| July 25, 2022

What You Need to Know About the New ELDT Requirements

New Entry Level Driver Training requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration went into effect on February 7, 2022.

The purpose of the new rules is to set baseline training requirements for entry-level drivers to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL). The new rules were mandated under legislation passed by Congress in 2012.

At Wilson Logistics, we offer paid CDL training that lets you earn while you learn. Our trainers work with entry-level drivers to meet the requirements for obtaining a Class A CDL and begin driving professionally as an over-the-road truck driver.

Many drivers have questions about the new regulations, how to get the required training and which drivers are exempt. Here’s what you need to know.

Who Is Required to Complete ELDT Training?

ELDT training is required for entry-level drivers who are seeking to obtain a CDL after February 7, 2022. The requirements apply to drivers in the following three categories:

  • Those obtaining a CDL for the first time
  • Those upgrading from a Class B to a Class A CDL
  • Those obtaining a Hazardous Material, Passenger or School Bus endorsement on an existing CDL

In addition, training is also required for those with a commercial learners’ permit that was issued before February 7 but which expires before obtaining a CDL.

Who Is Not Required to Complete ELDT Training?

For starters, most drivers who already held a CDL before February 7, 2022, are not required to go through ELDT training. In other words, if you already have a CDL, you are most likely unaffected. The exceptions would be if you need to upgrade from a Class B to Class A, or if you need to add a HazMat, Passenger or School Bus endorsement.

Second, if you have a commercial learners’ permit that was issued before February 7, you do not need to go through ELDT training as long as you obtain your CDL before your learners’ permit expires.

Finally, you do not need to complete ELDT training if you already held a HazMat, Passenger or School Bus endorsement before February 7.

What Do You Learn in ELDT Training?

For those who require ELDT training, the FMCSA mandates a standardized curriculum. The good news is that about 85% of entry-level drivers are already receiving a curriculum that satisfies the new requirements. In addition, there are no minimum number of hours required and no new exhorbitant costs involved.

All ELDT curricula include theory and behind-the-wheel training.

Class A Curriculum

Prospective drivers must pass a theory/knowledge test and a road skills test to obtain a Class A CDL. The Theory portion of the Basic Curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Basic Operation
  • Safe Operating Procedures
  • Advanced Operating Practices
  • Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
  • Non-Driving Activities

The Behind-the-Wheel curriculum includes a Range and Road portion. The Range curriculum coves the following skills:

  • Vehicle Inspection Pre-Trip, Enroute and Post-Trip
  • Straight Line Backing
  • Alley Dock Backing (45 and 90 degree)
  • Off-Set Backing
  • Parallel Parking Blind Side
  • Parallel Parking Sight Side
  • Coupling and Uncoupling

The Behind-the-Wheel Road curriculum includes the following:

  • Vehicle Controls
  • Shifting, Transmission
  • Communications, Signaling
  • Visual search
  • Speed and Space Management
  • Safe Driver Behavior
  • Hours of Service Requirements
  • Hazard Perceptions
  • Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing
  • Night Operation
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Skid Control and Recovery, Jackknifing, Other Emergencies
Class B to Class A Curriculum

For drivers needing to upgrade from a Class B to a Class A CDL, the training includes the following areas of Theory instruction:

  • Basic Operation
  • Safe Operating Procedures
  • Advanced Operating Practices
  • Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions
  • Non-Driving Activities
HazMat Endorsement Curriculum

If you need to add a HazMat endorsement to an existing CDL, the curriculum includes the following theoretical concepts:

  • Basic Introductory HM Requirements
  • Operational HM Requirements
  • Reporting HM Crashes and Releases
  • Tunnels and Railroad Crossing Requirements
  • Loading and Unloading HM
  • HM on Passenger Vehicles
  • Bulk Packages
  • Operating Emergency Equipment
  • Emergency Response Procedures
  • Engine, Fuelling
  • Tire Check
  • Routes and Route Planning
  • Hazardous Materials Safety Permits

How Do You Enroll in ELDT Training?

In order to meet the ELDT requirements, entry-level drivers must complete the mandated training with a registered Training Provider. All registered Providers are listed in an official Training Provider Registry.

Upon completion of your training, you will take the required skills and/or knowledge tests. Your Training Provider will then submit a certification of completion to the FMCSA.

At Wilson Logistics, you’ll go on the road for three weeks of permit training with one of our professional CDL instructors. During this time you’ll learn everything you need to pass your Class A CDL exam. After you take your CDL exam at our training terminal, we will route you back home with the appropriate paperwork to get your CDL transferred to your home state. After getting your CDL, you will then complete 30,000 miles of team driving.

If you have questions about whether the new ELDT requirements apply to you, give us a call at 866-500-8404. If you’re ready start your truck driving career by joining the Wilson Logistics family, we encourage you to apply online at any time!

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