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The FMCSA and the TPR

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, was created as a separate entity within the Department of Transportation, or DOT, in January of 2000. Its establishment was preceded by the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. This Act, among other things, amended Federal transportation law to establish the FMCSA, which took over the duties that were handled by the Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety of the Federal Highway Administration.

The FMCSA is the number one federal agency in charge of “regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).” The primary mission of the FMCSA is to improve overall safety on roads and highways in the United States by reducing accidents, injuries, and deaths involving CMVs. By partnering with industry professionals, government agencies, and other safety promoters, the FMCSA has led the way in improving safe travel. Despite the ever-evolving state of road safety, the FMCSA will always update regulations and make new ones to further reduce the risks of commercial driving.

The FMCSA and the Training Provider Registry

Back in February 2022, the FMCSA passed new regulations called Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT), that set a new standard in training requirements for CDL holders. To complement these new rules, the FMCSA also created a new database/system for local and state offices to record and process individual drivers’ ELDT results. This system is called the Training Provider Registry, or TPR. 

The TPR offers an extensive database of authorized training providers for CDL applicants to choose from. This online database includes a list of training providers that have registered with the TPR and self-certified that they meet all of the necessary FMCSA requirements. After the CDL applicant chooses a training provider and completes his or her ELDT course, their ELDT results will be recorded on the TPR so they can be accessed by state and local offices.

TPR Provider Spotlight: CDL2Go

If you’re looking for an FMCSA-approved training provider, consider yourself in the right place! CDL2Go is an authorized training provider, and we offer the best online courses at the most reasonable prices. 80% of students who use CDL2Go pass their respective course(s) the first time through. Those that aren’t able to pass their course(s) the first time through will have the opportunity to go back over the curriculum and retake the final exam as many times as needed.  Check out our available English and Spanish courses, and get started on your professional driving career today!

 

Who Needs ELDT?

Who Needs ELDT?

Who Needs ELDT CDL Classes?

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New ELDT Mandate

The new Entry-Level Driver Training regulations just recently went into effect in February 2022. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) first mandated these rules in 2012 but decided to make adjustments before implementing them. After about ten years of revising the code and building a reliable, nationwide system, ELDT is finally here. Luckily for you, CDL2Go has been registered with the FMCSA from the beginning. We are an approved training provider on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry. Our CDL classes were tailor-made to meet federal requirements and give you the best chance of obtaining a CDL. Looking to complete an ELDT course and want confidence in knowing you’re taking the right curriculum? You’re in the right place!

 

Who Needs ELDT CDL Classes?

So, do all CDL holders need to take ELDT CDL classes? For the most part, if you are a current CDL holder, you can continue your business as usual. You will only need to take ELDT if upgrading your CDL or adding an endorsement. To further simplify, there are only three types of drivers that the ELDT regulations will apply to:

Diving into it a bit more, any driver that was legally issued a CDL or any endorsement (hazardous materials, passenger, etc.) before the new laws went into effect on February 7th, 2022, will not need to complete an ELDT class for their corresponding CDL/endorsement. If a driver was issued a commercial learner permit (CLP) prior to February 7th and successfully acquired their CDL before the CLP expires, ELDT requirements will not apply. Lastly, anyone who meets an exception for taking a skills test in 49 CFR Part 383 will also be excused from completing ELDT.

 

ELDT You Can Trust

The FMCSA created these ELDT regulations as a consistent guideline for curriculum to be used nationwide. Consistent learning material should translate to more informed drivers and, more importantly, safer roads. If you are a potential driver looking for a FMCSA-approved ELDT course, whether it be Class A, Class B, or any endorsements, look no further. CDL2Go is here to make the CDL process easier for you. If you have any questions about the ELDT laws, or need some help picking out a course, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Online ELDT

Online ELDT

Online ELDT and How It Works

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What is Online ELDT?

Entry-Level Driver Training, or ELDT, consists of “classroom” theory and behind-the-wheel skills training. CDL2Go offers online ELDT theory and CDL practice tests approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Opting for an online classroom will save you some gas and a few trips to your local brick-and-mortar driving school! From Class A and B, to the most common endorsements like hazardous materials, passenger, and school bus, we have certified ELDT courses built around the tests you’ll need to pass for your CDL.


How Does Online ELDT Work?

So, how does this process work? Well, that’s easy! After you’ve selected the course needed from the tabs above, the site will direct you to a secure checkout page. You will input your payment information and create your login credentials there. Once you’ve purchased your desired online ELDT course(s), CDL 2 Go will send an email to the email address you provided on the checkout page. This email will include your login details, allowing you to log in and start your theory training as soon as you’d like! Training with CDL2Go gives you the ability to study and learn anywhere you have internet capabilities. Accessing your training material is possible 24/7, barring any unforeseen circumstances (such as updates to our system), so you can get your training done any time of day.


CDL Practice Tests

Regardless of your course, each lesson in the curriculum contains a corresponding CDL practice test covering the material you need to know to pass your state exams. CDL 2 Go’s practice tests feature questions taken directly from FMCSA-mandated exams, meaning you won’t have to worry about any wording inconsistencies. Our online ELDT courses are designed to give drivers the best chance of succeeding. Check out our available courses, and get started on your success story today!


