School Instructor Programs

Senior Master Instructor Certification

CVTA’s Senior Master Instructor Certification ois the fifth 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.

Please note, in order to achieve the certification from the CVTA, a Student Instructor must first achieve the level of Safety Professional and have a minimum of 450 hours of verifiable professional instruction in the industry and successfully complete all courses in the Senior Master Instructor Level. Without these requirements being completed and verified, CVTA will not issue a certification for this level.


Our Senior Master Instructor Certification Level is comprised of 5 separate courses to help instructors develop their skills when working with trainees.

Appropriate Assessment
Assessment preparation is a central element of effective lesson presentation. This course covers traditional and alternative assessment techniques and self-evaluation techniques for both the student and the instructor.
Appropriate Assessment
Assessment preparation is a central element of effective lesson presentation. This course covers traditional and alternative assessment techniques and self-evaluation techniques for both the student and the instructor.
The Brain and Learning
How do we process information and learn? The Brain and Learning answers this question by exploring two primary learning theories. The course further examines how life experiences affect learning and takes an in-depth look at how the brain processes information.
Brain-Based Strategies
How do instructional strategies for the development of multiple intelligences lead to success? Brain-Based Strategies answers this question by examining authentic assessments and comparing traditional and brain-compatible curriculum.
Managing Collaborative Learning Activities
This course looks at best practices for assigning collaborative learning projects. An examination of several common mistakes and planning pitfalls are covered; along, with learning to identify unforeseen risks encountered during a collaboration assignment.
Collaborative Learning Experiences
Communication is the cornerstone of effective teaching. This course provides insight into creating a successful learning environment and examines the six stages of collaborative learning for robust interaction.

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.