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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 first apply to Lanier Technical College and complete admissions testing before the need to submit the following for acceptance into the program. Once accepted to Lanier Tech, prospective students will need to acquire a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP), submit a satisfactory 7 year Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) and pass both a DOT physical and DOT drug screening prior to admission to the CTD program. "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 CLP license must be attained before having a DOT drug screening. MVR, DOT physical and DOT drug screening must all be dated no earlier than 30 prior to the first day of class. Further, random drug testing is required during the course of the CTD program.

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..

Drug and Alcohol Resource Links:

Drug and Alcohol Educational Materials
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
PO Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 729-6686 or (301) 468-2600

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug-Free Workplace Helpline
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Eastern time, Monday - Friday
(800) 843-4971

Partnership for a Drug Free America
405 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10174
(212) 922-1560

Program Requirements  

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Significant Points [+]

  • CTD runs Monday thru Thursday for approx. 7 1/2 weeks.
  • 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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