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<p class="MsoNormal" align="right" style="text-align:right">For Immediate Release<br>

November 10, 2016<br>


Contact: David Heller, PTDI Program Director <br>

(703) 647-7015 or <a href="mailto:dheller@truckload.org">dheller@truckload.org</a><o:p></o:p></p>




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<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size: 18pt; font-weight: bold;">Professional

Truck Driver Institute Goes Global<o:p></o:p></span></p>




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<p align="center" style="text-align:center"><em><span style="font-size:13.5pt">Tractor

Trailer Training Program at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany Earns PTDI

Certification</span></em><span style="font-size: 13.5pt; font-style: italic;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>




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<p class="MsoNormal">ALEXANDRIA,

Va. – At its recent certification commission meeting, the Professional Truck

Driver Institute (PTDI) granted initial recognition of standards compliance

to its first overseas program: the Tractor Trailer Training Program (3T), 435<sup>th</sup>

Construction and Training Squadron, located at the Ramstein Air Force Base in

Ramstein, Germany. <o:p></o:p></p>

<p>The Ramstein Air Force Base is the third U.S. Air Force truck driver

training site to attain PTDI course certification. Ramstein’s sister base,

Dobbins Air Reserve Base, near Atlanta, Georgia, received certification of

its course in January 2015.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class="default">Training organizations such as the 3T Program at Ramstein

see their role in truck safety as truly important and voluntarily submit

their programs to PTDI for review against standards. PTDI works to advance

commercial motor vehicle driver training, proficiency, safety, and

professionalism by promoting quality commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver

training courses and by verifying and publicly attesting to their quality.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>“Back in 1999, none of the 250 motor carrier safety personnel, drivers, or

educators who developed the essential elements that a CMV driver training

course should contain had any clue that their efforts would have such

far-reaching influence,” said Chuck Wirth of the American Institute of

Trucking (AIT), Phoenix, Arizona.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Those stakeholders identified the skill and knowledge base as well as

performance criteria that are critical for entry-level drivers to possess,

addressing issues ranging from managing life on the road to backing up a CMV

in traffic. The resulting reassessed PTDI standards, which were again

reviewed in 2011, form a baseline from which to develop curriculum,

instructional materials, exercises, and assessment routines in training and a

way of measuring performance.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class="default">Formal training is the most reliable way for professional

truck drivers to develop the many special skills required for entry-level CMV

driving. The more skills learned in supervised training, the fewer that must

be mastered on the job.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>In addition to the initial certification of the 3T Program at Ramstein,

the PTDI commission granted renewal of program certifications offered at

All-State Career, Baltimore, Maryland; American Institute of Trucking (AIT),

Phoenix, Arizona; Baker College of Flint, Center for Transportation

Technology, Flint, Michigan; Lehigh Career & Technology Institute,

Schnecksville, Pennsylvania; and Swift Driving Academy, Lewiston, Idaho.<o:p></o:p></p>

<p>Schools with PTDI-certified courses use various delivery methods beyond

the classroom—such as independent study, web-based training, externships, and

behind-the-wheel training—but they all have the same desired outcome: to

impart the basic skills needed to operate a CMV.<o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-style: italic;">PTDI

is a national, nonprofit organization established for the twofold purpose of

developing uniform industry skill, curriculum, and certification standards

for entry-level truck driver training and motor carrier driver finishing

programs, and certifying entry-level truck driver training courses at public

and private schools and driver finishing programs at carriers for compliance

with PTDI standards. PTDI is based in Alexandria, Virginia.<o:p></o:p></span></p>





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