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Entry Level Driver Training Rules Announced.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released for public inspection the long awaited Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Final Rule. This Final Rule requires anyone seeking a Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to first obtain classroom and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training prior to sitting for the CDL skills exam. 
Specifically, is a performance-based rule that requires training providers to:  
  • register with the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR) and certify that their program meets the standards for classroom and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training; 
  • certify students have completed BTW training to a proficiency standard;
  • certify their program teaches the required classroom subjects (outlined in the Final Rule), and that students have completed a written assessment covering all subjects with a passing score of 80% or higher; and
  • certify students have demonstrated proficiency in operating a vehicle before siting for the CDL exam. 
This rule goes into effect February 7th, 2017 and compliance is required by all of the states on February 7th, 2020.  
Interstate Truck Driving School is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association and schools approved by the CVTA will be able to be certified with the FMCSA Training Provider Registry.  The rule has been in the works for a very long time and has gone through several modifications. It will be interesting to see if the new Administration makes any changes or if they will let it stand as published. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated.