Commercial Driving

Program Overview:

The Introduction to Commercial Driving Certificate teaches professional skills and prepares students for the exam required for the Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). The CLP is the first step in obtaining your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).*

Career Information and Outlook:

Truck drivers with a CDL can drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of more than 3 tons. They perform maintenance checks on their vehicles, follow safety procedures for hazardous materials, and operate equipment such as CB radios.

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow from 2021 to 2031.**

Topics You Will Learn About Include:

  • Driving safety
  • Transporting cargo
  • Transporting passengers
  • Combination vehicles
  • Tank vehicles
  • Hazardous materials

Careers in This Field:

  • Line Haul Driver
  • Semi Truck Driver
  • Tractor Trailer Operator

What Do Students Graduate With?

  • High School Diploma from Career Online High School
  • Introduction to Commercial Driving Career Certificate

Please visit the Course Catalog page for Course listings.

*The coursework does not count toward the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) required for Class A or Class B CDL, which includes behind-the-wheel training. For details on obtaining a CDL, visit

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers, on the Internet at