Dump truck driver training is offered by truck driving schools, and sometimes by employers having a hard time finding enough drivers. Employers typically have some difficulty finding qualified drivers with a Class A Commercial Driver's License, which allows them to drive semi-trailer trucks, used as dump trucks for specific types of operations. Other dump truck drivers need a minimum of a Class B CDL.
Cost of training at truck driving schools varies widely. Class A training runs from about $2700 to $6000, and Class B $750 to $2400, depending on the training center. Many companies offer partial reimbursement for new employees. Interested people should do some due diligence research in regard to cost.
Class A CDL classes typically include 160 hours, with 50 hours of classroom work and the rest involving hands-on practice and driving on the road. Some schools offer 200 hours of training.
Class B CDL training can run 22 to 50 hours, depending on previous skill level. Usually this involves four days of hands-on training in addition to classroom work.
Dump truck driver training includes practice in loading, securing, transporting and unloading. New drivers learn pre-trip inspection methods, braking, turning, backing, safety rules and more.
Heavy Equipment Operators
Some dump truck driver training courses are offered specifically for people who already are heavy equipment operators, which increases their employment opportunities and value to current employers.