Class A Entry-Level Driver Training Course

Self-Paced Class A ELDT

*Online Only*

This is a computer-based ELDT course offered by the Missoula College to drivers who are looking to upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL.  With 24/7 access drivers can satisfy federal regulations through quality, cost effective, online training on their own schedule. 

Online ELDT Course - Missoula College

What are ELDT courses & why do drivers need them?

As of February 7th, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now requires entry-level Class A CDL drivers to complete required training from a registered training provider (TPR) before obtaining a CDL or specified endorsement for the first time. The Entry Level Drivers Training (ELDT) courses Missoula College offers meet federal requirements and test results are certified with the FMCSA.
The ELDT courses Missoula College offers support those:

*Missoula College does not currently offer endorsements for School Bus (S), Passenger (P), Tanker Vehicles (N), or Doubles and Triples (T).


  • 25 hours of self-paced, online ELDT courses
  • 24/7 access 
  • meets FMCSA regulations
  • Your results will be certified directly with the FMCSA

Course Outline

  • Backing and Docking
  • Basic Business Practices*
  • Basic Control
  • Communication
  • Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA)*
  • Control Systems/Dashboard
  • Coupling Trailers
  • Distracted Driving
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Environmental Compliance Issues
  • External Communications
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Extreme Driving Conditions: Mountain Driving
  • Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
  • Handling and Documenting Cargo
  • Hazard Perception 
  • Hours of Service Requirements: Record of Duty Status
  • Hours of Service Requirements: Short-Haul Rules
  • Hours of Service Requirements: Working Time
  • Human Trafficking*
  • Identifying Brake Defects
  • Identifying Drive Train Defects
  • Identifying Engine Compartment Defects
  • Identifying Frame, Axle, and Suspension Defects
  • Identifying Steering and Coupling Defects
  • Identifying Wheel and Tire Defects
  • Maintenance
  • Medical Requirements
  • Night Operation
  • On-the-Road Inspection
  • Orientation
  • Post-Crash Procedures
  • Post-Trip Inspection
  • Preparing for Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Pre-Trip Brake Systems
  • Pre-Trip Engine
  • Pre-Trip In-Vehicle
  • Pre-Trip Lights
  • Pre-Trip Walk-Around
  • Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
  • Roadside Inspections
  • Shifting/Operating Transmissions
  • Skid Control and Prevention
  • Skid Control: Driving Emergencies
  • Space Management
  • Special Rigs*
  • Speed Management
  • Trip Planning
  • Uncoupling Trailers
  • Vehicle Inspection Basics
  • Visual Search
  • Whistleblower/Coercion
Those upgrading to a Class A CDL and those who need to meet new FMCSA regulation

Take the Steps to Comply with FMCSA Requirements

Find more information on how to complete each of these steps on our admissions page.

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