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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 CDL Entry Level Driver Training, CDL Written Test Preparation Classes, and CDL Exams or Refresher Training.

CDL Entry Level Driver Training

Class Length: 4 weeks (Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Class Schedule: Nov. 8 – Dec. 2
Registration Fee: $5,500 per person

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 CLASSROOM
Class Length: 8 hours
Registration Fee: $125 per person

CDL Written Test Preparation CLASSROOM with Endorsements
Class Length: 12 hours
Registration Fee:
$155 per person

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

CDL Class Schedules

CDL Test Preparation Class Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CDL Test Preparation Class Friday, Jan. 21 & Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 4-8 pm Fri. & 8 am-noon Sat.
CDL Test Preparation Class with EndorsementsFriday, Jan. 21 & Saturday Jan. 22, 20224-8 pm Fri. & 8 am-5 pm Sat.
CDL Test Preparation Class Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26, 20224-8 pm Fri. & 8 am-noon Sat.
CDL Test Preparation Class with Endorsements Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26, 2022 4-8 pm Fri. & 8 am-5 pm Sat.
CDL Test Preparation Class Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21, 2022 4-8 pm Fri. & 8 am-noon Sat.
CDL Test Preparation Class with Endorsements Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21, 2022 4-8 pm Fri. & 8 am-5 pm Sat.

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.

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.

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/

Lake Area Tech Corporate Education

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