The Truckload Carriers Association and the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation launched a  certification program dedicated to improving insurance performance, called the Motor Carrier Insurance Risk Management Program.

The eight-part online course will inform participants on making better insurance purchasing decisions and instruct them on how to improve practices and see better results. Participants will earn the designation of Certified Motor Carrier Risk Specialist upon completion of the lessons and exam.

The course covers a wide variety of topics, including the types of coverage needed, key strategies for obtaining a sound insurance program, and the considerations that go into how coverage is provided. Participants will also learn how to become a better insured and how to best be prepared for critical situations with potential major financial implications.

“By making the commitment to be more knowledgeable purchasers of insurance for their motor carriers, professionals are not only showing their dedication to their own career development, but also to the success and profitability of their companies,” said Ron Goode, TCA’s director of education.

“How important is insurance to your trucking company?” asked M. Thomas Ruke Jr., president of Insurance Business Consultants and founder of MCIEF. “It becomes very important when you have to rely on the promise of protection in your insurance policies. Then the promise in the policy might be the most important promise made to your company.”

The Motor Carrier Insurance Risk Management Program features interactive modules, with keywords and phrases linked to additional information about the topic, and quizzes to help serve as checkpoints for understanding. It is the second certification program from Truckload Academy, with the Certified Fleet Manager Program also offering credentialing opportunities.

Both programs are available at a discount for TCA members and can be purchased from TCA’s online learning platform, the Truckload Academy On-demand. Once purchased, participants have unrestricted access for one year, and receive a certificate suitable for framing upon completion of the preparatory course and exam.