Code of Ethics

ARTICLE XI-ADDENDUMS of the NAPFTDS By-Laws (revised March 2018)

Section 1.  Code of Ethics:

NAPFTDS is committed to providing training programs that earn and maintain public confidence, adhering to sound and ethical business practices.  NAPFTDS recognizes that Member Training Providers engage in direct marketing and thereby assume certain responsibilities toward potential students, other Member Training Providers, employers and the community at large. 

NAPFTDS hereby sets forth the basic fair and ethical principles and practices to which Members will adhere in the conduct of their training.


  1. Members will ensure that educational and business practices are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  2. No Member shall engage in any deceptive or unlawful practice.
  3.  Members will provide adequate training resources to support quality program/course delivery.


  1. Members will not deny admission on the basis of race, color, disability, age, creed, sex or national origin, nor any other class protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
  2. Members will provide students with a description of the training program and/or course.
  3. Members will communicate to the students an equitable and prompt refund and cancellation policy
  4. Member personnel will not knowingly influence any student to leave another educational institution.


  1. Instructors will possess good character and professional attitude.
  2. By experience and/or training, instructors will have the required knowledge and skills necessary to educate students in proper and safe operations of a commercial vehicle.
  3. Instructors will be appropriately licensed/certified.
  4. Members will provide instructors and staff with professional development adequate to maintain their professional knowledge and skills.
  5. Students/instructor ratios should be maintained to ensure quality training.


It is the Training Provider’s responsibility to ensure that applicants are qualified under applicable federal, state and local laws.


Training Providers will disclose all applicable training and job entry prospective students.


  1. Training shall enable the student to learn the skills required to drive a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle and to apply these skills to specific driving situations.
  2. Instruction will conform to educational guidelines as approved by the state in which the training is being offered.
  3. Training will be provided over a variety of road types, traffic conditions and driving situations.
  4. Assessment and documentation will be maintained on each student.


To graduate, students must demonstrate the basic operation of a commercial motor vehicle so that they may function safely as an entry-level driver in the transportation industry and comply with applicable federal, state and local laws.


Training Providers will work with employers, communicating employment opportunities to their students.

NAPFTDS recognizes that its Training Providers are unique in the types of programs offered.  These codes are adopted to ensure that each Member Training Provider adheres to quality and professional standards.