At a Glance:

Walker: Robert Browder

Robert Browder, Program Director & Instructor of Commercial Truck Driving
Office: CDL
Phone: 706-764-3698
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Commercial Truck Driving, Industrial Technologies

VIDEO: Commercial Truck Driving

Commercial Truck Driving (CT61)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Walker County 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.

Length of Program:  8 - 15 weeks depending on class.  Call the Student Success Center for specific information.

Entrance Dates:  Any Semester or scheduled start dates.

Entrance Requirements

Age: Minimum of 21 years of age. (18-20 year olds may take the program, however, they can only drive in Georgia). 

Education: High School diploma or GED is not required.

Assessment Results:  Applicants must make minimum scores in reading, writing, and math on the Admissions Placement Test (ASSET/COMPASS) or one of the approved entrance tests (SAT or ACT) to be admitted as regular students.  Acceptable math and English courses may be used in lieu of an entrance exam for transfer students.

(1) Obtain a valid DOT physical by a certified physician/medical center;
(2) Secure a Commercial Driving License Learner’s Permit from the Department of Drivers Services of your state of residence;
(3) Obtain a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the Department of Drivers Services from your state of residence indicating no DUI within the last seven years and not more than four violation points within the last three years. The MVR must be dated within 30 days of class begin date;
(4) Pass a DOT drug test dated within 30 days of class begin date from a physician/medical center.

Students will be subject to random drug tests during the course with selection made by neutral criteria so that all students have an equal chance of being tested.

NOTE: Drug screen reports (results) will be maintained in the Dean’s office and will be shredded after thirty (30) days from the issue date. No drug screen information will be provided to potential employers.

Approximate Program Cost: 

$1,188 tuition plus any required college fees, books and materials. Also required are fees for DOT drug screening, DOT physical, CDL road test, MVR report, fuel surcharge, and AP Learner’s Permit. (*)

*(Approximate program cost: $1,300-$1,400, if HOPE eligible.)


Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required 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.