Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for Hazardous Materials

Truck drivers with their CDLs are in-demand in the trucking industry, and being able to transport hazardous materials is a specialized driver credential that can result in more opportunities and higher driver pay. This course was created in collaboration with an approved training provider listed on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)'s Training Provider Registry (TPR).

This CDL hazmat test course is designed for commercial motor vehicle drivers seeking a hazardous materials (H)...

3 Months / 16 Course Hrs
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Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for Hazardous Materials

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Course code: GES7007

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

  • Understanding the regulation of the transport or hazardous materials
  • Driver duties for the transport of hazmat, including emergency response in the event of a release
  • Packaging, loading and permitting required for hazmat transport
  • Driver obligations related to safe hazmat vehicle operation, such as vehicle inspections, fueling and passengers

How you will benefit

  • Satisfies ELDT requirements for obtaining the hazmat (H) CDL endorsement
  • Prepares the student to take their state administered hazmat knowledge test
  • Enables the driver to haul specialized hazmat freight upon issuance of the endorsement
  • 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
  • 16 course hours
  1. Basic Introductory HM Requirements
  2. Operational HM Requirements
  3. Reporting HM Crashes and Releases
  4. Tunnels and Railroad (RR)-Highway Grade Crossing Requirements
  5. Loading and Unloading HM
  6. HM on Passenger Vehicles
  7. Bulk Packages
  8. Operating Emergency Equipment
  9. Emergency Response Procedures
  10. Engine and Fueling
  11. Tire Check
  12. Routes and Route Planning
  13. Hazardous Materials Safety Permits (HMSP)

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


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Certification Requirements:

Hazardous materials (H) endorsement knowledge requirement:

  • Completion of a hazmat course, which is accepted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Training Provider Registry (TPR)

* Online hazardous materials endorsement training is NOT valid in the State of Washington (WA).


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.


  • 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.

The hazardous materials (H) endorsement is required to operate a vehicle that contains hazardous materials. A written knowledge test is needed to obtain a hazmat endorsement. To apply for an H endorsement on your CDL, you need to meet all the following basic conditions:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be a U.S citizen, legal permanent resident.
  • Have held a valid commercial learner's permit (CLP) and/or a temporary license or Employment Authorization Document to earn a hazardous material endorsement or a valid CDL.
  • Pass a knowledge test for H endorsement.
  • Undergoing a Federal Security Threat Assessment (background check) is required for any drivers, whether intending to obtain, renew or transfer a hazardous materials endorsement on a state-issued commercial driver's license.

Most state CDL hazmat tests, also known as the Hazmat Endorsement Knowledge Exam or HazMat endorsement written test, are usually made up of 30 items of the total question. However, this may differ depending on the state where you live. To pass your CDL hazmat test, you will need to receive a score of at least 80%. This score correlates to 24 correct answers or more.

According to Glassdoor.com, the estimated total pay for a Class A CDL driver/hazmat tanker is $75,680 per year in the U.S., with an average salary of $63,100 per year. These numbers represent the median—the estimated additional pay is $12,581 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonuses, commission, tips, and profit sharing.

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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