ELDT Class A

Starting February 7, 2022, individuals must complete a specific course before taking the CDL skills test for a commercial learner's permit (CLP). The results will be recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. CDL testing centers will verify completion of the mandatory course through the FMCSA Training Provider Registry before conducting any testing services.
Learn essential knowledge for entry-level driver training (ELDT) to obtain your Class A commercial driver's license (CDL).
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FMCSA Approved

Valid In 50 States

What's included?

  • Fully Narrated
  • No Hidden Costs
  • Practice Questions
  • Customer Support
  • Certification Download
  • Completion Reporting to FMCSA

Submission to FMCSA

Upon successful completion of the ELDT Class A Course, we will promptly submit your results to the FMCSA TPR (Training Provider Registry) to officially document that you have finished your theory training.

Flexible Self- Paced Course

Go as Fast or as Slow as You Want to. The ELDT Class A Course offers a flexible learning environment tailored to each individual's unique pace. You have the freedom to progress through the course materials at a speed that suits their learning style and schedule. 

Course Curriculum 

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Technical Requirements
1. Basic Operation
Control Systems/Dashboard
Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
Basic Control
Shifting/Operating Transmissions
Backing and Docking
Coupling and Uncoupling
2. Safe Operating Procedures
Visual Search
Distracted Driving
Speed Management
Space Management
Night Operation
Extreme Driving Conditions
3. Advanced Operating Practices
Hazard Perception
Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies
Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
4. Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
Roadside Inspections
5. Non-Driving Activities
Handling and Documenting Cargo
Environmental Compliance Issues
Hours of Service Requirements
Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
Post-Crash Procedures
External Communications
Trip Planning
Medical Requirements

Course Content Overview

  1. Basic Operation: This module covers the essentials of interacting with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). It includes understanding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), getting acquainted with CMV instruments and controls, mastering basic CMV operating techniques, conducting vehicle inspections, controlling CMVs under varying road and traffic conditions, mastering shifting and backing maneuvers, and learning the process of coupling and uncoupling CMVs.

  2. Safe Operating Procedures: In this section, you will learn the necessary practices for safely operating a combination vehicle on highways under different road, weather, and traffic conditions.

  3. Advanced Operating Practices: This part focuses on advanced skills for hazard recognition and managing CMVs in hazardous situations.

  4. Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions: This module educates you about the vehicle's systems and subsystems, including inspection, operation, and maintenance. It emphasizes the significance of these aspects in ensuring highway safety and operational efficiency.

  5. Non-Driving Activities: This segment covers essential activities unrelated to direct CMV operation. It includes cargo handling, environmental considerations, driver hours of service, post-accident protocols, drug and alcohol awareness, and trip planning

Benefits of the Course

  • Meets ELDT Requirements: Completing this course fulfills the ELDT prerequisites for obtaining the Class A CDL for individuals who have received a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022.

  • Prepares for CDL Skills Test: The course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to take and pass the state-administered CDL skills test.

  • Enables Operation of Specialized CMVs: After getting your CDL, you’ll be qualified to operate specialized CMVs.

  • FMCSA Training Provider Registry Submission: Your successful completion of this course will be recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry.

Driving large vehicles like tractor-trailers, which involve managing a truck and trailer combination, can lead to a lucrative and sought-after career, particularly when equipped with proper training and licensing. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets foundational training standards for first-time applicants of the Class A commercial driver's license (CDL). These applicants must adhere to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements and complete an approved instructional program.

Our Class A CDL training course is structured to fulfill all theoretical (knowledge) components as mandated in The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 380, which outlines Special Training Requirements. The course encompasses vital topics such as basic operations, safe driving practices, advanced operational techniques, understanding vehicle systems and malfunction reporting, and non-driving responsibilities, all of which are critical for acquiring your Class A driver's license. We developed this CDL course in partnership with a recognized training provider listed in the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR).

