Training Information

Periodic Inspection Training (PIT) 

Michigan Trucking Association developed Periodic Inspection Training (PIT) to instruct mechanics on the proper techniques and requirements necessary to perform periodic inspections on their own fleets and as for-hire inspectors. MTA’s PIT class is the only one offered through a state-sponsored organization. Participants receive verification of having completed the course that may be used for audit purposes.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding inspection criteria for required parts and accessories
  • Reviewing 49 CFR Part 396 Appendix A minimum periodic inspection standards
  • Comparing North American Uniform Vehicle Inspection Procedures and 49 CFR Part 396 Appendix A
  • Contrasting Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Out-of-Service-Criteria with the FMCSA annual inspection
  • Understanding periodic inspection paperwork

Materials Provided

  • Exclusive MTA Periodic Inspection Training manual
  • CVSA North American Out-of-Service Criteria guide
  • Individual certificate of completion
  • Individual verification of annual inspector qualification training

Training Dates 

NATMI Training/Certifications

The North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) exists to improve the performance and productivity of the professionals directly responsible for effective fleet and driver performance – risk managers, safety and security directors, maintenance managers and commercial driver trainers.

Offered throughout the year, MTA rotates NATMI certification training to professionals across the transportation spectrum.

Certified Safety Director/Safety Supervisor (CDS/CSS)

Further your career opportunities through this four-day training course and certification exam designed for fleet safety management professionals. Discussions include:

  • Safety-related policies
  • Procedures implementation 
  • Skills needed to manage an effective safety program

Training Dates:

Safety and DOT Compliance Series; Drug & Alcohol Mandatory Training Renewal

This two-day series focuses on four different areas of safety and DOT compliance:

  • General driver qualifications, including CDL requirements
  • Roadside inspections
  • Hours of service regulations and driver logs
  • Alcohol and controlled substances 

The drug and alcohol portion satisfies the DOT’s mandatory supervisor training requirements. Employers must provide training to all persons who supervise drivers subject to the regulations, in accordance with 49 CFR §382.603. It must include at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and 60 minutes on controlled substances use.

Training Dates:

Certified Director of Maintenance & Equipment/Supervisor of Maintenance & Equipment (CDME/CSME) 

This program covers topics essential to effective management and administration of fleet maintenance operations. Students learn how to cut costs through efficient use of personnel, equipment, and technology, while complying with government regulations affecting maintenance operations.

Essentials of Fleet Maintenance benefits:

  • Learn to schedule work effectively;
  • Learn effective information management and use of computer technology in maintenance;
  • Develop supervision skills to motivate technicians;
  • Learn essential preventive maintenance skills;
  • Learn how to deal with upper management effectively;
  • Learn how to develop, track and evaluate training programs; 
  • Learn how to present effective meetings and programs; and 
  • Understand the regulations that cover maintenance operations

Training Dates

  • TBD

Innovative Driver Retention Strategies 

This training discusses realistic strategies for recruiting, hiring and training drivers. Learn hard core strategies for handling scheduling problems to improve interaction between drivers, dispatchers and other management personnel. Developing more constructive relationships with drivers helps reduce turnover. 

Training Dates

  • TBD

Lunch & Learn

Condensed into three brief sections – 20-minute presentation, 20-minute roundtable discussion and 20-minute Q & A – Lunch & Learn’s monthly forum is an opportunity to participate and network with your peers as well as industry specialists. Exclusive to MTA members, attend a session and see why you should make these discussions a standing lunch date.

Lunch & Learn Dates

  • TBD

 Best Industry Practices 

Discover the latest topics and trends that can affect your company’s bottom line. From new reporting requirements to driver fitness, MTA keeps you updated. 


Michigan Trucking Association is the recognized collective voice of the Michigan trucking industry. Along with this collective strength, members receive individual support — whether it’s a company with a smaller fleet, large corporate carrier or non-trucking company with commercial motor vehicles.