Truck Driving Schools in Georgia
We Show You Where the Best Truck Driving Schools in Georgia are Located
We show you how to choose the best truck driving schools in Georgia with our comprehensive list of state-mapped truck driving schools in Georgia. On this page you will also find a list of truck driving schools in Georgia that have been rated and reviewed by the students themselves using a 5 star rating system. Feel free to bookmark this page for future reference by pressing Ctrl-D on your keyboard.
Georgia Truck Driving Schools Information
Total Number of Schools: 51
Average Number of Students: 18
Average School Tuition Cost: $2,363
Average School Loan Amount: $3,853
Average Scholarship Award: $661
Georgia Heavy Truck Driver Jobs Information
Number of Truckers Employed: 49,370
Average Yearly Salary: $40,670
Average Monthly Pay: $3,389
Average Weekly Pay: $782
Average Hourly Wage: $19.55
National Average Salary: $38,700
Georgia heavy truck driver jobs information was current as of May 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Truck Driving Schools in Georgia
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1. Ace CDL Training, Inc.
3005 Sylvester Road
Albany, GA 31705
2. Albany Technical College
1704 S. Slappey Blvd
Albany, GA 31701
3. Altamaha Technical College
1334 Golden Isle West
Baxley, GA 31513
4. Altamaha Technical College
Golden Isles Campus
4404 Glynco Pkwy
Brunswick, GA 31525
5. America’s Driving Force
4180 Moreland Avenue
Conley, GA 30288
6. Athens Technical College
Elbert County Campus
1317 Athens Hwy
Elberton, GA 30635
7. Athens Technical College
Walton County Campus
212 Bryant Road
Monroe, GA 30655
8. Atlanta Technical College
1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
9. Bainbridge College
2500 E. Shotwell Street
Bainbridge, GA 39818
10. CDL of Georgia LLC
846 Jefferson Hwy
Winder, GA 30680
11. Central Georgia Technical College
Putnam County Center
580 James Marshall Bypass
Eatonton, GA 31024
12. Central Georgia Technical College
243 Warner Robins Hwy
Hawkinsville, GA 31036
13. Central Georgia Technical College**
Warner Robins Campus
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
14. Central Truck Driving Academy
1545 Cedar Grove Road
Conley, GA 30288
15. Chattahoochee Technical College
North Metro Campus
5198 Ross Road
Acworth, GA 30102
16. CSRA Transportation, LLC**
3351 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta, GA 30909
17. Daly’s Truck Driving School
2314 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Buford, GA 30518
18. Georgia Driving Academy
1448 VFW Drive
Conyers, GA 30012
19. Georgia Driving Academy
1018 Morris Road
Columbus, GA 31906
20. Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Walker County Campus
265 Bicentennial Trail
Rock Spring, GA 30739
21. Georgia Piedmont Technical College
495 N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
22. Great Southern Driving Academy, LLC
329 Cottonwood Mill Road
Tunnel Hill, GA 30755
23. Katlaw Driving School**
5000 Austell Powder Springs Road
Austell, GA 30106
24. Middle Georgia Technical College
80 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088
25. Miller-Motte CDL Training
621 NW Frontage Road
Augusta, GA 30907
26. Miller-Motte CDL Training
1800 Box Road
Columbus, GA 31907
27. Millis Training Institute
60 Carson Loop Road NW
Cartersville, GA 30121
28. Southern Region Technical College
52 Tech Drive
Tifton, GA 31794
29. North Georgia Technical College
1500 Hwy 197 North
Clarksville, GA 30523
30. North Georgia Technical College
8989 Hwy 17 South
Toccoa, GA 30577
31. Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1189 Deepstep Road
Sandersville, GA 31082
32. Oconee Fall Line Technical College
1678 Kaolin Road
Sandersville, GA 31082
33. Oconee Fall Line Technical College
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
34. Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Jefferson County Center
1257 Warrior Trail
Louisville, GA 30434
35. Ogeechee Technical College
625 Cedar Avenue
Hagan, GA 30429
36. Okefenokee Technical College
1701 Carswell Avenue
