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TTSAO Listens to Insurance Providers

Insurance providers and brokers in the transportation area are a valuable key to new drivers being employed by carriers. The carriers have to detail what a successful candidate should know when a course is completed so the insurance companies are directing the carriers.

There have been many rumours about insurance providers preventing new truck drivers from gaining employment over the years. What age can a driver be insured with a company? Does a driver need experience or can they be hired on directly out of school? These questions have been popping up for years and to be honest getting the correct answer has been somewhat of a challenge. That’s because insurance is so complex with multiple layers of evaluation within the insurer and dependency on the insurance rate group that the carrier is a part of for insurance. This allows one company to hire new drivers and the next one to ask for a number of years of experience.

You then also have the carrier themselves with preferences to the type of drivers they prefer in their fleet and much of that is determined by the size of the fleet and the training programs available. Ask ten carriers in the room if they accept new drivers and you will get ten different answers based in their cargo and training specifications.

Over the years the insurance providers registered with the Truck Training School Association of Ontario have become valuable members to the TTSAO membership so much that like the carriers they have created their own group inside the association adding extreme value to the membership. The TTSAO can now work with that group as a body allowing for valuable opinion on how training should be developed to best fit the needs of the carriers. The carriers also gain information on what type of finishing programs they require to be attractive to a wider body of potential employees.

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TTSAO Insurance Group

Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance is the current Director of the TTSAO Insurance Group and has a vast knowledge and network that can help in getting information required on issues with insurance or training. You can learn more about the TTSAO Insurance Group by clicking the here.

Over the years the TTSAO has realized how important one group is to the other and training is sandwiched in the middle. Carriers can’t operate without insurance and carriers need people to drive. All three groups depend on each other for information and guidance on improving the industry and the training provided to new students.

The TTSAO Insurance Group will be holding an open meeting on the first day of the conference happening in February. You can learn more about the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/ and the TTSAO Insurance Group at http://ttsao.com/insurance-group/.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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A1 Transportation Academy Becomes Accredited School with TTSAO

A1 Transportaton Academy has become the latest accredited school to be registered with the TTSAO. Welcome A1 Transportation Academy to the TTSAO Membership. You can learn more about A1 at www.a1ta.ca

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contact: Lakhvinder Singh
Direct line: 647-973-3450
Office: 905-754-0578, 905-754-0579
Email: info@A1TA.Ca
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About the TTSAO

TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Joining the Carrier Group at TTSAO

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is an association focused on the training industry in Ontario Canada helping to improve the level of professionalism in the industry and making our roads safer. Over the years several groups have evolved within the association to help focus truck driver training issues and solve some of the large issues in the industry. The Association now has four significant membership groups that help shape the opinions and projects looked at by the Association.


The Accredited Schools Group is the major membership group within the association. This group is made up of the training facilities registered with TTSAO. The Accredited Schools are audited on a regular basis to ensure their training systems and curriculum meet the standards set out by the TTSAO.

The Insurance Group is made up of insurance providers registered with the Association. This is an important group because the insurance market dictates much of the hiring requirements
and policies for new drivers. Over the years this membership group has been important to guiding the TTSAO on how they design programming to offer the best career outcome for new students.


The Associate Members Group is the largest group and is made up of vendors, suppliers, trainers, and other companies involved in the transportation industry either working with or supporting the truck training industry.

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Carrier Group

The Carrier Group is possibly the most significant after the Accredited Schools Group. The reason for this is that the carriers registered with the TTSAO are the ones directly hiring the
students. Their direction, opinions, and requests are extremely important to the other membership groups. As current President Kim Richardson says, “The carriers are our customers without them there is no training industry.” If you are a carrier based in Canada and hire new students on your team then you may want to consider joining the organization that is training those students. Not only will you get to know the people training your future team members but you will also have a say on the type of training you would like to see a new student have when applying for a job. If you’re a carrier joining the organization you don’t have to do anything unique as you will automatically be added to the Carrier Group upon acceptance of your application. If you’re not sure if you want to join the group the best thing to do is to attend the upcoming conference and attend the Carrier Group Meeting where leader of the group Guy Broderick will be leading a discussion and updating the group on issues discussed throughout the group. You can learn more about the TTSAO at www.ttsao.com or register for the conference at http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/

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Guy Broderick / Carrier Group

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Are You Creating Your career Opportunity?

Is it time to treat yourself to a gift? It’s amazing how many people go through life doing the same job or working in the same capacity and never think about moving up or changing their career environment. We often go through life doing the same job everyday hoping that
someone will notice our hard work and offer us change to a better opportunity. Sometimes that can take years for someone to notice your hard work among the other employees at the company and management still may not see you as right for the job. The secret to making this happen is to create the opportunity.
This happened to me back in 2003. I had been a truck driver for over 20 years at this point and was looking to move out of the truck. I had been at the company for over 9 years and one of the reasons I moved to the company in the first place was to advance in my career. The change to the company itself was an advance but I now felt ready for the next step. I had decided a year before to go back to school to learn some new skills and clean up my educational
background. I took a number of courses in technology, business, and other interesting career courses to help build my education for the future. At the same time the company was upgrading their technology and moving managers and supervisors to different departments. Things changed and I found myself with the opportunity to be supervisor of the same fleet that I had worked for as a driver for many years. As it turned out I got the job beating out another driver that had a long standing career with many more years of experience. The reason he didn’t get the job even after I threw my support behind him is that he hadn’t upgraded his computer skills and the company was changing in technology.

