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NATIONAL TRUCKING WEEK

Schools association committed to driver training success

By Susan Poizner
Special to The Toronto Sun


Training truck drivers for the road ahead involves more than teaching them how to operate a rig. It's also about ensuring they're prepared to meet the needs of their employers and the safety of the general public.
The truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has approximately 20 members. TTSAO members are bonded and registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities


The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) strives for that kind of success in training.

Training standards

It was created more than a decade ago by a group of registered private vocational schools and other organizations that specialize in truck driver training.

Their goal was to establish training standards and educational programs that meet the needs of a growing industry.

"Our members are truck school owners who want to do a good job," says TTSAO vice-president Gus Rahim. "They want to achieve and maintain the standards demanded by industry."

There are many schools in Ontario that offer driver training. The school you choose is an important decision because it can mean the difference between getting your commercial drivers' licence and the skills needed to land a job and launch a successful career as a professional driver.

Beware non-accredited schools

"Many non-accredited truck driving schools teach students how to drive well enough to pass their classified licence test but don't teach them things that are important to their job, such as load distribution, how to prepare for border crossings, drug testing, defensive driving and the proper use of air brakes," Rahim says.

Today, TTSAO has approximately 20 members that meet its minimum standards of training. "We're working hard to bring more schools into our association," Rahim says.

"We've got the support of more and more carriers that have said they will only hire people trained through schools accredited by our organization."

TTSAO members are bonded and registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

For more information on TTSAO or its members, contact 1-866-475-9436 or visit www.ttsao.com.



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