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CMV Driver Basics for Entry-Level - Online Training

Course Overview

CMV Driver Basics

Course Length: 50 minutes

Overview: The job of a professional driver comes with many responsibilities. As well as knowing how to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), drivers are expected to handle a variety of other duties ranging from handling cargo to passenger safety to customer service. In order to handle all of these responsibilities, you must understand the importance of operating safely, being a qualified driver, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This course is designed to provide drivers with basic information about being a CMV driver.

After completing this course, learners will be able to identify the four critical topics that every CMV driver should be familiar with:

  • Driver qualification – become familiar with the requirements of Section 391.11 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). This includes general qualifications, physical qualifications, and what can cause disqualification.
  • Driver wellness - identify what constitutes wellness, such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, weight and diet, exercise, alcohol and drug use, stress, and fatigue.
  • Hours of service – discuss what is required by the hours-of-service regulations and what information should be recorded on the record of duty status.
  • Whistleblower protection – become familiar with driver rights and how they are protected from retaliation from their employers for filing a complaint about a violation of a safety or health regulation.


CMV Driver Basics from J. J. Keller covers the following topics:

Driver Qualification

  • General Qualifications
  • Physical Qualifications
  • Driver Disqualification

Driver Wellness

  • Driver Wellness
  • Blood Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Weight
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Stress
  • Fatigue

Hours of Service

  • Hours of Service
  • Record of Duty Status

Whistleblower Protection

  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Filing a Complaint

NOTICE: This training course provides general HOS information only. It will be necessary - to meet the entry-level driver training requirements (Part 380) - to cover specific regulatory details based on the type of CMV (property- or passenger-carrying) your drivers will be operating. This information is addressed in the Hours of Service: A Driver's Guide (648-IDC-K and 648-CMM-P) interactive training.

Note: You will receive login information for your Interactive Online Training order within 24 hours, Monday - Thursday. Orders placed on Friday after 1:00 PM Central will be processed on the next business day.

To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Windows XP operating system, or later
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Video card and monitor capable of a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher for PC / Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and higher for PC / Google Chrome 17 and higher for PC. If using a Mac desktop or laptop, Safari, Chrome and Firefox typically work, however it is advised you install the latest version of Flash. We do NOT support iPad/iPhone/Android-based tablets and devices at this time.
    • Pop-up blockers must be disabled
    • JavaScript must be enabled
    • Flash Player 10, however the latest version is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
    • Cookies must be allowed
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher
  • Broadband or company-provided Internet connection

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