Tow truck drivers receive training in different areas of the towing profession, including educational and practical training for operating light, medium and heavy-duty equipment. These programs equip applicants with the necessary knowledge and skills for proper and safe handling of tow trucks.
The North American Towing Academy (NATA) offers light duty, light and medium-duty, heavy-duty programs to participants. NATA also provides custom-made programs to suit the towing needs of its customers. The company's light and medium-duty training course, which serves as NATA's flagship package, is a 2-day session that delivers fundamental and advanced concepts and techniques in dealing with light and medium-duty tow vehicles.
The first day of the NATA's light and medium-duty program is divided into a 5-hour classroom instruction setting and a 3-hour hands-on period. In the classroom, aspiring tow truck drivers learn about duties and responsibilities, safe braking and steering capacity, tow trucks, wheel lifts, car carriers and dollies. Students then participate in a 3-hour loading procedures activity.
On the second day, a 4-hour classroom discussion covers lessons in hazardous materials and bio-hazards, vehicle maintenance, recovery, medium-duty towability and medium-duty roll-overs. A 4-hour hands-on activity involving rigging and rollovers follows afterwards.
After successfully completing the NATA light and medium-duty program, training graduates earn a license to operate light and medium-duty tow trucks. This certification is valid for 5 years.