Earning a CLP and CDL in Wisconsin
Planning to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Wisconsin? Then you’re in luck! This state has some of the best online resources for prospective Class A professional drivers.
Wisconsin’s requirements for getting a learner’s permit
- Have a valid Class D driver’s license
- Fill out a Wisconsin driver’s license application
- Complete a Commercial Driver Certification: Tier of Operations form
- Present a valid Federal Medical Card / Certification
- Bring proof of citizenship or legal status in the U.S.
- Pay required fees
- Pass the appropriate knowledge tests (see below)
Studying for your Wisconsin CLP
The Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s Manual was updated in October of 2021 and covers all of the federal and state-specific requirements for this state. In addition, the Wisconsin DOT has a handy list of the sections of the manual you should study before taking your test(s).
Apply to a federally-approved CDL training program
You should apply to a CDL training program as soon as you start studying for your commercial learner’s permit. This makes sense, since there can be several weeks between when you apply and space is available in your chosen training program.
Make sure you choose an Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) program, like Halvor’s paid CDL training, that is listed on a federally-approved registry. Starting in February of this year, all drivers must attend a registered program.
If you like the idea of getting paid to earn your CDL, our Halvor recruiters are happy to answer your questions. You can email them directly using the links on our recruiting page, or call 833.4.HALVOR.
Taking your CDL test
Once you’ve obtained your CLP and finished your ELDT / CDL training program, it’s time to take your road test. alvor’s CDL training program driving instructors will teach you what you need to know, but if you’re curious about the exam, here’s what the training manual says about the CDL driving test.
OTR training with experienced drivers
After earning your CDL with us, we’ll put you on the road with an experienced driver who will help you gain experience and confidence as a professional over-the-road driver. Halvor’s paid OTR Finishing Program sets you up for success as a solo or team driver — and it may inspire you to become a trainer yourself one day!
If you are entering our Finishing Program through our CDL training program, you’ll already have had some time behind the wheel with an instructor. So you can expect to be with a driver trainer about three weeks instead of five (the timeline we give to new drivers who haven’t been through our custom training program).