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Defensive Driving Instructor Courses

DDC 4, 6th edition

About DDC 4

DDC 4, an instructor-led classroom course, offers the greatest flexibility for organizations who would like to customize session blocks. The multimedia production creatively integrates the 4-hour classroom presentation with technical content, videos, knowledge checks, skills and technique reviews, 2-D animation and a “Guide.” This course will motivate participants to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes. It will give your students key understanding, skills and techniques to avoid collisions and reduce future violations. The result is a more responsible driver who grasps best practices to prevent injury and death while operating a motor vehicle.

DDC 4 benefits:

Businesses that adopt the DDC 4 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.

Courts that use the DDC 4 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 4 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.

Learn more about the course

Only NSC DDC 4 certified instructors working for a DDC Training Center may teach DDC 4. In addition to being able to present technical information on safe driving practices in a knowledgeable, accurate and effective manner, the DDC 4 instructors must be able to:

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

About the DDC 4 Instructor Development Course

The National Safety Council trains instructors to deliver course material through our 2-day DDC 4 Instructor Development Course. During the Instructor Development Course you’ll gain the confidence and knowledge to become an effective DDC 4 instructor. This course provides both the technical information you will need to teach DDC 4 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 4 Instructor Development Course include:

  • Thorough coverage of DDC 4 6th edition course content and instructional materials, including the 6 additional 10-miunute lessons, multi-media presentation, group activities and case studies
  • How to properly and effectively use the course materials and multi-media disc
  • 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 4 Instructor Development Course

The candidate must teach a minimum of two DDC 4 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

2-day DDC 4 Instructor Development Course
Fee: Members $325 Nonmembers $415

DDC 4 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 4 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, including the Multi-media presentation and Student Course Guides, must be purchased separately through the Administering Office.





DateLocationAdministering office 
July 28-29, 2014 Springfield, MA Safety Council of Western New England
info@scwne.org
http://www.scwne.org/
(800) 359-9717; (413) 783-1632
Submit
Registration
August 7-8, 2014 Birmingham, AL Alabama Chapter
alabama@nsc.org

(205) 328-7233
Submit
Registration
August 11-12, 2014 Bismarck, ND North Dakota Safety Council
ndsc@ndsc.org
http://www.ndsc.org/
(800) 932-8890 or (701) 223-6372
Submit
Registration
August 14-15, 2014 Shreveport, LA Ark-La-Tex Chapter
safety@nscaltchapter.org
http://list.nsc.org/arklatex
(318) 687-7550
Submit
Registration
August 19-20, 2014 Charlotte, NC Safety and Health Council of North Carolina
karenb@safetync.org
http://www.safetync.org/
(704) 644-4200
Submit
Registration
September 3-4, 2014 Columbus, OH Central Ohio Chapter
safetycouncil@nsc-centralohio.org
http://www.nsc-centralohio.org
(614) 324-5934
Submit
Registration
September 16-17, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Safety Council
sbarrett@utahsafetycouncil.org
http://www.utahsafetycouncil.org/
(800) 933-5943
Submit
Registration
September 17-18, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Chapter
main@acnsc.org
http://www.acnsc.org/
(602) 264-2394
Submit
Registration
September 18-19, 2014 New Orleans, LA National Safety Council, South Louisiana Chapter
beth@metrosafety.org
http://www.metrosafety.org/
(504) 888-7618
Submit
Registration
September 22-23, 2014 Saint Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration
September 23-24, 2014 Chicago, IL Chicago Chapter
chicago@nsc.org
http://train.nsc.org/
(800) 621-7619
Submit
Registration
September 24-25, 2014 Youngstown, OH Northern Ohio Chapter
info@nscnohio.org
http://www.nscnohio.org/
(800) 715-0358 or (330) 747-8657
Submit
Registration
September 25-26, 2014 Des Moines, IA Iowa-Illinois Safety Council
iiscadmin@iisc.org
http://www.iisc.org/
(515) 276-4724
Submit
Registration
October 9-10, 2014 Springfield, MA Safety Council of Western New England
info@scwne.org
http://www.scwne.org/
(800) 359-9717; (413) 783-1632
Submit
Registration
October 23-24, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Chapter
main@acnsc.org
http://www.acnsc.org/
(602) 264-2394
Submit
Registration
November 3-4, 2014 Saint Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration
November 4-5, 2014 Irmo, SC South Carolina Chapter
info@scnsc.org
http://www.scnsc.org
(803) 732-6778
Submit
Registration
November 6-7, 2014 Birmingham, AL Alabama Chapter
alabama@nsc.org

(205) 328-7233
Submit
Registration
November 19-20, 2014 Youngstown, OH Northern Ohio Chapter
info@nscnohio.org
http://www.nscnohio.org/
(800) 715-0358 or (330) 747-8657
Submit
Registration
November 24-25, 2014 New Orleans, LA National Safety Council, South Louisiana Chapter
beth@metrosafety.org
http://www.metrosafety.org/
(504) 888-7618
Submit
Registration
December 2-3, 2014 Raleigh, NC Safety and Health Council of North Carolina (Raleigh office)
susanm@safetync.org
http://www.safetync.org/
(919) 719-9814
Submit
Registration
December 10-11, 2014 Columbus, OH Central Ohio Chapter
safetycouncil@nsc-centralohio.org
http://www.nsc-centralohio.org
(614) 324-5934
Submit
Registration
December 10-11, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Chapter
main@acnsc.org
http://www.acnsc.org/
(602) 264-2394
Submit
Registration
January 22-23, 2015 St. Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration
March 5-6, 2015 Des Moines, IA Iowa-Illinois Safety Council
iiscadmin@iisc.org
http://www.iisc.org/
(515) 276-4724
Submit
Registration
March 12-13, 2015 St. Paul, MN Minnesota Safety Council, Inc.
msc@mnsafetycouncil.org
www.mnsafetycouncil.org
(800) 444-9150
Submit
Registration

 
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