Non-Credit Career Pathway Course
A comprehensive, progressive-based course that provides students the opportunity to learn from an experienced instructor both in the classroom and behind the wheel. Students will learn key commercial driving skills with hours of driving practice over the road, on the backing range, and in various driving conditions. This course meets the requirements for both Entry-Level Driver Training and Hazardous Material Endorsement Theory set by the FMCSA. Click here to learn more about the process of obtaining your Hazardous Material Endorsement.
The course is a combination of classroom theory instruction and hands-on training. Content delivery is provided in multiple formats including lecture, class discussion, audiovisual material, independent online assignments, hands-on or behind-the-wheel demonstrations, and student participation. Hands-on demonstrations include behind-the-wheel driving on local, county and highway routes. Backing maneuvers to include alley dock, offset, and straight line. Students will also complete pre-trip inspections, coupling and uncoupling, and chain installation.
Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to complete the ND State Drive Test and Hazardous Material Knowledge Test to obtain the H endorsement. It consists of four (4) categories: pre-trip inspection, airbrake test, on-the-road driving skills test, and three (3) back maneuvers. Students are limited to two (2) testing attempts. Upon instructor availability, TrainND Southwest can provide two (2) additional hours of practice time if a student fails the initial test. It is the student’s responsibility to utilize allotted hours at the time of their scheduled make-up session. After two (2) unsuccessful attempts, a fee will be required for an additional two (2) hours of practice time and for the TrainND Southwest truck use to retest.
Course Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify agencies responsible for the rules and regulations of the trucking industry
- Understand hours-of-service requirements and the importance of the trucking industry
- Understand the importance of defensive driving, hazard management and reduction
- Conduct an accurate and efficient pre-trip inspection
- Demonstrate coupling and uncoupling a combination vehicle
- Demonstrate safe and effective driving skills while on the road
- Demonstrate backing a tractor-trailer through three (3) maneuvers: straight-line, off-set, and alley-dock
- Demonstrate proficiency in the hazardous material theory required by the FMCSA
Course Commitment: Commercial Driving (CDL) is a two-week, 80-hour course. Missed classroom and/or behind-the-wheel time by the student as part of the TrainND Southwest Commercial Driving (CDL) course for any reason, may result in:
- Additional fees and separate scheduled time for make-up time should completion of the course be desired, or
- Unsuccessful completion of the course
Course Prerequisites: The following is required for course registration and to operate a commercial motor vehicle:
- Must be at least 18 years old, however, the required age for operating with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) outside of state lines is 21 years of age
- Be able to read, write, and speak English well enough to speak with the public, understand highway traffic, signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records
- Current Driver’s License
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical within 24 months prior to the course start date and includes the CLP/CDL designation
- Current Class A Commercial Learner’s Permit through the State of North Dakota (passing of the general knowledge, airbrake and combination tests; the CLP is valid for 180 consecutive days) Driver’s License Sites
- DOT Drug screen dated within ten (10) business days of the course start date
- Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) for each state of residency in the last two (2) years
Course Syllabus: On the first day of class, students will be asked to sign the course syllabus indicating their acknowledgement and adherence of the content, requirements, and expectations.
Course Investment: $5,795 tuition includes all classroom materials, truck use, drug screen, MVR, and scheduling of the ND State Drive Test. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to reserve a seat. The remaining tuition amount and/or payment authorization is due ten (10) business days before the course start date. Failure to provide payment will result in transferring the registration to the next available start date. Students will be allowed one (1) transfer before registration is dropped and will need to complete the application process again. Students are responsible for the $5 road test fee payable to the ND Department of Transportation (ND DOT) at the time of testing (cash only).
Commercial Driving (CDL) is a short-term, non-credit program; therefore, TrainND Southwest does not offer financial aid or tuition assistance. Students may qualify for funding from state or federal agencies. Please ask for more information.
Refund Policy: A $300.00 deposit paid upon registration is required to reserve a seat and is non-refundable. Students must contact the BSC Continuing Education office at least ten (10) business days prior to the course start date to request a refund on the remaining paid balance at (701) 224-5600. If a student cancels less than then (10) business days prior to the start of the course, the entire registration fee is forfeited. Full refunds are guaranteed if BSC Continuing Education cancels a course.
All approved refunds are made by mail unless paid with a credit card or electronic check in which case the card or account is credited. Please allow three (3) weeks to process refunds.
- Must be at least 18 years old, however, the required age for operating with a CDL outside of state lines is 21 years of age
- Be able to read, write, and speak English well enough to speak with the public, understand highway traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records
- Complete the application form and submit it in-person at Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence, 1200 Schafer Street, Room 107 or online to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Remit a non-refundable $300 deposit to hold a seat in-person at Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence, 1200 Schafer Street, Room 107 or over the phone at (701) 224-5600
- Upon receipt of the application form and deposit, students will receive an email from email@example.com detailing how to create an online account with CastleBranch.
- The following prerequisite documents must be uploaded by the student into CastleBranch:
- Current Class A Commercial Learner’s Permit through the State of North Dakota (passing of the general knowledge, airbrake and combination tests)*
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a DOT Physical within 24 months prior to the course start date and includes the CLP/CDL designation*
- Current Driver’s License*
- The following prerequisite must be completed by the student at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Network, 723 Memorial Highway, Bismarck ND. No appointment is necessary. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Their phone number is (701) 527-8441.
- DOT Drug screen dated within ten (10) business days of the course start date*
- The following prerequisite will be initiated by CastleBranch on behalf of the student once an online account has been created:
- Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) for each state of residency indicated by the student in the last two (2) years*
- The remaining tuition, less the deposit, is due ten (10) business days prior to course start date*
*These items must be completed no later than ten (10) business days prior to the course start date. Failure to provide these documents and remaining tuition balance will delay registration and may result in being transferred to the next available course.