Alexandria, Virginia – The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) is proud to announce that two schools in Alaska and one in Charlotte , N.C. , have received initial certification of their truck driver training courses and a fourth in Pennsylvania has received program recertification for five years. The schools are Vocational Training & Resource Center , Juneau , Alaska ; Northern Industrial Training, Palmer, Alaska ; Schneider Training Academy, Inc., Charlotte , N.C. ; and All-State Career, Essington , Pennsylvania .
Alaska is unusual in that the state requires PTDI certification for commercial vehicle driver training schools with programs in excess of 80 hours. Joe Crum, president of Northern Industrial Training, supported the PTDI certification requirement from the onset. He recalls thinking, “If we’re going to do this, let’s do it right and make everybody in Alaska adhere to this [PTDI certification] so we have a level playing field.”
In 1994, Alaska passed legislation that only schools with PTDI-certified programs are eligible to bid on contracts with the state. As Crum explained, “it’s a win/win situation. The state has a good understanding of PTDI requirements and a respect for their requirements just as we do.”
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