With the need for new truck drivers expected to continue increasing over the coming years, so will the need for experienced drivers to train them.
At Wilson Logistics, new drivers have the opportunity to earn while they learn by joining our Paid CDL Training program. That creates opportunities for experienced drivers looking to share their knowledge with those who are working to obtain their Class A CDL and begin their own careers in the trucking industry.
As a commercial driver trainer, you will prepare new drivers to safely operate a semi truck through a combination of hands-on and classroom instruction. In this article, we take a closer look at the qualifications for becoming a truck driving instructor. We’ll also provide an overview of training and certification programs to help you prepare for this new stage in your career.
If you have professional driving experience and a clean driving record, becoming a driving instructor may be a good career move for you. An instructor’s primary responsibility is to ensure that new drivers know how to operate the vehicle safely. Day-to-day activities often include the following:
- Prepare class activities
- Evaluate students’ progress
- Use tools and tactics to teach CDL principles
- Administrative tasks
- Taking attendance
- Submitting progress reports
- Consulting students on course progress
For those interested in becoming an instructor, here are some of the basic qualifications:
- Valid Class A CDL with over-the-road driving experience, preferably at least 9 months with at least one season of winter driving
- Lead driver experience
- Good safety record with no reported accidents in the past 12 months
- Minimal log violations
- Fuel reports indicating good driving efficiency
- Good time service record between shipments
Other desirable qualities for a driving instructor include good oral and written communication skills, attention to detail and patience for working with students with different learnig styles.
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) offers an Instructor Certification Program (ICP) for those wanting to become a driver trainer. Some states also offer accreditation for commercial driving instructors.
Earning a CDL trainer certificate prepares you to teach others how to operate a commercial vehicle safely and efficiently. Topics include basic driving principles and safety requirements. You will learn interpersonal skills for managing a variety of teaching situations through helpful tips, theory and real-world exercises.
The CVTA program includes a self-paced online platform that trains drivers to become instructors. Course materials are accessible from multiple devices including your phone, computer or tablet. Setup is easy, and you can track your progress as you move through the training materials and tests. Each individual lesson concludes with a quiz.
At the completion of the program, you will take the CDL trainer exam at the official CVTA website. You will immediately know if you pass, and you may re-take the exam as needed.
Are you interested in helping to grow the trucking industry by training new drivers? If so, we encourage you to get in touch with us at Wilson Logistics. Give us a call at 866-500-8404 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!