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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 7, 2021)

J. J. Keller Assists Carriers Preparing for New Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule

J.J. Keller

Starting February 7, 2022, entry-level drivers will no longer be able to take their CDL test until they successfully complete a program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by a school or other entity listed on FMCSA’s new Training Provider Registry (TPR).

“Because the new entry-level driver training rule differs so greatly from the current rule, we developed services that would make this transition as easy as possible for carriers,” said Steve Murray, vice president of content & consulting services at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “This is especially true for carriers that train their own drivers, which will require a significant update to their program.”

Carriers planning to provide entry-level driver training under the new rule will need to meet specific requirements in order to be listed on the TPR, including updating their training curriculum and certifying their trainers are qualified to deliver it. Additionally, 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.

J. J. Keller’s Certified Driver Trainer Program certifies a carrier’s trainers to train entry-level drivers according to the new rule. A J.J. Keller instructor will educate the trainers on how to effectively deliver both the theory and the behind-the-wheel entry-level driver training.

J.J. Keller’s ELDT Training Program Assessment reviews the ELDT program a carrier has put in place to verify that it meets or exceeds the FMCSA’s ELDT requirements. This includes an assessment of their facilities, vehicles, trainers, certifications, documentation, recordkeeping, training curriculum and more.

Both services include assistance with getting registered on the TPR.

J. J. Keller also offers an ELDT Curriculum, which is a fully prepared training program, including driver and trainer textbooks, instructions for range and road exercises and proof of certification.

“With so many changes required and so little time to comply, we’re ready to help carriers make the transition,” added Murray.

For more information about J. J. Keller’s ELDT services, visit or call 888-473-4638.

About J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, the company has grown to over 1,500 associates serving more than 500,000 customers — including over 90% of the Fortune 1000® companies. The company’s subject-matter expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics, and its diverse solutions include ELogs and mobile technology; training via online courses, streaming video or DVD; online management tools; managed services; consulting services; online and print publications; forms and supplies.

Transportation professionals rely on J. J. Keller’s in-house expertise and wide selection of products and services to reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance, performance management, and operational efficiency. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Susan Baranczyk
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.