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Defensive Driving Instructor Courses

DDC – 8/6, 9th Edition



About DDC 8/6

The National Safety Council best-selling instructor-led defensive driving course, DDC 8/6, includes the most comprehensive driver safety content and training resources, making this the most compelling program for keeping drivers safe on the road. DDC 8/6 is highly interactive, with the goal of providing drivers with practical knowledge and techniques to avoid collisions and violations.

With a defensive driving self-assessment risk survey and vital content on distracted driving and other leading safety issues, this course helps drivers choose safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviors. Organization that want an “all-inclusive” driver safety training course would benefit by offering DDC 8/6 not only to their on-staff experienced licensed drivers but to all employees and their families.

Available in both English and Spanish, this program can be customized with local training statutes or a company's fleet rules and regulations. Course length also can be reduced from eight hours to six hours to meet training needs. It can be tailored to address local driving and road conditions, as well as company policies.


DDC 8/6 benefits

Businesses that adopt the DDC 8/6 program as their best driver safety practice show their commitment to safety for employees, their families and the public. This training can also help to improve an organization’s bottom line, lower worker’s compensation insurance costs, decrease fleet premiums, reduce liability exposure and create a culture of safety.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of workplace fatalities, accounting for more than 2000 deaths per year. Driver error contributes to almost 60% of motor vehicle collisions. Research shows that learning critical defensive driving techniques can significantly prevent injuries and save lives.

Courts that use the DDC 8/6 program in their ticket dismissal program combat driving fatality rates by changing driver attitudes and behaviors. The program also allows courts to reduce court congestion, decrease case workloads and save lives.

Individuals who take the DDC 8/6 course gain a new awareness of roadway safety and defensive driving helping them to reduce risk of collisions, dismiss traffic tickets, avoid insurance increases, qualify for court supervision and fulfill court ordered driver education.

Click here to request more information on DDC 8/6.


Only NSC DDC 8/6 certified instructors working for a DDC Training Center may teach DDC 8/6


In addition to being able to present technical information on safe driving practices in a knowledgeable, accurate and effective manner, the DDC 8/6 instructors must be able to:

  • Motivate participants
  • Direct participants’ activity
  • Keep participants focused and involved
  • Debrief learning activities
  • Manage group process

About the DDC 8/6 Instructor Development Course

The National Safety Council trains instructors to deliver course material through our 3-day DDC 8/6 Instructor Development Course. * DDC 8/6 instructors at an organization might include safety and operations managers, fleet supervisors, HR managers, trainers and driving instructors.

Training Goals

During the Instructor Development Course, the candidate Instructor gains the confidence and knowledge to become an effective DDC 8/6 instructor. This course provides both the technical information you will need to teach DDC 8/6 as well as effective facilitation methods and presentation techniques for teaching adults. Our instructor trainers will show candidate instructors how to determine the needs of the audience, improve classroom participation and interaction, handle objections, and use activities effectively.

Topics covered in the DDC 8/6 Instructor Development Course include:

  • Thorough coverage of DDC 8/6 9th Edition course content, instructional materials, audio-visual presentations, group activities and case studies
  • How to properly and effectively use the course materials
  • Major DDC concepts and strategies
  • Characteristics and traits of an effective DDC instructor
  • DDC teaching skills and facilitation methods to increase student involvement and motivation
  • Specific learner needs and techniques for managing difficult course participants
  • Deliver a practice presentation for candidate instructor peer feedback and instructor trainer evaluation
  • Administrative responsibilities

Upon successful completion of the DDC 8/6 Instructor Development Course

The candidate must teach a minimum of two DDC 8/6 courses. After teaching your two probationary classes, your DDC Training Center’s administrator is to sign and return the Universal Certification Form issued to you during the Instructor Development Course to the National Safety Council.

