Entry-Level CMV Driver Principles

Covering driver qualification, hours of service, driver wellness, and whistleblower protection, this FMCSA-compliant training sets the foundation for a safer and compliant driving journey. Register today!

  • For entry-level CMV drivers 
  • Finish the program in under 4 hours 
  • Earn 0.4 CEUs after finishing course 
  • Meets FMCSR 49 CFR Subpart F - Entry-Level driver training requirements
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In compliance with FMCSA 49 CFR regulations
Certificate Upon Completion
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About This Course s-mod-info

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, per 49 CFR Subpart F - Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements, requires all Entry Level training theory curriculum as described in 49 CFR Part 380 Appendices A - F.

This course is an introduction to the principles described in the FMCSA requirements. It touches on four topics in depth but should not be mistaken for FMCSA-Listed Entry Level CMV Driver Training mandated to begin on 7/2/2022 for the new commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver.

This course provides engaging and interactive introduction to these four topics: 

  • Driver qualification requirements
  • Hours of service of drivers
  • Driver wellness
  • Whistleblower protection


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 and experienced drivers wishing to recharge their skill set.

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.


LessonLesson Title
1An Introduction to the Driver Qualification Regulations for Drivers
2Introduction to Hours of Service
3Maximum Driving Time
4Exceptions to Maximum Driving Time
5Record of Duty Status
6Driver Wellness
7Whistleblower Protection

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