Waycross, GA 31503
37. Roadmaster Drivers School
1414 Blairs Bridge Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
38. Savannah Technical College
2890 Hwy 21 South
Rincon, GA 31326
39. Savannah Technical College
100 Technology Drive
Hinesville, GA 31313
40. Southeastern Technical College
346 Kite Road
Swainsboro, GA 30401
41. Southeastern Technical College
1400 Harris Industrial Blvd
Vidalia, GA 30474
42. Southern Crescent Technical College
Butts County Center
1578 Hwy 16 West
Jackson, GA 30233
43. Southern Crescent Technical College
Jasper County Center
112 Industrial Park Drive
Monticello, GA 31064
44. Southern Crescent Technical College
Flint River Campus
1533 Hwy 19 South
Thomaston, GA 30286
45. South Georgia Technical College
900 South GA Tech Pkwy
Americus, GA 31709
46. South Georgia Technical College
Crisp County Center
402 N. Midway Road
Cordele, GA 31015
47. Stevens Transport School
1018 Morris Road
Columbus, GA 31907
48. Truck Driver Institute
100 Industrial Park Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
49. West Georgia Technical College
200 Campus Drive
Newnan, GA 30263
50. West Georgia Technical College
1 College Circle
LaGrange, GA 30240
51. West Georgia Technical College
997 Newnan Road
Carrollton, GA 30116
52. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Coffee County Campus
706 W. Baker Hwy
Douglas, GA 31533
53. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
† Truck driving school offers truck driver training programs that are certified to meet the standards of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI).
** Truck driving school is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Here is the state-mapped list of truck driving schools in Georgia. The list of truck driving schools in Georgia above matches the markers on the map below.
Map of Truck Driving Schools in Georgia
|1. Ace CDL Training, Inc.||3005 Sylvester Road, Albany, GA 31705|
|2. Albany Technical College||1704 S. Slappey Blvd, Albany, GA 31701|
|3. Altamaha Technical College||Baxley Campus, 1334 Golden Isle West, Baxley, GA 31513|
|4. Altamaha Technical College||Golden Isles Campus, 4404 Glynco Pkwy, Brunswick, GA 31525|
|5. America's Driving Force||4180 Moreland Avenue, Conely, GA 30288|
|6. Athens Technical College||Elbert county Campus, 1317 Athens Hwy, Elberton, GA 30635|
|7. Athens Technical College||Walton County Campus, 212 Bryant Road, Monroe, GA 30655|
|8. Atlanta Technical College||1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310-4446|
|9. Bainbridge College||2500 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39818|
|10. CDL of Georgia LLC||846 Jefferson Hwy, Winder, GA 30680|
|11. Central Georgia Technical College||Putnam County Center, 580 James Marshall Bypass, Eatonton, GA 31024|
|12. Central Georgia Technical College||Workforce Development Center, 243 Warner Robins Hwy, Hawkinsville, GA 31036|
|13. Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins Campus, 80 Cohen Walker Drive Warner Robins, GA 31088|
|14. Central Truck Driving Academy||1545 Cedar Grove Road, Conley, GA 30288|
|15. Chattahoochee Technical College||North Metro Campus, 5198 Ross Road, Acworth, GA 30102|
|16. CSRA Transportation, LLC||3351 Wrightsboro Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 301, Augusta, GA 30909|
|17. Daly's Truck Driving School||2314 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Buford, GA 30518|
|18. Georgia Driving Academy||1448 VFW Drive, Conyers, GA 30012|
|19. Georgia Driving Academy||1018 Morris Road, Columbus, GA 31907|
|20. Georgia Northwestern Technical College||265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, GA 30739|
|21. Georgia Piedmont Technical College||DeKalb Campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021|
|22. Great Southern Driving Academy, LLC||329 Cottonwood Mill Road, Tunnel Hill, GA 30755|
|23. Katlaw Driving School||5000 Austell Powder Springs Road, Suite 226, Austell, GA 30106|
|24. Middle Georgia Technical College||80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088|
