Since 2006, OOIDA has presented educational classes for the small business owner and the professional truck driver. It has been OOIDA’s continuous mission to fight for the rights of all truckers through research and education. For a variety of different reasons, a vast majority of businesses fail within the first year of operating. Therefore, if you are thinking about entering the trucking industry, switching from a company driver to an owner-operator, or just desire to be a more successful business person, OOIDA would encourage you to view our free educational classes.
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Auth = Running Under your own Authority

Bus = Business Education Classes

Other = General Industry Topics

Lease = Leases to a Motor Carrier

Equip = Equipment related Topics

Class list
ID Title Auth Lease Bus Equip Other
75

Finding Service when you Breakdown on the Road

This program talks about things a driver can do to prevent a breakdown, the steps he should take to be prepared for when a breakdown occurs, and tips to help hold down costs. Further, we are going to discuss a tool that can be used to find truck service providers near your location.

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81

Dealing with the IRS: Tax Problems

You can’t avoid taxes…no matter what you do. There are many reasons why people have problems paying their taxes. Learn from the experts on what you can do when you are having tax problems and the IRS is calling.

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82

Dealing with the IRS: Negotiating with the IRS

Negotiating for tax relief with the IRS can be a daunting process for most people. Are you sure that applying for an offer in compromise is the right thing to do? Learn from the experts what you should and shouldn’t do when negotiating with the IRS.

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26

Making Sure You Get Paid

The options for a driver to recover payment from a carrier, broker and/or shipper are limited. In this program we will discuss the options and steps a driver should take to protect themselves.

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5

Understanding the Costs of Operations

A vast majority of businesses fail in the first year because they cannot control their costs. Thus, this program will help walk you through the different types of costs of operating a trucking business, as well as a how to save and invest, in order for you to operate a successful business.

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96

CVSA Inspections - Level I, II, and III Inspections

Whether you are new to driving or you have been pulling loads for years, if you are a professional truck driver chances are you are going to get pulled over for a CVSA inspection. Watch a roadside inspection and learn answers to the five most commonly asked questions.

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10

Purchasing a truck, new or used?

Are you considering the purchase of a new or used truck? Learn what to look for? In this program an expert in the truck market will join us to discuss the ins and outs of finding a truck that’s right for your operation.

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11

Purchasing a trailer, new or used?

Will the purchase of a used trailer improve your bottom line? Are you sure you need a trailer? Do you know what to look out for? In this program an expert in the equipment market will give tips and pointers for finding a trailer that’s right for your operation

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12

Financial options when purchasing equipment

Will the purchase of a used trailer improve your bottom line? Are you sure you need a trailer? Do you know what to look out for? In this program an expert in the equipment market will give tips and pointers for finding a trailer that’s right for your operation.

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63

Drug and Alcohol Testing - Part 1 - Who is Responsible

It seems that the current regulations require a small village of people, each with a different responsibility, to complete the various steps of compliance. This module breaks down the different roles and responsibilities of the driver, motor carrier, DER, MRO, SAP, and drug consortium.

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64

Drug and Alcohol Testing - Part 2 - Understanding the Six Types of Tests

There are 6 different types of test, who takes them and when they are required vary with the circumstances. This session will discuss and explain who, when, and why, as well as the notification and reporting process of each of the 6 types of testing.

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22

Basic Load Board

Load boards are a necessary tool for today’s Owner Operator. Learn from industry experts the basics of using load boards to gain a competitive business advantage. Learn how to use Load Boards for finding profitable loads.

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23

Advanced Load Board

Learn from industry experts the secrets of posting and searching, understand the Friday and Monday cycle, identify Triangle Routing opportunities and recognize the difference and advantages or Refreshing a post and setting an Alarm Match. Build on your skills for finding profitable loads.

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24

Negotiating Rates and Charges

Most owner operators enjoy driving a truck and owning their own business. But these same drivers cringe when it comes to negotiating for freight. Why? Because most of them aren’t prepared to negotiate successfully. Learn from industry experts the secrets of negotiating for profitable rates.

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15

Truck Insurance: For Owner-Operator under their own Authority

There are coverages that you are responsible for and there are coverages that the carrier is responsible for providing, and there are also coverages you should consider. This program will discuss the coverages available and more importantly who should pay for them.

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74

New Entrant Safety Audit Part 1: What is a New Entrant Safety Audit

This program is part 1 in a 5 part series detailing a New Entrant Safety Audit, which is a paperwork audit conducted by the FMCSA. In part 1 we'll explain what a New Entrant Safety Audit is and what you are being audited for.

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28

New Entrant Safety Audit Part 2: The 16 Deadly Sins (1-6)

This program is part 2 in a 5 part series detailing a New Entrant Safety Audit. In part 2 we will continue our conversation by discussing the sixteen deadly sins, specifically sins 1-6, that can cause automatic disqualification of your authority.

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29

New Entrant Safety Audit Part 3: The 16 Deadly Sins (7-16)

This program is part 3 in a 5 part series detailing a New Entrant Safety Audit. In part 3 we will continue our conversation by discussing the sixteen deadly sins, specifically sins 7-16, that can cause automatic disqualification of your authority.

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30

New Entrant Safety Audit Part 4: The 6 Factors

This program is part 4 in a 5 part series detailing a New Entrant Safety Audit. In part 4 we will continue our conversation by discussing the six factors that the auditor will be evaluating.

