Commercial Truck Driving - CT61

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Valdosta Campus
  • Coffee Campus

Program Overview

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.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript if applicable (NOTE: Neither an official high school transcript nor High School Equivalency transcript are required for enrollment into this program);
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. 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.
  • Students are required to submit a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug test, as well as a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report.
  • 18-20 year olds may take the CDL program; however, they are only allowed to drive a commercial truck in Georgia.
  • Students enrolled in Commercial Truck Driving must acquire APs by the 6th day of class to receive credit for CTDL 1010.
  • 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.

**This program qualifies for the HOPE Career Grant (formerly Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG)).**

Please visit Georgia's HOPE Career Grant for more information.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (9 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: 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.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: 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.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: 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.


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Rodney Baggett
Commercial Truck Driving Instructor
Office: Commercial Truck Driving Mobile Unit
Phone: (912) 389-4303 ext. 2256
Campus: Coffee Campus

Tommy Ponsell
Commercial Truck Driving Program Coordinator
Phone: (912) 383-0339 ext. 2254
Campus: Coffee Campus

Robert Seeman
Commercial Truck Driving Instructor
Phone: (229) 333-2100, ext. 3092
Campus: Valdosta Campus