What are the advantages to registering in a Truck Training Program that is certified by the PTDI?
Who is PTDI and what does it do for truck training?
- Since 1985, the PTDI has been working with the carriers, truck training schools, insurance industry, and government to make safety an international #1 priority in the trucking industry.
- PTDI is the first nonprofit organization to develop uniform skill performance, curriculum and certification for the trucking industry. It is also the first to award course certification to entry-level truck driver courses.
- PTDI works with trucking companies and schools throughout the certification process to obtain international recognition that their programs meet these standards.
- Certification is voluntary. Schools ask the PTDI to evaluate their Entry-level Truck Driving training programs so it will become certified.
- PTDI- certified courses are currently offered at 4 schools in Ontario and 58 schools in the United States.
- The Ontario Trucking Association endorses the PTDI standards.
GOALS OF THE PTDI
To put quality truck drivers on the road by improving
- Truck driver training
- Quality and standards
All aspects of the program are evaluated and must meet PTDI Certification Standards
Standard 1 – Course Administration
Standard 2 – Curriculum
Standard 3 – Instructional Personnel
Standard 4 – Truck Training Vehicles
Standard 5 – Instruction
Standard 6 – Student Evaluation and Testing
Standard 7 – Outcomes
Standard 8 – Records
Standard 9 – Options
To maintain Certification the school must
- Submit Annual Reports of its activities
- Accept to a recertification and on-site audit every 5 years
- Meet all the standards during the audit
What are the advantages to a student?
The student who registered in a certified program has an assurance that:
- The program he or she receives is of the highest quality.
- Each student will receive the program and hours of operation that were promised.
- The instructors have the experience and skills to teach.
- The learning environment is safe, sanitary and comfortable.
- The vehicles, buildings and classrooms are in good working order.
- The classroom and practical training is organized and teaches all the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.
- The truck training is conducted in a way to ensure each student gets personal attention.
- Evaluations are frequent to ensure the student knows how he/she is doing.
- Students and instructors sign a training log to ensure that all hours and courses are taught.
- Graduates of PTDI-certified course who complete all school and PTDI requirements will receive a PTDI Certificate of Attainment.
- Insurance companies will recognize PTDI standards as 3 years experience. Some restrictions may apply.
Visit the PTDI Web Portal www.ptdi.org featuring info on or links to:
- Driver Qualifications
- Checklist for Quality Courses in Truck Training
- Schools with PTDI-certified courses
- School eligibility requirements, tuition, and funding.
- Curriculum guidelines
- And more!