Go From Certified To Licensed!

After you finish your theory training and pass your final exam, you will complete an automatic submission form that is sent to the FMCSA through the Training Provider Registry (TPR). This submission will certify you as being proficient in all ELDT theory requirements. You will also receive a certificate of completion for your records or your employer if they request it.


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Why get a HazMat Endorsement?

Why get a HazMat Endorsement?

Why Get A Hazmat Endorsement?

Hazmat Endorsement, Hazardous Materials

 

What can you transport with a HazMat Endorsement?

 

Whether you’re a future CDL holder or have been in the trucking business for 20 years, obtaining a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) endorsement can take your career to new heights. Being able to haul hazardous materials allows you more business opportunities and can easily increase your potential profits. This endorsement can be added to a Class A, B, or C CDL and typically guarantees you a higher salary due to the risks associated with this type of transport. 

According to the FMCSA, “Hazardous Materials” includes materials deemed as presenting an unreasonable threat to the public and the environment. The term “Hazardous Materials” covers all of the following:

What You Will Need To Know For A HazMat Endorsement

Being a CDL holder with a HazMat endorsement comes with many responsibilities. Aside from all the regular duties and responsibilities of being a standard CDL driver, HazMat drivers have a few other things required of them because of the dangers of hauling hazardous substances. Professional drivers getting a Hazmat endorsement must have training on safely loading and unloading, handling, transporting, and storing hazardous materials. They will also learn how to maintain shipping records, placard and correctly mark their vehicle, and respond to emergency incidents or accidents and accurately report them.

The first step to getting a HazMat endorsement is completing and passing a HazMat ELDT Theory Course. This course will cover everything mentioned above that a HazMat driver must know. Although some companies offer an ELDT course in Spanish, you will be required to speak and read in English to pass the DMV/DPS written test. Only citizens and permanent residents are eligible to get a Hazmat endorsement. You will need to have the appropriate documentation when you apply for the official test. 

What To Expect After Training

The length of the written exam will vary from state to state and the system used to score the test. Generally, this exam will test your general knowledge of federal and state-specific regulations and laws involving transporting hazardous materials. One should also expect questions about the procedure of loading and unloading. You must get an 80% or higher to pass the written exam. Once a driver passes the HazMat endorsement exam, they will also have to pass a TSA background check, otherwise known as a Federal Security Threat Assessment. A medical screening will be required to ensure overall health and ability to operate a motor vehicle transporting high-risk cargo safely. 

During the application process, you should expect to hear of the status after a month or so. Drivers applying for a HazMat endorsement can expect to wait up to 90 days for all the necessary documentation to be processed before they are HazMat certified. 

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How To Become An Oil Field Driver in Texas and Get A Job

Oil Field DriverDo you live in Texas and thought about becoming an oil field driver because of the pay and the increased demand? Are you curious about the steps you need to take but overwhelmed by the number of resources online that may not pertain to you? We have you covered. In this post, we will provide you with 4 tips to become an oil field driver in Texas and start getting a job.

  • Get A CDL License: At CDL2GO, we have an Oil Field Driver’s Course which consists of practice tests and quizzes. The materials in this course will have you prepared in passing the DPS (Department of Public Safety) Knowledge Testing and the Skills Test which are taken in a vehicle. This is the first and most important step to becoming an Oil Field Driver.
  • Earn your HAZMAT Endorsement: If you want to work in the oil fields, we suggest getting your HAZMAT endorsement. Working as an oil field driver can be dangerous and you need to understand how to transport, load and unload dangerous cargo. By becoming HAZMAT endorsed, you will have the training to follow the correct safety rules and guidelines as an oil field driver.
  • Go through the Texas Truck Driving Academy: You’ve obtained your CDL License and became HAZMAT-endorsed. Now it’s time to learn how to drive. The Texas Truck Driving Academy has a simulator training program that will give you the feeling of driving in real life terrain. Also, you will receive 160 Hours of in-truck training experience. After going through the training, you will have completed your journey to becoming a professional oilfield driver.
  • Finally, time to look for an oil field job: To best place to find work as an oil field driver is to head over to our Jobs2GO platform for oilfield truck job openings. There, you will have access to all available jobs in the Texas area. Start applying and begin your employment right away.

By following the 4 tips, you will be prepared and ready to become an oil field driver and start getting a job in Texas in no time.

How to Study for The CDL License Test (Even with a Busy Schedule)

CDL License TestAre you ready to start your brand new career by earning your CDL (Commercial Drivers License) license, but worried you won’t have the time? You’re not alone, many people in your same shoes are wondering how they can study and pass the CDL license test while balancing their families and busy work schedules. So what can you do?

