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Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)
Theory Instruction - Class A

There are no required minimum instruction hours for theory training, but all topics, set by the FMCSA, must be covered by a registered training provider and students must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the theory assessments. 

Theory courses can be completed online, on any device, at your own pace.

*Please note that behind-the-wheel training is also required*

Class A Semi-truck

ELDT Theory Curriculum Topics - Class A

FMCSA Required Topics 

Basic Operation

1. Orientation

2. Control Systems/Dashboard

3. Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections

4. Basic Control

5. Shifting/Operating Transmissions

6. Backing and Docking

7. Coupling and Uncoupling

Safe Operating Procedures

8. Visual Search

9. Communication

10. Distracted Driving

11. Speed Management

12. Space Management

13. Night Operation

14. Extreme Driving Conditions

Advanced Operating Practices

15. Hazard Perception

16. Skid Control/Recovery, Jackknifing, and Other Emergencies

17. Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings

Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions

18. Identification and Diagnosis of Malfunctions

19. Roadside Inspections

20. Maintenance

Non-Driving Activities

21. Handling and Documenting Cargo

22. Environmental Compliance Issues

23. Hours of Service Requirements

24. Fatigue and Wellness Awareness

25. Post-Crash Procedures

26. External Communications

27. Whistleblower/Coercion

28. Trip Planning

29. Drugs/Alcohol

30. Medical Requirements

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