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Learn everything you need to prepare for your entry-level driver training (ELDT) necessary to obtain your Class A commercial driver's license (CDL).
Operating heavier vehicles with a combination of truck and trailer, such as a tractor-trailer, can be an in-demand and high-paying profession, especially with the right training and license. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established minimum training standards for individuals applying for their Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time. These individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements and must complete a prescribed program of instruction.
This Class A CDL training course is designed to meet all theory (knowledge) requirements listed in The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 380, Special Training Requirements. It includes sections covering basic operation, safe operating procedures, advanced operating practices, vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions, and non-driving activities—all essential to obtaining your Class A driver's license. This CDL course was created in collaboration with an approved training provider listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR).
Upon successful course completion, you will be further prepared as you work to obtain your Class A CDL by meeting the FMCSA training standards, and your completion record will be uploaded to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) TPR. Once you meet other federal training requirements, such as behind-the-wheel training, you can take your state's CDL test. Once you successfully take the CDL test, you will be issued a state CDL and may be eligible to be hired by companies that operate Class A trucks in commerce.
Note: This course is excluded from ed2go standard refund policies. Once access to the course is provided, no refunds will be allowed.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Additionally, once enrolled in an ELDT course, you will receive access to the following free and optional CDL Permit Prep courses:
The prep courses for the required CDL written exams taken through your local DMV are based on the CDL Class chosen and your state's requirements. Each state has different requirements for the CDL Class A, B, or Hazardous Materials, so obtaining the manual for your specific area is recommended. These can be found online, or a book may be picked up at your local DMV.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Class A CDL ELDT knowledge requirement:
This is not an instructor-facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.
What is the refund policy for this ELDT training course?
This course does not fall under the ed2go standard refund policies. Once access to the course is provided, no refunds will be allowed.
What is a Class A driver's license?
A Class A commercial driver's license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the towed vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds. With a Class A CDL and the proper endorsements, you may drive the following types of vehicles: tractor-trailers, truck and trailer combinations, tanker vehicles, livestock carriers, and flatbeds.
What can you drive with a Class A CDL?
With your Class A CDL, you can drive tractor-trailers (also known as a semi, big rig, or 18-wheeler), truck and trailer combinations, tanker vehicles, livestock carriers, flatbeds, and most Class B and Class C vehicles, depending on endorsement requirements.
Endorsements include Passenger (P), allowing you to carry passengers, Tank (T), allowing you to drive trucks containing liquid cargo, and H (Hazardous Materials), allowing you to drive trucks containing such hazardous materials as flammable liquids, explosives, or radioactive substances.
To obtain an endorsement, you will need to pass a specialized knowledge exam and possibly a specialized driving skills test. To obtain an H, P, or School Bus (S) endorsement, you must successfully complete training from FMCSA-approved training providers. You must also undergo a thorough background check to obtain an S endorsement.
Does this course prepare you for a certification?
This course includes the required ELDT theory exams for each of the units.; it does NOT include the cost of the CDL test or other state exam charges.
When can I start this course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
Can I register for courses if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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