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 fundamentals 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.

All CTD students will participate in random drug and alcohol testing throughout the CTD program and are subject to all FMCSR and DOT regulations as they apply to the professional driver. The Commercial Truck Driving Program emphasizes safety throughout the course. All CTD students must follow the procedures outlined in the CTD Safe Driver Handbook. Any student with a chargeable accident, unsafe acts or failure to follow instructions are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the CTD Program, in accordance with the SRTC Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Length of Program: 7 ½ Weeks

Locations offered:

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will perform an inspection on a tractor-trailer vehicle and ensure the air break system 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.

Entrance Date: Beginning and midterm of fall and spring semesters and beginning (only) of each summer 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 not required for application, admission, or graduation.

Advisor: A Program Advisor must be consulted prior to enrolling in the Commercial Truck Driving program. 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, prospective CTD students must submit a seven-year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the Georgia Department of Driver Services to their program advisor for approval prior to registration.
• 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 pass a NIDA 5 drug screen and submit proof of the test to their advisor within five (5) days prior to the start of class.
• Applicants must pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination and submit proof to their advisor five (5) days prior to the start of class. Your advisor will provide the required forms to take to an approved DOT medical facility.
• The CDL Class A permit is required by the fifth day of class. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that incoming students acquire their permit prior to class. Contact your advisor for more information.

This program qualifies for the HOPE Career Grant:
To qualify, a student must be fully admitted to the college and receive the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant 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.

1st Term
Fees: $724.00
Fees: $30.00
Tuition: $1,188.00
Total: $1,942.00

Curriculum Credits

Curriculum Credits

1: Occupational Courses (9 Hours)


CTDL 1010 Fundamentals of Comm Driving 3
CTDL 1020 Combin Vehicle Oper&Range Work 2
And one of the following (4 Hours) 4
CTDL 1030 Combination Veh Adv Operations 4
CTDL 1040 Commercial Driving Internship 4

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