Dump Truck Driver Training


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.


  • The cost of training at truck driving schools varies widely. Class A training runs from about $2,700 to $6,000, and Class B from $750 to $2,400, depending on the training center. Many companies offer partial reimbursement for new employees. Interested people should do some research in regard to cost.

Class A

  • 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

  • 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.

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