CDL Class A ELDT Certificate
The CDL Class A ELDT (entry-level driver training) certification is a training program designed to prepare individuals to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A. This certification is required for individuals who want to operate Class A vehicles, which are combination vehicles: semi-trucks and tractor-trailers.
To be eligible for CDL Class A ELDT certification, an individual must be at least 18 years old.
Applicants must also pass a physical examination and meet certain medical requirements to ensure they are physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
Applicants must also pass a series of written and driving tests to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
ELDT certification includes both classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
Typically takes several weeks to complete.
Individuals seeking Class A CDLs are required to pass a more rigorous set of written and driving tests than those seeking Class B or Class C licenses. This is because operating Class A vehicles requires a higher level of skill and knowledge. Knowledge of air brakes is a must.
CDL Class A holders are often paid more than those with lower-class licenses because they can operate a wider range of vehicles and typically have more responsibilities.
CDL Class A holders must obtain additional endorsements to operate certain types of vehicles, such as tankers or double- or triple-trailer combinations.
CDL Class A holders are often subject to random drug and alcohol testing to ensure that they are not impaired while operating a commercial vehicle.