The minimum requirements for becoming a truck driver include a high school diploma and attendance of professional truck driving school, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Truck drivers must also obtain a commercial driver's license, or CDL, in most instances.
Nearly all companies that hire truck drivers require that drivers have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, notes the BLS. Most companies also require drivers to attend professional truck driving schools. These programs are generally offered by private truck driving schools and at various community colleges. The length of most programs is between 3 and 6 months, and drivers are given a certificate of completion when they finish their programs.
Professional truck driving schools offer courses that teach potential drivers how to maneuver large vehicles on the roadway, reports the BLS. Drivers also learn regulations and laws regarding interstate truck driving.
Most drivers in most states must have commercial driver's licenses, advises the BLS. These require that the driver pass a knowledge and skills test, and there may be other requirements, including testing for alcohol or drugs. After being hired as a commercial truck driver, most drivers receive up to 3 months of on-the-job driving with an experienced long-haul driver.