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Commercial Truck Driving

Offered at the Following Campuses

Program Overview

The Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) certificate program provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations. The program provides training for those individuals seeking a Commercial Driver's License. The program is based on the definition of a truck driver as one who operates a commercial motor vehicle of all different sizes and descriptions on all types of roads. In addition to classroom instruction, students receive commercial truck driving training on site and on the road. The CTD certificate program is a 7½ week course of study. Day classes meet 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays. Night classes meet from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The standard curriculum for the program includes 3 semester courses taught sequentially. Although the college operates on the semester system, due to the nature of the coursework, the CTD program will offer classes 5 times during the school year, enabling 5 cohorts of students each year. The program will therefore admit new students 5 times a year. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 9 semester credit hours. Starting and ending dates may be found by contacting Student Affairs or the program instructor. 

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have a valid Georgia Driver's License;
  • Provide a 7-year Motor Vehicle Report that shows no more than 8 points or 3 moving violations in the last 3 years and no DUI in last 7 years (Must be completed within 30 days of program start date);
  • Pass a D.O.T. physical* (*Not required until all other criteria has been met.)
  • Pass NIDA 5 drug screening*
  • Meet any applicable Federal Standards;
  • Applicants must comply with Federal requirements as set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
  • Due to limited space in the program, applicants will be admitted to the truck driving program on a first come first served basis.  Once an applicant has completed and submitted all the required paperwork he/she will be added to the list of students that are ready to begin the program.

Course Overview

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Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (9 hours)
Occupational Courses (9 hours)

(Prerequisite: None) Fundamentals of Commercial Driving introduces students to the transportation industry, federal and state regulations, records and forms, industrial relations, and other non-driving activities. This course provides an emphasis on safety that will continue throughout the program.

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: CTDL 1010) This course familiarizes students with truck instruments and controls and performing basic maneuvers required to drive safely in a controlled environment and on the Driving Range. Each student must receive 12 hours behind the wheel (BTW) instructional time in range operations such as operating a tractor trailer through clearance maneuvers, backing, turning, parallel parking and coupling/uncoupling.

(Prerequisite: None) (Co-requisites: CTDL 1020) Advanced Operations develops students' driving skills under actual road conditions. The classroom part of the course stresses following safe operating practices. These safe operating practices are integrated into the development of driving skills on the road. Each student must receive at least twelve (12) hours behind-the-wheel (BTW) instructional time on the street/road. In addition the student must have a minimum program total of forty four (44) hours BTW instructional time in any combination (with CTDL 1020) of range and street/road driving. Note: state law requires that whenever a combination vehicle is operated on public roads an instructor must be present in the vehicle while the student is driving.