Truck Driver Training Certificate in Applied Science
This program, offered at the SC Technology and Aviation Center (formerly Donaldson Center), prepares students for the written Class A Permit at the DMV, covers rules and regulations in the transportation industry, prepares students for pre-trip inspection on a commercial motor vehicle, prepares students for basic and complex backing maneuvers on a closed backing range, basic operations of a commercial motor vehicle on public highways and the Commercial Driver’s License skills test at the DMV.
The Truck Driver Training Department will provide a high-quality credit program and education for entry-level commercial drivers, to meet industry needs, in a modern, comfortable facility with contemporary vehicles and equipment, delivered by a well-qualified faculty and staff focused on student success.
Train entry-level commercial motor vehicle drivers, through information obtained from the South Carolina Commercial Driver License Manual, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and various other transportation sources, actual driving experience obtained while operating a commercial vehicle on the training range and actual behind-the-wheel driving operations of a commercial motor vehicle on public highways.
Students must be a U. S. citizen or be a permanent legal resident; command of the English language, be able to read on at least a 10th-grade reading level; have a valid driver’s license, that is not currently suspended or pending a suspension; no felony convictions involving a motor vehicle; the ability to pass a DOT medical physical and drug screen; and acceptable placement test score(s); a high school diploma or GED not required.
- Prior to acceptance students must
- Be a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident.
- Hold a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
- Be at least 18 years of age to drive locally and at least 21 years of age to drive interstate.
- Have no felony convictions involving a motor vehicle.
- Be able to pass a physical examination set by the Department of Transportation in which the student must have 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses, no defects or disease that would interfere with safe driving, no addictions to alcohol or drugs of any form and be able to pass drug screening. This physical must be done two weeks prior to training.
Type of Program
Day or night
- This program runs nine weeks as a day class, 15 weeks as a night class, and can be completed in less than one semester.
Class A CDL (subject to passing exam)
Trucking companies and individual trucking operators
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/truck_driver_training/.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
Note: Please contact your advisor for recommended evening schedules.
|TDR 101||Introduction to Truck Driver Training||5|
|TDR 102||Fundamentals of Truck Driver Training||4|
|TDR 103||Preparation for CDL Examination||3|
|Total Required Credit Hours||12|