ELDT Overview


Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) will be required by February 7, 2022. To help our members navigate the regulation’s curriculum and reporting requirements, CVTA recently announced its ELDT compliance program. This program is now available to support member schools’ and allows digital submission of documents demonstrating compliance with Theory (classroom), Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training hours, and applicable federal, state, and local laws.

This voluntary compliance is aimed at ensuring members understand the regulation, what it requires, and what documents and data are needed to adequately prepare for 2022. By participating, members can test and evaluate their own process and procedures, review their current programs, and make any necessary changes before the regulation’s compliance date.

To participate in the program, please click the button below.

What Is Changing?

CVTA is leading the way to ensure that its members are compliant prior to February 2022. In 2022, anyone seeking a new Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), or any Hazardous Materials (H), Passenger (P), or School Bus (S) endorsements must obtain formal training by training providers, who are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The ELDT Regulation requires that all schools, employers, or unions must meet a minimum curriculum (classroom, range and road subjects) for Class A & B CDLs, and the above-mentioned endorsements. All training providers must also certify that their student-trainees are proficient prior to sitting for the CDL skills exam and must also certify that they comply with state laws and regulations.

Legislative Timeline

Since 1991, Congress and the DOT have sought to put forth a regulation that requires anyone seeking a CDL to obtain formal training before taking the CDL skills test.
Congress mandated the DOT to produce a regulation in 2012.
CVTA and 25 other industry leaders were chosen as participants in this negotiated rulemaking called the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC).
New rule issued on December 8, 2016.
Full Implementation in February 2022.

CVTA strongly supports the final rule because it:

  • Requires formal training from an approved training provider
  • Sets forth a comprehensive classroom and behind the wheel curriculum
  • Requires individuals to demonstrate proficiency before sitting for the CDL exam
  • Enhances highway safety

Minimum state requirements when fully implemented in February 2022


All students to undergo a three-part curriculum: theory (classroom), behind-the-wheel (range), and behind-the-wheel (road).

  • Approximately 30 subjects
  • Proficiency in all subjects and skills
  • All students must score at least 80% on assessment

Training Providers

All training providers must:

  • Certify students are “proficient” in the skills curriculum before taking the CDL exam
  • Apply and be approved by the FMCSA
  • Be listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR)
  • Indicate how many behind-the-wheel (BTW) curriculum hours the student completed
Is your school ready for ELDT?

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Andrew Poliakoff

Andy Poliakoff is the Executive Director for CVTA. In this role, he promotes the mission of the membership organization and implements goals set by the Board of Directors. This includes forming partnerships with external stakeholders, providing guidance and direction to the CVTA staff team, and engaging with state and federal government agencies to advance CVTA’s mission of safety and career opportunities in the truck driver training industry.

In 2021 and 2022, Andy acted as federal affairs lead for Electrify America, interacting at high levels within Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, and the White House. In that capacity, he played a pivotal role in the optimization of large-scale infrastructure funding at the Federal Highway Administration as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

From 2019 to 2021 Andy served as Director of Gov't Affairs for CVTA and formed a strong bond with members, engaging on advocacy related to Entry-Level Driver Training, Skills Testing Delays, and Workforce funding. During the pandemic, Andy fought at the state and federal level to treat CDL training and testing as the essential services they are. He is personally invested in the important mission of CVTA's members to deliver safe training and to transform people's lives through truck driving careers.

Andy holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Cindy Atwood

Cindy Atwood is the Vice President at CVTA. An experienced association professional, Cindy handles all activities related to membership retention, financial accounting and committee engagement. Cindy artfully produces CVTA’s off-site biannual conferences, Hill Day operations and Board meetings, ensuring that the general membership and leadership’s necessities and wishes are met with the highest response.

An essential fixture in the truck driver training association space, Cindy manages CVTA’s Instructor Certification Program and provides critical counsel to new entrants into the truck driver training industry.

Kyle Hayes

Kyle Hayes is the Director of Government Relations at CVTA. In this role, he leads the implementation of the Association’s legislative and regulatory strategy. He is also the primary point of contact between CVTA Members and federal agencies, Congress, and state governments.

Hayes most recently led research projects that supported federal and state advocacy on healthcare and economic issues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nationally recognized research and policy institute based in Washington D.C. He received a master’s degree in public policy from American University in 2015 and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012.