Pilot Car Training Schools

by Brian Heuberger; Updated September 26, 2017

Pilot car drivers perform a vital service in carrying heavy loads long distances, sometimes even across the United States. If you would like to start a career as a pilot car driver, there are numerous pilot car training schools in the U.S. that teach you how to successfully haul heavy loads around the country.

NPCSI

The National Pilot Car Safety Institute has developed a thorough educational program to adequately train people who desire to become profession pilot car drivers. The classes include lectures regarding federal and state requirements for pilot car drivers, lessons which will prepare you for multi-state driving, informative graphics, videos and computer resources, and class discussions which entail question and answer sessions. While the NPCSI is located in Washington state, training schools are also located in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Texas and Oregon.

UDOT

The UDOT (or CDOT) Pilot/Escort Certification Course trains people to obtain a pilot car certificate and to achieve a successful career as a pilot car driver. The UDOT certification course program entails information regarding the requirements of pilot car drivers, the equipment they must use, proper techniques to effectively haul oversized loads, understand route information and follow pilot car safety procedures. The UDOT Pilot/Escort Certification Course offers numerous classes nationwide in locations such as Denver and Rifle, CO, Little Rock, AK, San Antonio and Houston, TX, Vernal and Salt Lake City, UT, Chicago, IL, Scranton, PA, Farmington, NM and Ontario, Cambridge and Calgary, Canada.

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation has produced a Pilot/Escort Flagging Course that trains you to successfully haul heavy loads as a pilot car driver in a one-day, eight hour course. In order to qualify for the FDOT pilot flagging course, you must be at least 18 years of age, possess a valid commercial driver's license, and pay a fee for the course. After the eight hour flagging course is completed, you must take a written exam; to pass the course and acquire a pilot car certificate, you must receive at least an 80% on the exam.

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