Driver Trainer Certification

Let our experts develop your staff into highly-qualified trainers of CDL Class A and non-CDL drivers who need finishing training, refresher training or coaching. Your trainers will gain the knowledge and skills they need to help your drivers prevent accidents, avoid violations, reduce risk and liability and stay committed to your company.

Safe & Smart clients have seen a 15% reduction in accidents over 34 million miles driven!

Once trained, your company trainers will be prepared to effectively deliver J. J. Keller’s Safe & Smart® Driver Training Program online, in the classroom, on the range and on the road. We have the unique experience to train your drivers on the challenges and requirements of any CDL or non-CDL vehicle, including:

  • CDL/Heavy duty
  • Medium duty
  • Light duty
  • Step van
  • Business fleet
  • Automobile

How Our Trainer Certification Programs Work

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Online Course Review

Ensures your trainers have a strong understanding of the same content your drivers will be tested on while taking the Safe & Smart™ online courses.

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Classroom Instruction

Teaches your trainers how to effectively use and deliver our course curriculum materials in the classroom.

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Range & Road Experience

Demonstrates how to set up a closed-course range, conduct vehicle inspections and backing exercises, coach drivers on the road and conduct final testing.

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Evaluation and Certification

Concludes with recommendations for improvements, advice on best practices and certification to deliver the Safe & Smart® Driver Training Program.

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Why Our Program is So Effective

We employ a team of veteran instructors who are skilled at training in all types of vehicles. The instructors combine our proprietary program methods with adult learning techniques to ensure maximum retention. And all of this is tailored for the specific needs of your operation.

You'll be assigned a trainer who we've certified as highly qualified in operating training on the specific type of vehicles your staff will train on.

Assessing Your Needs

In addition to training your trainers using the actual CMV types they’ll train with, this program provides all of the content and resources needed, including:

  • Safe & Smart® Trainer Program Guidebook
  • PowerPoint presentation for conducting classroom instruction
  • Access to Safe & Smart™ driver training online courses
  • Safe & Smart® driver training workbooks
  • Monthly Driver Training Awareness newsletter
  • Unlimited access to our subject matter experts for regulatory & safety questions
  • Certification of Safe & Smart® driver trainers


3 Tips for Training Seasonal Drivers

Winter is here, and with it comes an onslaught of seasonal drivers to help haul cargo, deliver packages, and clear snowy roads. Although some employees work the same seasonal job year after year, most will be brand new to your company, and maybe even to the transportation industry.

Training Improves Driver Retention

Driver retention has always been an Achilles heel for the trucking industry. Driver shortages and high turnover rates have been the norm for years. But driver retention will become an even more critical issue in the future as driver shortages and turnover rates are expected to climb dramatically over the next several years.

How Training Can Keep You Out of the Courtroom

According to research conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), between 2014 and 2019 there were nearly 300 cases against trucking fleets that resulted in awards of $1 million or more.

Challenges to Developing an Effective Driver Training Program

A well-established training program, tailored to an operation's needs, is a key component of a motor carrier's safety program. A lack of customized training can lead to accidents and incidents.

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