You will receive a serialized Instructor Credential which is good for one year. The first year of the credential was paid when you enrolled in the Instructor Development Course. After that it is renewable on a yearly basis. After certification, the NSC provides the instructor with a one year subscription to the Instructor’s Certification Subscription Service. This service includes the following:

  • Safety and Health Magazine (monthly)
  • Access to the DDC Information Highway (housed on the NSC website)
  • Driver Trainer (bimonthly electronic newsletter)
  • Traffic Safety (monthly electronic newsletter)
  • Access to all 50 states and DC traffic law network
  • DDC Instructor webinars and updates
  • Information on the Defensive Driving Courses International Advisory Committee
  • DDC Instructor Administrative Guide
  • DDC Instructor Reference Materials

Click here to request more information on how to become a certified NSC DDC instructor or authorized DDC Training Center.

3-day Instructor Development Course*
Fee: Members $355     Nonmembers $445

DDC 8/6 Instructor Development Course registration fees and time frames may vary at locations. Contact the National Safety Council at 800-621-7619 or the Administering Office prior to registering for an Instructor Development Course to confirm pricing and course date, complete a DDC Training Center agreement and discuss training options if you are interested in teaching DDC 8/6 to the general public (i.e. individuals other than those persons associated with your organization.)

Generally, your registration fee includes the DDC Instructor Certification Package only. Additional teaching materials are required and must be purchased separately through the Administering Office.

*2-day Blended learning opportunities are available at some locations for private training center instructor certification and in some cases for public training center instructor certification as well. As a prerequisite to attendance in a 2-day blended learning Instructor Course, candidate instructors will be required to complete DDC Online at their own expense before attending. This offer may vary at some locations. Candidates will be required to submit the DDC Online completion certificate to the administering office or NSC Chapter. Contact the administering office or NSC Chapter for additional information. To sign up for DDC Online, please click here.




DateLocationAdministering office 
August 27-29, 2014 Atlanta, GA Georgia Chapter
georgia@nsc.org

(800) 441-5103 or 770-729-0077
Submit
Registration
September 3-5, 2014 Concord, NH Safety and Health Council of Northern New England (NH)
catherined@shcnne.org
http://www.shcnne.org/
(603) 228-1401
Submit
Registration
September 10-12, 2014 New Orleans, LA National Safety Council, South Louisiana Chapter
beth@metrosafety.org
http://www.metrosafety.org/
(504) 888-7618
Submit
Registration
September 15-17, 2104 Saint Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration
September 23-25, 2014 Columbus, OH Central Ohio Chapter
safetycouncil@nsc-centralohio.org
http://www.nsc-centralohio.org
(614) 324-5934
Submit
Registration
October 7-9, 2014 Irmo, SC South Carolina Chapter
info@scnsc.org
http://www.scnsc.org
(803) 732-6778
Submit
Registration
October 15-17, 2014 Chicago, IL Chicago Chapter
chicago@nsc.org
http://train.nsc.org/
(800) 621-7619
Submit
Registration
October 15-17, 2014 Birmingham, AL Alabama Chapter
alabama@nsc.org

(205) 328-7233
Submit
Registration
October 15-17, 2014 Baltimore, MD Chesapeake Region Safety Council
safety@chesapeakesc.org
http://www.chesapeakesc.org
(800) 875-4770 or (410) 298-4770
Submit
Registration
October 22-24, 2014 Youngstown, OH Northern Ohio Chapter
info@nscnohio.org
http://www.nscnohio.org/
(800) 715-0358 or (330) 747-8657
Submit
Registration
November 5-7, 2014 Saint Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration
November 5-7, 2014 Atlanta, GA Georgia Chapter
georgia@nsc.org

(800) 441-5103 or 770-729-0077
Submit
Registration
December 2-4, 2014 New Orleans, LA National Safety Council, South Louisiana Chapter
beth@metrosafety.org
http://www.metrosafety.org/
(504) 888-7618
Submit
Registration
January 12-14, 2015 St. Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration
January 12 - 14, 2015 Fort Worth, TX NSC Data Management Center
dmc@nsc.org

(315) 453-7462
Submit
Registration
March 16-18, 2015 St. Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration

 
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