Transportation Technology at Iowa Central
ELDT Full Course

ELDT Full Course


This class consists of 390 hours, a minimum of 51 sessions (approximately 11 weeks) and meets and exceeds the FMCSA ELDT Theory and BTW standards and requirements. Classes consist of classroom, range and public road driving and testing. Scheduling to test is not a problem, as we are also an authorized 3rd party testing center and testing is done on site with our certified DOT tester. Training is in done in automatic and manual trucks.

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday 7am-3:30pm. Friday 7am-2:30pm.

ZST-206 Course Description
This course is recommended for someone that is interested in a career as a Professional Semi truck driver (local or OTR). Students learn the concepts of operating a tractor and trailer with hands-on operation that applies the learned knowledge into practical application. This time will be spent on inspections (all types), basic control, serpentine driving (control of trailer), backing (all types), proper set ups, turns, shifting, coupling and uncoupling, along with driving in (all types) rural, city and interstate conditions. Students average 200 hours of driving. 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 $6,875.00 plus. On site housing (furnished) is available for $650.


On the Job Training (OJT) consists of 210 hours (4 weeks) with the student’s new employer (pay provided by employer). A Training Evaluation Worksheet must be returned to Iowa Central upon completion.

Students will receive two certificates, one for the 390 hour ZST-206 course and one for the 210 hour ZST-207 course.

Fort Dodge, IA (start dates are subject to change)

  • January 13, 2023
  • April 14, 2023
  • July 7, 2023
  • Sept 27, 2023

Entrance Requirements:

  1. Iowa Central Transportation Technology CenterMust be 18 years of age.
  2. Must be able to speak, read and comprehend English (per DOT and FMCSA regulations).
  3. Must possess a valid driver license.
  4. Must have a class A CDL permit (CLP) from the state where you reside. Out of state can use their permit in Iowa.
  5. Get a DOT approved physical. (physician must be listed on the FMCSA register of certified doctors). Do not do the drug screen – we do that when you start classes.
  6. Fill out our application under CDL Admissions.
  7. Call us and pay for the online Theory to be done prior to attendance (this will be reimbursed when you start classes). Cost $75
  8. All students are required to take a drug screen when class starts. (included in the fees).
  9. Driving record and criminal backgrounds will be reviewed and approved prior to starting.

Financial Assistance Options

  1. Financial aid is available (Pell grant/Stafford loan) Create and account and fill out the FAFSA for the 21-22 school year and the 22-23 for classes June 2022 and after.
  2. Qualify for free training: Iowa residents only. Contact Liz 515-574-1906 or Neely 515-574-1973 for more information about the GAP grant and to schedule the CASAS assessment.
  3. Proteus is a scholarship program for those that have done farm work. 712)363-1435
  4. Iowa Workforce Development Center (IWD) 515-576-3131
  5. VRRAP (veteran program) contact Sarah Ramthun 515-574-1021
  6. Women and Minorities in Construction 800-850-5440
  7. Private loans

Federal DOT Physical Disqualifications

  • Iowa Central Transportation Technology CenterHigh blood pressure – readings of 160/90 or higher are considered borderline by the DOT.
  • Respiratory dysfunction that might interfere with safe driving
  • Cardiovascular disease that may interfere with safe driving
  • Rheumatic, arthritic or muscular disease that interferes with the ability to operate a vehicle safely
  • History of epilepsy
  • Mental, nervous or psychiatric disorder that may affect safe driving
  • Visual acuity of 20/40 in each eye with 70% horizontal vision.
  • Extensive hearing loss
  • Use of certain prescription drugs that may affect safe driving
  • Current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism
  • Impairment or loss of leg, foot, hand or finger that may affect safe driving

Contact Us

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

Jamie Hoshaw
515-574-1964 call or text 515-570-3525
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