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Professional Truck Driving Program

There is still time to register for Professional Truck Driving Courses! Call (605)718-2410

What You Will Learn

  • Road Skills – Highway & Interstate
  • Yard Exercises - Backing, Parking
  • Vehicle Control Training
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • DOT Regulations
  • Logbook Training
  • Heavy Traffic Operations
  • Trip Planning - Map Reading

Class A Schedule

  • Session 1: August 29, 2018 to October 12, 2018
  • Session 2: October 31, 2018 to December 14, 2018
  • Session 3: January 31, 2019 to March 15, 2019
  • Session 4: April 1, 2019 to May 17, 2019
  • Session 5: June 10, 2019 to July 22, 2019 

Class B Schedule 

  • Session 1: October 15 to 26, 2018
  • Session 2: January 7 to 18, 2019
  • Session 3: March 18 to 29, 2019
  • Session 4: May 20 to 31, 2019

Job Placement

Western Dakota Tech does not guarantee job placement of students. However, trucking recruiters are welcome to the school and are encouraged to visit each class. Any information on new listings for truck driver positions is posted in the classroom.
You can also visit CDL Jobs.  They are a job board for trucking jobs and play matchmaker between truck drivers looking for jobs, and trucking companies hiring!


Enrollment is limited in this program and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists are established as classes reach maximum enrollment. Interested students must contact the Corporate Education Center to make an appointment for info/registration at 605-718-2410.


Class A:  $3,999 – includes tuition, fees, books, and the driving test. A student can also expect to incur approximately $125 in other costs: DOT physical, drug screen, written test.
Class B:  $1,799 - includes tuition, fees, books, and the driving test.  A student can also expect to incur approximately $125 in other costs: DOT physical, drug screen, written test.

Financial Aid

The Professional Truck Driving Program is a short-term, non-credit program. Therefore, there is limited financial aid available. Contact the Corporate Education Office at 605-718-2410 to discuss funding options.


In order to receive a Certificate of Completion from Western Dakota Tech, students must have a passing score on the CDL written and driving exams and a satisfactory attendance record.

  • Current and valid driver’s license
  • SD Class A CDL Permit -  CDL Manual (Sections to study: General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Combination Vehicle) for Class A Course
  • SD Class B CDL Permit - CDL Manual  (Sections to study: General Knowledge and Air Brakes) for Class B Course 
  • Satisfactory driver operating record (no serious traffic violations in the past three years; maximum one speeding ticket in the past year)
  • A current DOT physical card from an authorized physician;
  • Negative drug testing results from WDT's Drug & Alcohol Test Management Program
  • $500 non-refundable deposit for Class A, $250 non-refundable deposit for Class B
  • Remaining balance due prior to drop deadline (2 weeks prior to class start date).
The Corporate Education Center also offers one-on-one training
One-on-one training available for qualified drivers! $100/hr – Assessment required $100.00 (one-time fee)

Call 605-718-2410 for more information and prerequisites.

CDL Driving Test

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting July 1, 2018 all CDL tests will have one price of $95.85.  This includes first time tests and any retests.  
Pre-Trip Inspection; Basic Controls Skills Test; and Road Test. Prerequisites: Current & valid driver’s license; CDL Permit; CDL vehicle for test. Cost: $90 + tax

Information/Scheduling: Call Bob Holloway, Third Party Examiner 605-716-9950 or 605-484-1991

CDL Seminar

Will customize for a company. This seminar prepares drivers to take the SD written exam for Class A &/or B commercial vehicles. Contains a lecture presentation & sample test examples: general knowledge, air brakes, & combination vehicles. Call for information (605) 718-2410

Contact us today to see why we provide Training that Works!

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