ELDT Online Course
Michigan's First Online ELDT Course
To address the statewide crisis of school bus driver shortages, Wayne RESA has partnered with the Training Agency Association of Michigan (TAAM) to launch a digital course to allow prospective new bus drivers to complete the theory portion of their Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) fully online.
Fred Doelker, Driver Training Instructor
The 4-hour course meets newly defined Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) standards to enable drivers to obtain their Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), along with the Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements required to drive a school bus in the state of Michigan. Michigan and the FMCSA require both the ELDT theory and behind-the-wheel instruction be completed and certified by a training provider (or training providers) before driver trainees can schedule their road skills test.
Wayne RESA is now certified as a training provider to offer the theory portion of the ELDT instruction to every prospective driver in the state of Michigan. When driver trainees complete the online course, Wayne RESA will report the results directly to the FMCSA through the Training Provider Portal (TPR).
“With the theory course offered online, agencies will be able to offer behind-the-wheel instruction at whatever pace is convenient for them, and only be responsible for reporting that portion to the FMCSA,” says Fred Doelker, who’s been providing adult learning, traffic safety and driver education, including school bus, since 1978. “The online course offered by Wayne RESA offers high-quality commercial motor vehicle instruction by ensuring the topics meet state and federal standards, and it will help us get new Michigan commercial driver trainees safely on the road as quickly as possible. It’s a win-win.”
The course is available starting February 7, 2022 at 8:00AM EST, and will be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with few periods of inaccessibility for website maintenance.
Daveda Colbert, Wayne RESA Superintendent
February 7, 2022 is also the day that the new regulations of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), signed by President Obama in 2012, take effect. The regulations were delayed for 2 years by the FMCSA, which cited a system glitch with the secure reporting process.
“Wayne RESA’s commitment to ‘lead learning for all’ has never been limited to the important work we do for our Wayne County students, teachers, and administrators,” says Daveda Colbert, Superintendent of Wayne RESA. “We are uniquely suited to address the statewide shortage of bus drivers thanks to our longstanding relationship with TAAM, as well as our forward-thinking work of providing equal access to education through online and blended learning. We are so proud to be able to offer this online course in service to our districts and families in Wayne County and across the state of Michigan.”
Course Prerequisites & Curriculum
Michigan residents interested in becoming a licensed school bus driver should reach out to their local school districts or a certified training provider to start the process of obtaining their CDL and endorsements. The driver trainee and training provider must complete the necessary prerequisite steps with the Michigan Secretary of State to obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) before the driver trainee can receive ELDT instruction.
YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE IF:
- You obtained your CLP on or after Feb. 7, 2022; or
- You are adding endorsements on or after Feb. 7, 2022.
Once the driver trainee is ready to complete their ELDT theory instruction, they must be given an enrollment key and follow the steps below to enroll in the online course.
The course was developed by the Training Agency Association of Michigan (TAAM), a statewide consortium of training agencies approved by the Michigan Department of Education to provide school bus safety education training to school bus drivers, and is Michigan’s first ever fully online ELDT course.
The course curriculum meets the newly redefined federal standards set by Title 49, as well applicable Michigan State requirements to certify Class B Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers with the Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements.
Course Overview & Format
The course is comprised of 12 units, 8 for the theory covering the CDL Class B license, and 4 for the Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements. At the end of each unit is a 10-question quiz. The 17 videos and 12 quizzes can be completed in under 4 hours.
You may take the course in more than one session. However, you must complete a unit before exiting or you will have to start from the beginning of that unit when you resume.
At the end of each unit will be a quiz comprised of 10 true-or-false questions designed to test your understanding of the material covered in the unit.
The expectation is that you will be taking this course with no assistance from others.
You will not advance to the next unit until you answer 80% of the questions correctly. You must answer 80% of the questions correctly on the final quiz in order to complete the course.
If you do not score 80% or better on the first attempt of any quiz, you will be able to immediately make a second attempt. If you do not score 80% or better on your second attempt, you must repeat the whole unit before subsequent attempts of the quiz.
Your final score (80-100) will be reported to the FMCSA.
Enroll in the Course
If you've already worked with your training provider to secure a CLP from the Michigan Secretary of State, and you're ready to take the online theory portion of the ELDT, you will need the following to register and enroll:
*This key should have been provided to you by your supervisor.
Do not share your enrollment key with others.
The link at the bottom of this section will take you to the course page, but you are encouraged to read the following tutorial to help you get registered.
Course Registration Overview
Link to the Course
The course is located at moodle.resa.net/taam/
Support for the Course
For difficulties with enrollment, course access, and questions related to course content, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to generate a support ticket.
Support agents are generally available Monday - Friday from 8am to 4pm ET.
For questions about course prerequisites, such as obtaining your CLP or locating your enrollment key, please contact your supervisor.
Support agents cannot help you with course prerequisites.
If you require assistance to complete the course, such as having the material provided to you in an alternative format, please send an email to email@example.com or contact one of the phone numbers listed below.