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How to Become a Truck Driving Instructor

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Truck drivers transport close to 80 percent of merchandise that needs to be moved from one place to another. They deliver goods ranging from food to furniture. With salaries starting around $30,000 a year, good benefits and the opportunity to see new places, there are many individuals looking to work as truck drivers. Special truck driving schools and transportation companies need instructors to train the new drivers.

Graduate from high school or earn a GED. Though this is not a requirement by all trucking companies, most will not hire someone who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalency.

Pass the test for a CDL Class A license. The test consists of two parts. Part 1 tests general knowledge of topics such as emergency procedures, understanding of hazardous conditions, ability to do trip inspections and more. Part 2 requires demonstration of on-road skills such as night driving ability, simulation of driving in dangerous conditions and demonstrating the ability to maneuver the vehicle. The CDL will license you to drive trucks over 26,000 pounds.

Take the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) test. This is a requirement to be a truck driver and needs to be renewed every two years. You will also need to pass the Department of Transportation's (DOT) physical examination.

Get a job driving for a trucking company. You will need at least three years of experience driving trucks to qualify for a position as a truck driving instructor. Many companies will require more experience. For in-state driving you can qualify at 18. For out-of-state driving you must be at least 21.

Maintain a clean driving record. Companies that hire truck driving instructors and truck drivers will usually not accept more than three moving violations in three years. Anyone with a DUI (driving under the influence) will not be considered by a trucking company.

Apply to places that train truck drivers for a truck driving instructor position. This will include local community colleges, vocational training schools that teach truck driving and freight companies themselves that train their own drivers.

About the Author

Lee Mellott holds a Masters degree in education from Hood College. Her background includes freelance writing, Internet promotion, sales and education.

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