CVTA-PTDI Announce Strategic Alliance

September 15, 2020 

(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) Today, CVTA and PTDI issued the following statement announcing a new strategic alliance:

“In 2019, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association ("CVTA") and the Professional Truck Driver Institute ("PTDI") began discussing the possibility of forming a strategic alliance to benefit commercial vehicle training programs and organizations.

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Live-Stream Concert Held to Support Trucking Industry

March 25, 2020

The Truckload Carriers Association’s Highway Angel Spokesperson and Nashville Recording Artist, Lindsay Lawler, will live stream an acoustic concert Wednesday evening (March 25) at 8 p.m. ET.  This concert, the first in an eight-part series, is being held to thank the 3.5 million “supply chain MVPs” – the professional truck drivers – who are keeping goods and services moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Share with your students and drivers.

Trucking Industry Updates Related to COVID-19

As of March 24, 2020

PTDI has compiled key transportation industry updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The updates cover issues related to commercial motor vehicles, the DOT, FMCSA, state licensing agencies, CDL and CLP holders, the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, truck driver training schools in the US and Canada, and other efforts by industry organizations.  Read the update bulletin

New PTDI CDL-A Curriculum Kit is Certification Ready

General - February 4, 2020

PTDI The Professional Truck Driving Institute has developed the CDL-A Training Curriculum Kit to help providers of tractor-trailer driver training programs deliver best in class instruction.  The kit provides a "curriculum in a box" which is your roadmap for trainees.  Because the CDL-A Curriculum Kit is formulated around PTDI's Training Standards it is certification ready and satisfies the required number of PTDI classroom, range and road/highway training hours.  It also exceeds the FMCSA ELDT regulation.  The Kit contains syllabi for each training unit as well as lesson plans for classroom, range and road. It is offered in a flexible format that allows you to customize the program length.  Learn more at:

Nominations Open for 2020 Crittenden Award

General - December 11, 2019

Nominate a deserving individual for PTDI's highest honor, the Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award.  The Crittenden Award is given to a person who exemplifies the overall mission of PTDI. PTDI's mission is to promote high quality standards for truck driver training and advance proficiency, safety, and professionalism among drivers.  Click here to complete the nominations form.

In addition to partnering with PTDI to provide training publications, Cengage has once again generously sponsored the Crittenden award.  More about Cengage.  Check out PTDI and Cengage's collaborative Tractor Trailer Truck Driver Training solution


PTDI Newsletter - Fall 2019

Newsletter - November 26, 2019

The latest PTDI news including: CDL Finishing program partnership with AvatarFleet, PTDI standards update, ELDT preparations, record reporting to Driver iQ, and more.

PTDI Partners with AvatarFleet for Driver Finishing Solution

Press Release - November 25, 2019

AvatarFleet recently earned certification for its Driver Finishing curriculum.  They are the first and only company to be awarded PTDI’s Driver Finishing Provider Certification.  This new partnership will help carriers develop more effective training, mitigate risk and grow their fleets.  AvatarFleet and PTDI offer the premier solution for carriers to efficiently and cost effectively manage a program of their own.

Read the full news release  |  More information about Driver Finishing  |  More information about AvatarFleet

PTDI Newsletter - Summer 2019

Newsletter - August 20, 2019

The latest PTDI news including Driver iQ partnership, ELDT updates, PTDI roadmap to the ELDT, certification scholarships, and more.

PTDI Announces Exciting Partnership with Driver iQ

Press Release - August 1, 2019

PTDI has partnered with Driver iQ to provide truck driver training programs a streamlined method for reporting student records and managing employment verifications.  The partnership offers schools new benefits, at no cost, that support the industry leading standards PTDI is known for.  Driver iQ, led by trucking industry veterans, has robust experience effectively facilitating the hiring process for employers and schools.  Graduates of PTDI certified programs can now be identified when their records are reviewed by potential employers.  Read the full news release.

PTDI Newsletter - Spring 2019

Newsletter - May 31, 2019

The latest PTDI news including driver finishing, entry level standards updates, Crittenden award winner, program evaluation toolkit, E-Z Guide to the ELDT and more.

How Do You Identify a Great Entry-Level Truck Driver Training Program?

General - May 3, 2019

While it’s more common to hear driver-trainee frustration with truck driving schools that over-promise and under-deliver, carriers also have similar concerns when hiring drivers.  Understanding the key components that make a great school is critical whether looking to enroll in a program or hire professional, safe drivers.  PTDI’s has long offered a free checklist for students and carriers to evaluate training programs.  The newest edition includes updates in PTDI standards a new comparison worksheet tool.  Use the checklist and worksheet to determine if the school is a fit for your needs.  Get it at: or

Don’t be fooled by a training program that claims to use PTDI standards. Official PTDI certification is the only approved way to verify a course adheres to the gold standard in truck driver training.

Use PTDI Standards?  Discount Available for Certification.

