How do I get my CDL A through CPI?

Students start with:
ELDT Training (CDL Permit) – hybrid delivery
Cost: $988

CPI offers ELDT standard curriculum in five areas of instruction: Basic Operation, Safe Operating Procedures, Advanced Operating Practices, Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions, and Non-Driving Activities. CPI cover all the topics listed within each area of instruction. An assessment is then used to determine the driver-trainee’s proficiency. Driver-trainees must achieve an overall minimum score of 80% on the theory assessment.

The 30 topics that must be covered in the theory instruction standard curriculum are:

Basic Operation:
Control Systems/Dashboard
Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
Basic Control
Shifting/Operating Transmissions
Backing and Docking
Coupling and Uncoupling (Class A CDL only)

Safe Operating Procedures:
Visual Search
Distracted Driving
Speed Management
Space Management
Night Operation
Extreme Driving Conditions

Advanced Operating Practices:
Hazard Perception
Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Others
Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings

Vehicle Systems & Reporting Malfunctions:
Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
Roadside Inspections

Non-Driving Activities:
Handling and Documenting Cargo
Environmental Compliance Issues
Hours of Service Requirements
Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
Post-Crash Procedures
External Communications
Trip Planning
Medical Requirements

CDL Custom Training

As of February 7, 2022, compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is required for any individual who wants to:

  • Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for the first time;
  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
  • Obtain a passenger (P) or hazmat (H) endorsement for the first time.

Under the FMCSA requirements, an entry-level driver must successfully complete a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction before taking the CDL skills test. This training must be provided by a school or other entity listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be listed on the TPR, training providers need to meet specific requirements addressing:

  • Curriculum,
  • Facilities,
  • Vehicles and equipment, and
  • Instructors

CPI’s CDL Program meets the above requirements of the FMCSA and is on the Training Provider Registry (TPR).