August 30, 2021
Dear PTDI Partners,
Since its inception, the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has diligently advanced its mission of truck driver training excellence through industry leading standards. By working with carriers, commercial motor vehicle training organizations, insurance industry professionals, and government officials, we have improved training quality, created better drivers in the trucking industry and, ultimately, made our roads safer.
Due to recent federal policy changes in the United States, the role of the Institute as a certifying body has been supplanted.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to implement the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule in early 2022. That regulation, for the first time, will set high standards that all Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) programs in the U.S. will have to meet. ELDT requires all training providers to register and affirm that they meet the stringent standards outlined in ELDT. More information can be found on the FMCSA website at: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/
With mandated requirements for CDL training, the need for PTDI certification is no longer necessary. To that end, the PTDI Board of Directors have unanimously decided to cease providing and recognizing PTDI certification after February 7, 2022.
Programs that have self-certified in 2021 can continue to use PTDI as a distinguisher until that date. We ask that after February 7, 2022, any logos or mention of PTDI certification will be removed from all websites, literature, and advertising.
The future of the Institute is yet to be determined. Please know that the mission of PTDI will not change. We remain committed to truck driver training excellence that develops safe, highly skilled, professional truck drivers.
PTDI Vice Chair
A. Bailey Wood, Jr.