Transportation Technology at Iowa Central
ELDT Proficiency based options

ELDT Proficiency Based Options

6-Week Accelerate ELDT Course


  • 195 hours of student training (approximately 6 weeks)
  • Meets the FMCSA ELDT Theory and BTW standards and requirements.
  • The course consists of classroom work, range, public road driving and testing.
  • We are an authorized 3rd party testing center and testing is done on-site with our certified DOT tester.
  • Training is done in automatic and manual trucks.
  • This is a certificate course.
  • Classes are held at the same time with the same start dates as the Full Course.
    • Monday through Thursday 7am-3:30pm and Friday 7am-2:30pm.
  • Students learn the concepts of operating a tractor and trailer with hands-on operation that applies the learned knowledge into practical application.
  • This course is recommended for someone that has previous experience and/or quick learners.
  • This course is NOT recommended for someone that has learning or language barriers.
  • See ELDT Requirements tab for items to be completed before in-person classes begin.

The 6-week class is more fast-paced than the 11, but will be spent covering the same items:

  • Inspections (all types)
  • Basic control
  • Serpentine driving (control of trailer)
  • Backing (all types)
  • Proper set ups
  • Turns
  • Shifting
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Driving in rural, city and interstate conditions.
  • Teaching a student to operate an 80,000-pound truck safely will also include: map reading, trip planning, logging, load securement, and proper weight distribution.

Tuition is $5,500 plus. On-site, furnished housing is available for $600.

4-Week AUTOMATIC ONLY Course


  • 160 hours of student training (approximately 4 weeks)
  • Meets the FMCSA ELDT Theory and BTW standards and requirements.
  • The course consists of classroom work, range, public road driving and testing. Students will need to show proficiency in all areas of the ELDT in order to graduate.
  • We are an authorized 3rd party testing center and testing is done on-site with our certified DOT tester.
  • Training is done in AUTOMATIC trucks ONLY.
  • This is a certificate course.
  • Classes are scheduled when we have 2 or more students enrolled: Monday through Thursday 7am-3:30pm and Friday 7am-2:30pm.
  • Class size is limited to 9 students at a time.
  • Students learn the concepts of operating a tractor and trailer with hands-on operation that applies the learned knowledge into practical application.
  • This course is fast paced and intended for students who have advanced skills/ previous experience and are quick learners.
  • This course is NOT recommended for someone that has learning or language barriers.
  • See ELDT Requirements tab for items to be completed before in-person classes begin.

The 4-week class is very fast-paced and will cover:

  • Inspections (all types)
  • Basic control
  • Serpentine driving (control of trailer)
  • Backing (all types)
  • Proper set ups
  • Turns
  • Shifting
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Driving in rural, city and interstate conditions.
  • Teaching a student to operate an 80,000-pound truck safely will also include: map reading, trip planning, logging, load securement, and proper weight distribution.

Tuition is $4,500 plus. On-site, furnished housing is available for $550.

Proficiency-Based, Train & Test Course


  • Spend a day training and being evaluated by one of our instructors to determine the length of the course.
  • Must have extensive experience: good for those who have had a CDL in the past, drove on the farm or with a permit and did not get their full license before it expired, etc.
  • Students must show proficiency in all areas, including shifting, backing and coupling and uncoupling or will be recommended for additional training.
  • We are an authorized 3rd party testing center and testing is done on-site with our certified DOT tester on a separate day from training with an instructor.
  • This is NOT a certificate course.
  • See ELDT Requirements tab for items to be completed before in-person classes begin.

Tuition starts at $900 for this course. If additional training time is needed, the cost increases. 

CDL Contract Training


  • Safety and Contract Training is available.  Call us to find out more information about ELDT training for your employees, potential employees or new school bus drivers.

Contact Us


Thank you and we look forward to assisting you with the start of your new career! If you have any questions, please contact:

Jamie Hoshaw (Associate Dean)
hoshaw@iowacentral.edu
515-574-1964 call or text 515-570-3525

Matt Lombard (Program Coordinator)
lombard_m@iowacentral.edu
515-574-1966

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