Commercial Transportation Certificate
Do you enjoy the freedom of the open road and want a career that doesn’t involved sitting behind a desk? This is a Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) nationally-certified curriculum that combines classroom study with practical experience behind the wheel of diesel-powered tractor trailers on a private training range as well as public streets and highways. You’ll also learn the intricacies of handling a variety of truck types and cargo, conducting required inspections, proper reporting and documentation requirements, and trip planning techniques – all in a small class-size environment.
The Certificate Program is available in flexible combinations of weekday and evening study. You’ll earn college credits while gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to earn your CDL “A” operator’s license.
This program is offered at the Georgetown campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for a position such as:
- Professional long-haul or local tractor trailer driver.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Operate a tractor-trailer equipped with a multi-range, non-synchronized transmission on the public roadways.
- Identify mechanical defects in the performance of pre-trip, en route, and post-trip vehicle inspections.
- Operate a tractor-trailer in reverse through a series of maneuvering exercises accordance to State of Delaware licensing standards.
- Perform safe coupling and uncoupling of typical tractor-trailer units.
- Explain safe cargo handling and documentation.
- Explain safe and legal procedures at an accident scene and proper reporting of accidents.
- Plan an interstate trip including map reading/route selection, calculating driving time and fuel consumption, estimating distances, personal expenses, and personal needs.
- Identify, explain and comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Part 390, 397, 380, 382 and 383.
- Explain the driver's role in the trucking industry and the role of trucking in our nation's economy and security.
- Create a professional job search and job retention plan.