CDL Course
ACPE Approved & PTDI Certified
Entry Level Driver Training
$5895.00 + tax 
Housing is included for those students traveling from out of the area

Course Description

With the growing demand for qualified and well-trained drivers, ADA has developed a comprehensive program to train and educate students. This program is recognized by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and is based on the standards set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Entry Level Driver Training requirements. PTDI is a nationally recognized and highly respected standard in the trucking industry. Training consists of classroom instruction, demonstrations, hands-on basic maintenance, off road maneuvers and on-the-road driving. This course was designed for drivers seeking their class “A” CDL license that have little to no time behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. This course gives drivers 4 weeks (20 days) to develop all the skills needed to be successful in taking the State Exam. Most days will consist of classroom instruction as well as on the road driving time with a certified instructor. The last day of driving is intended to fine tune those skills and to take the CDL State Driving Exam with a certified examiner.

Course Requirements

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age

- Applicant must have an Alaska Driver’s License for at least one year

- Applicant must have a Social Security Card

- Applicant must provide a Driving Record, not older than one month. Any of the following

   violations will prevent a prospective applicant from enrolling in the program:

     - Two traffic citations, 15 mph over the posted speed limit in a two-year period.

     - One traffic citation, 15mph over the posted speed limit with a suspension or revocation

        in a two-year period.

     - A suspension and a revocation within a two-year period.

     - A total of 10 points on your driving record in the last two years.

     - A total of three moving violations in the last two years.

- Department of Transportation (DOT) physical

- FMCSA/DOT Drug Test within 10 days prior to start of class










Course Objectives

The students will be competent in filling out and maintaining Driver’s Log records, doing pre-trip vehicle inspections, coupling and uncoupling combination vehicles, backing and driving through basic skill maneuvers. Students will have driven, on the road, in a variety of different tractor and trailer combinations. 


Methods of Instruction

CDL instruction Days are Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm with no course instruction on weekends. Individual study for each student will be necessary outside of instructional hours. There will be one-on-one instruction with textbooks, workbooks and other training aids both in classroom and at the "Ranch" for our driving range.


Program Outline

ADA-TDD Unit 1: Basic Operations 

Classroom/Lab/Range instruction that includes, Orientation, Control Systems, Vehicle Systems,

Vehicle Inspection, Basic Control, Shifting, Backing, Coupling and Uncoupling.

ADA-TDD Unit 2: Safe Operating Practice

Classroom/Lab/Range/Highway instruction that includes, Visual Search, Communication, Speed Management and Space Management.

ADA-TDD Unit 3: Advanced Operating Practice

Classroom/Lab/Range/Highway instruction that includes, Night Driving, Extreme Driving Conditions, Hazard Perception, Railroad Crossings, Emergency Maneuvers, Skid Control and Recovery.


ADA-TDD Unit 4: Vehicle Systems and Reporting

Classroom/Lab instruction that includes, Special Rigs, Preventive Maintenance, Diagnosing and Reporting Malfunctions.


ADA-TDD Unit 5: Non-Vehicle Activities

Classroom/Lab instruction that includes, Handling Cargo, Cargo Documentation, Hazardous Materials, Hours of Service, Journey Management, Accident Procedure, Security of Cargo, Personal Health, Public & Employer Relations, Basic Business Practices for Truck Drivers & CSA.


ADA-TDD Unit 6: Discretionary instruction

Classroom/Lab instruction that includes, Course and Instructor Introduction, Be A.L.E.R.R.T. defensive driving program.


ADA-TDD Self-Study: Independent Study

Lab work that includes independent study.


Length of Course

160 hrs over a 4 week (20 day) period

-104 hours of classroom instruction

    - 10 hours of independent study

- 56 hours of driving instruction

Language Requirements

Must be able to read and speak the English language fluently enough to converse with the general public, to understand the highway traffic signs and signals, to respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records. Seventh grade reading and math level recommended.

Course Certificates

Graduates who successfully complete the course have the opportunity to earn the following certifications or certificates.

  • Entry Level Driver Training Qualification

  • ADA Certificate of Completion

  • PTDI Certificate of Attainment

  • State of Alaska Commercial Driver’s License

So, now that I am interested, what do I do next?

Do your research about the trucking industry such as job demand, pay and benefits. Research driving schools looking at housing situation if needed, graduation rate and job placement success. *ADA’s Graduation Rate is 98% / Job Placement Rate is 96%. Now that I am committed to ADA’s ELDT program, what is my next step?     


*Contact ADA at (907)260-3900  -

         Get all my questions answered and request a Student Application

*Apply for Admission for ELDT Program - 

         Complete the Student Application and submit with a current Driving Record for review

         by the ADA admissions team

*Get accepted as ELDT Student -

         Once accepted, set a start date & pay $500 deposit to secure a seat (non-refundable)

*Obtain CDL Class “A” Permit -

         Pass the General Knowledge / Combinations / Air Brake Test at DMV 

*Obtain a DOT Medical Card - 

         If you already have one make sure it is still current (only good for 2 years)

*Obtain a second Driving Record - 

         Driving record needs to be current, within 30 days from the start of the course

*Complete a DOT Drug Test - 

         Drug testing must be completed within 10 days from the start of the course

*First Day of ELDT Class - 

         Pay remainder of fees if needed and be on time for class!


2021 ELDT Class Schedule

09/27/21  -  10/22/21 FULL

10/25/21  -  11/19/21 2 Seats Available

2022 ELDT Class Schedule

01/03/22  -  01/28/22 5 Seats Available

01/31/22  -  02/25/22 4 Seats Available

02/28/22  -  03/25/22 12 Seats Available

03/28/22  -  04/22/22 12 Seats Available

05/02/22  -  05/27/22 12 Seats Available

06/06/22  -  07/01/22 12 Seats Available

07/04/22  -  07/29/22 12 Seats Available

08/01/22  -  08/26/22 12 Seats Available

08/29/22  -  09/23/22 12 Seats Available

09/26/22  -  10/21/22 12 Seats Available

10/24/22  -  11/18/22 12 Seats Available

Class availability is subject to change. All numbers posted are not necessarily the current available seats for each class as they can change daily. Please contact us for current seat availability via e-mail or give us a call at (907)260-3900.