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).

Accelerate your career with a Class A CDL License.

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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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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.
At Online Traffic Safety, our ethos is driven by unwavering dedication, profound expertise, and a progressive outlook, deeply embedded in the principles of safety, security, and responsibility. We emerged to meet the critical need for comprehensive safety training in the commercial driving sector, recognizing the importance of safeguarding our communities and environment against potential hazards.

Our mission began with a goal to elevate safety standards and training for those at the helm of commercial transportation—truck drivers, freight operators, and all individuals involved in the operation and management of commercial vehicles. Acknowledging the significant challenges of maintaining safety on the roads, we designed a curriculum that offers extensive safety training, Class A CDL certification, and crisis management, ensuring each participant is fully prepared to identify and mitigate risks effectively.

Working in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other regulatory authorities, we have implemented rigorous background checks, safety evaluations, and security training, adhering to the strict guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). This collaborative approach guarantees that everyone, from truck drivers to freight handlers, acquires a deep understanding of the regulations, emergency response strategies, and safe handling of commercial vehicles.

Our programs are tailored to confront the dynamic challenges of transportation security, integrating cutting-edge technology and the latest in safety management practices. From conducting background checks for CDL certifications to deploying the newest safety equipment and emergency response techniques, our commitment to safety excellence is all-encompassing. Education and continuous training are the cornerstones of our mission.

Our online safety courses range from basic safety training to specialized Class A CDL certification, designed to meet the diverse needs of the transportation industry. Through thorough training and perpetual learning, we equip individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions, ensuring the safe and secure transport of goods and materials across the nation.

Our commitment extends beyond professional training to foster a culture of safety within the wider community. We believe in the power of education and the critical role of public awareness in promoting a safer environment for everyone. Through community outreach and educational programs, we strive to instill a sense of responsibility and preparedness in every citizen, making safety a collective effort.

At Online Traffic Safety, our story is ongoing—a narrative of resilience, dedication, and a steadfast commitment to making the world a safer place through education, innovation, and collaboration. We lead the way in traffic safety, shaping a future where commercial transport is performed with the utmost diligence and precision, protecting lives and the environment for generations to come.

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. 

How do you get a CDL Class A license?

Obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A in the United States allows you to operate a wide range of commercial vehicles, including trucks and tractor-trailers. The process involves several key steps, and while specific requirements can vary by state, the general procedure is as follows:

1. Meet the Basic Requirements

  • Age: You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a CDL for intrastate driving (within your state). For interstate driving (between states), you must be at least 21 years old.
  • Driving Record: You should have a clean driving record. Certain violations may disqualify you.
  • Medical Certification: You need to pass a physical examination to ensure you meet the medical standards for commercial drivers.

2. Obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)

  • Study: Begin by studying the CDL manual provided by your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or equivalent agency.
  • Written Tests: Pass the general knowledge test and any other required tests for the specific class of CDL and endorsements you seek.
  • Apply for CLP: After passing the tests, you can apply for your CLP at the DMV.

3. Complete Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

4. Gain Experience

  • With a CLP, you are allowed to practice driving on public roads with a qualified CDL holder accompanying you.

5. Pass the CDL Skills Test

  • After holding your CLP for a minimum period (usually around 14 days), you can take the CDL skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, basic controls test, and a road test.

6. Obtain Your CDL

  • Once you pass the skills test, you can complete any additional paperwork and pay the necessary fees to receive your CDL Class A license.

Additional Considerations

  • Endorsements: If you plan to drive certain types of vehicles or haul specific types of cargo (like hazardous materials), you might need additional endorsements, which require passing more written tests.
  • Background Checks: For certain endorsements, such as the hazardous materials endorsement (H), you’ll also need to pass a background check.
  • State-Specific Requirements: Check with your local DMV for any state-specific requirements or variations in the process.

Tips for Success

  • Prepare Thoroughly: Take advantage of study guides, online resources, and practice tests to prepare for both the written and skills tests.
  • Seek Quality Training: Look for reputable CDL training programs that offer both classroom learning and hands-on driving experience.
  • Stay Informed: Regulations and requirements can change, so it's important to stay informed about any new laws or changes in the CDL process.

Obtaining a CDL Class A license is a significant step toward a career in commercial driving, opening up opportunities in a variety of industries.

The ELDT Class A Course

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I recently finished up the ELDT CDL Class A course through Online Traffic Safety and, honestly, it was a game-changer. Being new to the trucking world, I was looking for something that could break down the basics in a way I could understand, and this course delivered. The lessons were clear and to the point, making it easy to grasp the essentials of operating big rigs. Plus, being able to work through the modules on my own time was perfect for my schedule. I went from knowing next to nothing to feeling ready to tackle the road. For anyone thinking about getting their CDL, this course is a solid start.
Bob F
Getting into trucking was a big career shift for me, and I needed a strong foundation to start on. The ELDT CDL Class A course from Online Traffic Safety was just what I needed. The content covered everything from A to Z, not just driving skills but also the important safety regulations and pre-trip inspections. The flexibility of the course allowed me to balance learning with my other responsibilities, which was a huge plus. By the end of it, I felt confident and well-prepared for the CDL exam and more importantly, for starting my new career on the road. Highly recommend for anyone serious about trucking.
Maria G
I’ve been around trucks for a while but needed to formalize my skills with a CDL. Opted for the ELDT CDL Class A course by Online Traffic Safety and it was spot on. The lessons were straightforward, eliminating any confusion right from the start. What stood out to me was how the course was geared towards real-world application, teaching practical skills that you’d use every day on the job. Fitting the course into my day was easy, thanks to its self-paced format. Passed my CDL exam on the first try and felt like this course played a big part in that. For folks looking to get their CDL without the hassle, this is the way to go.
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