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 truck driver must maintain proper documentation on the load and the vehicle. Also, the driver is responsible for ensuring the vehicle is in safe operating condition. The Commercial Truck Driving certificate courses teach the student to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations. For the completion of the program, the student is administered the Georgia CDL Skills Exam.
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Courses (17 hours)
CTDL 1001 Fundamentals of Commercial Truck Driving 3-0-3
This course introduces students to the trucking industry, federal and state regulations, records and forms, non-driving activities, industrial relations, and customer service. The course provides an emphasis on safety that continues throughout the entire program.
CTDL 1002 Basic Operations and Range Work 3-4-5
Corequisite CTDL 1003
This course focuses on familiarizing students with truck instruments and controls and on performing basic maneuvers required to drive safely in a controlled environment and on a closed driving range. Each student receives a minimum of 12 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction (BTW) in range operations -operating a tractor-trailer unit through clearance maneuvers, backing, turning, parallel parking, and coupling and uncoupling a truck and trailer.
CTDL 1003 Advanced Operations 2-14-9
Corequisite CTDL 1002
This course focuses on developing driving skills under actual road conditions. The classroom part of the course stresses following safe operating practices. On the road, safe operating practices are integrated into the development of driving skills. Each student receives a minimum of 12 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction (BTW) on streets, highways and rural roads. In addition, the student will have a minimum program total of 44 hours BTW instructional time in combinations (with CTDL 1002) of range and street/road driving. Note: State law requires that, whenever a vehicle is operated on public roads, an instructor must be present in the vehicle while a student is driving.
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