Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) for Hazardous Materials (HazMat)

Individuals aiming to obtain a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (H) for their CDL must first successfully complete this course as a prerequisite for their hazardous materials knowledge test. Once the course is completed, the results will be officially recorded in the FMCSA Training Provider Registry. CDL Testing centers, before proceeding with any testing services, will verify these results from the FMCSA Training Provider Registry to ensure the candidate has fulfilled this course requirement.

Prepare to fulfill the knowledge requirement for your hazardous materials (H) endorsement.

Add a HazMat Endorsement (H) to your CDL License

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Valid In 50 States

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  • Customer Support
  • Certification of Completion
  • Practice Questions
  • Completion Reporting to FMCSA

Hazmat Certification

The ELDT Hazmat Course provides certification for the safe handling and transportation of hazardous materials. This training is essential for obtaining a Hazmat endorsement on a commercial driver's license, unlocking new job opportunities in transportation.

Safety First

The ELDT Hazmat Course emphasizes safety in handling dangerous goods. It covers labeling, packaging, and emergency response, ensuring compliance with regulations and prioritizing the safety of drivers and the community.

Course Curriculum

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Course Overview
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CDL truck drivers are highly sought after in the trucking industry, and possessing the capability to transport hazardous materials offers a specialized credential that can lead to greater job opportunities and increased earnings. This course has been developed by a training provider listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)'s Training Provider Registry (TPR).Targeted at commercial motor vehicle drivers who are looking to add a hazardous materials (H) endorsement to their Commercial Driver's License (CDL), this CDL hazmat course is a crucial step in becoming a qualified hazmat driver. This endorsement is necessary for those who wish to transport dangerous goods, thereby expanding their career possibilities in the driving field. Completion of this curriculum is essential to qualify for taking the state-administered knowledge test for the H endorsement.

To be eligible for the state Hazardous Endorsement Knowledge Exam, typically conducted at state motor vehicle offices, you must complete this hazmat theory course. After finishing the course, your completion will be recorded in the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Training Provider Registry (TPR), enabling you to sit for your state's hazmat knowledge test. Passing this test will allow you to receive the H endorsement on your CDL.

What You Will Learn:

Regulatory Knowledge for Hazardous Materials Transport: Gain a deep understanding of the rules and regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials.

Driver Responsibilities in Hazmat Transport: Learn about the crucial duties of a driver in hazmat transportation, including how to respond effectively in emergency situations, particularly in cases of hazardous material release.

Hazmat Packaging, Loading, and Permitting: Acquire essential skills in the proper packaging, loading, and the necessary permitting processes for transporting hazardous materials.

Safe Operation of Hazmat Vehicles: Understand the responsibilities related to safely operating a hazardous materials vehicle, including conducting thorough vehicle inspections, safe fueling practices, and managing passengers.

How You Will Benefit:

Meets ELDT Hazmat Endorsement Requirements: This course fulfills the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements needed to obtain the hazardous materials (H) endorsement on your Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Prepares for State Hazmat Knowledge Test: Equip yourself with the knowledge and confidence to successfully pass the state-administered hazmat knowledge test.

Qualifies for Specialized Hazmat Freight Transport: Upon obtaining the H endorsement, you'll be authorized to transport specialized hazardous materials freight, expanding your career opportunities in the trucking industry.

Course Syllabus

  1. Basic Introductory to HazMat Requirements
  2. Operational HM Requirements
  3. Reporting HazMat Crashes and Releases
  4. Tunnels and Railroad (RR)-Highway Grade Crossing Requirements
  5. Loading and Unloading Hazmat
  6. Hazmat on Passenger Vehicles
  7. Bulk Packages
  8. Operating Emergency Equipment
  9. Emergency Response Procedures
  10. Engine and Fueling
  11. Tire Check
  12. Routes and Route Planning
  13. Hazardous Materials Safety Permits (HMSP)

Technical Requirements for the Course

To take this course, you will need to ensure that your system meets the technical requirements.

Computer or Mobile Device: A computer (desktop/laptop) or a mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old is recommended.

Internet Connection: A stable internet connection with a download speed of at least 25 Mbps, an upload speed of at least 3 Mbps, and a ping response of less than 100ms is recommended

Hardware: Speakers are required for activities such as listening to audio or videos.

Software: Required software may include internet browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Additional software and specific requirements may vary by course and can be found in the course syllabus.

Technical Proficiency: Basic computer skills and the ability to be self-directed in learning new technology skills are often necessary.

Course Instructor

This course was created by expert instructors in the field of driving education and follows all curriculum as mandated by law.

While this course is not led by an instructor, assistance is readily available through email, online forms, and telephone support.
At Online Traffic Safety, our story is one of commitment, knowledge, and innovation, deeply rooted in the core values of safety, security, and responsibility. We emerged as a response to the growing need for comprehensive safety solutions in the transport of dangerous goods and hazardous materials, recognizing the critical importance of safeguarding our communities and environment from potential hazards.

Our journey began with a vision to enhance the safety protocols and training for those at the forefront of transportation—truck drivers, first responders, and all involved in the transport and handling of hazardous substances. Understanding the risks associated with dangerous goods, we developed a curriculum that covers extensive safety training, hazmat certification, and emergency preparedness, ensuring that every participant is equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage and mitigate risks effectively.

In partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), we've implemented rigorous background checks, threat assessments, and security awareness training, adhering to the highest standards set by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). This collaborative approach ensures that all personnel, from truck drivers to first responders, possess a deep understanding of regulations, emergency response strategies, and the safe handling of hazardous materials.

