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Lake Area Technical College – Watertown, SD

1201 Arrow Ave, Watertown, SD 57201

(605) 882-5284 | Alt: (800) 657-4344 | Website

Commercial Drivers License

Here’s your chance to learn to drive the big rigs and cash in on the nationwide shortage of qualified drivers! Carriers are hiring and wages are very attractive. Let us help you earn your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and take advantage of this great career opportunity! Our professional instructors use the latest equipment and techniques to give you the best training available.

This classroom instruction covers the CDL handbook and prepares individuals to take and pass the written exam. The class will cover general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicles. The classroom with endorsements, 2 days, covers the general information plus hazardous materials, tankers, and double and triple axles. Once the class concludes, individuals are ready to visit their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to take the exam.

CDL Refresher Training –

If you have previous driving experience, we offer a one-on-one refresher training class with an experienced truck driver instructor. This training would be excellent for an individual who has obtained their CDL Instructional Permit and needs some time behind the wheel in preparation for the CDL Skills (driving) Exam.

CDL Skills Exam –

We have several individuals that are qualified as third party testers for the northeast area of South Dakota. Successfully passing this driving test will earn you your CDL. This testing is offered year round. You must currently possess your instructional permit and have a current South Dakota Drivers License. LATC truck rental is $200/hr.


If you never had or need refresher training on the vehicle inspection portion of the CDL Skills test, this course is specifically designed for you. Just like the Written Test Preparation course prepares you for the written CDL exam, the Vehicle Inspection Course will prepare you to pass the inspection exam your first time through! This will save you time, money and frustration from having to retake a failed inspection. This training is one-on-one training with an experienced instructor.

Our distinctive technical education will help land you a job in a high-demand career field. At Lake Area Tech, we work hard to keep our programs cutting-edge and our graduates happy. We want you to love what you do!

Founded in 1965 as the first technical school in South Dakota, Lake Area Tech now has 31 programs (12 online E-Degrees), 2,600+ enrolled students, and a living record of success:

- 22,000+ graduates

- 99% of our graduates are employed or are continuing education

- 83% of our graduates have stayed to live and work in South Dakota

We promise you: small, interactive classes, new technology, the fun and energy of a growing campus, and SO MUCH MORE!

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