Does each student receive at least 104 (60-minute) hours (or 125 50-minute hours) in a combination of classroom and lab time? (Lab is instruction that occurs outside the classroom that does not involve actual operation of the vehicle and its components; this includes time on the range under the supervision of an instructor. Observation time does not count as instructional time.)
Does each student receive at least 44 (60-minute) hours (or 53 50-minute hours) of actual behind-the-wheel (BTW) time with at least 12 hours on the highway? (BTW is time with hands actually on the wheel.) (Highway includes roads, streets, etc.)
Is the trailer loaded with a minimum of 15,000 pounds during at least six hours of highway time?
Are night-driving principles taught and practiced, with a minimum of one hour of behind-the-wheel time?
Is the total length of the instructional day, including independent study, not longer than 10 hours on average, and preferably not more than six consecutive days of training?
Does classroom and lab instruction average one instructor for not more than each group of 30 students?
Is there never more than one instructor to three vehicles on the range, and not more than 12 trainees per instructor?
During driving, is there one instructor per vehicle and never more than four trainees in the vehicle?
Do instructors use lesson plans to guide each session?
Are students provided with behind-the-wheel lesson driving procedures along with a list of safety rules for street driving?
Is the learning environment safe, sanitary and comfortable?
Is the range safe and protected from the hazards from other road users?
Is the range free of obstructions and does the surface enable the driver to maneuver safely and free from interference from
Are there adequate sight lines available to the instructor and trainees?
Highway Instruction Conditions (Highway includes streets, roads, etc.)
Is driving practiced under various roadway and traffic conditions?
Do written classroom/lab tests assess mastery of a sample of knowledge objectives for each unit of instruction?
Do range tests assess student proficiency in (a) fundamental vehicle control skills and (b) routine driving procedures?
Do road tests use preplanned routes that permit a broad range of observations and are they conducted in traffic?
Are road tests administered in a vehicle which is comparable in size and power to the industry sector for which the student
is being trained?
Distance Learning & Independent Study Options
If a portion of the classroom/lab instruction is delivered electronically, is there active two-way communication between instructor and student? Is the student provided with information about technological competence needed, completion requirements, and any additional costs? Must each student take a proctored exam? Does the course begin and end within a specified time frame? May the students review completed lessons as part of the course offered prior to any proctored exam?
Does independent study substitute for not more than 34 (60-minute) hours of the 104 hours of classroom/lab instruction? (Note: Independent study is not the same as homework.)
Does a student have to successfully complete a course of instruction that meets the PTDI curriculum standards and hours,
including appropriate subject matter tests and road skill tests before graduation?
Does a student secure a CDL as a condition of graduation?
OUTCOMES & RECORDS
Does the school use a follow-up system to determine program effectiveness and to track graduates?
Does each student keep a “driver duty status record” to document time behind the wheel?
Do both the student and instructor “sign-off” on the record?
Are permanent records kept for at least five years?