COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVING
Technical Certificate of Credit
Program Description: The Commercial Truck Driving Technical Certificate of Credit provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations. 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. At the completion of the program, the student is administered the Georgia CDL Skills Exam.
This program emphasizes specialized training in the fundamental of commercial truck driving (CTD), basic CTD operation, and advanced CTD operation.
Individuals wanting to enroll in the Commercial Truck Driving certificate program must be punctual, safety minded, able to manage stress and fatigue, cooperate with others, and have good organizational skills. They should have a strong work ethic.
Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will perform an air brake system inspection on a tractor-trailer vehicle to ensure it is safe to operate.
• Students will safely back and turn a tractor-trailer using mirrors.
• Students will perform advanced maneuvers on highway and city streets using a tractor-trailer vehicle.
Program Offered at the Following Sites: Cairo, Tifton
Length of Program: 7 ½ Weeks.
Cost of Program: Click Here.
Entrance Date: Beginning and Midterm of each semester.
Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admission criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.
Age: The Commercial Truck Driving program prefers applicants to be 21 years of age or older. Students aged 18-20 years old may operate a commercial vehicle only in the state of Georgia and, therefore, may have limited employment opportunities. All students are admitted to the program on a first-applied, first-qualified basis.
Education: A high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is necessary for application or admission. College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.
Additional CTD Admission Requirements: In order to be officially accepted into the Commercial Truck Driving program, in addition to completing all Southern Regional Technical College admissions procedures:
• Students under 21 must complete an acknowledgment form stating that they understand the restrictions on employment and training opportunities in the trucking industry.
• After obtaining acceptable scores on the placement test, students must obtain a seven-year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the Georgia Department of Driver Services. The MVR must be approved by the program advisor.
• Applicants must have a valid Georgia driver’s license and have no more than six points (or four points in one year) or three moving violations. Furthermore, applicants can have no more than one DUI, Controlled Substance Conviction, or Open Container, and none in the past five years.
• After the MVR is approved by the CTD advisor, the following conditions must be met:
• Applicants must successfully pass a NIDA 5 drug screen within the first three (3) days of class.
• Applicants must pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination within the first fifteen (15) days of class. Contact your advisor for an approved DOT Medical Facility.
This program qualifies for the Strategic Industrial Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG):
To qualify, a student must be fully admitted to the college and receive the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the SIWDG award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment: Commercial Truck Driving = $1,000.00. High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.
Program Final Exit Point: Commercial Truck Driving, Technical Certificate of Credit.
Credits Required for Graduation: 9 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.
Note: Credits from this program may be applied to a degree or a diploma program.