Compliance with the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is quickly approaching. As of February 7, 2022, the education requirements will change for an individual who wants to:
- Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL);
- Upgrade a CDL; or
- Obtain a passenger, school bus or hazmat endorsement.
Also changing — the requirements for those who instruct these individuals.
Gone will be the days of obtaining a learner’s permit, driving with a CDL holder for as little as a few hours, and then taking the CDL road test. The process will become more detailed and will take more time than before.
Under the new requirements, an entry-level driver must, prior to taking the CDL test, successfully complete a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by a school or other entity listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR).
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The rule prescribes specific topics for each of the five areas of instruction (Basic Operation, Safe Operating Procedures, Advanced Operating Practices, Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions, and Non-Driving Activities). The instructor must 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 are:
Both range and over-the-road instruction are required. The proficient completion of the behind-the-wheel training is based solely on the instructor’s professional assessment of each driver-trainee’s performance of the required elements of behind-the-wheel training on the range and on public roads. The training must be completed in a vehicle of the same group or type that the driver-trainee intends to use for the CDL skills test.
In order to provide entry-level driver training, a training provider must be listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be eligible for listing on the TPR, the training provider must follow curriculum, instructor, and facility requirements as outlined by FMCSA.
At this time, the TPR is not available. All training entities that plan on providing entry-level driver training will be required to electronically apply via FMCSA's website once it is available. Registering by using a printed form will not be allowed.
Theory and behind-the-wheel instructors must hold an appropriate class of Commercial Driver's License (including appropriate endorsement(s)) and have at least two years of experience as a driver and/or instructor. These individuals must also meet all applicable state qualification requirements for commercial motor vehicle instructors.
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