attend the class. You must also obtain the CDL Permit prior to class. 

Step 1:  Must be 18 years of age & a U.S. Citizen

Step 2:  Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s License

Step 3:  Obtain DOT physical (Certified Medical Exam).

Step 4: Must obtain DOT Learner Permit. 

Step 5:  Complete TCAT Livingston’s online application at

Step 6: Apply for financial aid at

Step 7: Submit copies of DOT physical (Certified Medical Exam), DOT Learners Permit, and Tennessee driver license. At this time, you will obtain a start date.   *Within 30 days of class start date: (If not submitted a week before class starts you will lose you start date)

Step 8:  Student will provide Student Services with the following documents:

Copy of your Ten Year Motor Vehicle Report. You can get your MVR by visiting or by going to the Driver Service Center at 4600 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38506.

Complete a drug screen at Quality Medical Center-15 Walker Hill Street Crossville, TN 38555. 931-484-1100 **(Must pick up paperwork from TCAT Livingston to take to location). Quality Medical Center will contact you with results and then send a copy of the results to TCAT. A random drug test may be a possibility at any time.

Both items must be submitted by deadline. Any delay in the Admissions process listed above WILL DELAY ENROLLMENT.

Cost: There is financial aid available for this program for current TN residents. Student cannot have used the TN lottery or TN reconnect grant before. If eligible, the grants may cover up to $1200 of the $1503 tuition fee. Amount covered by the grant is based on eligibility. You must complete the FAFSA to apply for state grants. Go to to fill out FAFSA. You can also visit your local career center to see if you qualify for financial assistance. Additional out of pocket costs: DOT physical, MVR report, DOT drug test, DOT learner permit, & licensure. (est. costs: $350)

If you have any questions regarding the Truck Driving program, please contact Kelli Worley at 931-823-5525 or

Campus Locations

Main Campus
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston
740 Hi Tech Dr
Livingston, TN 38570


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