Entry-Level Driver Training: Handling and Documenting Cargo - Online Course (015945)
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Entry-Level Driver Training: Handling and Documenting Cargo - Online Course

Learn how to properly handle cargo, cargo security, cargo securement & weight distribution principles. Helps satisfy part of the theory instruction portion of FMCSA's new entry-level driver training rule. Read more.

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Module 21: Handling and Documenting Cargo Online Course, along with the other 34 entry-level driver training courses, was created to be used with the Entry-Level Driver Training: Obtaining A CDL manual for a comprehensive ELDT program.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has delayed compliance with the entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule. The new compliance date is February 7, 2022. As of that date, completion of ELDT will be required of drivers:

  • Applying for their initial commercial driver’s license (CDL);
  • Updating their current CDL; or
  • Obtaining a passenger, school bus, or hazardous materials endorsement for the first time.

The rule requires successful completion of a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel training before an entry-level driver takes the CDL skills test. This training must be provided by a school or other training entity listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be listed on the TPR, schools and training entities must meet specific requirements addressing:

  • Curriculum,
  • Facilities,
  • Equipment, and
  • nstructors.

Though the rule has been delayed until February 7, 2022, schools and training entities should continue to prepare, as the requirements are complex. It will take a substantial amount of time to implement all the requirements.

For more information on the entry-level driver requirements, please visit this page.

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Properly handling, securing, and delivering cargo are all tasks the professional driver faces on a daily basis. In addition, all drivers deal with some form of freight documentation. Learners need to know what documents are required and what their responsibility is in handling them when out on the road.

This online course is designed to address the importance of properly handling cargo, cargo security, cargo securement, and weight distribution principles. In addition, it will cover the basics of cargo documentation including a general overview of the bill of lading and procedures learners should follow when making pickups and deliveries.

  • The eLearning course covers the following topics:
    • The Importance of Proper Cargo Handling
    • Principles & Methods of Cargo Securement
      • Regulatory Requirements
      • Securement Devices
    • Cargo Securement Plan
    • Principles of Weight Distribution
      • Overloading
      • Top-Heavy Loads
      • Weight Balance
    • Safe Loading Responsibilities
      • Loading & Unloading Hazardous Materials
    • Loading/Unloading Tools
      • Forklift
      • Pallet Jacks
      • Two-Wheel Dolly
    • Bill of Lading
      • Shipping Papers for Hazardous Materials
    • Shipping Paper Accessibility
    • Pickup & Delivery Procedures
      • Freight Pickup
      • Freight Delivery
      • Split Shipments
      • Interline Freight
    • Cargo Theft
      • Communicating in Advance
      • The Shipper
      • Trailer Seals
      • On the Road
      • At the Receiver
    • In-Transit Security Tips
      • Communications
      • Resting & Parking
      • Parking Shortages
      • Strangers Asking You to Stop
      • Routes
  • After completing this training course, learners will be able to:
    • Recognize cargo securement devices
    • Explain how to evenly distribute cargo
    • Identify how to safely load and unload a vehicle
    • Recall the functions served by, and information included on, a bill of lading
    • Summarize pickup and delivery procedures
    • Practice cargo theft prevention measures
  • Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Language: Available in English
  • Copyright Date: 2019
  • Reg Covered: Unit A1.5.1 Handling and Documenting Cargo = This unit must teach the basic theory of cargo weight distribution, cargo securement on the vehicle, cargo covering, and techniques for safe and efficient loading/unloading. The training providers must teach driver-trainees the basic cargo security/cargo theft prevention procedures. The training provider must teach driver-trainees the basic information regarding the proper handling and documentation of HM cargo.

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To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:


  • Windows 7, Mac OS X 1.9 (Mavericks) or higher
  • Persistent high-speed internet connection with at least 1.5Mbps download speed
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Pop-up blockers must be disabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Cookies must be allowed
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher


  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later


  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later, although the latest version of Flash is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, plus any of these web browsers:
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  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

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