Press Release - April 2, 2019

Does your program use PTDI standards? Now’s the time to prove it.  PTDI is offering a discount towards Certification for a limited time.  The 20% discount is available towards both Entry Level Driver Training Program Certification and Driver Finishing Program Certification.  Apply by June 30, 2019 and finish at your own pace.  Certification will help you mitigate expenses, improve operations, reduce risks, enhance employment, develop safe truck driving professionals and be ready for new regulations.  Included in certification is the most current version of PTDI Standards, Certification Resources, the Certification Profile system, Commission review and feedback of your program.  See the marketing email.

2019 Crittenden Award Presented to Mr. Kevin Burch

Press Release - March 12, 2019

The Professional Truck Driver Institute, Inc. (PTDI) has bestowed its highest honor, the Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award, to Mr. Kevin Burch. The Crittenden Award is presented to a person who exemplifies the service and dedication required to ensure quality truck driver training, the heart of PTDI.  The award ceremony took place March 12, 2019, during the annual convention of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).  Sponsored by Cengage Learning, the award is in memory of Lee Crittenden, a founding member of the Institute.  Read the Press Release.

Driver Finishing Certification Offers Training Enhancements

Press Release - January 29, 2019

PTDI's Driver Finishing review and beta test has resulted in a streamlined set of industry vetted standards which offer a “blueprint for excellence” that trucking companies large and small can customize to meet their specific training needs.  In addition, PTDI offers a Driver Finishing Certification that confirms a company's internal training program meets or exceeds the standards.  For trucking companies of all types, this service provides a significant opportunity to improve and affirm the quality of their program, mitigate risk and ensure driver safety.  Read the Press Release  |  Learn about Driver Finishing

Revisions to the Entry Level Driver Training Standards Now Available

Press Release - January 14, 2019

The PTDI Board of Directors recently approved revisions to its Entry Level Driver Training Standards.  Updates were made to the skills, curriculum and certification sections to ensure PTDI certified courses exceed U.S. government regulations effective in February, 2020. PTDI’s standards continue to provide the depth and detail schools use to confidently deliver high quality training for entry level truck drivers.  Read the Press Release  |  Access the Standards

Nominations Open for 2019 Crittenden Award

General - December 6, 2018

Nominate a deserving individual for PTDI's highest honor, the Lee J. Crittenden Memorial Award.  The Crittenden Award is given to a person who exemplifies the overall mission of PTDI. PTDI's mission is to promote high quality standards for truck driver training and advance proficiency, safety, and professionalism among drivers.  Click here to complete the nominations form.

Thank you to our longstanding partner Cengage for sponsoring the Crittenden award.  PTDI appreciates their ongoing commitment to driver training excellence. Check out PTDI and Cengage's collaborative Tractor Trailer Truck Driver Training solution.


PTDI Publishes E-Z Guide to the Entry-Level Driver Regulation

Press Release - November 20, 2018

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has released a new publication that addresses entry level driver training (ELDT) requirements for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).  PTDI’s E-Z Guide to the Entry-Level Driver Regulation is intended for any and all organizations who offer this type of training and must now comply with the new federal rule.  The Guide provides details for all CMV driver training, including CDL Class A, Class B, Passenger, School Bus and Hazardous Materials endorsements.  For those assessing where to start with the new ELDT regulation, this publication is a comprehensive primer that guides your focus.  The Guide is a must for trainers, safety directors, administration and instructors.

Read the press release  |  See the marketing email  |  Learn more and purchase a copy.

PTDI Update - Fall 2018

Newsletter - November 2, 2018

The latest news regarding the FMCSA's minimum training requirements (ELDT regulations).

PTDI Newsletter - Fall 2018 (Certified Schools)

Newsletter - November 1, 2018

The latest news for certified schools including PTDI's address change, updates to the Certification Profile, Certificates and Seals, using the Certified logo and more.

New Address for the PTDI Office

General - October 22 , 2018

Please note the address for PTDI has changed.  Phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.  Mail can now be sent to to the new address found here.

PTDI Introduces New Certification Profile

Press Release - September 18, 2018

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has introduced a new system to help entry level truck driver training programs earn and maintain certification.

Certification Profile Streamlines Certification Process

Video - September 17, 2018

The Certification Profile helps entry level truck driver training programs earn and maintain PTDI certification. It supports school efforts to meet Federal regulations that require minimum training standards.  Watch the video.

ELDT Regulations On the Way for 2020.  Are you ready?

Email - August 30, 2018

The ELDT regulations for 2020 will be here before you know it.  Are you ready?

Certification Deadlines Update

Email - August 20, 2018

PTDI Newsletter - Summer 2018

Newsletter - July 25, 2018


Harry Kowalchyk Announcement

Email - November 28, 2017

PTDI Newsletter Update - 2017, 4th Quarter

Newsletter - November 20, 2017

PTDI Newsletter Update - 2017, 2nd Quarter

Newsletter - June 5, 2017

PTDI Newsletter Update - 2017, 1st Quarter

Newsletter - February 6, 2017

PTDI Urges FMCSA to Reconsider Behind the Wheel Time

Press Release - January 27, 2017

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has submitted a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) urging it to reconsider its decision to exclude Behind the Wheel Time from its Final Rule on Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators published on December 8, 2016.

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