After you successfully finish this course, you'll be well-prepared to pursue your Class A CDL, aligning with FMCSA's training guidelines. Your completion will be recorded in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) TPR. Fulfilling additional federal training requisites, like hands-on driving experience, enables you to attempt your state's CDL examination. Successfully passing the CDL test will result in a state-issued CDL, qualifying you for employment opportunities with companies that operate Class A vehicles in commercial settings.
To take this course, you will need to ensure that your system meets the technical requirements.

Computer or Mobile Device: A computer (desktop/laptop) or a mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old is recommended.
Internet Connection: A stable internet connection with a download speed of at least 25 Mbps, an upload speed of at least 3 Mbps, and a ping response of less than 100ms is recommended
Hardware: Speakers are required for activities such as listening to audio or videos.
Software: Required software may include internet browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Additional software and specific requirements may vary by course and can be found in the course syllabus.
Technical Proficiency: Basic computer skills and the ability to be self-directed in learning new technology skills are often necessary.
This course was created by expert instructors in the field of driving education and follows all curriculum as mandated by law.
While this course is not led by an instructor, assistance is readily available through email, online forms, and telephone support.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is a Class A driver's license?

To operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) exceeding 26,001 pounds, where the vehicle being towed is over 10,000 pounds, a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) is necessary. Holding a Class A CDL, along with the appropriate endorsements, qualifies you to drive various vehicles including tractor-trailers, truck and trailer combinations, tanker vehicles, livestock carriers, and flatbed trucks.

What can you drive with a Class A CDL?

Holding a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) enables you to operate a wide range of vehicles, including tractor-trailers (commonly referred to as semis, big rigs, or 18-wheelers), various truck and trailer combinations, tanker vehicles, livestock carriers, flatbeds, and, depending on specific endorsements, most Class B and Class C vehicles.

These endorsements expand your driving capabilities. The Passenger (P) endorsement allows for the transportation of passengers, the Tank (T) endorsement qualifies you to drive trucks carrying liquid cargo, and the Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement permits the operation of trucks transporting hazardous materials like flammable liquids, explosives, or radioactive substances.

To acquire an endorsement, you must pass a specialized knowledge test and, in some cases, a specialized driving skills test. For obtaining H, P, or School Bus (S) endorsements, it's mandatory to complete training from FMCSA-approved training providers. Additionally, securing an S endorsement requires a comprehensive background check.

When can I start this course?

You can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Once you complete the registration process, you will have immediate access to the course. 

How long does it take to complete this course?

The duration to complete the course varies from person to person. While some individuals may complete it in a few days, others might take a few weeks. The course is designed to accommodate your schedule, allowing you to save your progress at any point and resume from where you left off when you return.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from Online Traffic Safety. Your successful completion will be reported to the FMCSA. 

The ELDT Class A Course

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"I was initially skeptical about an online course for Class A CDL, but ELDT Class A proved me wrong. The comprehensive curriculum provided all the knowledge I needed, and the expert guidance made learning easy. What I appreciated most was the flexibility – I could study at my own pace from the comfort of my home. The course thoroughly prepared me for the CDL exam, and I passed with flying colors. ELDT Class A online course is a game-changer for anyone looking to upgrade their skills and career."
Sarah F
"I had a fantastic experience with ELDT Class A online course. The well-structured curriculum covered all the essentials, and I felt fully prepared for the CDL exam. The flexibility of the course allowed me to continue working while pursuing my Class A CDL from home. I can now explore exciting career opportunities in the commercial driving industry, all thanks to ELDT Class A."
Maria G
"ELDT Class A online course exceeded my expectations. The user-friendly platform and clear, comprehensive materials made learning hassle-free. The audio integration makes it so much easier! The flexibility allowed me to adapt my study schedule to my busy life. With ELDT Class A, I successfully obtained my Class A CDL and am now embarking on a new journey in the commercial driving field. Highly recommended!"
Mike Sydney

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