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Program Description

The Truck Driving Technical Diploma program prepares learners with the skills and knowledge to become safe, professional drivers of commercial motor vehicles. This program emphasizes hands-on learning to teach and develop safe driving techniques, shifting, turning, inspections, and common to unusual backing maneuvers. Limited lecture and online materials are used to provide a solid foundation in industry related issues drivers face. Potential occupations include: Over-The-Road Truck Driver, Local Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer Driver, Straight Truck Driver, Dump Truck Driver, Owner-Operator of a Trucking Business.

Approximate Cost

Tuition: $2056 , Books: $86

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

May Be Available


Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


This program requires proof of a Federal Medical (FedMed) card, which is issued after you complete a Department Of Transportation (DOT) physical with a registered, certified medical examiner. Students will also be subject to pre-enrollment drug and alcohol screening, as well as random, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident screening.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Comply with non-driving activity activities
  • Explain vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions
  • Explain advanced operating practices
  • Adhere to safe truck driving operating procedures
  • Perform basic truck driving operations


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Straight Truck Driver
  • Local Truck Driver
  • Owner Operator of a Trucking Business
  • Over-the-Road Truck Driver


The Truck Driving Technical Diploma is a 10 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.


Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

Completing the Truck Driving Technical Diploma Earns You:

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program is currently offered at NTC’s CDL Training Center at 1204 W. Taylor St. in Merrill, WI and may also be available via Interactive Video Conference (IVC) at NTC’s Medford and Antigo Campuses. Those who attend at NTC’s Medford or Antigo Campuses must attend class at the Merrill CDL Training Center on weeks one and six of the 8-week program.
  • Reviewing the Truck Driving Information Session is highly encouraged before enrolling in classes. To help you better understand the truck driving program, this session includes course information, DOT disqualifications, factors affecting employability, and drug & alcohol testing.
  • The current program schedule for any campus is: Week 1 — Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.; Weeks 2 – 8 — Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • You must provide proof of legal status or citizenship to obtain a CDL through this program
  • Maintaining a valid and clean driving record is important for your success in this industry.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.