Three Driver Certification Programs to Improve Your Fleet's ROI

This month on the blog we’re talking about how building up your fleet’s safety initiatives can directly influence your overall ROI. First and foremost, a safer fleet means few accidents. Since fleet-related accidents represent such a large safety expense, reducing them should be your top priority.

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A 2015 study by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that average accident-related company losses in the U.S. resulted in:

  • $2.2 billion in worker compensation losses
  • $860 million in disability insurance claim payouts
  • $5.6 billion in losses due to sick leave

While you can make a direct impact in a very short period of time by implementing driver behavior monitoring technology, you still need to establish a strong “safety first” culture. One of the best ways to ensure this is by offering certification options to your drivers.

In this post, we’ll take a look at three safety certifications you should consider for your fleet drivers.

1. National Safety Council (NSC) Certifications

The NSC is one of the leading national agencies offering critical insight into the current state of driver safety. They have comprised a series of driver safety trainings that benefit both fleet and non-fleet drivers. The great thing about certification through the NSC is that they are versatile. You can certify yourself as a safety trainer, or you can choose to let your drivers go through self-guided certifications via the NSC website.

Current fleet-related safety trainings include:

Learn more about NSC safety training at nsc.org/learn.

2. National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) Driver Safety Certifications

NTSI offers as handful of fleet-specific driver safety certifications.

In general, there are two paths your fleet can take:

  1. You can go through their “Train The Trainer” program where you can become certified to train your entire fleet.
  2. You can have your drivers participate in the coursework online.

Currently there are five courses offered through NTSI:

3.National American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) Certifications

NATMI offers internationally recognized and university-accredited trainings geared towards commercial trucking and transportation fleets. These trainings can be completed online or on-site based on your fleet’s training budget and preference.

NATMI professional designations include:

Have you put your fleet drivers through safety certification programs in the past? How did certifying your drivers impact your fleet’s safety? **Tell us in the comments section below!


Zeke Rudick

Content Marketing Manager

Zeke is the Content Marketing Manager at Fleetio and a seasoned data-driven brand storyteller. He lives in Portland with his wife Margie and their cat Taco, and leads the indie rock band Young Elk.

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