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Reg Alert: The FMCSA’s entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule takes effect on February 7, 2022. As of this date, individuals who are applying for their initial CDL, upgrading a current CDL, or getting a passenger or school bus endorsement for the first time must complete specific theory and behind-the-wheel instruction before taking the required skills test. An individual obtaining a hazmat endorsement for the first time must complete specific theory instruction before taking the required knowledge test. This training must be provided by a school or entity listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). Learn more about the ELDT requirements.


  • This "Entry-Level Driver Training: Obtaining a CDL - Trainer Manual" meets the entry-level driver training mandated curriculum for new drivers
  • Increase your students' skill level by teaching them the basics of safe driving techniques and providing them with up-to-date regulatory info
  • Features full-color illustrations
  • Includes updated, user-friendly design
  • Designed to be used with Entry-Level Driver Training: Obtaining a CDL - Student Manual
  • Use training manual with entry-level driver training courses for a comprehensive ELDT program.
  • Spiral bound, 714 pages. (Note: The Trainer’s Manual contains an exact reprint of the Student Manual’s 534 pages to help simplify training. In addition, the Trainer’s Manual includes “Key Learnings” for each of the 30 chapters. The page numbers are omitted from the Key Learnings in the Trainer Manual.)

J. J. Keller® Entry-Level Driver Training Obtaining a CDL Trainer Manual

  • This comprehensive manual includes chapters on the following:

    • Orientation
    • Control Systems/Dashboard
    • Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
    • Basic Control
    • Shifting/Operating Transmissions
    • Backing and Docking
    • Coupling & Uncoupling
    • Visual Search
    • Communication
    • Distracted Driving
    • Speed Management
    • Space Management
    • Night Operation
    • Extreme Driving Conditions
    • Hazard Perception
    • Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies
    • Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings
    • Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions
    • Roadside Inspections
    • Maintenance
    • Handling and Documenting Cargo
    • Environmental Compliance Issues
    • Hours of Service Requirements
    • Fatigue and Wellness Awareness
    • Post-Crash Procedures
    • External Communications
    • Whistleblower/Coercion
    • Trip Planning
    • Drugs/Alcohol
    • Medical Requirements
    • Human Trafficking
    • CSA
    • Special Rigs
    • Crossing the Canadian Border
    • Basic Business Practices
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