Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for Class B to A
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established minimum training standards for individuals upgrading their Class B commercial driver's license (CDL-B) to a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL-A). These individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements. This Class B to A CDL course was created in collaboration with an approved training provider listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR).
This CDL license training course is designed...
University of the District of Columbia
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 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
- 25 course hours
- Basic Operation
- Control Systems/Dashboard
- Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
- Basic Control
- Shifting/Operating Transmissions
- Backing and Docking
- Coupling and Uncoupling
- Safe Operating Procedures
- Visual Search
- Distracted Driving
- Speed Management
- Space Management
- Night Operation
- Extreme Driving Conditions
- Advanced Operating Practices
- Hazard Perception
- Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies
- Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
- Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
- Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
- Roadside Inspections
- Non-Driving Activities
- Hours of Service Requirements
- Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
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.
To upgrade the Class B commercial driver's license (CDL-B) to a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL-A):
- Complete a Class B to A CDL ELDT theory course, which is approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and listed in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Training Provider Registry (TPR)
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- 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.
Obtaining a commercial learner's permit (CLP) is the first step toward earning a commercial driver's license (CDL): Class A, Class B, or Class C. A CLP authorizes you to practice driving a commercial motor vehicle with a qualified CDL holder sitting next to you. Once you possess your CLP for 14 days and complete applicable entry-level driver training, you are eligible to take the CDL skills test.
Class A licenses are considered the "universal" CDL, allowing drivers to operate multiple types of commercial trucks and tractor trailers. A Class B license also allows you to drive different types of vehicles, such as straight trucks and dump trucks, but it is more limiting than a Class A CDL. The differences between the two CDLs relate to the types and weight of the vehicles, particularly the load that the vehicles will tow.
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.
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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.
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