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  • International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Program


  • The International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) program was designed as a result of the growing responsibilities being placed on driver exam personnel. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) membership, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), determined it was necessary to create programs that encouraged driver examiners to increase their knowledge and competence, upgrade the level of training and to provide an avenue for both state and third-party examiners to meet the same level of requirements.  

    The IDEC Program provides jurisdictions uniformity in training and driver licensing examination practices which in turn promotes highway safety and protects the public interest by accrediting driver licensing examiner training programs and certifying examiners who meet the programs standards.  It is the intent of the AAMVA IDEC Board to assist jurisdictions in meeting these goals!
                    
    The Certification Program is designed to encompass the following areas: certified driver (CDE), certified commercial (CCE), certified commercial knowledge examiner (CCKE), Certified Air-Brake Tester (CAT) and certified motorcycle (CME) . The AAMVA IDEC training materials provide unit lesson plans for all areas, instructor guides and visuals, quizzes, videos, student workbooks and activities for teaching the AAMVA IDEC training course and an end of course exam.

    Annually, all active participating jurisdictions are asked to recognize one outstanding driver examiner/tester from their jurisdictions by nominating them for the IDEC Examiner of the Year award.  Examiner nominations are based on the exemplary professionalism the examiner/tester brings to their job.  After all nominations are submitted, the AAMVA IDEC Board will select one examiner of the year's "Outstanding Examiner of the Year" award.  All nominees are pictured at the AAMVA conferences and in MOVE magazine.      

    **AAMVA does not certify examiners directly.  AAMVA provides the certification avenue for jurisdictions to certify their jurisdictional and third-party testers. Jurisdictions interested in becoming accredited in any of the program areas may contact Denise Hanchulak

    Accreditation Requirements: 

    • Must be a member jurisdiction in good standing with AAMVA
    • Must successfully complete accreditation requirements 
    • Must meet all requirements of the core checklist (located in the Overviews)
    • Must provide all examiners with refresher training


    Jurisdictional / Examiner Benefits: 

    • National recognition/accreditation of jurisdictional training programs and could assist in reducing jurisdictional examiner liability
    • The Certified Commercial Examiner (CCE) program meets the Examiner/3rd Party Training requirements defined by FMCSA in 49 CFR s384.228
    • Higher training/continuing education standards
    • Protects public interest by providing consistent examiner training
    • Provides support in fraud reduction
    • Provides jurisdictions with standards of qualification for 3rd Party deliverers
    • Enhances reciprocal recognition of licensing and training programs
    • Increases operational efficiency through the use of better trained examiners 
    • Training materials are updated annually by AAMVA IDEC Board


    Examiner Requirements: 

    • Must meet jurisdictional education requirements
    • Hold a valid driver license
    • Have no loss of driving privileges within one (1) year prior to application
    • Satisfactorily complete forty (40) hours of an approved training program
    • Successfully administer the skills/road test(s)
    • Pass an end of course examination with 80% or better
    • Complete the application


    The Certified Driver Examiner (CDE) Program was finalized and approved in 1982 and is the basic component of the International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Program. The testing and licensing of drivers requires a high quality of excellence and uniformity among driver license examiners.  The IDEC CDE program assists in ensuring that examiners have met the minimum knowledge and skills training requirements for conducting licensing tests.  Quality training and education contributes to the safety of individual drivers on the nation's highways. The IDEC training materials were developed to assist jurisdictions in meeting these goals.   

    Jurisdictions who wish to participate in the CDE program, must first complete an Application for Accreditation, which can be found in the CDE Program Overview. The jurisdiction will need to provide to the Board documentation that supports their driver examiner training program. This information is necessary for the International Driver Examiner Certification Board to make a decision as to whether a jurisdiction’s training program will be accredited.  If your jurisdiction does not have training materials available, AAMVA can help! 

