Introductory hands-on training for towing and recovery focused on light and medium-duty operations.


WreckMaster’s TRIP Level 2 course gives tow truck operators the skills to manage complex and potentially dangerous situations with confidence—no more embarrassing near misses and failed attempts.

In this program, students will learn from a curriculum modeled after WreckMaster's Level 4/5: Advanced Techniques program.

The Level 4 Towing curriculum teaches special applications for towing technology, sophisticated hook-ups, tips to manage difficult customer and work relationships, and important precautions for front, rear and trailer towing.

The Level 5 Recovery component will give you a full understanding of resistance so you can successfully recover vehicles from soft, sloped surfaces. You’ll learn how to calculate exactly how much your truck can winch before it starts to be pulled towards the casualty, and how much it can lift before you start to see daylight under your front tires. By the end of the two-day course, you’ll be uprighting tractor trailers.”

Meets all TRIP training requirements

“I have confidence I didn’t have, and each job since my 2/3/4/5 is an engineering problem I get excited about solving. I know what I don’t know and have a new hunger to learn more. Thank you WreckMaster.”

– Danny Ferguson, Toms & Merritt Towing



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About TRIP

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.   



If you’ve taken the WreckMaster Level 2/3 Foundations course and you want to be able to tow and recover in even more complicated and potentially dangerous scenarios, the Level 4/5 Advanced Techniques course is for you.

It’s an especially good fit for company owners, trainers and organizations that work with or train fire and rescue personnel.

We find that having at least 1 to 3 years of experience in the towing and recovery field makes the hands-on and in-class Level 4/5 curriculum more meaningful because you’ll be able to relate real-world, personal experiences to what you’re learning.

“I learned a lot about what I didn’t know, or was doing wrong. Worth every penny.”

– Kevin Markic, Toms & Merritt Towing


Duration: 2 days

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Price: $495.00 USD

Learn how to:

» Stay safe on scene
» Use advanced towing hook-ups
» Calculate your truck’s lifting capacity
» Rig for a vertical lift
» Anchor your tow truck or carrier
» Tow and recover heavier weight classes
» Upright cars in complex scenarios
» Upright tractor-trailers using single lane parallel methods
» Work effectively on scene with a recovery team
» Improve employee relations and keep customers happy

All attendees receive a Level 4/5: Advanced Techniques 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).

Technical requirements:

  • Desktop computer
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Windows Vista (PC users) or OS X 10.5 (Mac users)
  • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari
  • Adobe Flash

Questions: 40

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 three years, and you can take any Level 4/5 course for free to refresh your skills during that 3-year period.

“Knowledge is power. I can’t believe it took me 14 years of driving a tow truck to become a true operator. So much info and a great time. 2/3 one week then two weeks later my 4/5. Great instructors that help you every step of the way.”

– Kurt Whitman, Baker Towing and Recovery

Course Outline:

Phone: 1-800-267-2266


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