Nov. 3 – The Professional Truck Driver Institute of America certified 11 inaugural truck driver training schools and recertified another under PTDIA’s revised curriculum standards.
The new, more rigorous certification process includes revisions in skill standards, curriculum guidelines and certification procedures. Driver training schools, motor carriers, insurance companies, education and funding organizations, government and regulatory bodie, and truck drivers were involved in the review. The new curriculum incorporates the Federal Highway Administration’s “Minimum Standards for Training Tractor-Trailer Drivers.”
“What is most important about this certification is that we are helping to contribute to standardized training instead of having the federal government intervene,” says Dennis Ritchie, vice president of safety for Swift Transportation, whose training school was one of the pilot schools certified.