Driver Finishing Standards

Driver Finishing standards were developed by industry stakeholders, including truck driving companies of different types.  The standards ensure core competencies, promote advanced skills, and allow companies to add customized training procedures based on their own training needs.

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If you apply for certification you receive a credit back for the cost of purchasing the standards. 

All companies with certified programs (or have applied for certification) have access to standards and resources through their PTDI account.  Certified courses (and applicants) can click here to access the secured content.

What are the Driver Finishing Standards?

The Driver Finishing standards consist of two separate documents. These documents promote a framework for companies to develop quality instruction.

  1. Skills Standards
  2. Certification Standards

The skill standards offer a defined set of functions companies may evaluate.

The certification standards provide core guidelines companies can use to create quality Driver Finishing programs.  Incorporate your corporate policies and procedures and create a Driver Finishing program that is NOT overly burdensome, while still meeting industry best practices and standards.  PTDI certification is awarded based on how the program demonstrates it meets the PTDI requirements.

Further information and highlights of the standards are found below.

What are the Benefits of DF Standards?

Quality training is essential to improve operations, reduce risk, enhance safety, ensure company value.   Some of the most relevant reasons to develop and use Driver Finishing standards include:

  • Improve employee recruitment and retention by more clearly identifying skill requirements.
  • Contribute to program and curriculum development by providing an inventory of critical work performances.
  • Helps drivers communicate more effectively to an employer what they know and can do.
  • Companies and Drivers work more effectively in career development and skill upgrading
  • Reduce risk and liability
  • Upgrade company training efforts
  • Enhance instructor qualifications and skills
  • Focus attention on the importance of the training investment.
  • Enlarge the pool of skilled commercial motor vehicle operators.
  • Develop metrics to benchmark program effectiveness
  • Improve the methods and results of driver performance evaluation

Certification of a Driver Finishing Program is third-party verification that your program delivers what you say it will.

(1) Skill Standards

Driver Finishing standards require MASTERY of solo driver skills.

While a student may gain proficiency by graduating from and entry level training program, a Driver Trainee who graduates from a Driver Finishing program should demonstrate mastery.  The term “mastery” is a demonstration of repetitive success; a display of great skill and technique; command of the required job.  Mastery is NOT mere proficiency.

A solo, professional CMV driver should have mastery of the following functions:
1.    Read and Interpret Control Systems
2.    Perform Vehicle Inspections
3.    Exercise Basic Control
4.    Execute Shifting
5.    Back and Dock CMV
6.    Couple Trailer
7.    Uncouple Trailer
8.    Perform Visual Search
9.    Manage and Adjust Vehicle Speed
10.    Manage and Adjust Vehicle Space Relations
11.    Check and Maintain Vehicle Systems and Components
12.    Diagnose and Report Malfunctions
13.    Identify Potential Driving Hazards, Distracted Driving and Perform Emergency Maneuvers
14.    Identify and Adjust to Difficult and Extreme Driving Conditions
15.    Handle and Document Cargo
16.    Address Accident Scenes and Reporting Procedures
17.    Address Environmental Issues
18.    Plan Trips/Make Appropriate Decisions
19.    Use Effective Communications
20.    Manage Personal Resources While on the Road, Dangers of Substance Abuse
21.    Record and Maintain Hours of Service Requirements

(2) Certification Standards

What's in the Certification Standards 

Driver Finishing Program Certification Process and Prerequisites

STANDARD 1 – Program Administration
1.1 Framework and Goals
1.2 Leadership
1.3 Governing Policies
1.4 Driver Trainee Eligibility

STANDARD 2 – Instructors
2.1 Trainer Qualifications
2.2 Development and Supervision

STANDARD 3 – Driver Training
3.1 Objectives and content
3.2 Life on the Road
3.3 Lesson Plans
3.4 Training Time
3.5 Learning Environment
3.6 Training Materials
3.7 Vehicles
3.8 Records

STANDARD 4 – Testing
4.1 Theory (Classroom) Tests
4.2 Road Tests
4.3 Graduation

STANDARD 5 – Performance
5.1 Program Evaluation
5.2 Program Performance Data

Highlights of the Standards

    • Professional training operations
    • Instruction is guided by clearly stated objectives
    • Qualified administrative leadership
    • Written policies in key areas, especially safety
    • Clear and defined program guidelines
    • Required minimum experience for instructional personnel
    • Instructors complete an approved Train-the-Trainer program of 26 hours (minimum)
    • At least 16 hours of the Train-the-Trainer program are teaching and presentation skills
    • Ongoing training and performance evaluation for instructors
    • Curriculum and lesson plans that incorporate PTDI Driver Finishing skills
    • Quality classroom and range conditions 
    • Drivers receive a minimum 200 hours for Behind-the-Wheel instruction
    • Assessments that determine mastery of skills for the solo, first seat driver
    • Ongoing evaluation of the DF Program
    • Program performance Follow-up

Get Access to the Standards and Resources

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All companies with certified programs (or have applied for certification) have access to standards and resources through their PTDI account.  Certified courses (and applicants) can click here to access the secured content.

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