|25. Millis Training Institute||60 Carson Loop Road NW, Cartersville, GA 30121|
|26. Southern Region Technical College||52 Tech Drive, Tifton, GA 31794|
|27. North Georgia Technical College||1500 Hwy 197 North, Clarksville, GA 30523|
|28. North Georgia Technical College||8989 Hwy 17 South, Toccoa, GA 30577|
|29. Oconee Fall Line Technical College||North Campus, 1189 Deepstep Road, Sandersville, GA 31082|
|30. Oconee Fall Line Technical College||Transportation Center, 1678 Kaolin Road, Sandersville, GA 31082|
|31. Oconee Fall Line Technical College||560 Pinehill Road, Dublin, GA 31021|
|32. Oconee Fall Line Technical College||Jefferson County Center, 1257 Warrior Trail, Louisville, GA 30434|
|33. Ogeechee Technical College||625 Cedar Avenue, Hagan, GA 30429|
|34. Okefenokee Technical College||1701 Carswell Avenue, Waycross, GA 31503|
|35. Savannah Tech Truck Driver Training||Effingham Campus, 2890 Hwy 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326|
|36. Savannah Technical College||Liberty Campus, 100 Technology Drive, Hinesville, GA 31313|
|37. Southeastern Technical College||346 Kite Road, Swainsboro, GA 30401|
|38. Southeastern Technical College||Commercial Truck Driving Training Center, 1400 Harris Industrial Blvd, Vidalia, GA 30474|
|39. Southern Crescent Technical College||Butts County Center, 1578 Hwy 16 West, Jackson, GA 30233|
|40. Southern Crescent Technical College||Jasper County Center, 112 Industrial Park Drive, Monticello, GA 31064|
|41. Southern Crescent Technical College||Flint River Campus, 1533 Hwy 19 South, Thomaston, GA 30286|
|42. South Georgia Technical College||900 South GA Tech Pkwy, Americus, GA 31709|
|43. South Georgia Technical College||Crisp County Center, 402 N. Midway Road, Cordele, GA 31015|
|44. Truck Driver Institute||100 Industrial Park Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029|
|45. West Georgia Technical College||Coweta Campus, 200 Campus Drive, Newnan, GA 30263|
|46. West Georgia Technical College||LaGrange Campus, 1 College Circle, LaGrange, GA 30240|
|47. West Georgia Technical College||Carroll Campus, 997 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30116|
|48. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Coffee County Campus, 706 W. Baker Hwy, Douglas, GA 31533|
|49. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Valdosta Campus, 4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta, GA 31602|
|50. Miller-Motte CDL Training||Augusta Campus, 621 NW Frontage Road, Augusta, GA 30907|
|51. Miller-Motte CDL Training||Columbus Campus, 1800 Box Road, Columbus, GA 31907|
How to Choose the Best Truck Driving Schools in Georgia
Most truck driving schools in Georgia train their students by following the same basic curriculum. In the classroom, students are taught what they need to know to pass the written knowledge test when they go to obtain their Georgia commercial drivers license. This includes coursework in:
- The driving laws and safety regulations as they pertain to truck driving in the state of Georgia.
- The different mechanical and safety parts of a semi.
- The various driving techniques needed to competently operate a tractor trailer.
In the training yard, students observe and practice operating a tractor trailer using the techniques they were taught in the classroom, so that they will be prepared to pass the pre-trip inspection and the driving test when they go to obtain their Georgia commercial drivers license.
That’s basically it. There may be minor differences in how the coursework is handled from school to school but, the end objective is always the same; train students to become safe, knowledgeable, and highly qualified commercial truck drivers who are ready to obtain their Georgia CDL and begin their truck driving career.
With that being said, there are a few things you will need to take into careful consideration when choosing a truck driving school in Georgia. The decision you make could lead you on the path to a great learning experience or a dead end disaster. Although they teach the same thing, not all truck driving schools are the same.
