Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)
As of February 7, 2022, compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is required for any individual who wants to:
- Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for the first time;
- Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
- Obtain a passenger (P), school bus (S), or hazmat (H) endorsement for the first time.
Under the FMCSA requirements, an entry-level driver must successfully complete a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction before taking the CDL skills test. This training must be provided by a school or other entity listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR).
The ELDT requirements do not apply to individuals with a valid CDL or an S, P, or H endorsement issued before February 7, 2022.
How It Works ?
The ELDT rule requires a standard curriculum in five areas of instruction: Basic Operation, Safe Operating Procedures, Advanced Operating Practices, Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions, and Non-Driving Activities. There isn’t a minimum number of training hours required, however, 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 standard curriculum are:
- Control Systems/Dashboard
- Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
- Basic Control
- Shifting/Operating Transmissions
- Backing and Docking
- Coupling and Uncoupling (Class A CDL only)
Safe Operating Procedures:
- Visual Search
- Distracted Driving
- Speed Management
- Space Management
- Night Operation
- Extreme Driving Conditions
- Handling and Documenting Cargo
- Environmental Compliance Issues
- Hours of Service Requirements
- Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
- Post-Crash Procedures
- External Communications
- Trip Planning
- Medical Requirements
At Ace Trucking Academy, we take a systematic approach to teaching Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) to ensure that our students have the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful truck drivers.
First, we provide a comprehensive overview of the trucking industry, including federal and state regulations, safety procedures, and best practices. We cover topics such as trip planning, cargo handling, and hours of service, as well as proper driving techniques and emergency procedures.
Next, we provide students with hands-on training in a controlled environment, using our modern training vehicles and state-of-the-art equipment. This includes extensive behind-the-wheel training, in which students learn to operate a truck in a variety of real-world situations, such as navigating city streets, highways, and tight spaces.
We also conduct classroom training, where students have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of trucking, such as logbook regulations, trip planning, and defensive driving techniques. Our experienced instructors use interactive teaching methods, including lectures, group discussions, and hands-on activities to ensure that students retain the information and are able to apply it in real-world situations.
Throughout the ELDT program, we assess each student’s progress and provide feedback to help them improve. We also provide students with mock tests to prepare them for the CDL exam and ensure they are fully prepared to take and pass the exam.
At Ace Trucking Academy, our ELDT program is designed to be thorough, engaging, and effective. We believe that by providing our students with a comprehensive education and hands-on training, we can help them become safe and successful truck drivers.