Training programme named to honour roll

25 April 2008

SC&RA has been named to the 2006 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). SC&RA received the award for its Pilot Car Escort Training Program.

Now in its 16th year, the Associations Advance America Awards programme recognizes associations that propel America forward – with projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public, according to ASAE.

“It is an honour and an inspiration to showcase SC&RA's programme as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” said Associations Advance America committee chair, Bill Bergman, CAE and president of William S. Bergman Associates.

SC&RA prepared the guidelines with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance under a grant from the Federal Highway Administration. More than a dozen states have indicated they will use the Pilot Car Best Practices Training Program in part or in its entirety for programmes being established or refined.

The training programme includes the Pilot Car Escort: Best Practices Guidelines, Pilot Car Escort Training Manual, Pilot Car Escort Study Guide, and Pilot Car Escort Training PowerPoint Presentation. Each component can be used individually or in conjunction with one or more of the others. This format offers flexibility to meet the needs of a range of companies – from the one employee pilot car operation to more complex multi-state operations. Also included is the separate Law Enforcement Escort Best Practices Guidelines.

SC&RA continues to seek additional opportunities to enhance this programme. The Best Practices Guidelines for Equipment, now in its final draft, will provide a basic training guide for pilot car companies and carriers concerning the preferred equipment for the safe transport of over-dimensional cargo.

The Pilot Car Best Practices Training Program is available on the SC&RA web site at www.scranet.org. Click the “SC&RA Store” button at the top of the page. It is listed in the Technical and Reference Items section and can also be ordered by fax at: +1 703 698-0297 or by phone at: +1 703 698-0291. The entire programme costs $7.95 for SC&RA members and $9.95 for non-members.

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