ELDT Class B to Class A Upgrade

Individuals who receive a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022, must complete this course before upgrading from Class B to Class A. The course results will be documented in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. CDL testing centers will check these results before providing testing services to ensure successful completion of the course.

Acquire the essential knowledge to transition from a Class B license to a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) through this Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) course.

Upgrade your career with a Class A CDL License.

Fully Narrated


FMCSA Approved

Valid In 50 States

What's included?

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

Submission to FMCSA

Upon successful completion of the ELDT Class B to 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 B to 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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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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Basic Operation: This section educates driver-trainees on the fundamentals of interacting with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including an overview of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), an introduction to the basic instruments and controls in a CMV, and the essential operating characteristics of these vehicles. It covers topics like vehicle inspections, managing CMVs under different road and traffic conditions, effective shifting and backing maneuvers, and the coupling-uncoupling process of CMVs.
Safe Operating Procedures:
Trainees will learn the necessary practices for safely operating combination vehicles on highways, encompassing various road, weather, and traffic conditions.
Advanced Operating Practices:
This module imparts skills crucial for identifying potential hazards and adeptly handling a CMV in hazardous situations.
Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions: This section covers detailed knowledge about vehicle systems and subsystems, including vehicle inspection, operation, maintenance, and their impact on highway safety and operational efficiency.
Non-Driving Activities: This part of the course addresses important activities outside of direct CMV operation, such as cargo handling, environmental considerations, understanding driver hours of service, post-accident procedures, drug and alcohol policies, and effective trip planning.

Benefits of the Course

Fulfills ELDT Requirements: Completing this course meets the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements necessary for obtaining a Class A CDL for those who acquired a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) on or after February 7, 2022.
Prepares for CDL Skills Test: Equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for the state-administered CDL skills test.
Enables Operation of Specialized CMVs: Graduates will be qualified to operate specialized CMVs upon receiving their CDL.
Documentation in FMCSA Training Provider Registry: Completion records of this course will be submitted to the FMCSA Training Provider Registry.
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
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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set specific training standards for individuals aiming to upgrade from a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL-B) to a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL-A). These drivers must comply with the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements. Our Class B to A CDL course, developed in partnership with a training provider listed on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR), caters to this need.

This CDL license training course is tailored for drivers who currently possess a Class B CDL and wish to upgrade to a Class A CDL. Typically, a Class A CDL is required for operating larger vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, which involve a truck and trailer combination, whereas a Class B CDL is for driving heavier straight trucks.

The online ELDT theory course encompasses all the theoretical (knowledge) aspects required by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR Part 380, Special Training Requirements. The curriculum includes basic operation, safe operating procedures, advanced operating practices, understanding of vehicle systems and malfunction reporting, and non-driving related activities.

After finishing this course, we will upload your completion details to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) TPR. Post completion of other federal training requirements like practical driving training, you can sit for your state's CDL test. Successfully passing this test leads to the issuance of a state CDL, qualifying you for potential employment opportunities with companies operating Class A trucks in commercial settings.

Frequently asked questions

What is the ELDT Class B to Class A Upgrade Course?

This course is designed for drivers who currently hold a Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) and wish to upgrade to a Class A CDL. It covers all the necessary training as per the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) standards.

Who needs to take this course?

Any driver with a Class B CDL who wants to upgrade to a Class A CDL must complete this course.

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

 Class A licenses are often referred to as the "universal" commercial driver's license (CDL), granting drivers the ability to operate a wide variety of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. In contrast, a Class B license also permits driving different types of vehicles, like straight trucks and dump trucks, but it offers less flexibility than a Class A CDL. The key distinctions between these two types of CDLs lie in the variety and weight of the vehicles they are authorized to operate, with a particular emphasis on the towing capacity of the vehicles.

Will completing this course automatically upgrade my license to Class A?

Completing the course is a prerequisite for upgrading to a Class A CDL. You will still need to pass your state's CDL skills test to officially upgrade your license.

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.FAQ 3 description

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. You can proceed to take your state's CDL skills test for Class A.

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"Recently completed the Class B to Class A upgrade through Online Traffic Safety, and I've got to say, it was smoother than I expected. I've been driving Class B for a while and was anxious about making the jump. This course made it super straightforward. The modules were clear, concise, and really honed in on the differences and additional skills needed for Class A. The flexibility to learn on my schedule was a huge plus. Passed my Class A test on the first try! If you're looking to upgrade, this is the way to go.
Melissa Michael
I needed to upgrade from Class B to Class A for my job, and finding the time for training was my biggest hurdle. Online Traffic Safety’s upgrade program was a game-changer for me. The course was packed with all the essentials, presented in a way that was easy to digest and remember. Being able to tackle the lessons between shifts meant I didn’t have to take time off work. The tips for handling larger rigs were invaluable. Finished feeling confident and ready. Highly recommend for anyone looking to step up their driving career.
Lucas O'Neil
Upgrading my CDL from Class B to Class A with Online Traffic Safety was one of my best career moves. The course covered everything I didn’t know I needed to know, from advanced driving techniques to managing larger loads. What stood out to me was how engaging the material was — it wasn’t just reading and memorizing; it really made me think and apply what I learned. The convenience of studying at my own pace was the cherry on top. Passed with flying colors and feel fully prepared for the new challenges ahead. Thumbs up for an excellent program!
Marvin Brunson

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