Course Catalog

Commercial Truck Driving (CT61)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Valdosta, Coffee

The Commercial Truck Driving certificate program 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.


  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Program Information:

  • The Commercial Truck Driving Program is 8 weeks long, with day and evening cohorts.
    • Day courses are held Mon-Thurs 8:00AM-4:00PM
    • Night Courses are held Mon-Thurs 5:00PM-10:00PM & Sat 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Students 18-20 years old may enroll in the program; however, they are only allowed to drive a commercial truck in the state of Georgia.

Additional Program Requirements:

Commercial Truck Driving is a limited-entry program and applicants are added to the list as requirements are obtained. Admissions to the college does not guarantee enrollment (registration) in the CTDL classes.

  • Step 1: Due Before Student Can Be Accepted
    • Submit an Application for Admission
    • Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee (new students only)
    • Provide proof of a valid Class-C Driver’s License and additional residency (if needed)
    • Submit a copy of Class A CDL Learner’s Permit – to the submission form.
      • Obtain a Georgia Commercial Driver Manual from the DMV office. Study for your Learner’s Permit. Start studying the following as soon as possible: Air Brakes, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, and Combination Vehicles. Also look over Doubles, Triples, and Tank Vehicles.
    • Submit a copy of DOT Physical Card – do not send the long medical form – to the submission form.
      • While any physician may be used for the DOT physical, he/she must be registered under the Department of Transportation. The following two locations can complete DOT physicals:
        • Apple Care: 903 Ward Street W, Douglas, GA 31533, 912-260-1191
        • Airport Medical: 704 Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd, Valdosta, GA 31601, 229-242-9003
    • Once students are eligible for registration, they will be added to the CDL Registration List. Inclusion on this list does not guarantee enrollment (registration) in the CTDL classes. Students will be registered students based on order of completion of the above items.
    • Students must have all holds cleared in order to be eligible for registration, or they may forfeit their spot in the program.
  • Step 2: Due After You Are Registered
  • Step 3: Due 1st Day of Class to the Instructor
    • Submit copy of Learner’s Permit and DOT Physical Card.
    • Submit a 7-year Satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the DMV to the course instructor on the first day of class.
      • This must not be requested more than 30 days before the first day of class.
        • Must not have in excess of 8 current points
        • Must not have 4 or more moving violations in one year
        • Must not have any DUI’s within the previous 3 years
    • Students registered for the program will be required to complete a DOT drug screen and will be instructed to do so by the course instructor.
    • Students must pay the surcharge fee by the 6th day to continue into CTDL 1020/1030.
    • Beginning with the third attempt, students will be assessed a testing fee of $50 for the CDL licensure exam.

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Curriculum Outline (9 hours)
Occupational Courses 9
CTDL 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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.

CTDL 1021

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture – 1 Lab 2 - 4 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): 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 demonstrate proficiency in performing range operations such as operating a tractor-trailer through clearance maneuvers, backing, turning, parallel parking and coupling/uncoupling.

CTDL 1031

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture – 1 Lab 2 - 4 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): CTDL 1021 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 demonstrate proficiency in required behind-the-wheel (BTW) skills such as operating a commercial vehicle safely on public roads through a variety of maneuvers.

Program Chair

Commercial Truck Driving Program Coordinator
Coffee Campus

Commercial Truck Driving Mobile Unit

Commercial Truck Driving Instructor
Valdosta Campus


Commercial Truck Driving Evening Instructor
Valdosta Campus


Commercial Truck Driving Instructor Extended Day
Coffee Campus

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