School Instructor Programs

Master Instructor Certification

CVTA’s Master Instructor Certification offers this third level of education for professional instructors. This level of training is designed to add additional teaching knowledge for CVTA certification and provides instructors with more advanced instruction tools to better serve their students. An instructor brings a unique combination of content knowledge and work experience when training students. Instructors are the lifeblood of our member schools and extremely valuable to producing quality trained drivers.


Our Master Instructor Certification Level is comprised of 7 separate courses to help instructors develop their skills when working with trainees.

Instructor-Directed Strategies
Studies have shown that teachers who are willing to be flexible and vary their teaching methods have an increased rate of capturing the students’ interest. The information in this course will help you understand when and how to use instructor-directed teaching methods like expository and guided discovery.
Syllabus Management
Albert Einstein said, “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” This course is about the map for the conditions for your students to learn. It will provide essential elements required to develop and manage your course syllabus – a major component of classroom planning – based on the course outline. The syllabus is your guide to classroom content and it enables your students to see, set, and meet their expectations.
Emotional Intelligence
This course examines the components of emotional intelligence and the different learning styles of individuals. It also looks at healthy learning environments that help students succeed in academic and professional pursuits.
Behavior Theories
The information in this course will help instructors understand the theories of human behavior and assist them in creating a management style that supports a positive learning experience for the student.
Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Proactive strategies to address and prevent inappropriate student behavior are covered in this course; including integrating an understanding of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs into effective interaction with students and a combating sixteen difficult student behaviors.
Student Directed Strategies
Student-Directed Strategies explores a number of indirect teaching strategies that can be used to help students develop complex concepts.
Problem Solving
This course will help develop problem solving techniques that can be used in any given classroom situation. William Glasser’s research and techniques in effective problem solving provide insight for working with individuals and groups.

Andrew Poliakoff

Andy Poliakoff is the Executive Director for CVTA. In this role, he promotes the mission of the membership organization and implements goals set by the Board of Directors. This includes forming partnerships with external stakeholders, providing guidance and direction to the CVTA staff team, and engaging with state and federal government agencies to advance CVTA’s mission of safety and career opportunities in the truck driver training industry.

In 2021 and 2022, Andy acted as federal affairs lead for Electrify America, interacting at high levels within Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, and the White House. In that capacity, he played a pivotal role in the optimization of large-scale infrastructure funding at the Federal Highway Administration as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

From 2019 to 2021 Andy served as Director of Gov't Affairs for CVTA and formed a strong bond with members, engaging on advocacy related to Entry-Level Driver Training, Skills Testing Delays, and Workforce funding. During the pandemic, Andy fought at the state and federal level to treat CDL training and testing as the essential services they are. He is personally invested in the important mission of CVTA's members to deliver safe training and to transform people's lives through truck driving careers.

Andy holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Cindy Atwood

Cindy Atwood is the Vice President at CVTA. An experienced association professional, Cindy handles all activities related to membership retention, financial accounting and committee engagement. Cindy artfully produces CVTA’s off-site biannual conferences, Hill Day operations and Board meetings, ensuring that the general membership and leadership’s necessities and wishes are met with the highest response.

An essential fixture in the truck driver training association space, Cindy manages CVTA’s Instructor Certification Program and provides critical counsel to new entrants into the truck driver training industry.

Kyle Hayes

Kyle Hayes is the Director of Government Relations at CVTA. In this role, he leads the implementation of the Association’s legislative and regulatory strategy. He is also the primary point of contact between CVTA Members and federal agencies, Congress, and state governments.

Hayes most recently led research projects that supported federal and state advocacy on healthcare and economic issues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nationally recognized research and policy institute based in Washington D.C. He received a master’s degree in public policy from American University in 2015 and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012.