Of all the factors you need to consider when deciding between truck driving schools in Georgia, the tuition cost will invariably be near the top of the list. Let’s face it, the final decision you make will determine the quality of training you receive and the amount of money you pay to receive that training. Although price is not necessarily the most important factor when choosing a truck driving school, it is still very important. In the real world, you get what you pay for. The same holds true when it comes to education and vocational training. Now, don’t get me wrong. There may be a few truck driving schools in Georgia that charge an outrageous amount of money for mediocre training. Remember, a truck driving school is a business, and like any other business, it is in business to make a profit so that it can stay open. Like any other business, there are good ones and there are bad ones. On average, CDL training in Georgia should cost somewhere between $2,500 and $4,500. There is usually a $500 difference in pricing between competing truck driving schools in the same general location. If the difference in price between schools in the same location is more or less than $500, you may want to do some research and find out why one school charges much more than the others. Here are some questions you may want to find the answers to when doing your research:
- Is their equipment more modern than the other schools?
- Do they only train students in simulators or in tractor trailers?
- How much “behind the wheel” time do they give their students?
- Do they have more instructors on their payroll?
- Do they have larger class sizes and, therefore, more wear and tear on their trucks, and higher fuel expenses?
- Do they have more trucks for the students to train on than the other schools?
- Do they go above and beyond the state minimum “required hours of training”?
- Are they accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute?
- Are they accredited by the Better Business Bureau?
- Do they award student scholarships or participate in state and federal grant programs?
- Do they have a more successful job placement program than the other schools?
If the answer to these questions invariably comes up as “no”, then that school is most likely charging students more money for no other reason than to make a higher profit.
Almost all truck driving schools in Georgia offer financial aid. Student financial aid can help lower the cost of attending school. Many truck driving schools in Georgia actively participate in state and federal grant programs and even give out scholarships for academic excellence. Student loans are also available for those who qualify. Fill out the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and check with the financial aid office of the school to see if there are any available student grants, scholarships, or loans you may qualify for if you decide to attend.
When choosing a truck driving school, be wary of any school that promises to get you trained and on the road in two weeks or less. Not only is this unrealistic, it is also unsafe. Commercial driver training should take anywhere from three weeks to three months to complete. There are two main factors that will determine the length of a school’s CDL training program. They are:
- Full-time vs. Part-time training.
- State mandated regulations.
Full-time training programs will usually be much shorter since the students will be going to class and training five days a week. Part-time classes will usually be longer since the students will only be training on nights and weekends. Another factor that will determine the length of a school’s CDL training program is the minimum amount of hours a student is required to train both in the classroom and in the yard. Some states require students to acquire a minimum of 160 hours of CDL training while other states do not. If a truck driving school promises to train you and get you ready to take your CDL tests in a week… RUN!… in the other direction! These type of schools are called “CDL mills” and they are only out to take your money and get you out the door as fast as possible so they can exploit a new batch of unsuspecting students. Trust me, learning how to safely and competently operate a tractor trailer takes longer than seven days. Passing the CDL tests and obtaining your commercial drivers license doesn’t make you a well-trained truck driver anymore than getting a hunting license makes you a great hunter.
Location, location, location. In a perfect world, the best truck driving school would be the school that is closest to where you live. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and so, you may have to travel some distance to get the best CDL training in Georgia. Think of it as job preparation. If you can’t even handle the daily commute to truck driving school then, maybe you’re pursuing the wrong profession. If the best truck driving school is hours away or in another state, then obviously you’ll have to take living expenses into account. Some truck driving schools in Georgia may provide room and board for an added expense and may put you up in a hotel until your training is complete. One more thing to consider. If you do decide to attend a truck driving school outside the state of Georgia, be sure to read up on the rules and regulations for transferring your out of state CDL to the state of Georgia. You may have to simply fill out a few forms or you may have to retake the written test, the driving test, or both. Also, make sure that the amount of hours you will receive during your out-of-state CDL training will meet the minimum required hours for obtaining your CDL in the state of Georgia.
Behind the Wheel Time
Probably one of the single most important factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school is how much “behind the wheel” drive time they give their students. Not simulator time or passenger seat observation time but, shifting, steering, braking, backing up, and parking time. Remember, most truck driving school students have never even been inside a semi. Driving a tractor trailer competently and confidently takes practice, practice, and more practice. The amount of drive time a school gives their students directly impacts the price of tuition because of the expenses involved. It will also impact how well you can drive a tractor trailer when you graduate.
