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Professional Truck Driving Program

Register now for the 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 Schedule

  • August 24, 2020
  • October 26, 2020
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 29, 2021
  • June 7, 2021

Day classes are held Monday - Friday from 7:30 am-4:00 pm. Class A is scheduled for 6 weeks, Class B is scheduled for 2 weeks. Training length may differ depending on ability and testing schedule.
Night/Weekend classes are scheduled for August and June. Call Corporate Education for details.

Class A Cost

Class A:  $3,999 – includes tuition, fees, training materials, and the driving test. A student can also expect to incur approximately $185 in other costs: DOT physical, drug screen, written test, and license.
Enrollment is limited in this program and is on a first-comefirst-served basis.

Class B Cost

Class B:  $1,799 – includes tuition, fees, training materials, and the driving test. A student can also expect to incur approximately $185 in other costs: DOT physical, drug screen, written test, and license.
Enrollment is limited in this program and is on a first-comefirst-served basis.

Prerequisites

  • 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).

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!

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.

Graduation

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.

Other Options

One-on-one training available for qualified drivers!* $100/hr
*Assessment required prior to training - $100.00 (one-time fee)

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

CDL Seminar Other Options 

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.

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Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. If you are not planning to locate and work in South Dakota and are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in the state you plan to work before beginning the academic program. If you need assistance locating a state licensing agency, please contact the Vice President for Teaching and Learning: Tiffany.Howe@wdt.edu or 605.718.2905.

Current as of June 8, 2020:

  1. The program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
  2. The program curriculum does not meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following states:
  3. WDT has not determined whether the program curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following states: 

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