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New Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Deadline Fast Approaching

J.J. Keller Offers Compliance Relief

Neenah, WI - The clock is ticking on the February 7, 2020 compliance deadline for the new Entry-Level Driver Training Rule, and J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is ready to help driver training schools make this major transition.

The rule applies to drivers applying for an initial CDL, upgrading a current CDL, or obtaining a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement.

The company’s new Entry-Level Driver Training: Obtaining a CDL Student and Trainer Manuals cover all 30 topics required by the rule, plus additional subjects essential to safe, professional driving. The manuals will help meet the theory instruction requirements of the rule. For drivers pursuing their hazmat, passenger, or school bus endorsements, J. J. Keller offers two additional sets of manuals: Hazmat Endorsement: Entry-Level Driver Training Student and Trainer Manuals and Passenger & School Bus Endorsement: Entry-Level Driver Training Student and Trainer Manuals. For more information, visit

“With the implementation of these new requirements, the entire mindset when it comes to entry-level driver training needs to change,” said Jill Schultz, J.J. Keller subject-matter expert. “Gone are the days of having a driver get a learner’s permit, take a few practice runs, and then take the CDL skills test. Theory training as well as behind-the-wheel training on specific topics is required before taking the CDL skills test.”

Schultz also emphasized that training must be provided by a school or entity listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). In order to be listed on the TPR, the training provider must meet specific requirements addressing curriculum, facilities, vehicles, equipment, and instructor qualifications.

For those organizations with their own curriculum, J.J. Keller offers the Entry-Level Driver Training Gap Analysis Service which will help them ensure their program is compliant with the new requirements.

“If you’ve created your own training curriculum for new drivers, it’s always a good idea to have an experienced set of eyes review it to be sure it covers the relevant regulatory requirements and also best practices,” said Sean Nebert, director of consulting services at J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “The last thing you want is to identify a training gap after a violation occurs.”

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 1,400 associates serving more than 600,000 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

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