Ratio of Instructors to Students
First of all, when you attend a truck driving school, you are paying for an education. You can’t get an education unless you are given instruction, and you can’t get instruction without an instructor. Paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to a school to be “self-taught” would be just plain dumb. But, in essence, that’s what you are doing if the truck driving school you attend has too many students and too few instructors. Almost all truck driving schools in Georgia are set up the same way. There is a building where students are given classroom instruction and there is a training yard where students are given driving instruction. In order to keep costs down and profits up, some schools will have four or five students sitting in the cab with the instructor instead of one-on-one instruction. They may also have multiple students training behind the wheel of two or three semis at the same time while the instructors walk from truck to truck, educating the students on the right way and wrong way to maneuver the vehicle. While being behind the wheel and getting some drive time is a good thing, not having one-on-one instruction the entire time can be very detrimental to your ability to learn how to maneuver a tractor trailer correctly. In order to learn a skill, you must practice it over and over again until it becomes “second nature”. The problem is, if you are practicing something the wrong way, you will eventually be ingrained with bad habits, and it is a well known fact that it is harder to get rid of bad habits than it is to pick them up in the first place.
The instructors are the cornerstone of any truck driving school. Without instructors, all you have is a building with a bunch of books, and a parking lot full of tractor trailers. It is the instructors that will ultimately make you or break you. A good truck driving school will have good instructors, and good instructors will be knowledgeable, experienced, nurturing, and enthusiastic about what they’re teaching.
If you are paying thousands of dollars for an education, you want to learn from the best, and the best instructors become the best at what they are teaching through years of experience. Would you want to be taught by someone who just graduated from truck driving school a year ago? Of course not. You want to be trained by someone who knows what it’s like to have to maneuver a 53 foot rig through a crowded city, or what it’s like to carry a five ton load over hilly terrain, or what it takes to beat the clock and deliver a time sensitive load on time. You want instructors who will not only lecture but will also listen. Instructors who will listen to your questions and to your concerns. Instructors who will take the time to help you catch up with the rest of the class if you happen to learn at a slower pace. Instructors who are there because they want to be, not because they have to be. They should be up-to-date with all the industry trends and regulations.
Before you shell out thousands of dollars to a truck driving school, set up an appointment to tour the school and meet the instructors. Before you arrive at the school, write down any questions you would like to ask the instructors about the program and about their experience in the field of truck driving. Talk to some of the students and ask them if they’re pleased with the instructors, the program, and the equipment. You may want to schedule a tour towards the end of the school’s semester so the students can give you a good review of their training experience.
Some truck driving schools in Georgia may be accredited by the Professional Truck Driver Institute or PTDI. The Professional Truck Driver Institute
is a non-profit organization that advocates truck-driver training standards, driver professionalism, and safety. They introduced a uniform skill performance, curriculum, and certification standard in 1989 in order to raise the bar on the truck driver training process. Although it isn’t necessary to be accredited by the PTDI in order to be a reputable truck driving school, only reputable truck driving schools are accredited by the PTDI, as it is an expensive and stringent process to become PTDI accredited.
Since truck driving schools in Georgia are businesses and therefore, should be held accountable for their business practices and ethics, you may want to check to see what kind of rating or reviews a school has received by the Better Business Bureau. Do they have an “A” rating or an “F” rating? Do they have any unresolved complaints that have been brought forth by the students of the school? Is the school accredited by the Better Business Bureau? Truck Driving Schools in Georgia that are BBB accredited must commit to a high standard of honesty and fairness in order to receive an “A” rating. BBB accreditation isn’t necessary to make a truck driving school a great school but, it does show that the school takes its business practices very seriously and holds itself accountable to a higher standard.
Let’s face it, the main reason for going to truck driving school is to get a good paying job when you graduate. How successful a school is in getting their graduates good paying jobs with reputable trucking companies is one of the main factors to consider when choosing a truck driving school. If a school’s job placement program has a low success rate, then you may want to consider going to a trucking school with a higher job placement rate. There are many reputable trucking companies in Georgia that will hire graduates with little to no truck driving experience if they graduated from a reputable truck driving school.
You want your truck driving school experience to be educational, beneficial, and fun. Choose the right school and it will be. Choose the wrong one, and your truck driving career could stall before it even starts.
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