Dickinson State University is partnering with TrainND Northwest at Williston State College to offer Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training program in DickinsonThe CDL Training Program is designed to provide the highest quality of training for students to begin a career as a professional truck driver. In the classroom, students will be introduced to the operating rules and regulations that govern trucking operations. Hands-on training will guide students through learning safe operating practices in all phases of handling a truck/tractor semi-trailer combination vehicle. The class concludes with the State of ND CDL drive test. Class size is limited to four students per instructor to allow the full learning experience. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of instruction.

Prerequisites and Registration 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age; however, the required age for operating with a CDL outside of state lines is 21 years of age. 
  • Be able to read and speak the English language in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations.  
  • Complete the application form and submit in-person or online to safety.training@willistonstate.edu. 
  • Submit a $300 non-refundable deposit to hold a seat towards the full tuition of $6,500. 
  • Remaining tuition balance must be paid two (2) weeks before the class start date. 
  • Must obtain a DOT drug screen dated within two (2) weeks of the class start date. 
  • Must have a current Class A Commercial Driver's Permit (passing of the knowledge, air-brake, and combination tests).  
  • Medical Examiner's Certification from DOT Physical.  
  • Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) can be obtained here. 

These items (*) must be provided with an application or two (2) weeks before the class start date. Failure to provide these documents and the remaining tuition balance will delay the registration process, and registration will be transferred to the next available class date. Students will be allowed two (2) transfers before registration is dropped and will need to complete the application process again.  
 
Class size is limited, and enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting lists are established once classes have met maximum enrollment.  

Class Schedule 

Class meets five days a week, Monday through Friday. Classroom instruction days meet from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mountain Time, and all other training days are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Attendance is mandatory. Students who fail to attend or notify the leave instructor may incur an additional charge for make-up time. 
 
Three-day Classroom Instruction: Driver qualifications, hours of service, logbooks, driver wellness, driver fatigue, air brakes, whistleblower protection, pre-trip inspections, and defensive driving.  
 
Hands-on Driving: Vehicle inspections, basic controls, shifting and clutching systems, backing (straight line, offset, alley dock), speed control and management, hazard perception, defensive driving skills, and on-road driving on city and rural roadways as well as highway routes.  
 
Upon class completion, students will take their North Dakota CDL Drive Test utilizing TrainND trucks. Students are limited to three (3) attempts. After three (3) unsuccessful attempts, the student will be required to pay the $300 truck rental fee if they wish to retest. 
 
TrainND must follow FMCSR regulations, which include hours of service. Students cannot work more than 12 hours a day, including class time. Students must also have a 10-hour nightly reset and a 34-hour reset on weekends. Students who do not get their resets each day and/or weekend will not be allowed in class and will need to pay for additional make-up time.   

Class Cost 

$6,500 - includes tuition, fees, and books. Students can also expect to incur other costs such as DOT physical, drug screen, MVR, written knowledge test, and drive test. A nonrefundable $300 deposit must be made to reserve a seat in a class and submitted with your application. The remaining tuition amount and/or payment authorizations are due two (2) weeks before class start date. Failure to provide payment will result in transferring your registration to the next available class date. Students will be allowed two (2) transfers before registration is dropped and will need to complete the application process again.  
 
TrainND's Class A CDL training program is a short-term, non-credit program; therefore, financial aid or tuition assistance is not available through TrainND - Northwest. 
 
Students may qualify for funding from Job Service or Vocational Rehabilitation. Qualified veterans can receive tuition assistance through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. More information about education benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is available here. 
 
TrainND does not provide lodging and/or travel accommodations for these classes. 

Job Placement 

TrainND-Northwest does not assist with and/or guarantee job placement of students. However, trucking recruiters are welcomed to the school. Information on job listings for truck driver positions are given to self-pay students. 

Certificate of Completion and Testing 

To receive a Certificate of Completion, students must have a passing score on the CDL written and driving exams and a satisfactory attendance record of 120 hours. No refund will be issued if a student does not pass either the course or the DOT testing. No refund will be issued if a student is denied completion of the course or testing due to legality purposes. 

Cancellation Policy 

This class requires a minimum of three (3) students. Class will be canceled one (1) week before class start date if minimum has not been met. Registered students may be transferred to the next scheduled class or request a full refund be issued. If a student wishes to transfer or cancel registration, notification must be provided no less than one (1) week prior to class start date. After this time, a processing fee equal to 10% of the class cost will be incurred in addition to the $300 deposit. 

Study Materials 

Commercial Driver's License Manual can be picked up at local Driver's License Department. An online PDF version is available here. 

Truck Rentals and/or Assessments are also available! 

Please contact TrainND - Northwest for more information on these classes and instructor availability at 701.572.2835 for safety.training@willistonstate.edu