Motor Carrier Trainer Programs

Motor Carrier Trainer Level 1

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association offers these courses to aid the development of motor carrier finishing school instructors. This is the first level of training for CVTA certification and provides Finishing School Instructors with the foundation to better instruct their drivers. The curriculum is focused on providing Driver Trainers with tools and knowledge to become better instructors.


Our Motor Carrier Trainer Level I is comprised of 7 separate courses to help instructors develop their skills when working with trainees.

Conflict Management
This course examines conflict management and resolution techniques that will assist students and faculty in identifying and managing conflict situations.
Diversity Adaptations
There is strength in diversity…but the challenge for any instructor is in bringing out the best in all students, while using differences to enhance the learning experience. This course presents many tips for managing diversity in the classroom, techniques for positively impacting educational performance, and assistance in recognizing when correction is needed. Principles and concepts related to diversity adaptations can be applied to help meet the needs of at-risk students.
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.
Student-Directed Strategies
Student-Directed Strategies explores a number of indirect teaching strategies that can be used to help students develop complex concepts.
Learning Objectives
The basic elements in developing a lesson plan are examined in this course. The topic is expanded by explaining why the success of any lesson plan depends on the quality of its learning objectives.
Anger Management
Understanding communication in its many forms is vital to modifying behavior in the classroom. Learning to identify communication cues that create negative situations will help you develop an effective anger management strategy.
Creating a Motivating Environment
Human behavior motivators and their effects on learning are outlined in this course. Abraham Maslow’s theory of personality will aid instructors in formulating a motivational style that both nurtures and engages the student.
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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.