• OTA University Training Catalog

  • OTA offers a variety of classes for all aspects of your business. From safety and compliance to maintenance and technology to HR to leadership, we have you covered! Whether you're a new company or employee or have been in business for 100 years, based in Oregon or just passing through, an owner operator or a multi-employee company, OTA University is the best place to get your trucking-industry training. We work with our industry partners to offer the best curriculum for your business.

    Due to the 2020 pandemic, the association has converted most training opportunities to offer in-person and virtual options. We will be following social-distance, face mask, sanitizing, temperature check, and other guidelines for any visitors in the office. Otherwise, we urge everyone to take advantage of the webinars!

    Need a class that's not listed? OTA staff can come on-site for customized training. Our training classes are evolving with current trends and regulations in the industry, so we are open to your ideas, too! Check out catalog below for our current offering and visit our Events page for upcoming dates. 




    Mock DOT Safety Audits (Compliance Reviews)
    Onsite consulting service designed to prepare carriers for official DOT audits. Involves review of the six compliance factors covered in a typical DOT audit followed by written report of potential violations and corrective action recommendations.

    Corrective Action Plan Assistance
    Onsite consulting service designed to assist in correcting violations and/or safety rating downgrades resulting from official DOT audits. Involves review of original DOT audit report, class room training as needed, and prepared written corrective action plan.


    Safety Management Council (SMC)

    The SMC is a chapter of the national organization dedicated to safety in the trucking industry. The group hosts quarterly training sessions in each of the five regions of Oregon.

    Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)

    The TMC is similar to the SMC, but focused on the maintenance side of the industry. The group also hosts training classes for diesel technicians and shop managers across the state.


    DOT Compliance
    All day (6-hour) class overviewing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Topics include: driver qualification; hours of service; cargo securement; drug and alcohol testing; inspections and maintenance; record retention; pre-employment screening; accident recording; carrier CSA scores.

    DOT Compliance for Construction
    All day (6-hour) class overviewing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations with emphasis on the construction industry (see DOT Compliance class for detailed content description). In addition to general compliance, the impact of DOT regulations on construction practices and industry specific exemptions are covered in detail.
    Hazardous Materials *
    3-hour class that meets DOT training requirements for employees involved in transporting hazardous materials (required within 90 days after hire and every 3 years thereafter). Topics include: general hazmat awareness; security awareness; written security plans; preparing shipping papers; labeling/marking/placarding; emergency procedures. 

    Inspections, Repair and Maintenance
    2-hour class overviewing DOT requirements for CMV maintenance programs. Topics include: inspector qualifications; daily vehicle inspection reports; repair and maintenance; record retention; carrier CSA scores. 

    OSHA Awareness for Trucking
    2-hour class overviewing OSHA workplace regulations with emphasis on the trucking industry. Topics include: preventing injury and illness; training and record retention; accident investigation; breakdown of the OSHA inspection process. 

    EPA Awareness for Trucking
    2-hour class overviewing Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon DEQ regulations with emphasis on the trucking industry. Topics include: history of the environmental movement; EPA mission and oversight; emission standards; waste management; compliance and penalties; trucking industry image.  

    Self-Auditing Guidelines (NEW!)
    2-hour class overviewing the 6 compliance factors covered during an official DOT safety audit. Topics include: required company policies; maintenance files; driver qualification files; hours of service monitoring; drug and alcohol testing; hazardous materials; accident ratio.


    Drug and Alcohol: Reasonable Suspicion for Supervisors *
    2-hour class that meets reasonable suspicion DOT training requirements for supervisors. Topics include: DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations; symptoms and signs of substance abuse; documentation procedures; best practices for conducting reasonable suspicion interviews; general awareness of health effects of drug and alcohol use.

    Safety Culture
    2-hour class overviewing the importance developing a culture of safety in the workplace. Topics include: company values and attitudes toward avoiding injury and illness; role of leadership and management; effective safety plans; training tools; budgeting; writing policies; compliance versus best practices.  

    Developing Supervisor Skills
    2-hour class overviewing skills needed for supervisors in the workplace. Topics include: leadership and management; defining the role of a supervisor; critical transitions and challenges for new supervisors; hard versus soft skill sets; resources for professional development.  

