Commercial Driver's License Training

Southeast Tech’s Commercial Driver’s License Training helps you get on the road driving such vehicles as a tractor-trailer, commercial bus, livestock hauler, box trucks or a flatbed truck. Driving a commercial motor vehicle requires knowledge of rural driving, operating large vehicles in reverse, and vehicle inspections.

Your duties as a trained CDL driver might include: 

  • Driving long distances 
  • Picking up / delivering cargo 
  • Keeping a log of working hours  
  • Proper vehicle maintenance 
  • Following safety / traffic laws 

Class A CDL   Class B CDL

Types of Drivers


Known as long haul over-the-road drivers, long-distance drivers operate heavy trucks and may make a one-day round trip or have a layover until the next day. Others may travel to more distant points and be on the road for a week or longer. 


Local drivers operate light, medium and heavy trucks. Their assignments may include pick-up and delivery operations, route sales or customer delivery. They have more contact with customers than long-distance drivers and usually make many stops each day. Those in route sales need selling and driving skills.


Specialized drivers handle certain types of equipment used in specialized trucking operations, both long distance and local. Examples are double and triple trailers, auto carriers, tankers and heavy special equipment that utilize special equipment requiring extra training to understand and operate.


Independent drivers own their own equipment and operate a small business. They make up a large segment of the long-distance trucking industry. Often, they begin as salaried drivers, then purchase a truck and become an independent contractor. They haul freight for one or more companies. Many teams establish contracts with moving companies.

Why STC?

At STC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this program focuses on the skills you need to be a safe, knowledgeable commercial vehicle driver. 

Class A CDL Training 

With Southeast Tech's four-week format, students can obtain a Class A CDL and be on the road, making money. With this course, you will learn essentials such as vehicle inspection, backing, city driving and rural driving. 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your application

    All Class A CDL applicants must complete the application form and submit it to the corporate education office. The form may also be emailed to


  2. Review Entrance Requirements

    Review the entrance requirements set forth by Southeast Tech and the Department of Transportation.


  3. Submit Required Documentation

    Prepare and submit the additional documentation needed to enroll. Examples include, but are not limited to drug screen, DOT physical, and a disclosure and release form.

  4. Register

    When all required documentation has been submitted and processed, applicants will need to officially register. 

  5. Pay Balance

    The balance of the course must be paid in full prior to classes beginning.

Class A CDL training classes run approximately once each month for four weeks. Dates for 2022 are as follows:

  • Jan. 3-28, 2022
  • Jan. 31-Feb. 25, 2022
  • April 4-25, 2022
  • May 2-27, 2022
  • May 30-June 24, 2022

The total cost for Class A CDL Training is $5,500.  Financial Aid is not available for this course. 

To acquire a Class A CDL, applicants must meet various requirements put forth by Southeast Technical College and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. 

CLASS A CDL Requirements

Class B CDL Training 

Southeast Tech provides a track to get you license as a Class B CDL driver in as little as one week. With this course, you will spend two days completing the exam preparation course, and one day doing vehicle inspection training.

How to Enroll

  1. Complete Enrollment Form

    Complete the enrollment form for the CDL Class B course. 


  2. Register for Class

    Upon receiving your enrollment form, a program representative will be in touch with next steps and to assist with your official registration. 

  3. Pay Course Fee

    The balance of the course must be paid in full prior to classes beginning.

  4. Get a Permit

    Obtain an instructional permit by passing a computer-based DOT exam for Class B Automatic and Airbrake CDL.

  5. Take Test

    Once you (and your employer, if applicable) are comfortable with your skill set, you will take the required skills test.

  6. Start Driving

    You will be eligible for hire as a Class B CDL driver upon successful completion. If you enrolled in the course as part of an employee training program, your pay will increase to the “normal” entry-level rate and you will become a full driver for the company.

Class B CDL training consists of Automatic, Airbrake and Vehicle Inspection CDL exam preparation class. Dates for 2022 are as follows: 

Exam Prep Dates
  • Jan. 11 and Jan. 13, 2022 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 8 and Feb. 10, 2022 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • March 8 and March 10, 2022 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • April 12 and April 14, 2022 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • May 10 and May 12, 2022 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • June 7 and June 9, 2022 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Vehicle Inspection Training Dates
  • Jan. 19, 2022
  • Feb. 16, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • June 15, 2022

Class B CDL Training costs $250 for the 2-day preparation course. Vehicle inspections cost $200.

Acquire and read the CDL manual before class. Review the rules of the road, classifications and safety information. The manual can be obtained from the DMV or by visiting the South Dakota Department of Public Safety’s website. 

Download the CDL Manual 

Job Outlook  

The Bureau of Labor estimates that the employment of CDL drivers is expected to grow 2% through 2020 because more drivers will be needed to keep the nation’s supply chains moving. Take advantage of the job growth now!

Other Programs Related to CDL licensure

If you’re interested in a transportation technology career, you might also be interested in these other programs at Southeast Tech: 

Automotive Technology   Diesel Technology   Collision Repair & Refinish Technology