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Commercial Driver's License: Program FAQs

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Program Path

**This plan is for informational purposes ONLY. It is not a substitute for meeting with a program advisor each term.**
Commercial Driving - Class A
CT61 - 202014

Program Description
The Commercial Truck Driving certificate program is FMCSA ELDT compliant and provides basic training, principles and skills of commercial truck operation.

Program Specific Information

  • Students are accepted every semester based on course and space availability.
  • All students who enter the Commercial Truck Driver 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.

Program Length & Availability: 8 Weeks

Campus Availability: Hall

Financial Aid

  • This program is not eligible for the Pell Grant but may be eligible for Institutional and State Financial Aid.
  • Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for eligibility requirements and application materials.

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age (drivers must be 21 years old to drive a commercial truck outside the state of Georgia)
  • ACCUPLACER Testing, or submit SAT, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Program Requirements
After initial placement testing, prospective students will be required to submit a DOT physical and drug test and satisfactory MVR. “Satisfactory” is defined as no more than 8 points and 3 moving violations in the last 7 years and no DUI within the last 3 years. The report must be within 30 days of the first day of class. It is FMSCA regulation that these be submitted prior to the issuance of a CDL or learners permit, which is required prior to beginning in-the-truck training. Further, random drug testing is required during the course of the CTD program.

Program-Specific Core – Total of 9 Hours

Graduation Plan
Semester One
Apply for Graduation

CTDL 1010 Fundamentals of Commercial Driving 3
CTDL 1021 Combination Vehicle Basic Operation and Range Work 3
CTDL 1031 Combination Vehicle Advanced Operations 3
Total Credit Hours:   9

CTDL 1021 - Pre-Req:  CTDL 1010
CTDL 1031 - Pre-Req:  CTDL 1021 
Total Credit Hours: 9

Program Costs

Application Fee: $25.00 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $100.00 per credit hour * (In-State) See CDL fees below
Activity Fee: $38.00 per semester
Registration Fee: $55.00 per semester
Facilities Fee: $35.00 per semester
Security Fee: $30.00 per semester
Technology Fee: $110.00 per semester
Wellness Fee: $4.00 per semester
Instructional Fee: $60.00 per semester
Program Fee: $25.00 per semester
Insurance Fee: $6.00 per semester
Graduation Fee: $40.00 for students participating in the annual Graduation Ceremony
Exemption Test Fee: 25% of the tuition for the course
Late Registration Fee: $45.00 (may be assessed for registrations occurring after New Student Registration each semester)
Liability Insurance: $9.52 - $39.76 (Assessed based on the semester that courses which require liability insurance are taken. Liability insurance is required for the following programs: Certified Nurse Assisting, Cosmetology, Cosmetic Esthetician, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Care & Education, EMT Intermediate and Plus, Firefighter/EMT, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician, Paramedic Technology, Pharmacy Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Physical Therapy Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology.) Programs subject to change.
Retesting Fee: $10.00

* Tuition - $100 per credit hour* up to 15 credit hours for degree, diploma, and certificate programs. Out-of-State is double In-State tuition and Foreign is quadrupled In-State.

* This excludes Commercial Truck Driving, a high-cost program, in which tuition is $132 per credit hour for in-state tuition. Commercial Truck Driving also requires a Fuel Surcharge Fee of $200.

The cost of books, workbooks, and other training materials and supplies will vary by program. For approximate costs, refer to each program of study in the Program Costs section of this catalog.

Georgia residents over sixty-two (62) years of age, who are otherwise qualified, may attend technical colleges for credit courses only, without payment of tuition, on a space available basis; however, they must pay the activity, registration, facilities, technology, wellness, instructional, application, insurance fees and if applicable, late fee.

Tuition and fees listed are effective as of Fall Semester 2023 and are subject to change by the college without prior notice.

Who to Contact

Ingrid Halloway
Commercial Truck Driving Administrative Assistant

Work Phone: 770-533-6955
Work Fax: 678-989-3242
Work Email:

Joseph Federico
Commercial Truck Driving Program Director and Instructor
Work Phone: 770-533-7073
Work Email:

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