When you think about how massive a semi-truck is, it’s shocking to think that there are no minimum training hours required for truckers just learning how to drive a big rig.
Although rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require truckers to complete driving curriculum as well as on-the-road hours, the law doesn’t set a specific amount of time for either of these courses. Instead, that’s left up to the individual training providers.
Furthermore, federal rules don’t require training providers to be accredited by any third party organization before they’re allowed to provide truck driver training. Also, individual instructors aren’t required to be certified by any authority or organization. Instead, the rule allows for a “self-certification process” that requires trainers to “attest, under penalties of perjury, that they comply with the Federal requirements — including instructor qualifications — in order to be eligible.”