requirements for CDL instructor

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  1. Firebird

    Firebird Light Load Member

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    What are the requirements for someone to become an instructor at a CDL driving school?

    Does this vary between states?
     
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    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    CDL holder with experience. AND LOTS OF PATIENCE. Requirements vary from school to school.

    Are the trainers even regulated by the states?????
     
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    How much experience?
     
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    I don't know.
     
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    I see an Ad in the paper for one school that reads no expierience needed.:biggrin_2556:
     
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    Now aint that just special!!! The blind leading the blind!!!!!


    On the other hand maybe THEY are training their potential trainer. That way their company doesn't have to unlearn some one's bad habits. Dunno.
     
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    Numerous seminars are available for training the trainer. Most experienced truck drivers do not make exceptional trainers. Safe drivers are quiet and introverted personalities, whereas trainers and recruiters are extroverted with strong ego drive similar to salesmen or preachers.

    The following is from one of the train the trainer courses:

    Truck driver training instructors are frequently recruited and selected on the basis of technical training and driving experience. Although these instructors are highly competent and are genuinely interested in training, they often lack specific training as instructors.
    1. Develop a course of study
    2. Develop student performance objectives
    3. Develop a unit of instruction
    4. Develop a lesson plan
    5. Conduct group discussions, panel discussions and symposiums
    6. Guide student study
    7. Direct student laboratory
    8. Introduce a lesson
    9. Summarize a lesson
    10. Employ oral questioning techniques
    11. Employ reinforcement techniques
    12. Provide instruction for slower and more capable learners
    13. Present and illustrated talk
    14. Demonstrate a manipulative skill
    15. Demonstrate a concept or principle
    16. Establish student performance criteria
    17. Assess student performance: knowledge
    18. Assess student performance: attitudes
    19. Assess student performance: skills
    20. Determine student grades
    21. Evaluate your instructional effectiveness
    22. Provide for student safety
    23. Provide for the first aid of students
    24. Use conferences to meet student needs
    25. Prepare to work with adult learners
    26. Plan instruction for adults
    27. Manage the adult instructional process
    28. Evaluate the performance of adults
    http://www.dmacc.edu/truckdrivingschools/trainthetrainer.asp
     
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    leannamarie <strong>"California Girl"</strong>

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    insurance might be the problem more than anything. I guess a person could instruct with no real experience, but you won't get insured with no experience.

    For those wondering a friend of mine is opening a training school and asked if I would be interested in coming out to instruct.

    I was a flight instructor for a few years in a previous life and feel confident in my training abilities but I have 1 year OTR in a truck and I don't know if it would even be possible to get insurance.

    Thanks for all the replies,

    Dave
     
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    So you do have some experience if you were 1 year OTR. And if you have been a flight instructor, you understand how to train others. Just be honest with your students. Don't present yourself as a "supertrucker" or someone who knows all. Just be honest and tell them that you were only out there for one year. You didn't encounter everything that there is to encounter.