Commercial Truck Driving (Certificate)

Program Description

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.

Program Details

  • Location: Flint River Campus, Butts Center, Jasper Center
  • Major Code: CT61
  • Award Level: TCC
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 1 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 9

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED are NOT required
  • Meet assessment requirements
  • Seven year MVR

A seven year MVR report with no more than six points in the last three years, no more than four moving violations in the last three years, and have no DUI, open container, or possession of an illegal substance in the last seven years. If convicted of a felony within the last ten years, student must be interviewed by the program coordinator. (A felony may affect licensure and/or employment options.)

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Must pass USDOT Physical and Drug Screen (fivepanel) and alcohol test. (will be given at SCTC during designated class time)
  • Must be 18 years old to operate in the state of Georgia (21 to operate nationally)
  • Must have valid Georgia Driver’s License and Class A Combination Vehicle Learner’s Permit.
  • All above items must be turned into the Program Coordinator two weeks prior to beginning of classes.

A commercial driving disqualification is imposed when a licensee is convicted of two or more serious traffic offenses within a three-year period. A first disqualification is for 60 days and a second or subsequent disqualification is for 120 days per code O.C.G.A. 40-5-151(f) (1).

A “serious traffic violation” includes any of the following offenses when committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle or a non-commercial motor vehicle per code O.C.G.A. 40-5-142(22).

All students who enter the Commercial Truck Driving training program are subject to all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) as they apply to the professional driver. Each student's file must contain copies of the driver's Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), DOT Physical, and a NIDA 5 DOT drug screen before they can operate a commercial vehicle on public roads. All CDL testing is done under contract with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). CDL testing is administered by DDS certified 3rd party examiners under the direction of the Georgia DDS. Each testing location is randomly audited several times each year to ensure compliance.

Prospective students should be advised that the FMCSA regulates commercial driver licensing and requires a DOT physical and drug test and satisfactory motor vehicle report (MVR) prior to the issuance of a CDL or learners permits, which is required prior to beginning in-the-truck training. Further, random drug testing is required during the course of the CTD program.

For additional research and reading on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations, please visit:


The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Program Courses Credits

CTDL 1010—Fundamentals of Commercial Driving (Required) 3
CTDL 1020—Combination Vehicle Basic Operation and
Range Work (Required) 2
CTDL 1030—Combination Vehicle Adv. Operations (Required) 4

Program Advisors
Program Coordinator
Ronnie Portwood
Butts County Center

Career and Academic Planning
Bridgette Worst
Career Advisor
Flint Campus
Room 250A