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31

New Entrant Safety Audit Part 5: The Files Required

This program is part 5 in a 5 part series detailing a New Entrant Safety Audit. In part 5 we will continue our conversation by discussing the files that you will need to have and what needs to be in them.

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3

Company Driver to a Leased on Owner-Operator - Part 1

FMCSA regulates the leasing agreement between the carrier and the equipment owner. Carriers will often add requirements that are not mandated by these regulations. This program will help you understand your rights and the responsibilities of both parties.

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4

Company Driver to a Leased on Owner-Operator - Part 2

The move from a company driver to a leased-on owner-operator requires that you now make decisions that once were made by your employer. These decisions range from choosing a carrier to understanding to the pros and cons of getting endorsements.

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14

Truck Insurance: For Leased-on Owner-Operators

There are coverages that you are responsible for and there are coverages that the carrier is responsible for providing, and there are also coverages you should consider. This program will discuss the coverages available and more importantly who should pay for them.

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27

Dealing with A Lease Agreement - Part 1

This program is a continuation of the program “Dealing with a Lease Agreement - Part 1”. In part 2 we will continue our discussion and dissection of the requirements and explain what to look for in the FMCSA regulations, specifically 376.12 – parts G through L

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73

Dealing with A Lease Agreement - Part 2

This program is a continuation of the program “Dealing with a Lease Agreement - Part 1”. In part 2 we will continue our discussion and dissection of the requirements and explain what to look for in the FMCSA regulations, specifically 376.12 – parts G through L

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18

Authority: Getting your Broker Authority

There is a difference between an Operating Authority and a Broker Authority. This program will discuss the differences as well as describing how to apply for and secure a broker bond.

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32

Retreads Part 1: Environmental Benefits to Retreading

This is part 1 of a 4 part video series presented by the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB). In this program you will learn about the positive impact retreading has on the environment.

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34

Retreads Part 3: Retread Tires, Who Uses Them?

This is part 1 of a 4 part video series presented by the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB). In this program you will learn about the positive impact retreading has on the environment.

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35

Retreads Part 4: True Causes of Rubber on the Road

This is part 2 of a 4 part video series presented by the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB). In this program you will learn what really causes those tire treads left on our roads.

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33

Retreads Part 2: Retread Plant Tour

This is part 2 of a 4 part video series presented by the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB). In this program, you will take a guided video tour of a modern retread plant.

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36

Hours of Service: 60/70 Hour Rule (or Recapping Your Hours)

This video demonstrates how to track your hours to insure you are not in violation of the 60/70 hour driving regulations.

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48

Driver Health: Exercise on the Road

Bob Perry, the Truckers Trainer discusses how a driver can maintain a level of fitness by using materials commonly found in a truckers everyday environment.

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49

Driver Health: Common Aliments in Trucking

Bob Perry, the Truckers Trainer discusses ailments common in the trucking industry and offers suggestions that a driver can use to avoid the condition or prevent more serious complications.

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72

Law on the Road: What's location got to do with it?

As a small business, you are responsible and accountable for the rules and regulations in every State you drive. There is often a pattern for the tickets that many States choose to enforce. In this program we will look at how location plays a role in the violations and penalties you may receive

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88

Affordable Care Act - Open Enrollment

Even though Affordable Care Act has been around since 2014, there is still much confusion about the law. The Open Enrollment Period is a major element of the ACA. Learn why it is so confusing and discover the truth about the penalties for missing the deadline.

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20

Law on the Road: Do I Really Need an Attorney

Not all citations require the assistance of an attorney to gain relief … but many do. This program will discuss when it is necessary to go it alone and when you need to seek counsel.

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21

Law on the Road: How court procedures effect your case?

How should you plead? Should you just pay the fine? Do you have to appear in court? What can be negotiated? Can they take your logbook? What if they take your CDL in place of a bond? In this program we will discuss and explain your options in each of these situations.

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1

Life Style Issues in the Trucking Industry

The turnover rate for trucking companies is over 100% on a regular basis. Life style issues are the primary reason. This program examines the realistic lifestyle issues presented by those who have lived it.

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2

Recruitment ads are designed to attract new drivers, but…

Recruiters and recruitment ads tout the advantages or the various incentives to attract drivers but seldom tell you the whole story. This program will expose the details and possible pitfalls of the various offer

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95

Affordable Care Act - A Moving Target

Whether you are enrolling in the ACA program for the first time or simply reenrolling, you will find that the rules, regulations and coverages are a moving target. The coverages and costs are changing every year. However, you get to make decisions…every year. Learn how to evaluate your plan.

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47

Driver Health: Nutrition on the Road

Bob Perry, the Truckers Trainer discusses how a driver can make better food choices while on the road to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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65

Drug and Alcohol Testing - Part 3 - What Drivers are Tested For

It is critical that you understand what you will be tested for, and what will trigger a positive test result. This session will identify what drugs the DOT is testing for, we will discuss the “exemptions for prescription” rule, and what to avoid prior to an Alcohol test.

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66

Drug and Alcohol Testing - Part 4 - Results, Refusals, and Consequences

How and when will you be notified? What are the consequences of trying to cheat the test? What happens if I refuse to take the test? If I make a mistake and end up failing a drug or alcohol test will I ever be able to drive again? Part 4 of this series will answer all of these questions and more.

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