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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Truck Driving - Certificate

Career Area: Transportation
Program: Truck Driving
Campus(es): Winona

A high-quality program focused on connecting skilled, safe drivers with employers

Upcoming Start Dates for the Truck Driving Certificate Program

  • August 23, 2021
  • December 21, 2021
  • January 10, 2022
  • March 14, 2022

Please note, the dates above are for the 8-week class/hands-on portion of the program. Immediately following this, students would need to complete an 8-week internship, in order to graduate with the Truck Driving Certificate.

Minnesota State College Southeast's 20-credit Truck Driving certificate in Winona is well-renowned for top-notch instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and best of all, 100% job placement. As a student, you'll enjoy a low student-to-instructor ratio to give you the attention you need.

Many trucking companies pre-hire qualified students once they are enrolled at MSC Southeast. After training is completed, our graduates are ready to get behind the wheel and earn a desirable income. Because highly skilled truckers are in demand, many companies offer tuition reimbursement and signing bonuses.

Truck driver training begins with 8 weeks of classroom and behind-the-wheel training, preparing students for the situations they may face on the road. During this 8-week sequence of training, the students will also prepare for the Class "A" commercial driver's license (CDL) road test.

Finally, to complete the program, students must register for and complete an 8-week paid internship. Because the program is so intense, attendance and attitude are crucial, just as they are once you're on the job.

Our motto

"We have an obligation to our students, our community, and to other highway users to train the safest, most courteous drivers on the highway today. This is not an obligation we take lightly."

Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast

Career Field: Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology
Cluster: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Pathway: Transportation Operations

Download the Program Plan


1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

0 crs
Safe Driving Fundamentals
This course introduces students to the world of transportation (trucking), through lecture. It allows the student to develop an understanding of the needs and rewards of the trucking industry. It enables the student to understand the workings of driving and it prepares them for range and road operation of a tractor-trailer combination vehicle. (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
Proficiency Development
This course covers all aspects of operating a tractor-trailer in a confined area (Driving Range) (Backing Range). With supervised instruction, students will practice the skills learned in TRDR 1400 to the point of proficiency. The intent of this course is to prepare the student driver for solo operation. (Prerequisite: TRDR1400) (4 credits: 0 lecture/4 lab)

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4 cr
Advanced Driving
This course covers all areas of advanced driving including grade driving, city driving, highway and expressway driving. This class will be the final preparation for student drivers to actively seek employment in the transportation field. For the student to be eligible for a certificate he or she must pass a CDL road test to obtain their Class A license. (Prerequistes: TRDR 1400, 1405) (4 credits: 0 lecture/4 lab)

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4 cr
Employment Skills
This course is the gateway to employment in the trucking industry. It deals with money management, professional attitude and requirements as well as physical well-being. (Prerequisites: TRDR1400, 1405, 1410) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Under the supervision of a company trainer, this course will enable the student to apply the training he/she received at MSC-ST with the trucking company of his/her choice. The student will earn a salary during this internship(OJT). The successful completion of this course will enable the student to drive solo with the company of his/her choice. (Prerequisites: TRDR1400, 1405, 1410, 1415) (6 Credits: 0 lec/0 lab/6 OJT)

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6 cr
20 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 20 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$4,774
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$4,899


Career Opportunities

  • Over-the-road driver
  • Local driver
  • Safety Department
  • Dispatch
  • Yard spotters

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Shift various transmissions proficiently.
  2. Successfully back vehicle into specified maneuvers.
  3. Be aware of utilizing space management in different situations.
  4. Properly complete required daily paperwork.
  5. Recognize changing road characteristics and properly adjust.


  • Prehire program: Companies are eager to hire you once you're enrolled
  • Affordability: Many employers offer tuition reimbursement
  • Learn in a state-of-the-art facility


Thomas Gierok
Tom Gierok dreamed of being a truck driver his entire life. His dream came true. Tom drove truck for ten years before becoming an instructor at Minnesota State College Southeast. He continues to be active in industry and drives over-the-road from time to time.



Special Information About the Truck Driving Program

  • You must apply for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast, but you are not required to take the Accuplacer placement test.
  • You will need a valid Class "A" CDL permit prior to the first class day.
  • You will need to complete a DOT physical exam prior to the start of the program. You are responsible for the DOT physical.
  • Your instructors will schedule a drug screening exam during the first week of class; the cost is included in your tuition.

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