Commercial Truck Driving Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro
The Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) Certificate program provides basic training in the principles and skills of commercial truck operations. The program provides training for those individuals seeking a Commercial Driver's License. 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. In addition to classroom instruction, students receive commercial truck driving training on site and on the road. The CTD Certificate program is a 7½ week course of study. Day classes meet 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays. Night classes meet from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and includes Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The standard curriculum for the Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) program includes three (3) semester courses taught sequentially within the 7 1/2 week course of study. Each course of the sequence must be successfully completed within the designated teaching time frame of the course before moving on to the next course. Students will be withdrawn from remaining courses if successful completion is not acquired on pre-requisite courses. Although the College operates on the semester system, due to the nature of the coursework, the CTD program will offer classes five (5) times during the school year, enabling five (5) cohorts of students each year. The program will therefore admit new students five (5) times a year. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of nine (9) semester credit hours. Starting and ending dates may be found by contacting Student Affairs or the program instructor.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have a valid Georgia Driver's License;
  • Provide a 7-year Motor Vehicle Report that shows no more than eight (8) points or three (3) moving violations in the last three (3) years and no DUI in the last seven (7) years
    • Must be completed within 30 days of program start date;
  • Pass a DOT physical
    • Not required until all other criteria has been met.
  • Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit prior to acceptance
  • Pass NIDA 5 drug screening
  • Meet any applicable Federal Standards;
  • Applicants must comply with Federal requirements as set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
  • Due to limited space in the program, applicants will be admitted to the truck driving program on a first-come, first-served basis. Once an applicant has completed and submitted all the required paperwork, he/she will be added to the list of students that are ready to begin the program.

External Standards

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 third party examiners under the direction of the Georgia DDS. Each testing location is randomly audited several times each year to ensure compliance.

Training providers must comply with federal requirements. The Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) Final Rule set a federal standard for mandatory training of entry-level Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers.

Southeastern Tech is a Registered Training Provider as of Fall 2021 (202212) and registered at Anyone testing for a CDL license must take training from a registered provider as of February 7, 2022.

Other Program Conditions

Students are advised that the FMCSA regulates the Technical College System of Georgia’s Commercial Driver licensing programs. A drug test is conducted by EZDOT prior to performing any safety-sensitive functions in or around a commercial vehicle. Further, random drug testing is a federal requirement during the course of the CDT program.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $2,256
  • Books: $60
  • 7-year MVR: $8
  • DOT Physical: $85
  • NIDA 5 Drug Test: $125
  • Driver’s License Permit: $45
  • Final Driving Test: $100
  • Commercial Driver’s License: $32
  • Graduation Application Fee: $40 (if student participates); Print Certificate Fee: $10

Additional Fees & CTD Information

Additional Fees & CTD Information – Second Attempt/Same Semester

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Curriculum Outline (9 hours)
Occupational Courses (9 hours) 9
CTDL 1010

(Prerequisite: None) (Version 202014L) 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.

CTDL 1021

(Prerequisite: CTDL 1010 – sequential) (Co-requisites: None) 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 demonstrate proficiency in performing range operation such as operating a tractor trailer through clearance maneuvers, backing, turning, parallel parking, and coupling/uncoupling.

CTDL 1031

(Prerequisite: CTDL 1010, CTDL 1021 – sequential) (Co-requisites: None) 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 demonstrate proficiency in required behind-the-wheel (BTW) skills such as operating a commercial vehicle safely on public roads through a variety of maneuvers.


Commercial Truck Driving Program Lead Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Commercial Truck Driving Training Center


Commercial Truck Driving Administrative Assistant
Vidalia Campus - Commercial Truck Driving Training Center

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