Ptdi Certified Schools

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by MNHillyBilly, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. MNHillyBilly

    MNHillyBilly Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Sorry if this has been covered before. There are just to many posts to go through.

    Does PTDI actually mean anything to this industry?

    As a employer having to look at resumes from grads from various schools and programs does that mean anything?

    Or is it more of, "Hey PTDI, thats great..........but do they know how to drive?"
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  3. slim66

    slim66 Bobtail Member

    Mar 3, 2007
    Some companies, and I think Crete is one, will not hire new drivers unless they are grads from PTDI schools.
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  4. apaulson

    apaulson Bobtail Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    I live near a PTDI school, its called [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Western Pacific Truck School, is it a good school? it only 4 1/2 weeks long, does not sound long to me.
  5. Moriarti

    Moriarti Medium Load Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    NW Indiana
    Pretty much seems to be the standard for private, independent schools.

    I think community college's are maybe 10 weeks.

    and company-schools are generally 3 weeks.

    well, that's the theme I'm seeing...
  6. munrkr

    munrkr Medium Load Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    I'm starting a PDTI school next month. I imagine (all i have to go on) it's a plus. But the question is whether or not it makes a appreciable difference, and what that difference might be. As already posted, some companies won't hire you without it, so the answer would be yes, if you want to work for that company. Another thing to consider of course, is how it relates to cost. If PTDI certification costs more, how much more is it than any other shcool you're considering that isn't certified?
    The real point I'm trying to make here is PTDI is only one factor of many to consider, but a factor never the less. I may draw some fire for this, but I think that in an odd way, it's more important what you think about the PTDI, because you're the one with the decission to make. Good Luck! :happy7:
  7. NevadaJim

    NevadaJim Light Load Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    If you go to PTDI's website they list the schools with the certification. There aren't that many. Not to sling names, but one company that sponsors training is PTDI certified. However, they have a driver safety rating that hovers just above the deficient line. In my opinion, if the company that you want to work for doesn't require it than don't worry about it. Persoanlly, I think it's a paid for certification if a school wants to shell out the bucks. But that's just my opinion. If it really meant anything it would be a standard for schools to follow and not an optional item.
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  8. Merlin1477024

    Merlin1477024 Light Load Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Katy, Texas
    I just spoke to a C1 school and got some pretty clear answers that agree with Nevada Jim. It is a certification the school purchases. While it may have some narrow or "niche" applications, it does not seem to have broad applicability. If it is a "make or break" matter, perhaps there is no alternative. Hope this helps.

  9. ranger9267

    ranger9267 Bobtail Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    The way I understand is that all trucking schools are required to be licensed by that state in order to operate. They are not required to be certified by an independent third party. Certification is voluntary. The Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) is the only organization that can certify a trucking driving school. The PTDI has higher standards such as requiring that each student spend a higher amount of time behind the wheel. I don't know the exact numbers. It's a mood point if the company you're interested in doesn't care if the school you went to is certified by the PTDI.
  10. WhattheTruck???

    WhattheTruck??? Bobtail Member

    Mar 4, 2011
    madison, wi
    In my area, DDS (a private, 4 week school) is NOT certified and costs twice as much as Fox Valley Tech which is certified.
  11. kIRK49

    kIRK49 Bobtail Member

    Jan 4, 2012
    Crowley,La .70526
    i am attending acadiana technical college
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