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CDL & Transportation Classes

Here’s your chance to learn to drive the big rigs and cash in on the nationwide shortage of qualified drivers! Carriers are hiring and wages are very attractive. Let us help you earn your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and take advantage of this great career opportunity. Our professional instructors use the latest equipment and techniques to give you the best CDL and transportation training classes available. We offer Written Test Preparation Classes, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Video, ELDT Theory and Course, CDL Exams or Refresher Training, HazMat Driver Training, etc.

Commercial Driver’s License Certification Opportunities

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CDL Written Test Preparation Classes

This classroom instruction covers the CDL handbook and prepares individuals to take and pass the written exam. The class will cover general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. The classroom with endorsements covers the general information plus hazardous materials, tankers, and double and triple axles. The online instruction is a self-paced version of the classroom instruction and will cover the same information and does not cover endorsements. Once the class concludes, individuals are ready to visit their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to take the exam.

CDL Written Test Preparation ONLINE
Class Length: 8 hours (at your own pace)
Registration Fee: $99 per person

CDL Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT): Theory Instruction Courses

This course is for drivers who are applying for an initial Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL from Class B to Class A. These courses can be used to satisfy the theory instruction portion of the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements that went into effect on February 7, 2022. The mandatory courses must be completed with scores of at least 80 percent in order to satisfy the theory portion of the ELDT requirements. An additional seven non-mandatory courses are available to supplement the required training, (which include topics such as Human Trafficking, CSA, Special Rigs, travel in Canada, and Basic Business Practices).

Course Fee: $175
Total Length: 10 hours 55 minutes

ELDT Fast Track Assessment

Drivers that have experience driving semi-tractor/trailers can schedule a driver assessment with LATC’s CDL instructor.  If the driver demonstrates proficiency in all the behind-the-wheel competencies, their information will be uploaded to the DMV and they will be able to schedule the driver exam with a 3rd Party Examiner. Prerequisite: Proof  of ELDT theory completion.

Assessment fee
:  $750

CDL Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) is a new requirement of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) that is mandatory as of February 7, 2022. Anyone wishing to obtain a CDL (Class A, B, Bus, Passenger & Hazardous) is required to take this training.

Date: Starts June 6, 2022
Time: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Class Length: up to 4 weeks
Registration Fee: $1,375 per person/per week of training

CDL Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Video

This Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection video is designed to assist individuals in passing the Vehicle Inspection portion of the CDL Driving Exam conducted by a third-party examiner. It is this part of the driver exam that most individuals fail (both experienced and inexperienced drivers). This video will also provide individuals the skills necessary to start their trucking career and trip on the right track. The Pre-Trip Inspection is required to operate equipment safely and to ensure any maintenance issues can be discovered and addressed early. A key part of the CDL third-party exam is VERBALLY explaining to the examiner what you are inspecting and what defects you are looking for. This and other important vehicle inspection skills are covered in this 40-minute video. 

Video Link Fee: $75
Participants will be emailed the video link within one business day of registration. (The $75 will be credited toward the LATC Semi Tractor/Trailer Behind-the-Wheel Training if the participant chooses). 

CDL Exams or Refresher Training

CDL Skills Exam or Retake
Registration Fee: $90 per exam or retake, per person

We have several individuals that are qualified as third party testers for the northeast area of South Dakota. Successfully passing this driving test will earn you your CDL. This testing is offered year round. You must currently possess your instructional permit and have a current South Dakota Drivers License. LATC truck rental is $250/hr.*
*Subject to change based on fuel prices.

CDL Refresher Training – By Request
Please contact the Corporate Ed office at 605-882-5284 ext. 320 to register
Registration Fee: $250 per hour

If you have previous driving experience, we offer a one-on-one refresher training class with an experienced truck driver instructor. This training would be excellent for an individual who has obtained their CDL Instructional Permit and needs some time behind the wheel in preparation for the CDL Skills (driving) Exam.

NOTE: Lake Area Technical College reserves the right to reschedule classes based on inclement weather or equipment failure.

Hazmat Driver ELDT Theory (Includes 4 courses)

The Hazardous Materials Regulations require every hazmat employer to train, test, and certify every hazmat employee in four areas: general awareness/familiarization training, safety training, security awareness training, and function-specific training. In addition, drivers who transport hazmat are also required to take modal-specific training.

The Hazmat Driver Training Curriculum helps satisfy the general awareness/familiarization training, safety training, security awareness training, and highway transportation training requirements (ELDT).

Training Fee: $175

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Drivers are required to register for the FMCSA’s Clearinghouse upon receiving their CLP (Commercial Learner’s Permit).  You can do so here: https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules and Regulations Resources

Drivers can find a wide range of information regarding rules and regulations here: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ .

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for qualified individuals through AllTrucking.com.


Lake Area Tech Corporate Education

April Geffre, Administrative Assistant
Steve Hauck, Corporate Education Coordinator
Shane Swenson, Director of Outreach
605-882-5284 ext. 320