The Nebraska Safety Center, part of the College of Business & Technology at the University of Nebraska – Kearney is offering a Professional Truck Driver Training Course. The Nebraska Safety Center's Professional Truck Driver Training Program meets the requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for Entry-Level Driver Training in accordance with 49 CFR 380.503
The curriculum that the Nebraska Safety Center uses also meets the three sets of standards that the Professional Truck Drivers Institute (PTDI) established: skill standards; curriculum standards and guidelines; and standards and requirements for course certification.
As an over-the-road (long-distance) truck driver, you are a professional driver who delivers goods between locations hundreds, or even thousands, of miles apart. If you are a local truck driver, you move goods from terminals and warehouses to factories, stores and homes in the area. As a skilled driver, you maneuver trucks into tight parking spaces, through narrow alleys and up to loading platforms.
Although we cannot guarantee a job, many employers have shown a great deal of interest in finding and hiring Nebraska Safety Center well-qualified graduates.
Generally, as a graduate of the program who is age 21 or older, you can find employment with over-the-road companies such as large chain food stores, manufacturing plants and trucking companies (common or contract carriers or private motor carriers). If you are under age 21, you can obtain employment driving intrastate routes.
Cost of the Program is $2500.00. Check Re-presentment Policy: In the event
that your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we
may re-present your check electronically. In the ordinary course of business,
your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement, but a copy can
be retrieved by contacting your financial institution.
Click here to register or get more information or call DeAnn Keith at 308-865-8256
The curriculum focuses on developing backing and driving skills through classroom, lab and roadway experiences.
- Classroom and Labs: 108 hours minimum
- Behind-the-Wheel Driving: (Per Student) 60 hours minimum
Range and Skill Work
- Road Time With and Without Instructor
- Driving Range Exercises (backing, turning, etc.)
- City Driving/Highway Driving
- Defensive Driving
- Pre-Trip Inspection
For syllabus of this course; click here
- Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
- Must be at least 18 years of age*
- Safe Driving Record
- No drug or alcohol related offenses in last five years
- No felony convictions
- Must be physically qualified under Department of Transportation regulations. Physician to complete a D.O.T. form
- Must submit to a drug screen
- Citizen of the United States or legal resident alien
- Able to read, write, and speak the English language fluently enough to converse with public, able to understand highway traffic signs and signals, to respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records
* Federal law requires drivers to be at least 21 years of age to cross a state line.
Accidents: A student cannot have a major chargeable accident on file in the three (3) years prior to their entry date into training. A review of an accident report will be necessary.
Offense: A student is allowed two (2) moving offenses during the three (3) years prior to their entry date. Student may not have any careless or reckless driving convictions.
For more information about this class, contact:
Dennis Holtz at the Nebraska Safety Center
Nebraska Safety Center
University of Nebraska at Kearney
West Center, 227E
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: (308) 865-8256 or (800) 854-7867
The University of Nebraska at Kearney is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.
Individuals needing accommodation under ADA should contact the ADA Coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Kearney at 308) 865-8655
or the Nebraska Safety Center at (308) 865-8256
The Nebraska Safety Center is a member of
National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools
National Safety Council