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Contact: Hope Edgerton
Email: hedgerton@atlantatech.edu
Direct: (404) 225-4754

 

Commercial Truck Driving

Program Overview

The Commercial Truck Driving Certificate Program provides basic training in the principles (classroom) and skills of commercial truck operations (on driving range and over-the-road).  At the completion of the program, the student is administered the Georgia CDL Skills Exam by the Georgia Department of Drivers Services.

Minimum Program Length: 8 weeks (220 contact hours)

Estimated Program Cost: $1,779

Additional costs beyond Program Cost of $404 to cover

  • 7 year MVR
  • USDOT Physical
  • USDOT Drug Screening
  • State Motor Vehicle Exams
  • CDL License Fee
  • Fuel Surcharge

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements
  • Must be 21years of age
  • Must submit current 7 year MVR with no more than 8 points (or 5 points in one year) or 4 moving violations.       
  • Must have valid Georgia Driver's License and Class A Combination Vehicle Learner's Permit.
  • Must pass USDOT Physical and Drug Screen.
  • Official high school or GED transcript is not required to apply, however, you must complete and provide the official high school or GED transcript as a requirement for graduation.  No credential will be awarded until the official transcript is received in the registrar's office.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (9 hours)
Occupational Courses (9 hours)
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.
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.
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.