If you’re looking to pass your CDL license test and you believe you can’t find the time to study, CDL 2 Go suggest you follow these tips:

  • Ensure that you give yourself at least 1 hour a day to study the CDL training material: Anyone can spare 1 hour in their busy schedule to do a task. For example, you sleep on average 8 hours a day, followed by working at your job which is another 8 hours a day. That’s 16 hours total. We now have 8 hours left. You may have to run errands, so let’s say this takes you about 3 hours to complete. Now we have 5 hours left. So in essence, you do have time to study regardless of how busy you think are. If you’re determined to become CDL certified, finding time is not impossible.
  • Study the CDL training material in small chunks: We’re sure you looking forward to studying, but you’re currently feeling overwhelmed and wondering how you will keep the information when you finally begin taking the test. First, relax. It’s impossible to study and comprehend the lessons in one sitting. Whether you study first thing in the morning, or late at night, use the time to study a section of a chapter instead of the whole thing. Plan your studying session by spreading each chapter throughout the week so you can understand the material. When you use this strategy, the overwhelming feeling you’ve experienced beforehand will disappear. You will begin to feel confident about studying the CDL training material in small chunks and prepared to take the CDL exam when it is time to do so.

Now that we’ve provided you with simple tips on how to study for the CDL license test with a busy schedule, you now have the tools to become a CDL Licensed professional.

How To Obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) License At An Affordable Rate

Commercial Drivers License Are you currently working to obtain your CDL (Commercial Drivers License) license, but find the cost for training to be too expensive? Many individuals have found ways to get their CDL License by using our training materials at CDL2Go to be inexpensive compared to our competitors. Today, we will tell how you can obtain a CDL License at CDL2Go at an affordable rate:
  • Take the CDL Basic or Professional Package: This is our easiest and affordable package to becoming a professional commercial driver on the market. The traditional method of obtaining a CDL License requires that you come up with $2000 – $5000 to cover the cost. With CDL2Go, our packages range from $150 – $300 per person. We believe anyone who’s determined to become CDL certified will have no problems in affording our package. Furthermore, we want to ensure you that our CDL training online is of high quality. We include reviews, practice tests, and quizzes so you are prepared to take the test and pass with flying colors.
  • Apply for Endorsements Pertaining to your Commercial Drivers License:  At CDL2Go, we have endorsements such as  Air Brakes, Pre-Trip Inspections, Combinations, and more. Our endorsements start at $34.99 and adding endorsements to your CDL License, it will prove to future employers you are well qualified in taking the role as a professional truck driver.
Now that you know how to obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) License at an affordable rate with CDL2Go, what are you waiting for? Head over to our CDL Basic Package Page and become certified today!
Understanding the CDL RV License Classes

Understanding the CDL RV License Classes

Which RV License do you need?

If you’re looking to get your CDL RV license (Recreational Vehicle License), there are a few basics of what to look into.  This includes the vehicle class of what you’ll be driving and which endorsements are needed.

Two common Class licenses are the A and B.  These are very common for those who want to completely live on the road.  If you’re looking to house a moving vehicle, here are the RV license options and specifications for you!

Class A RV License

The class A license is required for large framed RV’s. You’ll usually see these in RV parks and on the road traveling to different destinations. If this is the type of vehicle you’ll be driving, the endorsements needed will include:

  • General Knowledge
  • Commercial Vehicle Operations
  • Combination
  • Air Brakes
  • and the Skills Test later on.

Class B RV License

If looking to get a class B license, you’ll be looking for a smaller RV.  These are about the frame size of a van and usually house about 1 to 2 people.

The endorsements needed for the class B license include:

  • General Knowledge
  • Commercial Vehicle Operations
  • Combination
  • Skills Test.

The Class B is similar to the Class A RV testing with the exception of Air Brakes.  If you’re looking to purchase an RV of a bigger size you may want to consider reviewing the Air brakes section for future knowledge.

Start training once you understand the basics and earn your certification!

Happy RV-ing!

 

What’s new with CDL driving?

What’s new with CDL driving?

A CDL Driving Myth

The CDL driving community directly saturates our world with its influence.  The very existence of everything we use can, in one way or another, be tied to trucking and the CDL.  It is an ever developing industry, one that cannot be thought of as a fading necessity of our modern world.  A common myth floating around these days is that truck driving is about to become obsolete.  The introduction of automated vehicles has sent a ripple of uncertainty through one of the largest industries within the US.  Rest easy.  There won’t be a massive layoff of truck drivers anytime soon.   Those who make the “Obsolete” claim are far removed from the reality of professional truck driving.

Is CDL Driving a Thing of the Past?

Unlike the average vehicle license, the commercial driver’s license is a claim to professionalism when handling precious cargo.  Whether it is product or people, it will take more time than we all have for automation to advance to that degree.  Yes, there is the possibility that larger companies will experiment with the automation of cargo transport.  This will reach the same wall of progress that we see in the aviation industry.  The auto-pilot system is a wonderful invention for the cohesion of air traffic; However, it is short-sighted to say all responsibilities of a commercial pilot are cured with the introduction of such an automated system.

Our short answer, No!

The critical aspects of CDL driving require the training and care of people.  This means the trucking industry has high potential to face the same wall erected around safety.  With everything from vehicle management to accident procedures, there is much more to the CDL profession than fighting off highway hypnosis.  So don’t fret all you out there who take pride in being the backbone of our commercial world.  There will always be a place for you in the 21st century.