Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for Class A

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...

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Course code: GES7004

Additionally, once enrolled in an ELDT course, you will receive access to the following free and optional CDL Permit Prep courses:

  • CDL Permit Prep: Air Brakes
  • CDL Permit Prep: Combination Vehicles
  • CDL Permit Prep: Hazardous Materials
  • CDL Permit Preps: Doubles & Triples
  • CDL Permit Prep: Tankers
  • CDL Permit Prep: General Knowledge

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.

What you will learn

  • Basic Operation: Teaches the interaction between driver-trainees and the CMV, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), introduction to the basic CMV instruments and controls, basic operating characteristics of a CMV, vehicle inspections, controlling the motion of CMVs under various road and traffic conditions, employing shifting and backing techniques, and coupling-uncoupling CMVs
  • Safe Operating Procedures: Teaches driver-trainees the practices required for the safe operation of the combination vehicle on the highway under various road, weather, and traffic conditions
  • Advanced Operating Practices: Teaches driver-trainees about the advanced skills necessary to recognize potential hazards and handle a CMV when faced with a hazard
  • Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions: Teaches driver-trainees the vehicle and its systems and subsystems, vehicle inspection, operation, and maintenance, and the impact of those factors upon highway safety and operational efficiency
  • Non-Driving Activities: Teaches driver-trainees the activities that do not involve actually operating the CMV, such as cargo handling, environmental issues, driver hours of service, post-crash procedures, drugs and alcohol, and trip planning

How you will benefit

  • Satisfies ELDT requirements for obtaining the Class A CDL for individuals who obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022
  • Prepares the student to take the state-administered CDL skills test
  • Enables the driver to operate specialized CMVs upon issuance of the CDL
  • Upon completion of this course, the results will be submitted to the FMCSA Training Provider Registry
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

     

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 40 course hours
  1. Basic Operation
    1. Orientation
    2. Control Systems/Dashboard
    3. Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
    4. Basic Control
    5. Shifting/Operating Transmissions
    6. Backing and Docking
    7. Coupling and Uncoupling
  2. Safe Operating Procedures
    1. Visual Search
    2. Communication
    3. Distracted Driving
    4. Speed Management
    5. Space Management
    6. Night Operation
    7. Extreme Driving Conditions
  3. Advanced Operating Practices
    1. Hazard Perception
    2. Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies
    3. Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
  4. Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
    1. Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
    2. Roadside Inspections
    3. Maintenance
  5. Non-Driving Activities
    1. Handling and Documenting Cargo
    2. Environmental Compliance Issues
    3. Hours of Service Requirements
    4. Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
    5. Post-Crash Procedures
    6. External Communications
    7. Whistleblower/Coercion
    8. Trip Planning
    9. Drugs/Alcohol
    10. Medical Requirements

This is not an instructor-facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Certification Requirements:

Class A CDL ELDT knowledge requirement:

  • Completion of a Class A CDL ELDT theory course, which is approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Training Provider Registry (TPR)

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

This course does not fall under the ed2go standard refund policies. Once access to the course is provided, no refunds will be allowed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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.

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.

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