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Experience Requirements - CDS and CSS

Thursday, April 24, 2014  
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  1. Q: I was a State/Federal DOT inspector or State Patrol Officer specializing in CMV enforcement.  Does law enforcement background count toward the CDS/CSS experience requirements?

    A: No.  Only fleet safety management activities are applicable.

  2. Q: I was a safety officer in the military.  Does that experience count toward the CDS/CSS requirements?

    A: Only if your safety responsibility included the motor vehicle fleet.  If it did not, the experience does not apply.

  3. Q: I was in charge of industrial safety for a company prior to working for a fleet.  Does that experience count toward the CSS/CDS requirements?

    A: Only if fleet safety was within your area of responsibility.  If your experience was only general industrial safety, then it does not apply.

  4. Q: I have been a driver for many years.  Does driving experience apply to the CDS/CSS or CDT experience requirements?

    A: Generally, no.  However, if as a driver you are involved at least 50 percent of the time in non-driving safety related activities such as training other drivers and conducting driver safety meetings, the experience might apply to the CSS or CDT -- but not CDS -- experience requirements.

  5. Q: I am a safety consultant, truck or bus association safety specialist, or insurance company loss control representative.  Can I apply for safety certification?

    A: Maybe.  If you meet the minimum experience requirements and you advise fleets, providing recommendations on how to improve fleet safety performance, develop safety policies and comply with federal regulations relating to CMVs, etc., then, yes, you may be eligible to apply for certification.

  6. Q: I have more than one job (example: safety & maintenance, safety & HR or Safety & Security).  I'm not full-time safety.  Does my experience qualify?

    A: Yes, if at least 50 percent of your job is safety management.

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