    Employee Satisfaction
    2-hour class overviewing the importance of employee satisfaction in recruitment and retention. Topics include: trucking industry employment trends; factors impacting driver and technician shortages; advantages of employee retention; job satisfaction; survey strategies; satisfaction versus engagement in employee production.     

    Marijuana in the Workplace
    2-hour class overviewing increased marijuana use and its impact on the trucking industry. Topics include: current DOT regulations; significant court cases and progression of state legalization; cultural trends and attitudes; symptoms and effects of marijuana use; company policy. 

    Sexual Harassment Awareness
    2-hour class overviewing the importance protecting employees from sexual harassment in the trucking industry. Topics include: significant court cases; cultural trends and attitudes; employer responsibility; writing a sexual harassment policy; new employee orientation and training.    

    Litigation Awareness for Trucking
    2-hour class overviewing litigation dangers in the trucking industry. Topics include: history of litigation and trucking; types of legal and civil liability; effective safety plans; the role of training, best practices, and proper documentation in reducing liability.

    Generations in the Workforce
    2-hour class overviewing management of different generations currently active in the American workforce. Topics include: cultural trends and attitudes of various generations (WWII, baby boomers, X, millennials, Z); strategies for management and training.

    Health and Wellness
    2-hour class overviewing the importance of professional driver health and wellness in the trucking industry. Topics include: health statistics and trends in history of trucking; unique challenges facing long haul drivers; healthy diet and exercise plans for life on the road; weight loss resources; carrier wellness programs.

    Fatigue and Sleep Disorders
    2-hour class overviewing the importance of healthy rest and sleep cycles for professional drivers in the trucking industry. Topics include: dangers of acute and chronic fatigue; stages of sleep; circadian rhythms; impact of driving schedules on sleep patterns; sleep disorders; strategies for better sleep.  

    Accident Investigation
    2-hour class overviewing the importance of sound accident investigation for motor carries. Topics include: driver and dispatch responsibility; securing the scene; gathering evidence; investigation tools; identifying root causes and preventability; the role of an accident review committee; post-accident drug and alcohol testing. 


    OTA 101
    1-hour webinar overviewing the Oregon Trucking Associations and its role in the industry. Topics include: advocacy, education, networking, member benefits, industry image, and other motor carrier support services (over-dimensional permitting, etc.). 

    Over-Dimensional Truck Permits
    1-hour webinar overviewing requirements for over-dimensional permitting in the state of Oregon and introducing OTA as a preferred service provider. 

    How Laws Get Made
    1-hour webinar overviewing Oregon’s legislative process, highlighting OTA’s advocacy efforts, and encouraging member involvement. 


    DOT Refresher for CMV Drivers (Part 390) *
    4-hour class meeting minimum DOT training requirements for CMV drivers. Topics include: driver qualification; hours of service; vehicle inspections; drug and alcohol testing. 

    Driver Qualification
    2-hour class overviewing driver qualification. Topics include: application for employment; road test; entry level driver training; medical qualification and DMV reporting; safety performance history; MVR (30 days from hire and annual); annual certificate of violations.  

    Defensive Driving
    2-hour class explaining defensive driving techniques for professional drivers. Topics include: driving and accident statistics; road hazards; distracted driving; following distances; speed management; inspection and maintenance considerations; mindset of defensive drivers.  

    Hours of Service
    2-hour class overviewing DOT hours of service regulations for both interstate and intrastate transportation. Topics include: safety and legal dangers of fatigued drivers; record of duty status; mandatory rest periods; hourly and 7/8 day driving limitations; 34-hour restart; exemptions; ELD requirements.    

    Load Securement
    2-hour class overviewing DOT regulations for load securement. Topics include: dangers of improper securement; working load limits; minimum number of tie-downs; performance criteria; direct and indirect securement; required inspections; commodity specific securement.

    Sleep Apnea and Trucking
    1-hour class overviewing sleep apnea and the trucking industry. Topics include: safety concerns; current regulation; recommended guidelines for driver screening and disqualification; diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

    Conflict Resolution for Passenger-Carrying Vehicles (NEW!)
    2-hour class overviewing skills needed for resolving interpersonal conflicts. Topics include: challenges that drivers of passenger-carrying vehicle face; deescalation and communication techniques; best safety practices. 

    Entry-Level Driver*
    3-hour class that meets DOT requirements for entry level driver training. Topics include:
    driver qualification; hours of service; driver wellness; OSHA whistleblower law.


