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Commercial Driver's License Training Program

Our CDL Training Program is designed to provide the highest quality of training for students to begin a career as a professional truck driver.  In the classroom, students will be introduced to the operating rules and regulations that govern trucking operations.  Hands-on training will guide students through learning safe operating practices in all phases of handling a truck tractor semi-trailer combination vehicle. The class concludes with the State of ND CDL drive test.  Class size is limited to 4 students per instructor to allow the maximum learning experience.  A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of instruction.

Prerequisites and Registration:
  • Must be at least 18-years-old, however, the required age for operating with a CDL outside of state lines is 21 years of age.
  • Be able to read and speak the English language in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. 
  • Complete the application form and submit in-person or online to safety.training@willistonstate.edu.
  • $300 non-refundable deposit to hold a seat that goes towards the full tuition of $4800.
  • *Remaining tuition balance two (2) weeks prior to class start date
  • *Must obtain a DOT drug screen dated within two (2) weeks of the class start date.
  • *Must have a current North Dakota Driver's License and Class A Commercial Driver's Permit (with air brake endorsement). 
  • *Medical Examiner's Certification from DOT Physical. 
  • *Motor Vehicle Report (MVR can be obtained here: https://apps.nd.gov/dot/dlts/dlos/welcome.htm)  
These items (*) must be provided with application or two (2) weeks prior to class start date.  Failure to provide these documents and remaining tuition balance will delay registration process and/or registration will be transferred to next available class date. Students will be allowed two (2) transfers before registration is dropped and will need to complete application process again. 

Class size is limited, and enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists are established once classes have met maximum enrollment.  Class dates come out on a quarterly basis.  To view upcoming classes, click here.

Remaining classes for 2018 are full and we are currently taking waiting lists for 2019 classes.

Class Schedule:
Class meets 5 days a week,  Monday - Friday. Classroom instruction days meet from 7AM-5PM and all other training days are from 8AM-5PM.  Attendance is mandatory. Students that fail to attend or notify instructor of leave may incur an additional charge for make-up time.

3-day Classroom Instruction: Driver qualifications, hours of service, log books, driver wellness, driver fatigue, air brakes, whistle blower protection, pre-trip inspections, defensive driving. 

Hands-on Driving: Vehicle inspections, basic controls, shifting and clutching systems, backing (straight line, offset, alley dock), speed control and management, hazard perception, defensive driving skills, on-road driving on city and rural roadways as well as highway routes. 

Upon class completion, students will take their North Dakota CDL Drive Test utilizing our trucks.  Students are limited to three (3) attempts. After three (3) unsuccessful attempts, the student will be required to pay the $300 truck rental fee if they wish to retest.

TrainND must follow FMCSR regulations, which include hours of service.  Students cannot work more than 12 hours a day, including class time.  Students must also have a 10-hour nightly reset, and a 34-hour reset on weekends. Students who do not get their resets each day and or weekend will not be allowed in class and will need to pay for additional make-up time.  

Class Cost:
$4,800 - includes tuition, fees, and books. Students can also expect to incur other costs such as DOT physical, drug screen, MVR, written knowledge test and drive test.  A nonrefundable $300 deposit must be made to reserve a seat in a class and must be submitted with your application.  Remaining tuition amount and/or payment authorizations are due two (2) weeks prior to class start date. Failure to provide payment will result in transferring your registration to the next available class.

TrainND's CDL training program is a short-term, non-credit program, therefore, we do not offer financial aid or tuition assistance.

Students may qualify for funding from Job Service or Vocational Rehabilitation. Qualified veterans can receive tuition assistance through Post 9/11 GI Bill. More information about education benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is available at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.  

TrainND does not provide lodging and/or travel accommodations for our classes.

Job Placement:
TrainND-Northwest does not assist with and/or guarantee job placement of students.  However, trucking recruiters are welcome to the school.  Information on job listings for truck driver positions are given to self-pay students.

Certificate of Completion and Testing:
To receive a Certificate of Completion, students must have a passing score on the CDL written and driving exams and a satisfactory attendance record of 120 hours.  No refund will be issued if a student does not pass either the course or the DOT testing.  No refund will be issued if a student is denied completion of the course or testing due to legality purposes.

Cancellation Policy:
This class requires a minimum of three (3) students. Class will be cancelled one (1) week prior to class start date if minimum has not been met. Registered students may be transferred to the next scheduled class or request a full refund be issued. If a student wishes to transfer or cancel registration, notification must be provided no less than one (1) week prior to class start date. After this time, a processing fee equal to 10% of the class cost will be incurred in addition to the $300 deposit.

Study Materials:
Commercial Driver's License Manual can be picked up at local Driver's License Department.  Online PDF version is available here: https://www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/driverslicense/docs/class_c1.pdf
 
Truck Rentals and/or Assessments are also available! Please contact us for more information on these classes and instructor availability at 701.572.2835 for safety.training@willistonstate.edu.