Entry Level Truck Driver Training Certification

Entry Level Driver Truck Driver Training Certification is awarded to programs/courses at truck driver training schools.  To earn certification for their program or course, schools must demonstrate how they meet PTDI's high quality training standards. 

PTDI training standards were developed by schools, carriers, insurance providers, safety groups and other truck industry groups and stakeholders. Ours is the first industry and government-recognized curriculum and certification standards.

The certification standards are performance based, incorporate industry driven benchmarks, and the US Department of Transportation standards.   

Not only is PTDI widely recognized as the gold standard, it was used by the FMCSA as a primary basis for the new ELDT requirements. 

That means, if your program is PTDI certified, will meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's ELDT regulations.  The FMCSA requires all truck driver training program to be listed on the Training Provider Registry.  Being PTDI certified means you will be on the approved list.

Want to get your truck driver training program certified?  Start by completing the Certification Application.

Learn more about PTDI Certification


Certification Standard Areas


Standard Area 


 Public and Student Information


 Course Curriculum






 Facilities and Equipment




 Options and Variances









Highlights of the Standards

  • Truth in Advertising (Ethics)
  • Defined, specific performance objectives
  • Instructors are qualified and experienced
  • Vehicles are safe and in good condition
  • Student, Instructor and Vehicle ratios
  • Quality classroom and range conditions
  • 148 hours of instruction
  • Combination of classroom, lab, CBT, simulation, and driving
  • Of the 148 hours, 104 are classroom/lab and 44 hours of behind the wheel
  • Classroom, range and road tests
  • Student Record keeping

Entry Level Driver Training Standards

Download the PTDI Entry Level Driver Training Standards.

  1. Skill Standards
  2. Curriculum Standards

The 5 Steps To Certifying Your Course

After reviewing the skill standards, curriculum standards and certification requirements we recommend you complete the pre-qualification survey found on the home page.  There are frequently asked questions on the school page you should also review.

   Complete initial application online and pay certification fee (required of all applicants before a visit)

   Choose your path: Choose either an Onsite Visit (Option A) or a Virtual Visit (Option B)

Choose your option and complete the corresponding online form within 60 days.

Option A: Onsite Visit - Complete the Onsite Pre-Assessment (Online Form)

Option B: Virtual Visit - Complete the Virtual Visit Report (Online Form)

The Virtual Visit Report requires uploading backup documentation, so you should have ready access to the required documents prior to completing the report.  Before you begin the Virtual Visit Report:

   Participate in a preparatory call with evaluator, where the evaluator will review what is required for the onsite or virtual visit.

   Evaluator conducts onsite or virtual visit with the school, verifying compliance with certification standards

   If applicable, the school must remedy any standards deficiencies identified during onsite or virtual visit.  The evaluator will submit a final report to the Certification Commission once all certification criteria are satisfied.


The Certification Process

The Certification Commission meets three times per year (April, August and December) and will decide certification awards at the meeting following the visit and evaluator’s final report.


To submit your annual report or your recertification report, please go to the ELD Certification Reports Page.


Certification Fees

There is an initial certification fee due with your application and is based on whether you choose an onsite or virtual visit.  During your initial certification additional fees are required for multiple programs.  Fees are reduced for additional sites. Certification fees are non-refundable.

After the initial certification, an annual fee is required when you submit your report each year.  


Certification Deadlines

Initial certification requires you select your visit type (physical or virtual) and complete the corresponding online form within 60 days of your application.  Contact PTDI if you have questions.

After you initial certification, reports are due annually and a visit is required for your 5 year recertification.  Deadlines are as follows:

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