    Northwest Fleet Safety Professional (NSP) Certification
    1-year training program (monthly sessions) for safety oriented professionals in the trucking industry. Class topics include: Safety Culture; Conducting Meetings; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; OSHA Regulations; Drug and Alcohol: Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors; Hours of Service; Hazardous Materials; Health and Wellness; Driver Qualification; Defensive Driving; Accident Investigation; Inspections, Repairs, and Maintenance; Return on Safety Investment.  

    NW Fleet Maintenance Professional (NMP) Certification 
    1-year training program (monthly sessions) for maintenance oriented professionals in the trucking industry. Topics include: Safety Culture; Supervisor Skills; OSHA Regulations; Environmental Responsibility; Inspections, Records, and Maintenance; Maintenance and Operations; Maintenance Technology; Employee Satisfaction; Health and Wellness; Purchasing and Vendor Relationships; Return on Maintenance Investment.

    Ongoing Carrier Education
    Quarterly training program (with monthly sessions) for carriers in the trucking industry. Class topics include: Weight Mile Tax; Registration and IFTA; Size and Weight; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

    Impact Solutions: Leadership and Management
    1-year training program (quarterly in-person sessions, individual consultation, and monthly group conference calls) instructed by Impact Solutions that covers practical administrative and interpersonal skills that managers need in their current jobs and leadership qualities needed for the future. Each seminar includes subject matter discussion, small group break out projects, and strategic guidance for implementing principals and techniques learned.    

    Train the Trainer Certification (NEW!)
    3-day interactive program that assists industry trainers in development of the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for adult-centered training. Key concepts include a thorough examination of various learning styles along with effective teaching strategies for each learning style. Participants will gain a greater understanding and flexibility in their role as a trainer. 

    *Required Training




  • Getting the Most Out of Your OTA Training Webinar Experience

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OTA has shifted much of our training emphasis in 2020 to a webinar format. With Oregon progressing through state and federal guidelines for reopening, we have begun to offer more in-person training (with social distancing precautions) but have committed to maintaining the webinar option in conjunction with our in-person training when possible. It is hoped that this dual format will serve to meet the varied levels of concern with respect to exposure risk for COVID-19.

    While the webinar training format is certainly convenient, it is not without limitations. Please consider the following suggestions to get the most out of your webinar training experience with OTA:

    • Find a quiet distraction free environment in which to join the training. It is very easy in a virtual setting to attempt multi-tasking or to be interrupted by questions and social interactions by others who may not realize that you are currently engaged in a training session. Placing a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door or back of your chair can also help to minimize some of these distractions.  


    • Sign in on a device that offers both microphone and video capability on your end of the connection. Each one of our virtual trainings (both webinars and meetings) will be formatted in a way that allows you to unmute your microphone and ask/answer questions or make comments. A level of attendee interaction can be gained through the chat features of the platform, but direct conversation is always a superior form of communication.


    • Select the “Join with Video” option when connecting into the webinar. This really helps both the instructor and other class participants to feel like they are talking to another person and not just a screen. While sharing video of yourself when talking is not required, it is strongly encouraged.


    • Participate regularly throughout the session by answering poll questions, asking follow-up questions, or even sharing your own thoughts and experiences with the subject matter. All of OTA’s trainings are intended to be as interactive as possible with the belief that attendees will learn better in such an environment and that the overall training value is increased by classroom participation. Please feel free to participate as much as possible!


    If you have questions about OTA’s upcoming training webinars or need assistance getting ready for your session, please reach out to us in advance with any questions.




    "A couple of months ago I was given the task of processing registrations and obtaining permits for Terrain Tamers. I had some basic knowledge of the process, but wanted to really be certain that we had all of our information correct. Attending the Carrier Education class was a tremendous help in getting all of my questions answered, not only about the process but the how and why behind it. Gregg, presented the information in a way that made it easy to understand and provided plenty of resources and tools for us to utilize. After going through the program, I was reassured that we are meeting the regulation requirements and was able to write some standard operating procedures for our company that outlined what is required and how to proceed through the registration and permitting process.  Attending Carrier Education was a great investment for our company, and I would recommend others to take advantage of the educational opportunities the OTA offers."

    -Amanda Pratt, Recruiter, Terrain Tamers Chip Hauling, Inc.