Due to new entry-level driver training rules taking effect in February 2022, J.J. Keller & Associates has developed services to make the transition easier.
Starting February 7, 2022, entry-level drivers will no longer be able to take their test to obtain a commercial driver’s license until they successfully complete a program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by an entity listed on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Training Provider Registry.
Carriers planning to provide entry-level driver training under the new rule will need to meet specific requirements in order to be listed on the TPR, including updating their training curriculum and certifying their trainers are qualified to deliver it. Additionally, the training must be completed in a vehicle of the same group or type that the driver-trainee intends to use for the CDL skills test.
“Because the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule differs so greatly from the current rule, we developed services that would make this transition as easy as possible for carriers,” said Steve Murray, vice president of content and consulting services at J. J. Keller, in a press release. “This is especially true for carriers that train their own drivers, which will require a significant update to their program.”
The new services include a:
- Certified Driver Trainer Program, which certifies a carrier’s trainers to train entry-level drivers according to the new rule. A J. J. Keller instructor will educate the trainers on how to effectively deliver both the theory and the behind-the-wheel entry-level driver training, company officials said.
- ELDT Training Program Assessment, which reviews the ELDT program a carrier has put in place to verify that it meets or exceeds the FMCSA’s ELDT requirements. This includes an assessment of their facilities, vehicles, trainers, certifications, documentation, recordkeeping and training curriculum.
Both services include assistance with getting registered on the TPR.
J. J. Keller also offers an ELDT curriculum, which is a fully prepared training program, including driver and trainer textbooks, instructions for range and road exercises and proof of certification.
“With so many changes required and so little time to comply, we’re ready to help carriers make the transition,” Murray said.