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Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) Classes In Portland, OR

Getting Started in Commercial Truck Driving

What Is Entry-Level Driver Training?

New federal changes in regulations and licensing were recently imposed on many training centers. Elite Truck School has always followed the best industry practices and has had to make only small modifications to comply with the new regulations. The new regulations also made training from a registered provider a requirement for obtaining a Class A or Class B CDL. As the local leader in entry-level driver training, our program was and continues to be the example of our area of expertise.

Who Is Affected By The New Rules & Regulations?

Under the new regulations, a CDL license can only be acquired by completing specific theory and behind-the-wheel training as outlined in 49 CFR Part 380 Appendices A through F. This enhanced, hands-on training will be a necessary step on the road to licensing. The new ELDT rules affect interstate and intrastate entry-level CMV drivers who intend to apply for or upgrade their Class A or B commercial licenses or acquire an endorsement for passenger and school buses or hazardous materials transport.

Ensure Proper Training With Elite Truck School

Entry Level Driver Training must be provided by a school on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. Portland’s Elite Truck School is part of this list, and we provide the necessary baseline safety education and knowledge for these specific drivers pursuing these licenses. Elite Truck School provides a comprehensive learning environment to set up success for our drivers. Our top-notch experienced instructors and family-like atmosphere provide the necessary knowledge to stay current with the changes in this industry.

When Did These Changes Take Place?

As of February 7, 2022, all those seeking a Commercial Driver’s License must have completed the updated requirement of the Entry Level Driver Training classes as outlined. Complete compliance was necessary by this date.

State Vs. Federal Regulation And Entry Level Driver Training

Regulations at the state level for Entry Level Driver Training extending past those federally required are still applicable in the state where the licensing occurs. If a state needs more training than is needed to fulfill federal regulations, that state’s rules are also required to complete licensure.

In Oregon, there are no additional requirements aside from what was listed in the new ELDT guidelines. Washington, however, requires students to complete ELDT requirements and receive a minimum of 160 hours of training. The training provider must be registered and also licensed by the State of Washington in order to provide training. Any training provider on the TPR that is not licensed by the state is operating illegally.

A requirement to be on the Federal Training Provider Registry list is that the training provider is licensed by the state that they are operating in. Elite Truck School is licensed by both the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.


Interested in Entry Level Driver Training at Elite Truck School? Reach out to our Admissions Team at 503-615-8465, and they’ll assist you with any inquiries and guide you toward embarking on a fresh career journey!