ELDT Class B

Starting February 7, 2022, individuals receiving a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) must successfully complete this course before they are eligible to take their CDL skills test. After finishing the course, the results will be recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. CDL testing centers, before commencing any testing services, will access these results from the FMCSA Training Provider Registry to verify the student's completion of the course.
Learn essential knowledge for entry-level driver training (ELDT) to obtain your Class B commercial driver's license (CDL).

Accelerate your career with a Class B CDL License.

Fully Narrated


FMCSA Approved

Valid In 50 States

What's included?

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

Submission to FMCSA

Upon successful completion of the ELDT Class B 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 B 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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Course Overview
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established minimum training standards for individuals applying for their Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time. If you are interested in obtaining your Class B CDL, you are subject to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements. This Class B CDL theory course was created by an approved training provider listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA's) Training Provider Registry (TPR) and must be completed for a driver to be eligible to take the state Class B CDL exam administered by the state.

This Class B CDL training course is designed for Class B commercial motor vehicle drivers who are seeking a CDL and intended to meet all theory (knowledge) requirements listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 380, Special Training Requirements. This includes sections covering basic operation, safe operating procedures, advanced operating practices, vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions, and non-driving activities.
Upon completion of this online course, your completion record will be uploaded to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) TPR. You can take your state's CDL test upon completing other federal training requirements, such as behind-the-wheel training. Those who successfully take the CDL test will be issued a state CDL and may be eligible to be hired by companies that operate Class B trucks in commerce.

Course Learning Objectives

Basic Operation: This section focuses on teaching the interaction between driver-trainees and commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including understanding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), an introduction to basic CMV instruments and controls, and mastering the fundamental operating characteristics of CMVs. It covers vehicle inspections, managing CMVs under different road and traffic conditions, and techniques for shifting and backing CMVs.

Safe Operating Procedures: This module educates driver-trainees on the necessary practices for safely operating heavy vehicles on highways, accommodating various road, weather, and traffic conditions.

Advanced Operating Practices: This part of the course imparts advanced skills crucial for identifying potential hazards and effectively handling a CMV in hazardous situations.

Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions: Trainees learn about the vehicle's systems and subsystems, including vehicle inspection, operation, maintenance, and their significance in maintaining highway safety and operational efficiency.

Non-Driving Activities: This section covers important activities not directly related to operating the CMV, such as cargo handling, addressing environmental concerns, understanding driver hours of service, post-accident procedures, drug and alcohol regulations, and trip planning.

Benefits of Completing the Course

Fulfills ELDT Requirements: Successfully completing this course meets the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements necessary for obtaining the Class B CDL for those who acquired a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022.

Prepares for CDL Skills Test: The course readies students for the state-administered CDL skills test.

Qualifies for Operating Specialized CMVs: Graduates are enabled to operate specialized CMVs once they receive their CDL.

FMCSA Training Provider Registry Submission: The completion of this course will be officially recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry.
Basic Operation
Control Systems/Dashboard
Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
Basic Control
Shifting/Operating Transmissions
Backing and Docking
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
Handling and Documenting Cargo
Environmental Compliance Issues
Hours of Service Requirements
Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
Post-Crash Procedures
External Communications
Trip Planning
Medical Requirements
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, we're fueled by a passion for enhancing road safety and a commitment to excellence in driver education. Our journey began with a clear mission: to provide top-tier training for aspiring CDL Class B drivers, recognizing the vital role they play in our economy and society by safely operating buses, straight trucks, and other mid-sized vehicles.

Motivated by the challenges and responsibilities associated with commercial driving, we meticulously developed a curriculum that goes beyond the basics. Our comprehensive approach to training covers essential safety practices, vehicle inspection, handling, and maneuvering, all tailored to meet the specific needs of Class B vehicle operators. Understanding the importance of flexible learning solutions, we crafted our courses to fit into the busy lives of our students, allowing them to learn at their own pace, on their own time.
Collaboration with industry experts and adherence to the latest regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ensure our training is both current and comprehensive. We pride ourselves on creating a learning environment that not only prepares students for their CDL exams but also equips them with the knowledge and confidence needed for a successful career in commercial driving.
Our ELDT CDL Class B program is designed with the learner in mind, incorporating interactive modules, real-world scenarios, and practical tips to engage and inform. Our goal is to demystify the complexities of commercial driving and make safety a second nature for our graduates.
The positive impact of our training extends beyond individual success stories. By empowering our students with the right skills and knowledge, we contribute to safer roads and communities. Our commitment to quality education reflects our belief in the power of informed, skilled drivers to make a difference.
At Online Traffic Safety, our story is one of continuous growth and dedication to safety. We stand as a beacon for aspiring CDL Class B drivers, guiding them towards achieving their professional goals with confidence and integrity. Join us on this journey, and let us help you navigate the path to becoming a skilled, responsible commercial driver.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a CDL Class B license?

A Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) is necessary for operating any single vehicle not coupled with a trailer. This includes commercial trucks featuring an integrated cab and cargo area with a combined weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, as well as trucks hauling a separate towed cargo vehicle that weighs under 10,000 pounds.

What can I drive with a Class B CDL license?

Holding a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) qualifies you to operate a diverse range of vehicles, such as straight trucks, large buses (including city, tourist, and school buses), segmented buses, box trucks (like delivery and furniture trucks), dump trucks with smaller trailers, and certain Class C vehicles, provided you have the necessary endorsements.

These endorsements expand your driving capabilities:
Passenger (P) Endorsement: Enables you to transport passengers.
Tank (T) Endorsement: Allows you to operate trucks carrying liquid cargo.
Hazardous Materials (H) Endorsement: Permits you to drive vehicles carrying hazardous materials, such as flammable liquids, explosives, or radioactive substances.

To acquire these endorsements, you must pass a specialized knowledge exam and, in some cases, a specialized driving skills test. For the H, P, or School Bus (S) endorsements, completing training from FMCSA-approved providers is mandatory.

Additionally, obtaining 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 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 

What is the difference between a Class B license and a Class A license?

The main difference between a Class A license and a Class B license lies in the types of vehicles each allows you to drive. A Class A CDL permits the operation of a combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 26,001 pounds, including tractor-trailers and semi-trucks. On the other hand, a Class B CDL is required for driving single vehicles with a GVWR of over 26,000 pounds and towing vehicles under 10,000 pounds. While both licenses involve similar application processes, the key distinction is in the size and type of vehicles each license allows you to operate. 

How do you get a CDL Class B License?

Obtaining a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B in the United States involves several steps, which may slightly vary by state due to different specific state regulations and requirements. Here's a general overview of the steps involved:
1. Meet Basic Requirements:
Be at least 18 years old (for intrastate driving) or 21 years old (for interstate driving and to transport hazardous materials).
Have a valid non-commercial driver’s license.
Provide proof of identity, residency, and legal presence in the U.S.
2. Obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP):
Pass a general knowledge exam and any other applicable exams for the specific Class B vehicle type or endorsements you seek.
Some states require a medical exam at this stage.
The CLP allows you to practice driving commercial vehicles on public roads with a qualified CDL holder accompanying you.
3. Complete Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) (if applicable):
As of February 7, 2022, the FMCSA requires new drivers seeking a Class B CDL to complete a mandatory ELDT program through an FMCSA-approved provider.
This training includes both theory (knowledge) and behind-the-wheel (driving) instruction.
4. Pass a Medical Examination:
You must be medically certified to operate a commercial vehicle. This involves a physical exam that must be conducted by a healthcare professional listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
5. Gain Practical Experience:
Practice driving with your CLP, focusing on the type of Class B vehicle you will be operating. This period is crucial for gaining the necessary skills for your CDL exam.
6. Schedule and Pass the CDL Skills Test:
After holding your CLP for a state-specified minimum period (usually around 14 days), you can take the CDL skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic controls test, and a road test.
The skills test must be taken in the type of vehicle for which you are trying to get a CDL.
7. Apply for the CDL:
Upon passing the skills test, you can apply for your Class B CDL. You'll need to submit the appropriate documentation and pay any applicable fees.
8. Endorsements:
If your job requires driving a specialized vehicle (like a school bus or a tanker), you may need additional endorsements, which involve passing extra knowledge and skills tests.

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Just wrapped up the ELDT CDL Class B course with Online Traffic Safety and, wow, was it worth it. I was a bit nervous about diving into this, thinking it would be overwhelming with all the technical stuff. But the course was laid out in such a straightforward way, it made learning a breeze. They really focus on what you need to know to pass your test and be safe out there on the road. Being able to fit the course around my work schedule was a big plus. Now, I feel totally ready to take on my new role. For anyone looking to get their Class B license, this is the place to start.
Bill Murray
Taking the ELDT CDL Class B course through Online Traffic Safety was a game-changer for me. I’ve been wanting to upgrade my driving career, and this course got me there. The lessons were packed with all the info you need, from safety protocols to handling larger vehicles, and it was all easy to understand. The flexibility of the online format was perfect for me, letting me study whenever I had some free time. I passed my Class B test without a hitch thanks to what I learned here. Highly recommend to anyone looking to move up in the driving world. drivers.
Francicso V
I had to get my CDL Class B for my job, and I chose the ELDT course at Online Traffic Safety based on a buddy’s recommendation. Best decision ever. The course covered everything you could think of – driving laws, safety procedures, even tips for the road test. And the fact that I could go through the course on my phone whenever I had some downtime was awesome. I felt fully prepared going into my CDL test, and I aced it. If you’re looking to get your Class B license, you can’t go wrong with this course.
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