School Instructor Programs

Senior Instructor Certification

CVTA’s Senior Instructor Certification offers a second 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 Senior Instructor Certification Level is comprised of 5 separate courses to help instructors develop their skills when working with trainees.

Types of Assessment
This course provides a solid introduction to Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory, learning styles, different types of assessments, and four major assessment strategies that are effective in evaluating performance.
Time Management
Time management techniques are outlined in this course, providing insight into helping students and instructors develop an understanding of time management. Good time management will aid in both setting personal goals and increasing productivity.
Traditional and Alternative Assessments
Choosing an appropriate assessment type for a particular activity can be challenging. This course will help reduce this anxiety by providing a look at Bloom’s Taxonomy and a detailed examination of traditional and alternative assessments.
Standards, Goals, and Objectives
Effective college classroom planning requires the implementation and ongoing coordination of instructional goals and objectives that meet governmental and educational standards, all of which should integrate seamlessly with one another, as well as other elements of classroom planning, for effective learning.
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.

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.