    The CDE materials contain an Instructor Guide and Student Workbook in both pdf and word format. Jurisdictions are free to add in their jurisdiction's specific information to the guide. If you are interested in receiving the CDE guide, please contact Denise Hanchulak

    Please enclose the following information when applying for accreditation: 

    • Cover letter
    • Application Form
    • Contact person for the program
    • Course syllabus / agenda (outlining all topics covered and hours of instruction)
    • Copy of training materials if different from the AAMVA model
    • Description or outline of all refresher training conducted over a 4-year period (includes any training that applies to testing, i.e., conferences, workshops, dealing with the public, sensitivity training, monitoring, etc.)
          

    Certified Third-Party Tester (CTT) Program
         
    The Certified Third-Party Examiner/Tester (CTT) Program was developed to ensure the integrity, reliability and validity of the driver licensing process of third-party testers. To increase dedication to the principles of highway safety. To provide as administered by the jurisdiction or their approved contractor, the necessary level of training and professionalism to those third-party testers entrusted with the responsibility to administer jurisdictional licensing examinations.

    • Certified Third-Party Examiner/Tester Overview  

    Jurisdictions interested in becoming accredited in any of the program areas may contact Denise Hanchulak.

     

    The Certified Commercial Examiner (CCE) program was first offered in 1997 to assists member jurisdictions with training their commercial driver's license (CDL) examiners. The testing and licensing of commercial drivers, those licensed for the first time and those whose commercial licenses are being renewed or reinstated, requires a high degree of quality, uniformity and reliability. Instructors have a responsibility to provide CCE candidates with the tools to become safety professionals. 

    If your jurisdiction does not currently have training materials available, please contact Denise Hanchulak for a free copy of the CCE DVD that contains, an Instructor Guide and Student Workbook in both pdf and word format. Jurisdictions are free to add in their jurisdiction's specific information to the guide.

    Please enclose the following information when applying for accreditation  
    • Cover letter
    • Application Form
    • Contact person for the program
    • Course syllabus (outlining all topics covered and hours of instruction)
    • Copy of training manual if different from the AAMVA model
    • Description or outline of all refresher training conducted over a 4-year certification period (includes any training that applies to testing, i.e., update sessions, dealing with the public, sensitivity training, monitoring, etc.)  
         
    Certified Third-Party Tester (CTT) Program
         
    The Certified Third-Party Examiner/Tester (CTT) Program was developed to ensure the integrity, reliability and validity of the driver licensing process of third-party testers. To increase dedication to the principles of highway safety. To provide as administered by the jurisdiction or their approved contractor, the necessary level of training and professionalism to those third-party testers entrusted with the responsibility to administer jurisdictional licensing examinations.


    • Certified Third-Party Examiner/Tester Overview  

    Jurisdictions interested in becoming accredited in any of the program areas may contact Denise Hanchulak.

    The Certified Motorcycle Examiner (CME) program is one of the core model programs within the International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) program. The program was developed to recognize and certify examiners in the area of motorcycle testing. 

    • Certified Motorcycle Examiner (CME) Program Overview
          

    Please enclose the following information when applying for accreditation:

    • Cover letter
    • Contact person for the program
    • Application Form
    • Course syllabus (outlining all topics covered and hours of instruction)
    • Copy of training manual model
    • Description or outline of all refresher training conducted over a 4-year period
            

    The written test is a 50-question exam with 30 general motorcycle knowledge questions and 20 questions specific to the skill test administered by your jurisdiction. A passing grade requires 40 correct answers for a score of 80 percent.

  • AAMVA Certified Commercial Examiner - CDL Training Courseware for State and Third Party CDL Examiners Available!

    AAMVA is pleased to announce that the AAMVA Certified Commercial Examiner - CDL Training Courseware for State and Third Party CDL Examiners now available. The courseware is a set of comprehensive training Modules designed to assist jurisdictions in meeting the CDL Examiner Training and certification requirements contained in Section 384.228(a) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).  This courseware can be tailored for use in a classroom, as a self-paced online training course or a blended program(classroom and online) for training and certifying State CCE/CDL Knowledge and Skills Test Examiners and Third Party CDL Skills Test Examiners to conduct CDL knowledge and skills tests.  A set of courseware has been mailed out to each CDL Coordinator.

    For more information, please contact Denise Hanchulak, Program Director, Certification & Standards.

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