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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 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 when it comes to our area of expertise.

Portland Area Truck Driver Training at Elite Truck School in Hillsboro, OR

Who Is Affected by the New Rules & Regulations?

Under the new regulations, a CDL license cannot be acquired without 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 located on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. Portland’s Elite Truck School is part of this list, and we provide the necessary baseline education of safety 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 Will These Changes Take Place?

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

What Is the Appropriate Path of Training?

Generally speaking, there is no mandatory order for Entry Level Driver Training. However, students in our program follow a specific path during their training. Our years of experience have shown us that this path gives students the greatest chance of success.

State vs. Federal Regulation and Entry Level Driver Training

Regulations at the state level for Entry Level Driver Training that extend past those required federally are still applicable in the state in which the licensing occurs. If a state needs more training than is needed to fulfill federal regulations, that state’s rules are also needed 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 by the State of Washington in order to provide training.

Why Elite Truck School for Entry Level Driver Training

Elite Truck School offers knowledgeable and compliant education to keep up with the needs and requirements of the industry. We have a solid reputation in Portland, as well as in the trucking industry. Elite Truck School also provides a family-type environment allowing students to feel in touch with their peers and instructors. Another added benefit of driving with Elite Truck School is access to our network of companies and assistance in job placement after training. We invite you to fill out our contact form or call and speak directly with a team professional.

Have questions about any of our programs? Call (503) 608-4171!