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You have to create opportunities in your life and career. There are too many people looking for that promotion for you to standby in the shadows hoping someone will notice you. When I went back to school people noticed my ambition, asked about courses I was taking, and were impressed with the determination of working harder than the next person. I didn’t quit my job to do this as there are many flexible courses online or at local establishments allowing you to work around your current job hours. This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about upgrading your skills for the new year. Whether for yourself or someone in your family giving them the gift of training can be the best thing you can give. Check out the video below on the career of Joe Teixeira.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Certifying Your Training Facility With TTSAO

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario represents training providers and associated members offering training programs for the transportation industry. Although anyone can join the association schools registering as an accredited school must be certified. Many associations don’t require that their members be certified to be involved but the Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is different.

To become an Associate Member, Carrier Member, or Insurance Member doesn’t require any certifications to be part of the membership, but for schools it’s different. One of the main reasons that the TTSAO was formed was to show the public and members of the transportation industry that not all training is the same. Truck driver training is critical to the development of a new driver and the training has to be a standard that the industry can recognize and depend on. The TTSAO created that standard by creating a network of like minded schools offering a certain standard of training that is above what the regulations suggest and with a curriculum that is standardized throughout their membership. This removes schools that are not offering proper training models and allows a group to be recognized as a professional association to governing bodies.

The Truck Training School Association has now come to the point where they are a respected Association within the transportation industry and students looking for training. Carriers and insurance providers have a say in the Association allowing for a more involved membership and information from all sides of the trucking industry. The next question is how do you get your training facility involved?

Since the TTSAO has a standard for their training facilities they have to make sure everyone is following minimum standards through an audit process. That audit process starts with the application process and will continue on a regular basis as long as the school is a member of the association. The process has a number of steps and qualifications that a new school or upgrading facility needs to meet in order to be accepted.

The reason it is important to be certified as an accredited school is to be able to offer your services to the transportation industry and to be taken seriously by carriers in the industry. Many of the carriers within the TTSAO membership will only accept applications from drivers that have attended a certified school showing that they have a certain level of training. There have been some horrific accidents over the years from new drivers that were not trained properly causing governing bodies to implement certain training programming like Mandatory Entry Level Training. Since TTSAO schools offer a standard 200 hour course for new students and the schools are audited on a regular basis carriers are comfortable that students are being trained properly. The association also fights against training facilities that don’t train students properly putting all of our lives in danger on the road. If you are thinking of starting a training facility, already have a school that you would like to make part of the association, or offer training programs for training facilities then visit the TTSAO website with information to guide you through the application process and be part of an association that believes in proper training for everyone.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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3 Steps to Learning the Truck Inspection Process

Learning how to conduct a truck inspection can be a daunting task when you’re a new student in a truck training school. There are many parts to inspect on a truck or bus and missing just one area can result in fines and downtime for any driver. This is why the inspection process is so important and a reason that every student has to take it seriously.

I recently attended a school to understand their yard work program and what students thought of going through the yard work process. The testing procedures have changed since the implementation of Mandatory Entry Level Training and has become more challenging for the student. Previously the inspection process was taught as a routine that a student would learn and show when testing for their licence. Over the years the testing changed to a random item test where the testing agent will ask the driver to inspect different items on the truck in various orders. The student doesn’t know ahead of time which items will be asked of them therefore having to learn the whole process.

Talking to instructor Jean at the school conducting the training for inspections I asked how the new way of testing has improved the training process? “Students have to learn the full schedule 1 with the new system. Previously the students were taught a routine for inspecting a truck, but due to the time frame in testing were memorizing what to say more than what they were actually inspecting. Because the requests are random students have to know exactly how to inspect an item and not just what to say to the tester.” Says Jean.

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One of the things I noticed when attending the training is that the students going through the program took the instruction very seriously. As a trainer myself I can tell you that not all students understand the importance of training or have the same level of determination. The students going through the inspection schedule, asking questions, and redoing tasks they didn’t understand or do correctly were determined to understand the components fully. Those are the students that will pass successfully but also make professional drivers in the future.

If you are a new student or someone just getting started in the process of looking for a training facility then there a few things you can do to ensure your training is successful:

  • Ensure you are attending a certified training facility. Certified schools have the top instructors that have the knowledge to show you the proper way to inspect items.
  • Participate in the training. Many times the inspection process is taught in a group setting. Don’t just stand on the side lines but be active taking notes, doing tasks, and asking questions.
  • Take your training seriously. Failing to inspect a truck properly can result in fines, delays, or even death. It is important to take your training seriously, review your work, take notes, and ask questions of things you don’t understand.

