Get your career underway.

Take your dreams on the road.

Once you’ve seen something like giant components for wind generators moving down the highway, you understand that today’s truck driver is concerned with bigger things than just getting packages from place to place. From dump trucks crossing town to tractor-trailers crossing the country, truck drivers are responsible for the safe delivery of the products that are shipped every day.

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FAQ'S

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Truck Driving program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Truck Driving program?

    The program is designed to take 6 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 86% finished in 6 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Truck Driving program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $7,200
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 78% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Truck Driver Certificate from Baker College

Truck DriverCertificate

Get your career underway.

Take your dreams on the road.

Once you’ve seen something like giant components for wind generators moving down the highway, you understand that today’s truck driver is concerned with bigger things than just getting packages from place to place. From dump trucks crossing town to tractor-trailers crossing the country, truck drivers are responsible for the safe delivery of the products that are shipped every day.

Discover Your Future Truck Driver Career

Career Facts

$38,200

Median salary for Truck Drivers

11%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$63,680

Median salary for Transportation Inspectors

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Overview

Baker’s Truck Driver certificate program prepares you for an entry-level position as a local or long distance driver of commercial motors vehicles, tractor-trailers, heavy trucks, dump trucks, and tankers.

In addition to your classwork, you receive one-on-one training—one student, one tractor, and one instructor—and work with national carriers in the state to learn the finer points of the road and safe operating techniques.

When you complete the program, you will be well prepared to sit for the Michigan Commercial Driver Licensing Class A exam, and ready to begin your career.

Course Information
Requirements30 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 100B
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1 Quarter Hours

Teaches lay rescuers the American Heart Association standards of how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies with adult, child, and infant victims and includes use of AEDs on adults and children. This course also provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. This course is designed to train anyone who might be the first to respond to an emergency in the workplace or community. Students will obtain Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid certification on successful completion of required components and tests.

Community First Aid1
TRN 101A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces student drivers to the requirements, mandated by the State, that they must achieve prior to earning their Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Prepares students for the first step in achieving their CDL, which is the successful completion of the knowledge tests administered by the State of Michigan prior to the issuing of a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP). Additional instruction provided for all endorsement knowledge tests with the exception of the "passenger" endorsement.

CDL Preparation I2
TRN 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces student drivers to the basic skills required to operate a "big rig." Develops familiarity with driver techniques most often used in backing, parking, coupling, and uncoupling. This course is a combination of classroom/lecture and driving range instruction. This course requires minimum completion of 17.50 hours behind the wheel instruction and 3.5 hours of lab in addition to classroom work.

Prerequisite(s):
DOT physical, NIDA 5 drug screen.
Basic Operation Procedures4
TRN 112A
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2 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with safe operating practices and the perceptual skills required to operate a commercial vehicle under various driving conditions. Subject areas such as speed and space management, driving techniques for extreme conditions and evasive steering, and emergency braking techniques will be discussed. Students are also introduced to trip planning and life on the road including topics such as time management, personal health, personal budgets, route planning, road rage, and fatigue.

Safe Operating Procedures2
TRN 122
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the function of key systems; exposes students to pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection requirements. Introduces preventive maintenance and vehicle servicing procedures. Prepares student drivers for Part I of the State Administered Skills exam. This course requires 12.25 hours of lab instruction in addition to classroom time.

Prerequisite(s):
DOT physical, NIDA 5 drug screen.
Vehicle Maintenance2
TRN 131
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2 Quarter Hours

Exposes students to current innovations in transportation. Focus will be on Information Technology (IT) as it relates to cargo tracking, customer information, and global positioning. Qualcom systems and related hardware/software will be demonstrated. Software peculiar to the industry, such as driver management systems, dispatching programs, log checker and mileage maker will be introduced. Technologies in truck safety will also be discussed.

Technology in Transportation2
TRN 151
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides instruction in equipment that is comparable in size and power that is the industry norm. Instruction will normally occur on public streets and highways. Any combination of pre-planned routes and forced dispatch routing may be used to satisfy course outcomes. During at least 25% of street instruction the trailer will be loaded with a minimum of 15,000 pounds. Students will learn to use proper visual searches, communication techniques, speed management and space management. Practical basic operational skills will also continue to be addressed such as docking, drop and hooks, shifting, etc. Night operations are required. Majority of time at task is spent behind the wheel however some lab/classroom is involved. Successful students will earn a minimum of 30 hours behind the wheel and at least 7 classroom hours and 3 lab hours. Students failing the course will not be eligible for 3rd Party State CDL exam and the PTDI Certificate of Attainment.

Prerequisite(s):
TRN 111
current TIP issued by Michigan, USDOT medical exam/drug screen.
Practical Application-Behind the Wheel5
TRN 161
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to perform emergency/evasive maneuvers within a controlled environment. Students will learn to apply braking techniques, emergency steering, and how to manage skids, and jackknifes. Students must meet all performance criteria. Students who will be disqualified from being eligible for the PTDI Certificate of Attainment. This course is offered off-site in Marshall, Michigan at the Decision Driving Course, commonly referred to as the skid pad. A minimum of 8 hours of lab in addition to classroom hours are required.

Practical Application for Decision Driving1
TRN 201A
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2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the final preparation for students prior to sitting for his/her State Third Party CDL Test. This course concentrates on the final development of the walk-around-inspection, basic skills, and road skills required to successfully test for a Commercial Driver's License. A minimum of 10.5 hours behind-the-wheel instruction and 3.5 hours of lab in addition to classroom hours are required. It is also required that students pass all school practical final exams and pass the Third Party State CDL exam to successfully complete the course.

CDL Preparation II2
TRN 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the development of the transportation industry from 1935 to the present day by examining the implementation of rules and regulations throughout the time period by various governmental agencies. Provides a fundamental understanding of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations from both an employee's and employer's perspective. Introduces proper procedures for completing driver's logs.

Regulations and Procedures4
TRN 262A
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2 Quarter Hours

Consists of a minimum of 20 hours experience within the transportation field. This course is designed to expose students to a multitude of experiences associated with the transportation industry. Students will be directed to specific Web sites for training related to the truck driving field, may attend a defensive driving lecture and/or interview drivers of commercial motor vehicles, and may also be given the opportunity to ride along with a certified instructor in a commercial motor vehicle. Written tests are offered to prepare students for their Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP).

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Career Experience I2
TRN 263A
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with additional exposure to the transportation field as a continuation of TRN262A. Students may be offered training on fork trucks, and load securement. Some campuses may offer double trailer training.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance into the program.
Career Experience2
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 30

Program Description

This program is offered with multiple start dates throughout the year. It prepares graduates for entry-level positions as local or long-distance drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), heavy trucks, dump trucks, and tankers. Courses are designed to enable students to sit for the state of Michigan Commercial Driver Licensing Class A exam. Job potential for this field is excellent. The Truck Driving Certificate meets all state and federal requirements for truck driver training. Applicants for the Truck Driving Certificate must: 1) be at least 18 years of age, 2) have a valid operator's license that is not currently (or within the immediate past 36 months) suspended or revoked, 3) meet all physical requirements specified in The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and 4) provide/pass a current DOT physical and NIDA drug screen to Baker College. This program is certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), 555 East Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 647-7015; Web Address: http://www.ptdi.org.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Truck Driving program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Truck Driving program?

    The program is designed to take 6 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 86% finished in 6 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Truck Driving program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $7,200
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 78% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Joshua Steere, Baker College graduate
Watch this testimonial Watch Testimonial

[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

Joshua Steere