What are the requirements for someone to become an instructor at a CDL driving school?
Does this vary between states?
requirements for CDL instructor
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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.
- Develop a course of study
- Develop student performance objectives
- Develop a unit of instruction
- Develop a lesson plan
- Conduct group discussions, panel discussions and symposiums
- Guide student study
- Direct student laboratory
- Introduce a lesson
- Summarize a lesson
- Employ oral questioning techniques
- Employ reinforcement techniques
- Provide instruction for slower and more capable learners
- Present and illustrated talk
- Demonstrate a manipulative skill
- Demonstrate a concept or principle
- Establish student performance criteria
- Assess student performance: knowledge
- Assess student performance: attitudes
- Assess student performance: skills
- Determine student grades
- Evaluate your instructional effectiveness
- Provide for student safety
- Provide for the first aid of students
- Use conferences to meet student needs
- Prepare to work with adult learners
- Plan instruction for adults
- Manage the adult instructional process
- Evaluate the performance of adults
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,
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.
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