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: $2091 , Books: $75

Starting Salary

Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Not 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
80-90 %
at Antigo
80-90 %
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…

  • Inspect a vehicle to ensure safe operation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of a commercial vehicle
  • Understand how to fill out paperwork and logbooks correctly
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan trips
  • Understand how to manage loads and weight distribution
  • Obtain a commercial driver's license
  • Obtain a commercial driver learner permit


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Bus Driver
  • 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.

First Term


Credit for Prior Learning Available

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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 also 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 two and eight of the 10-week program.
  • Mandatory orientation will be required after you apply.
  • The current program schedule for any campus is: Weeks 1 – 2 — Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.; Weeks 3 – 10 — 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.