Entry-Level Driver Training Rule in Effect on 2/7/2022


ELDT Trainer Certification Program

We can train your trainers to become effective trainers of entry-level drivers in compliance with entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule that went into effect of February 2022. This gives your trainers the knowledge and skills they need to help your new drivers prevent accidents, avoid violations, reduce risk and liability and begin a safe career at your company. And it helps your company be more confident in pursuing entry-level drivers!


After completing this program, your driver trainers will be prepared to effectively deliver J. J. Keller’s Safe & Smart® ELDT curriculum online, in the classroom, on the range and on the road. It’s the industry’s most hand-on, customizable trainer certification program, providing the flexibility to train your trainers when and how it works best for you.


How Our ELDT Trainer Certification Program Works


During this onsite program, our trainers will teach your diver trainers using a comprehensive program that consists of these elements:


Online Course Review

Ensures trainers have a strong understanding of the same content entry-level drivers will be tested on while taking the Safe & Smart™ online courses.


Classroom Instruction

Teaches your trainers how to effectively use and deliver our ELDT course curriculum materials in the classroom.


Range and Road Training

Demonstrates how to set up a range, conduct vehicle inspections and backing exercises, coach drivers on the road and conduct final testing.


Evaluation and Certification

Concludes with recommendations for improvements, advice on best practices and certification to deliver the Safe & Smart™ Program to entry-level drivers.


Plus, we'll assist with getting your company registered on FMCSA's Training Program Registry (TPR).

Licensing Endorsements Offered

If your driver trainers also need to provide training for additional endorsements, we can certify them how to conduct training for…


Passenger Endorsement (CDL-B and CDL-P) — Certifies your trainers to train entry-level drivers who want to earn both their CDL-B and P endorsement in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passenger, including the driver (excludes school buses).


Hazmat Endorsement (CDL-B and CDL-H) — Certifies your trainers to train entry-level drivers who want to earn both their CDL-B and H endorsement to drive a vehicle carrying hazardous materials that require placards or to transport any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.

Why Our Program Is So Effective

We have a team of veteran instructors who are highly-skilled at training in all types of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). You'll be assigned a trainer who we've certified as highly qualified in operating training on the specific type of vehicles your staff will train on. These instructors combine our proprietary program methods with adult learning techniques to ensure maximum retention. And all of this is tailored for the specific needs of your operation.

Training Program Resources

In addition to training your trainers using the actual CMV types they’ll train with, this program provides all of the content and resources they’ll need, including:

  • Safe & Smart™ ELDT Trainer Program Guidebook
  • PowerPoint presentation for conducting classroom instruction
  • Access to all Safe & Smart™ ELDT online courses
  • Safe & Smart™ ELDT workbooks
  • Two-year certification of Safe & Smart™ ELDT trainers
  • Monthly Driver Training Awareness newsletter
  • Unlimited access to subject matter experts for regulatory & safety questions


Compliance Brief

TPR compliance brief

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Tip Sheet

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Put Your ELDT Trainers on the Road to Success!

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