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Online Commercial Driver Training

Commercial Driver Training

Become a Commercial Truck Driver

As business shifts from store-based to e-commerce and home delivery, commercial drivers form a crucial link between companies and consumers. Yet the commercial delivery industry faces a shortage of over 50,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. If you enjoy operating large vehicles, meeting schedules, and working with many types of cargo or even passengers, this 100% online course will prepare you to enter the world of commercial driving.


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Job Outlook for Commercial Drivers in Northwest Colorado

  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), heavy tractor-trailer drivers in Northwest Colorado earn an average of $24.39 per hour or $50,730 per year. Light truck drivers, such as local package delivery drivers, earn $21.65 per hour or $45,040 per year. Bus drivers, including local and intercity or national route drivers, earn $22.37 per hour or $46,530 per year.
  • The BLS expects companies to increasingly rely on trucks to deliver their goods, even as supply chains and delivery times shorten. In addition, the Bureau notes that the average US truck driver is 55 years old, nearing retirement age. The BLS expects these factors to drive strong demand for commercial drivers well into the future.

Commercial Driver FAQs


Commercial drivers need to be able to operate large vehicles safely and efficiently. They need strong hand-eye coordination and navigation skills, especially in close quarters. They must understand how to safely load and unload large cargo loads. And because they work with a variety of customers, vendors, regulators, and colleagues, they need strong communication and collaboration skills.


The commercial transportation industry is one of the few areas that has grown during the Coronavirus pandemic. As consumers moved from in-store to e-commerce shopping, retailers and logistics networks have depended on commercial drivers for safe, timely deliveries to warehouses and homes. This has created an increase in demand for qualified drivers, which many experts expect to become permanent long after the public health crisis has passed.


Earning a commercial driver's license (CDL) is the first step toward starting a career as a commercial driver. The CDL is a requirement for any commercial driving job. Every state's CDL includes a written component dedicated to safety, regulations, transporting cargo, operating commercial vehicles, and handling hazardous materials. In Colorado, for example, you must successfully pass the written tests that apply to the commercial license you desire. They include a general knowledge exam and specific exams that apply to vehicles of increasing size. This course is designed to prepare you to sit for and pass your state CDL written exam.

Course Objectives

  • Driving safety
  • Transporting cargo
  • Transporting passengers
  • Combination vehicles
  • Tank vehicles
  • Hazardous materials
  • Complete self-study preparation to obtain a commercial driver's license
  • Gain in-demand soft skills to improve your employability


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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course.


Key course topics include:

Commercial Driving 1: Semester 1

  • Understanding Self-Esteem
  • Setting Goals
  • Learning Styles
  • Professional Uses of Technology
  • Security in Technology
  • 21st-Century Written Business Communication
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Communication and Diversity
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness
  • Ethical Behavior

Commercial Driving 1: Semester 2

  • Basics of Notetaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding and Improving Study Habits
  • Memory Techniques
  • Test-Tasking Skills
  • Effective Environments for Learning
  • Distractions and Deterrents to Educational Success
  • What is Motivation?
  • Self-Motivation
  • Trust and Motivation
  • Change as a Motivator
  • Embracing Change
  • Critical Thinking Basics
  • Problem Solving Model
  • Decision Making
  • Improving Decision Making

Commercial Driving 2: Semester 1

  • Communication Overview
  • Verbal Communication
  • Verbal Business Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Written Business Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
  • Effective Communication
  • Active Listening
  • Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
  • Communicating in Difficult Situations
  • Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
  • Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
  • Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
  • Communicating by Telephone
  • Networking for Success

Commercial Driving 2: Semester 2

  • What is Stress?
  • Signs and Symptoms of Stress
  • Sources of Stress
  • Techniques for Managing Stress
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mindset and Stress
  • Stress and Values Clarification
  • Stress at Work
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills
  • Understanding Anger
  • Anger Cycle
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Basics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Addressing Violent Situations

Commercial Driving 3: Semester 1

  • Pretest
  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Credit
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Personal Wellness
  • Self-Awareness
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Accountability
  • Self-Management
  • Tips and Tricks for Smooth Living
  • Crisis Management
  • Using Critical Thinking in Work and Life
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Balancing Work and Life
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media
  • Basic Professionalism

Commercial Driving 3: Semester 2

  • Introduction to Time Management
  • Time Management Types and Styles
  • Procrastination
  • Time Management Antagonists
  • Time Management Strategies
  • Personal Productivity
  • Handling Information Overload
  • Setting Priorities
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Tolerance and Respect
  • Respect and Employment
  • Becoming the Go-To Person
  • Advancing in a Job
  • Cooperation and Compromise
  • Influencing and Persuading
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback and Criticism

Commercial Driving 4: Semester 1

  • First Aid
  • First Aid: Guidelines and Precautions
  • First Aid: Physical Injuries and Emergencies
  • First Aid: Physiological Incidents and Emergencies
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Medical Emergency Awareness
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Pretrip Air Brake Inspection
  • Knowing Your Route
  • Vehicle Operation
  • Blind Spots/Danger Zones and Mirrors
  • Backing and Turnabout Maneuvers
  • Inclement Weather and Adverse Conditions

Commercial Driving 4: Semester 2

  • Driving
  • On the Road
  • Road Awareness
  • Safety
  • Sharing the Road
  • Traffic Lanes
  • Turning
  • The Threat of Road Rage


This self-paced course is not instructor-facilitated; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.


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For more information and assistance contact

Director of Workforce Training & Community Programming
Sasha Nelson
Office: (970) 824-1118 

Leigh Sokol
Phone: (970) 824-1109

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.

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