Entry-Level CMV Driver Training


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, per 49 CFR Subpart E - Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements, requires all entry-level drivers who drive in interstate commerce and are subject to the commercial driver license (CDL) requirements of 49 CFR Part 383 to complete training addressing the following four areas:

  • Driver qualification requirements
  • Hours of service of drivers
  • Driver wellness
  • Whistleblower protection
This course covers all four topics for the new commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver.

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the driver qualification (DQ) regulations purpose and requirements
  • Identify the goals of the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations in 49 CFR 395 and define key terms related to HOS
  • Recognize the maximum driving times allowed for property-carrying CMV drivers and the Out-of-Service criteria for violations of the maximum driving times
  • Identify the exceptions to the maximum driving time rules, including exceptions for special categories of drivers, drivers in special situations, and drivers using a sleeper berth
  • Recognize the required contents of the Record of Duty Status, the Out-of-Service violations of the Record of Duty Status (RODS), and be able to correctly prepare your own RODS
  • Recognize potential health and lifestyle hazards associated with driving CMVs and identify techniques for avoiding them
  • Identify the rights and protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Act for employees in the transportation industry.


Entry-level drivers are those drivers with less than one year of experience operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a commercial driver's license (CDL) in interstate commerce.


This course has these features and more:

  • Multimedia
  • Narration
  • Interactivity
  • Easy navigation
  • Supplementary material
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exams


  • FMCSR - 49 CFR 380.503 - Entry-level Driving Requirements
  • 49 CFR Part 391 - Driver Qualifications
  • 49 CFR Part 395 - Hours of Service
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1978 - Rules for Implementing Section 405 of STAA of 1982

Approximate Length

3 hours 30 minutes

Delivery Method


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