Truck inspections are required of drivers every day and there are many that don’t do them properly. They are important from a safety standpoint, required from a testing standpoint, and can minimize delays on the road, but only if you know how to do a proper inspection.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Ontario Truck Training Academy Included in Top Women-Owned Businesses List

Article originally from a Linkedin Post stating that Yvette Lagrois of Ontario Truck Training Academy has been included in the 2019 list of companies that are Women-owned. Congratulations Yvette for being included in such a distinguished list.

Ghanaian female logistics company wins global transportation leadership award
In addition to Ladybird Logistics limited (Felicia Payin Marfo, Managing Director), other companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list included Bennett International Group (Marcia G. Taylor, CEO), Ontario Truck Training Academy (Yvette Lagrois, President), London Auto Truck Center (Donna Childers, Vice President) and United Federal Logistics, Inc. (Jennifer Behnke, President) amongst others.
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Experience the Pride of Trucking through Summer Truck Shows

Summer is a great time to get a view of the trucking industry that not everyone may notice on the road in everyday situations. I almost feel as though there are two different versions of truck drivers going on when I attend events in the industry. There are the public’s view of road raged truckers and then there are the dedicated drivers that show off the passion of the industry such as at the outdoor truck shows.

I wander around these shows talking to drivers and thinking about all the things I’ve heard over the years from the public. Comments like, “truck drivers are just holding up traffic” or “truck drivers look sloppy and don’t care as they drive junk equipment up and down the road.” There is such a disconnect between what I know in the industry and what the public believes about the transportation industry and truck drivers in general. If only we can show the public what most of us know in the industry already, the pride of the industry is strong. We just need to show that to the public.

There used to be one or two large shows in the past that drew all the attention and slowly changed from quality truck shows to music concerts. After those shows shut down many smaller shows started up again and now there are many shows across the region focused on the trucks and pride in the industry. These small shows are the perfect place to get people out to see the pride of the industry. Many of the show organizers are focused on the driver and the trucks and what much of the public doesn’t realize is that these shows are often helping out great causes such as special needs athletes or cancer research. They hold raffles, donations, contests, and many other programs to raise money for their favourite charity and truck drivers step up every time. The shows also bring traffic into local towns helping out establishments in the community through sales from the public. I bet much of the public doesn’t know that the trucks and truck drivers they complain about on the road are the same people helping their communities.

When you go to a truck show you see the real pride of the industry. You see drivers that have spent weeks cleaning their trucks to show quality. You see drivers giving their own time and including their families into an industry they love. You see camaraderie from drivers that you don’t see in any truck stop helping each other when needed. You see organizers working with small teams with no other goal than to give back to the industry and causes they love.

I have been attending truck shows for many years and that pride has been consistent throughout. Whether it is old trucks from the past or custom rides from now or the future there is a definite pride in trucking that the industry seems to see, we just need to show everyone else.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Starting a Trucking School Includes More Than Just Buying a Truck

“I want to start a trucking school.” This is a statement heard recently at a truck show from a driver that was getting tired of the road and wanted to slow down in his career. He had some people interested in his local area and thought it may be a good way to continue his trucking career and be home more. ”I can just buy a truck, get some customers, and I would be all set”,he said. “How hard can it be?”

As our population grows older and drivers begin to look for ways to retire while keeping income coming in opportunities such as opening a small school or doing training on the side look more appealing. In fact we have many former drivers in the industry that have gone on to open consulting businesses, become truck driver trainers, or other home stationed positions in the industry. Anyone running their own trucking school can tell you it’s not as easy as it looks. A driver may have the experience of the road but that is just one piece of the puzzle to a successful school. Many drivers find out that their experience in the truck is not as easy to translate to students when standing in front of them in class.

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What does it take to start your own truck driver training school?

You’ve decided that you want to start your own school, so what do you need to do? The first thing you want to look at before certifications, trucks, or anything else required is to decide on the type of school you will open. Will it be a fly by night school that is focused on a quick buck and the shortest courses possible? Will it be a proper certified school that operates with integrity and class? Both options are possible but only one is suggested. If you’re getting into operating a truck driving school for a quick buck then keep looking at business opportunities because a school is not for you.

Assuming you were to open a certified facility with proper integrity and courses then there are a number of things you have to do before you can even open the doors. Having all the documentation and information required is the first step in the process. This step can take months or years as you develop course material, attain insurance and other requirements for the training centre. Once you have that set up you have to register your course information with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to be registered as a Private Career College. After you have got those steps completed you may then want to apply for memberships with organizations such as the Truck Training School Association of Ontario. Marketing and other processes for a successful business begin at this point and have nothing to do with truck driving but will take time, money, and skills most drivers don’t have.

Start an Accredited School with TTSAO

You can get an official list of requirements on the TTSAO website-click here!

I can tell you from experience as a trainer in the industry that I have seen many drivers have trouble transitioning from life on the road to standing in front of a class of students. It can be done but it isn’t as easy as people think. If you are thinking of opening a training facility please do it with integrity and safety in mind. We have enough crazy drivers on the road and we don’t need a facility putting more bad drivers onto our highways. Good luck and make sure you do the proper homework for a successful school.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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