Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Program
The Commercial Driver’s License Program (CDL) is a four-week, 165-hour course that meets the new FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations. This comprehensive program provides students the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors both in the classroom and behind the wheel. Students will learn key commercial driving concepts and skills with hours of driving practice on the road, backing range and in various driving conditions. Upon successful completion students will be prepared and scheduled to take the state regulated CDL test. Students who are ready and successful in obtaining their CDL License prior to the end of the course are eligible to take offered post-CDL modules with job specific training. Course fee includes all training materials and truck use. Class size is limited to 4 students per instructor to allow the maximum learning experience. Classes are offered in Williston, Minot and Dickinson(in partnership with Dickinson State University). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10% non-refundable deposit to hold a seat that goes towards the full tuition
- 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 Class A Commercial Driver's Permit (passing of the knowledge, air-brake and combination tests)*
- Medical Examiner's Certification from DOT Physical*
- Motor Vehicle Report (MVR can be obtained here)*
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.
Class ScheduleClass meets 5 days a week, Monday - Friday. Classroom instruction days meet 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.
Classroom Instruction: Driver qualifications, hours of service, logbooks, driver wellness, driver fatigue, control systems & controls, whistle blower protections, inspections, and defensive driving. These are a few of the 30 required topics covered in the classroom instruction that meets the requirements set forth by FMCSA.
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. These are a few of the 19 required topics covered in the Behind-the-Wheel range and public road instruction that meets the requirements set forth by FMCSA.
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 $450 truck rental fee if they wish to retest.
TrainND must follow FMCSR regulations, which include hours of service. Students cannot work more than 14 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.
**All Week 4 class time will take place in Williston for both te Minot and Dickinson classes.
Class CostThe class tuition depends upon the location of the class.
- Williston - $6,999
- Minot - $7,499
- Dickinson - $7,999
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 here.
TrainND does not provide lodging and/or travel accommodations for our classes.
- January 3 - 28, 2022 - Williston and Dickinson
- January 31 - February 25, 2022 - Williston and Minot
- February 28 - March 25, 2022 - Williston and Dickinson
- March 28 - April 22, 2022 - Williston and Minot
- April 25 - May 20, 2022 - Williston and Dickinson
- May 23 - June 17, 2022 - Williston and Minot
- June 20 - July 15, 2022 - Williston and Dickinson