The American Moving & Storage Association has launched a public-private program to address a national shortage of long-distance moving van drivers.

The Association will offer free training to qualified Kentucky and southern Indiana residents through a program sponsored by local, state and federal agencies.

Graduates of the three-week course will receive a Registered American Moving Professionals (RAMP) certification, a new credential created by the AMSA -- the national trade association for professional moving industry.

"Our members are clamoring to hire the men and women who complete the RAMP program," said Linda Bauer Darr, AMSA president and CEO. "The sometimes-overused term win-win certainly applies here."

The first class is set to begin next month at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville. It has space for up to 100 students chosen from residents in a 26-county region along the I-65 corridor in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Applicants must complete a career assessment to see if they are suited to the work. They also will undergo drug screening and criminal background checks.

"These are solid, good-paying jobs that are badly needed by the moving industry and certainly much-needed by our citizens," said Louisville Mayor Greg E. Fischer.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act, KY WINS, and a grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

AMSA members committing to hire graduates include A. Arnold Moving, Armstrong Relocation & Companies, Coleman American Moving Services, J.K. Moving Services, Margarets Moving & Storage and Tri City Van & Storage.

RAMP program partners include AMSA, Greater Louisville Inc., Jefferson Community and Technical College, KentuckianaWorks, Lincoln Trail Area Development District (Region 10, Southern Indiana), Lake Cumberland Area Development District, and the Kentucky-Indiana Exchange.

To learn more about the training and how to apply for a training scholarship, sign up for an informational session at