Commercial Truck Driving

Program Overview

The Commercial Truck Driving certificate program provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations.  This 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.

The program emphasizes specialized training in the fundamentals of CTD, basic CTD operation, and advanced CTD operation.

Students are accepted into the Commercial Truck Driving program any semester.  Students can complete the Commercial Truck Driving program in 1 semester.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 9 semester credit hours.

Once a student has received his/her permit, they must successfully pass the NIDA 5 drug screen.

Career Traits

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Commercial Truck Driving certificate program must be punctual, patient, safety minded, ability to manage stress and fatigue, cooperative with others, and have good organizational skills. They should also have a strong work ethic, be responsible, and trustworthy.  Individuals must also be willing to be away from home often.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Jefferson County Center
  • Transportation Center
  • Hancock County Center

Salary Potential

$30,000.00 – $75,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition, Fees & Fuel Surcharge:  $1,699.00
Tuition Covered by HOPE: 
$657.00
* If eligible, students can receive and additional $1,000 HOPE Career Grant
Total Tuition & Fees to be paid by student or other funding sources: $1,042.00
Books & Supplies :  $100.00

  • Financial aid and payment plan opportunities are available. Speak with an Admissions Specialist at (478) 553-2064 in Sandersville or (478) 274-7837 in Dublin for more information.
  • Talk with a WIA representative in your region to see if you qualify for additional financial assistance. Find your local WIOA office.

Additional Fees

7-Year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from Georgia Department of Driver Services:  $8.00
DOT Physical Exam:  $50.00 – $200.00
DOT Drug Screen:  $59.50
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Commercial Truck Driving certificate program can find employment in local and over-the-road commercial truck driving positions. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age; (18-20 year olds may operate a commercial truck only in Georgia and may have limited employment opportunities)
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher, or GED;
  • Beginning Fall 2021, Georgia Class A Commercial Learner’s Permit required prior to registration.

Additional Admission Requirements:

All students are admitted to the program on a first-applied, first-qualified basis. REGISTRATION FOR THE CTD PROGRAMS IS OPEN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

In order to be officially accepted into the CTD Program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College, students must complete the following step:

  • Complete all Oconee Fall Line Technical College admission procedures.
  • Students under 21 must complete an acknowledgment form stating that they understand the restrictions on employment and training opportunities in the trucking industry.
  • After obtaining acceptable scores on the placement test or completing necessary development courses, students must obtain a 7-year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) from the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
  • Applicants must have a valid Georgia driver’s license and have no more than 8 points (or 5 points in one year) or 4 moving violations on the Georgia Violator Scale.  Furthermore, applicants can have no more than one DUI, Controlled Substance Conviction, or Open Container, and none in the past 5 years.  After the MVR is approved, the following conditions must be met:
    • Applicants must pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination.
      • All providers of DOT physicals for commercial drivers must be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  The provider must note their registration number on the physical card that the driver retains.  Approved providers for your area can be found at the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Pre-existing conditions should be discussed with your physician prior to entrance into the program.

Click here to view Driver’s Manual.

Curriculum

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Course Overview

  • OCCUPATIONAL COURSES
  • CTDL1010Fundamentals of Commercial Driving3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CTDL1020Combination Vehicle Basic Operation and Range Work2 credit hours46 contact hours
  • and one of the following:
  • CTDL1030Combination Vehicle Advanced Operations4 credit hours110 contact hours
  • CTDL1040Commercial Driving Internship4 credit hours180 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 9