To become a part-time truck driver, obtain a high school diploma or equivalent, and then attend a professional truck driving school or other commercial driver training program, advises the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Obtain a commercial driver's license, or CDL, to gain employment in the field, and seek out part-time employers if working part time is preferable.
- Get a basic education
- Obtain professional driver's training
- Get a commercial driver's license
Most companies that hire truckers require candidates to have a minimum of a high school education or GED, general equivalency diploma, according to the BLS. Obtain this basic education prior to looking for driver training programs.
Some companies have a specific requirement for a driver to attend a professional truck driving school of the company's choice, while others do not, reports the BLS. However, most require truck driving school completion prior to applying for driving positions. These programs generally last from 3 to 6 months and prepare a driver to take on a heavy truck or tractor-trailer on the open road. A certificate is issued at completion.
All truck drivers driving long-haul trucks must have a CDL, but the requirement for CDL among other truck drivers varies by state. Most companies give preference to CDL drivers, even if a CDL is not required. Test for and receive a CDL to open up the door for more job opportunities for both part-time and full-time trucking jobs.