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Meeting the Standards for Truck Drivers

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The following is a joint press release on behalf of the Professional Truck Driver Institute and Fox Valley Technical College, May 18, 2012. 

Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) recently received re-certification from the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) for its truck driver training course that meets industry standards.

Founded in 1986 as a national, non-profit organization, PTDI has long recognized the need to ensure that entry-level drivers are responsible, safe professionals who adhere to established industry standards. As a result, the organization facilitated the development of skill, curriculum, and certification standards by bringing together representatives from various concerns of the trucking industry, including driver training schools and trucking safety interest groups.

Together these organizations established standards that incorporate the Federal Highway Administration’s “Minimum Standards for Training Tractor-Trailer Drivers” and ensure that students are adequately trained to safely handle the demands of the truck driving profession.

Schools applying for PTDI course certification must undergo an on-site visit from an evaluation team that examines the school’s records and practices to verify compliance with the PTDI standards. A certification committee then reviews the results of the on-site visit and other supporting documents before certifying the course.

The PTDI standards program serves a variety of valuable interests and objectives, including enhanced safety for the motoring public, reduced risk exposure for insurance companies and motor carriers, minimal remedial driver training time, improved sense of driver professionalism, and enhanced student driver opportunities. PTDI certification is attracting students as well as major trucking companies, who understand that PTDI-certified courses meet the latest industry and safety standards and produce better quality entry-level drivers. These are only a few examples of why promoting a national standard for training drivers is necessary.

“It is our mission and vision to provide quality education,” said Rob Behnke, truck driving instructor at FVTC. “PTDI has certainly been a key factor in developing our in-demand truck driving program.”

FVTC is the largest training provider of truck drivers in the Midwest. Recent state data indicates an annual need for 8,000 – 10,000 truck drivers, in addition to 400 diesel technicians. Part of the college’s recent passing of a public referendum will address expansion to its J. J. Keller Transportation Center.