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Chad Edwards, Commercial Truck Driving Program Director
Stanley Pierce, Commercial Truck Driving Instructor

Commercial Truck Driving
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  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. The CTD program prepares students for the Georgia CDL Skills Exam.

Prospective students will be required to submit a DOT physical and drug test and satisfactory Motor Vehicle Report. “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. Prospective students will first apply to the school and complete admissions testing before needing to submit these documents.

Commercial Truck Driving is a high-cost program and requires an increased tuition of $132 per credit hour in addition to a Fuel Surcharge of $185 and other mandatory fees. Please see our Tuition Page for additional details.

Classroom sessions are at our Hall Campus..
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Significant Points [+]

  • The CTD program runs Monday through Friday for approximately 8 weeks (time of day may vary).
  • Financial aid through Hope Grant and WIOA is available for most students. Students may be responsible for paying their initial drug screening, DOT physical, application fee and DDS licensing/testing fees.
  • Upon completion of the CTD program, students will be prepared to take their Class A CDL skills test through the Department of Driver Services and provided a Lanier Tech tractor-trailer truck for the test.
  • Students are required to attend all three courses in the CTD program to earn the Commercial Driver’s Certificate (note: Completion of the CTD program does not guarantee a Class A CDL nor guaranteed job placement). Please contact the program director for more information.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Chad Edwards  
      Commercial Truck Driving Program Director
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-7072

      Stanley Pierce  
      Commercial Truck Driving Instructor
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-7073

    Nature of the Work [+]

    Once a student earns their Commercial Driver’s License, he/she is qualified to drive a wide variety of commercial vehicles including straight trucks (dump trucks, cement mixers, buses*, etc.) as well as combination vehicles (tractor-trailers, straight trucks with trailers, etc). Based on the requirements of employers, these qualifications allow men and women to consider employment in a variety of settings. One may choose to be an Over-the-road truck driver and work all around the country, while another may find work with a local company performing a dedicated run, which means they drive the exact same route every day or so. Other career possibilities for a Class A CDL driver include driving buses* or limousines*! *Some vehicles require additional endorsements to the CDL

    Work Environment [+]

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    The job function of commercial drivers is considered safety sensitive, which means drivers often cannot have certain criminal convictions on their record, have to pass regular physical exams, are subject to various drug and alcohol tests, and are required to maintain a record of duty status (log book) for all their time whether on or off duty. Not everyone will meet the requirements to work as a commercial truck driver, so please consider your personal history before applying for the CDL program.

    Job Outlook [+]

    The outlook for trucking jobs is one of positive and continued growth. Everything used by people is moved by the trucking industry at some point! The demand is great for drivers that have a good driving record and good work ethics. In fact, the main obstacle for growth in the trucking industry is the shortage of drivers! For individuals who are willing to train for the challenges of trucking jobs, this presents a great opportunity for a great career!

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