In collaboration with leaders in the High Performance Driver Education community, the Motorsport Safety Foundation has created standards for the selection, training and certification of high performance driving instructors.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I've been instructing for years. Do I need to do this?
If you have previously been trained by a CERTIFIED Level 2 organizer, you may be “grandfathered” into being a CERTIFIED Level 2 instructor. Having said that, it’s mandatory for you to go through the Level 1 online training. This is primarily so you and others are on the same page, and use common language, definitions and approaches.
What if I don't bother becoming CERTIFIED?
Then you will not be CERTIFIED, and that may limit you to where you can instruct. For a school or HPDE event to be CERTIFIED, all of its instructors must be CERTIFIED – just like a scuba diving school cannot operate with instructors who are not CERTIFIED. As you know, some HPDE events enlist drivers at the last minute to instruct students, and they’ve been selected simply on the basis of being fast drivers – not because they’re good instructors. This lowers the standards for HPDE programs, and can be dangerous for both student and instructor.
Do I get some way of showing that I'm a CERTIFIED instructor?
First of all, you will receive a "hard card" credential that indicates your level of certification, as well as a Certificate of Completion. Second, your name and certification level will be posted in MSF's national database, and through MotorsportReg.com
. That way, event organizers will be able to check your instructor qualifications, no matter where in the country you are.
What qualifies the Motorsport Safety Foundation to set standards?
The Motorsport Safety Foundation has consulted with many of the most experienced and accomplished industry experts – HPDE instructors and event organizers – over the past couple of years and integrated their shared input and feedback into the standards. It should be noted that the standards as initially set out are meant to be the minimum, and will be raised over time with further input and feedback from all CERTIFIED organizations and instructors.
How does a car club or business's instructor training program become CERTIFIED?
Any HPDE event organizer can apply to the Motorsport Safety Foundation for certification of its instructor training programs. First, the Instructor Training Program Standards are listed here
, so make sure your program covers them. Then, submit your curriculum outline to the Motorsport Safety Foundation for approval: email@example.com
Why can't I log into my CERTIFIED account?
To log back into your CERTIFIED account, visit motorsportsafety.litmos.com
, enter your username (most likely your email address) and password. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, click on the "I've forgotten my username/password" link on the webpage, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help! Please note that your CERTIFIED account is not accessible via the Motorsport Safety Foundation website. To become a member of motorsport-safety.org, please click here
. An MSF account will give you the ability to post/comment in our community forum and exchange messages with other members.
As a HPDE event organizer, won’t we be losing our advantage over our competitors by being involved in this program?
Your “competitive advantage” is in the way you organize your events, your schedule, locations/facilities, pricing, and the customer experience you provide your students. Safety is a different story. This is no different from how airlines operate. They each provide different levels of services, as well as pricing, but they must all meet or exceed the safety standards set by the FAA. And they all benefit from this, as all suffer when a serious incident occurs.
What if our instructor training program covers things not included in the standards set by the Motorsport Safety Foundation?
The standards set for the curriculum and operation of an instructor training program are the minimums, and we encourage organizations to go beyond them, as long as something doesn’t conflict with the certification standards.
How does an organization show that its instructor training program is CERTIFIED?
Upon approval of an organization's instructor training program curriculum, you will be able to advertise that your organization is MSF CERTIFIED (MSF will provide you with electronic files of the Motorsport Safety Foundation CERTIFIED logo).
Does the Motorsport Safety Foundation put on hands-on instructor training programs?
No. However, the Motorsport Safety Foundation does provide the online Level 1 Certification course, and then establishes the minimum standards for instructor training programs, relying on the various HPDE Organizers to conduct them.
How will ongoing quality and adherence to standards be monitored?
The Motorsport Safety Foundation will conduct random "quality control" audits of instructor training programs, as well as individual instructors.
How would a CERTIFIED instructor access the 10% discount from TrackDayTire.com?
TrackDayTire.com proudly supports the Motorsport Safety Foundation in its quest to improve the standards and operations of HPDE schools, instructor training programs, and instructors. Instructors earning Level 1 certification will receive a sponsorship code for a 10% discount in addition to reduced flat rate shipping from TrackDayTire.com. If you are a CERTIFIED instructor and have not received your sponsorship code, please send a message to email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.