Current Classes

Construction Career READY Fundamentals

This is your pathway to a great career in Construction.

There are more great careers in construction than there are trained people to fill them. In response to this demand, Georgia Piedmont Technical College has partnered with Goodwill of North Georgia to develop the Construction Career Fundamentals Program to prepare you for a career in construction. Upon successful completion participants will receive the following certifications and certificates, as well as awareness to skill sets that lead to employment in various construction related industries:

  • OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification
  • Georgia BEST Soft Skills
  • Forklift Operator Certification
  • Georgia State Flagging Certification

There is no cost to qualified participants.
Taught through the Economic Development Division at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, the Construction Career READY Fundamentals program is geared towards unemployed and underemployed DeKalb and Rockdale County residents who have little or no construction experience but who wish to reenter the workforce with new and in-demand skills. The program fee and all required materials are covered for those who meet eligibility requirements.

Construction Fundamentals Construction READY flyer – Fall 2019

Transportation READY Program

This is your pathway to a great career in transportation as a CDL driver (Class A).

There are more great careers in transportation as a CDL driver than there are trained people to fill them. In response to this demand, Georgia Piedmont Technical College has partnered with DeKalb, Newton, and Rockdale transportation companies to develop the 4-week Transportation READY Program to prepare you for a career in transportation as a CDL driver. Upon successful completion participants will receive the following certifications and certificates, as well as awareness to skill sets that lead to employment as a Class A CDL driver:

  • Eligible to sit for the CDL License exam
  • Georgia BEST Soft Skills

There is no cost to qualified participants. WIOA ELIGIBLE

Taught through the Economic Development Division at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, the Transportation READY program is funded through your local WIOA office.  The program is geared towards unemployed and underemployed individuals who have little or no manufacturing experience, but who wish to reenter the workforce with new and in-demand skills. The program fee and all required materials are covered for those who meet eligibility requirements.

4-week program location:

Regional Transportation Training Center
6720 Marbut Rd., Lithonia, Georgia  30058

4-week program cost: $3500.00 (if you do not qualify for WIOA funding)

Upcoming training dates:

01/13/2020 – 02/07/2020

03/02/2020 – 03/27/2020

04/06/2020 – 05/01/2020

05/04/2020 – 05/29/2020

06/01/2020 – 06/26/2020

07/06/2020 – 07/31/2020

08/03/2020 – 08/28/2020

09/07/2020 – 10/02/2020

10/05/2020 – 10/30/2020

11/01/2020 – 12/04/2020

New 4-week classes begin meeting the first Monday of every month. Classes are held Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Course Prerequisite
You must obtain your Class A permit before the first day of class. You must also take and pass a DOT drug screen and obtain a DOT Physical which GPTC will provide on the first day of class.

Class Registration
You must come to the GPTC Regional Transportation Training Center at 6720 Marbut Rd., Lithonia, Georgia 30058 to register for class. Please bring your permit, license and DOT physical card with you if obtained it prior to class.

Additional Charges
The following charges are NOT included in the cost of the class tuition and are not paid to the college with tuition:

CDL Permit Written Test at DDS

Class A CDL License Fee

CDL Retest (if necessary)


Additional Information

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age with a Class C license in order to apply for admission to the CTD program. Persons 18 to 21 may obtain a Commercial Driver’s License but will be restricted to drive in Georgia only.
  • The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial driver licensing and requires a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug test in addition to a Motor Vehicle Report prior to the issuance of a Georgia Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Furthermore, random drug testing is required during the course of the Commercial Truck Driving program (FMCSA Regulation 382.305 and 391, subpart E).
  • EZ DOT, LLC will visit the Regional Transportation Training Center campus and perform the required Department of Transportation drug test during the first 3 days of the CTDL 1010 course.  Students must be able to produce negative results on the drug screening and submit a satisfactory physical by the end of the CTDL 1010 course and prior to the beginning of the CTDL 1020 course, if they wish to remain in the program.
    • Students can begin CTDL 1010 while drug screening results are pending. However, the results must come back by the time of the completion of CTDL 1010 for the student to remain in the program.
      • Student drivers who fail the drug screening are advised to contact:  Dr. David Clark,
        5073 LaVista Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084, 770-713-8580

An applicant/student driver who fails a drug and/or alcohol test may not be able to complete the CTD program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College or any Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institution until documentation of successful completion of a return to duty program as prescribed by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) has been received.

More SAPs can be found at the following link www.naadac.org/sap-directory

CTD Program Contact:
Selina James
404-297-9522 ext. 5503
Email:  jamess@gptc.edu
Fax: 678-323-8719

8-hour CDL Pre-Trip class- $150.00

This course has everything you need to prepare for the Class A or Class 8 CDL Pre-Trip Inspection. Our study guide and tutorial will cover the pre-trip inspection terminology, as well as a thorough list of all of the parts you will be inspecting on the vehicle.

Note: This course has a minimum of 4 students.

Simulator Training - $35.00/hour

Not quite ready for hands on training or you need to sharpen your driving skills? Our simulator training enables a student to drive a Class A, Class B, or Class C vehicle in a virtual space, while operating the controls of an actual vehicle.

Please call (404) 297-9522 ext. 5500 to schedule simulator training.

Third Party Testing at RTTC

Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Transportation Training program is a licensed Third-Party Testing Site for DDS. Testing for commercial classes, “A” and “B,” are available by appointment only. Call 404-297-9522 ext. 5500 for scheduling.

  • $100.00 per test w/ your equipment
  • $150.00 per test w/ Georgia Piedmont Tech’s equipment
  • Tests must be scheduled in advance and prepaid. No refunds.