TRIP LEVEL 1
Introductory hands-on training for towing and recovery focused on light and medium-duty operations.
Our TRIP Level 1 course teaches you the skills to work faster, safer and smarter.
We focus on light-duty vehicles, with some techniques for medium and heavy duty work. This two-day foundational program is a pre-requisite for all other WreckMaster certifications. Following a similar structure to our Level 2/3: Fundamentals course, you will learn Level 2 Towing and Level 3 Recovery.
Level 2 Towing teaches you how to safely get the most out of your equipment and keep your customers happy. Level 3 Recovery shows you how to recover a casualty the right way the first time, every time.
Even the most experienced TRIP Level 1 grads tell us, “I didn’t know how much I didn’t know.”
Meets all TRIP training requirements
“Best thing I have ever done to improve my skills and my career.”
– Aidan Coles, 20-year towing veteran and author of Life in the Fast Lane
UPCOMING LEVEL 2/3: FUNDAMENTALS TRIP COURSES
The I-95 Corridor Coalition worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to develop and implement the Towing and Recovery Incentive Program (TRIP) in 2008 to pay heavy- duty recovery companies a monetary bonus for clearing commercial vehicle wrecks within 90 minutes. TRIP facilitates quick and safe clearance of commercial vehicle crashes by improving towing procedures, and improves traffic incident management in the region while building a mutually beneficial relationship within the towing community to meet quick clearance goals. Only highly skilled companies with trained operators and specialized equipment may participate in TRIP.
The Coalition has been a partner in this Program since 2007, which included the development, issuance, and award of a competitive Request for Proposal . Fellow Coalition Members States benefit from the information derived during this RFP process , including developing the certification process, determining the criteria and training course requirements, and selecting qualified trainers. These training courses can be hosted in any Coalition State to provide training to TRIP operators and supervisors.
TRIP is based on a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to ensure that well-trained, competent operators with proper heavy duty equipment are dispatched to large commercial vehicle incidents, having a significant impact on major interstate traffic. Most notably, the State of Georgia has created a certification program for heavy duty recovery towers. This certification includes two levels – Level I Operator and Level II Supervisor. Level I Operators are required to have 16 hours of TRIP Level I Towing and Recovery Training, and approved endorsements in Haz-Mat, MUTCD Flagger, NIMS 700 and Traffic Incident Management Practices. Level II Supervisors must have the Operator training plus 16 hours of Level II TRIP Supervisor training and an additional 8 hours of Haz-Mat training and NIMS 100.
In order to participate in the program, towing companies must submit a detailed application and undergo yard inspections, verifying that they have the required equipment and complete training records documenting the required training certification for their personnel. The I-95 Corridor Coalition partnered with the program to provide training in accordance with the Georgia Open Roads Policy, TIME Task-force certification exam and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Coalition funded the initial delivery of TRIP Level I Operator and Level II Supervisor training courses for all responder disciplines.
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TRIP has been enormously successful in dramatically reducing the average duration of commercial vehicle incidents in Metro Atlanta: from 269 minutes in 2007, to 106 minutes in 2008, 89 minutes in 2009, 117 minutes in 2010 and 105 minutes in 2011. Thanks to TRIP, many Atlanta motorists now have three additional hours that they can invest into more worthy activities, such as working, helping their children with homework, taking care of elderly parents or volunteering in their communities. Recently, an independent study calculated an 11:1 benefit-cost ratio of the program. With a benefit-to-cost ratio of 11:1, TRIP has demonstrated an obvious monetary value. Furthermore, roadways are cleared faster, which creates a measurable reduction in vehicle hours of delay.
The average savings per incident is $456,216. According to the study, TRIP has reduced the incident cost by 71% compared to the cost before using the program. The implementation of TRIP has created an environment where the towing and recovery operator is a valued team member at an incident scene.
The program provides a sense of purpose and teamwork for all responders. Towing companies are rewarded for assisting safe, quick clearance of an incident by responding with the right equipment and qualified operators. Notably, TRIP’s goal of reducing the clearance time of large commercial incidents also reduces the cost of these incidents in terms of lost time, wasted fuel, and excess emissions.
Business owners, company managers, trainers, health and safety reps and career-oriented operators are all a perfect fit for the Level 2/3 Foundations course.
Newer operators get a big jump on the learning curve. More seasoned operators receive validation for what they’re already doing correctly and can explore more complex scenarios.
All graduates return to work ready to share what they’ve learned with their team.
This course isn’t recommended for those with limited field experience, such as dispatchers, sales staff or brand new operators.
There are no pre-requisites for attending, other than a state- or provincially-issued driver’s license.
“Great way to sharpen your skills and learn new ways to accomplish big or small jobs. Great instructors who are always there for questions days, weeks and even years after certifying.”
– Jason Brown, St Johns Auto Body
Duration: 2 days
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Price: $495.00 USD
Learn how to:
» Stay safe on scene
» Prevent property damage claims
» Calculate your towing capacity
» Apply towing standards
» Use proper terminology
» Perform basic winching (including the Cruse Loop
» Apply your new knowledge of resistance to real-life problems
» Earn customer confidence
All attendees receive a Level 2/3: Fundamentals training package with workbook.
Exam: Upon completing your training, you will be sent an email containing a link to your certification exam. This is a proctored online exam, which means we’ll confirm it’s actually you taking the exam and will make sure that you don’t get any extra help to answer questions (e.g. by asking a co-worker or searching the internet).
- Desktop computer
- Windows Vista (PC users) or OS X 10.5 (Mac users)
- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari
- Adobe Flash
Time limit: 60 minutes
Get started: Once you’ve purchased the online exam and we’ve processed your order, you’ll receive an email from us with instructions and a link to get started.
Your certification is good for 3 years, and you can take any Level 2/3 course for free to refresh your skills during that 3-year period.
“I’ve been towing for years and thought I knew everything till I went to this class. A++++”
– Dave Basala, Tech Transport
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