Winter ELDT Is Coming
The world of CDL schools turns upside down in exactly one year. What has been a pretty loose world of state-driven CDL regulations is about to be federalized and standardized in a way that only the DOT and FMCSA can.
That's right. ELDT is coming.
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Don Lefeve, CVTA President & CEO, shares a great write-up on LinkedIn about the changes you can expect and how to start preparing now. He summarizes:
Anyone seeking a Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) on or after February 7, 2020 will be required to receive formal commercial driver’s education from an approved training provider. An applicant will not be allowed to sit for their CDL skills test unless he or she receives training from an approved training provider. All training providers (schools, employers, etc.) must have their program approved by their state and the FMCSA, teach the necessary 30+ subject areas, and certify their students based on their actual performance.
These new rules will significantly add to the time and costs of training new drivers, but we suggest you take them seriously.
How to Become an Approved Training Provider: What We Know
So, what's actually involved in becoming an approved training provider? The short answer: it's complicated. Here's what we know so far.
Training providers must apply with FMCSA and self-certify that they meet the new training requirements, which includes 30+ curriculum areas and proof of behind-the-while proficiency. The core classroom curriculum areas for class A CDL applicants are:
Unfortunately, the application process to become an approved provider isn't open yet (we'll keep you posted).
Start Preparing Now
One year may sound like a long way off, but it really isn't. Start preparing for ELDT now to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road. Lefeve warns:
While the regulation seems to be fairly straight-forward, complying, and maintaining compliance with the regulation will require program overhaul for some. For others, it will entail a level of detail and dissemination to which they are unaccustomed. In either case, failure to be compliant with the regulation could result in being shut down by the FMCSA.
If this all sounds overwhelming, don't panic. We'll be publishing a lot more information in the coming weeks and months to help you sort it all out, including a more detailed overview of the new ELDT requirements and, once FMCSA releases it, the application process.
And when it comes to training your entry-level drivers, we're here for you right now. ITI served in an advisory capacity on the new ELDT curriculum, and we'd love to help you get in front of ELDT changes.
Additional ELDT Resources
- FMCSA provides this helpful list of ELDT FAQs (FWIW, it's FYI, but you should look at it ASAP.).
- Check out CVTA's resources on ELDT compliance, including this handy infographic.
- ITI sat on the ELDT advisory group. Here are our recommendations on how to start preparing for the changes.