Vincennes University

1002 North First Street
VincennesIN  47591
Phone: 812-888-5150


The Tractor-Trailer Driver Training course is a 320 hour Certificate Program which includes:

Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations

  • CDL Rules and Regulation
  • Driver Qualifications
  • Hours of Service
  • Map Reading
  • Hazmat Endorsement Preparation
  • NSC’s DDC-PTD Course

Preventive Maintenance

  • Air Brakes Systems
  • Pre-trip Inspection Criteria
  • Engine Operation
  • Transmissions and Differentials
  • Suspensions Systems
  • Trouble Shooting

Basic Control Skills

  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Straight Line Backing
  • Parallel Parking
  • Alley Docking
  • Backward Serpentine

Road Driving

  • Daylight and Night Driving
  • Loaded Trailers
  • A Variety of Terrain
  • City Driving

Entry Requirements

To be accepted for enrollment, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Pass a DOT physical exam
  • Pass drug screen
  • Have a valid Indiana driver’s license
  • Be able to obtain a CDL permit (permit not required prior to enrollment)
  • Be conversant in English
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Desire to Succeed

Students will be graded on all class work and training exercises.  An 80% average must be achieved on all work to be eligible for course completion.  Students are expected to attend all class meetings.  Missed class work must be completed for a certificate of course completion to be awarded.

Financial Aid  Students who are unemployed  through down-sizing or factory lay-offs may be eligible for funding through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  Information concerning this funding is available through the county WorkOne offices.  High school seniors are offered this training through several high school vocational career programs.  Partial funding may also be available through certain interest groups.


GearMaster Equipped

Vincennes University has been training commercial drivers since 1989. This is a comprehensive eight-week training course designed to prepare the student to enter the trucking industry at an entry-level tractor-trailer driving position. (Straight truck training is also available.)

Tuition and fees are very affordable and include a DOT physical and drug screen. Books, testing fees and licensing fees are extra.

Successful completion of the eight week training course earns you 21 college credits, a certificate of completion, and the opportunity to work for some of the best trucking companies in the country. Right out of our program, you may expect to earn between $30,000 – $40,000.  Many experienced drivers earn in excess of $60,000 per year.

Donna Parker
Phone: 812-888-5150