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Safety Culture—Developing and Evaluating Blended Training for New Entrant Knowledgeability


To develop and demonstrate a less expensive, easily applied, and more effective blended curriculum incorporating multimedia electronic learning along with group sessions to reinforce and convince new entrants to adopt a safety culture. This will build on lessons learned from the 2010-12 instructor-led classroom training tested for fostering adoption of a safety culture in new entrants.


The 2010-12 training effort fostering development of a safety culture in new entrants used a second generation curriculum that will be available as background to assist this work.

The 2010-12 research demonstration produced an analysis of how a blended curriculum, including electronic learning and testing, can be effectively applied to train and test knowledge proficiency and other requirements to ensure applicant new entrants understand applicable regulations prior to receiving an interstate U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number. A detailed report describing this approach is in clearance for publication. The new curriculum will combine the strengths of both electronic multimedia training and testing and peer group involvement.


In order to insure that it is the owner/manager of the applicant new entrant who takes the training and testing, it is envisioned that the training will be proctored at training facilities. It is proposed that this could serve as the standardized curriculum that could meet the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) mandated regulation requirements.


This research will provide a model 3rd generation curriculum that would be available for adoption by training providers that would be compliant with the forthcoming mandated requirement to ensure applicant new entrant motor carriers understand applicable regulations. MAP-21 requires that "...the Secretary shall establish a proficiency examination for applicant motor carriers as well as other requirements to ensure such applicants understand applicable safety regulations before being granted operating authority."


  • April 2012: Final report recommending how to proceed in developing a blended training approach combining traditional and electronic learning.
  • May 2013: Purchase Request (PR) approved to acquire support to develop blended electronic training and testing.
  • August 2013: Interagency Agreement (IAA) with the U.S. Army.
  • December 2013: Task order with University of Central Florida.
  • January 2015: Final blended training and testing module for field test.


FY 2013: $400,000 - Research and Technology


Publication of report recommending development of a blended training and testing curriculum in clearance.


IAA with the U.S. Army and University of Central Florida

Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014