Our programs are designed with the modern challenges of transportation security in mind, integrating cutting-edge technology and best practices in risk management. From fingerprinting for hazmat certification to the deployment of personal protective equipment and the latest in incident management techniques, we leave no stone unturned in our quest for excellence in safety and security. Education and training form the backbone of our mission.

Our courses, ranging from basic safety training to specialized hazmat operations certification, are crafted to meet the diverse needs of the transportation industry. Through rigorous training and continuous learning, we empower individuals with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions, ensuring the safe and secure transport of goods across the nation.

Our commitment extends beyond professional training to fostering a culture of safety within the community. We believe in the power of knowledge and the importance of public awareness in creating a safer environment for everyone. Through community outreach and education, we strive to instill a sense of responsibility and preparedness in every citizen, making safety a collective endeavor.

At Online Traffic Safety, our story is ongoing. It is a story of resilience, dedication, and a steadfast commitment to making the world a safer place through education, innovation, and collaboration. We are proud to be at the forefront of traffic safety, shaping a future where the transport of dangerous goods and hazardous materials is conducted with the utmost care and precision, safeguarding lives and the environment for generations to come.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Online ELDT Hazmat Endorsement Course?

This course is an online training program designed to meet the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements for obtaining a Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement on your commercial driver's license (CDL). It covers the essential knowledge needed for safely transporting hazardous materials, including regulations, handling procedures, emergency response, and safety measures.

How can you get a hazardous materials endorsement?

To get a hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsement, you need to follow these steps: 
  1. Complete a medical exam and obtain a medical examiner's certificate.
  2. Pass an Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) HazMat theory training course. This is a new requirement as of 2022.
  3. Apply for the HazMat endorsement by filling out the application through your state's DMV or the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), depending on your state's requirements.
  4. Undergo a TSA security threat assessment background check. This involves submitting fingerprints and other required documentation.
  5. Pass the state's HazMat written exam at the DMV.
  6. Wait for the TSA to complete the security threat assessment and send an approval notice to your state. Once your state receives this, they will issue you the HazMat endorsement.

Who should enroll in this course?

The course is ideal for CDL holders or applicants who wish to obtain a Hazmat endorsement. It's particularly beneficial for drivers looking to expand their qualifications to include the transportation of hazardous materials.

Is this hazardous materials endorsement training valid in the State of Washington (WA)?

Online hazardous materials endorsement training is NOT valid in the State of Washington (WA).

Residents of Washington State should be aware that this course fulfills the federal HazMat endorsement theory requirements. However, please note that Washington State requires an additional 16-hour state-approved HazMat course to comply with their specific regulations.

How long does it take to complete this course?

The duration to complete the course varies from person to person. While some individuals may complete it in a few hours, others might take a few days. The course is designed to accommodate your schedule, allowing you to save your progress at any point and resume from where you left off when you return.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate serves as a formal acknowledgment of your new skills and knowledge. Additionally, your completion will be recorded in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Training Provider Registry, which is an essential step towards obtaining your School Bus endorsement.

Is this course compliant with FMCSA regulations?

Our course strictly adheres to the standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for Hazmat endorsements. This compliance ensures that the course material is not only current but also covers all the necessary guidelines and regulations mandated by the FMCSA, providing you with a reliable and authoritative source of information and training on dangerous goods.

What is a Hazmat endorsement?

A Hazmat endorsement, short for Hazardous Materials endorsement, is a certification added to a commercial driver's license (CDL) in the United States, which allows the holder to transport hazardous materials. To obtain this endorsement, drivers must pass a background check conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and a knowledge test about the safe handling and transportation of hazardous substances.

Hazardous materials are substances that could pose a risk to health, safety, property, or the environment during transportation. This includes, but is not limited to, explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives, and radioactive materials. Due to the potential dangers associated with transporting these substances, strict regulations are in place for their handling, packaging, and transportation, and the Hazmat endorsement ensures that drivers are knowledgeable about these regulations.

Getting the Hazmat endorsement involves several steps, including completing an application, paying a fee, passing the Hazardous Materials endorsement knowledge test, and successfully passing a TSA security threat assessment. The process ensures that those who transport hazardous materials are qualified to do so safely and securely, thereby protecting the public, the environment, and property from potential hazards associated with these materials.

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I jumped into the ELDT Hazmat course on Online Traffic Safety, not really knowing what to expect. I needed that endorsement for my job, and let me tell you, this course nailed it. They laid everything out in plain English, which was a huge relief. Learned all about handling dangerous stuff safely, and I could squeeze the lessons in whenever I had some downtime. The best part? I actually feel ready to deal with hazmat stuff now, not just passing a test. For any driver looking to add that hazmat endorsement, this course is a solid choice.
Michael W
I've been driving trucks for a while but needed to up my game with the hazmat endorsement. Online Traffic Safety’s ELDT Hazmat course came recommended, so I gave it a go. Wasn’t disappointed. The course was packed with info but easy to take in, even after a long day’s drive. They cover the must-knows, like what to do in an emergency and how to keep your cool with hazardous materials on board. Fitting the course around my schedule was a breeze, too. Finished feeling way more confident about handling hazmat. Definitely recommend it to my fellow drivers.
Robert T
I needed the hazmat endorsement and decided to try the ELDT course with Online Traffic Safety. Best decision for my career so far. The course was spot-on, with lessons on everything from the basics to the nitty-gritty of hazmat transport. What I liked most was how practical the info was, like they know what challenges drivers face out there. Plus, being able to do it on my own time meant I didn’t have to stress about fitting it into my day. Came out of it feeling well-prepped and more professional. For any driver looking into hazmat, this course gets it right.
Shantell S

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