In collaboration with leaders in the High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) community, the Motorsport Safety Foundation has created standards for the selection, training and certification of High Performance Driving Instructors.
The CERTIFIED program has two targets and purposes:
INDIVIDUAL HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING INSTRUCTORS:
Establish and set national standards for the training of High Performance Driving Instructors.
ORGANIZATIONS OPERATING HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVER EDUCATION (HPDE) SCHOOLS:
Establish and set minimum standards for the curriculum and operation of its Instructor Training Programs.
On this page you can learn more about the CERTIFIED program, its benefits, and how it works. Please watch the introductory video and read the FAQs.
MISSION / VISION
Improve the standards and operations of HPDE schools, Instructor
Training Programs, and Instructors to provide a safer and better
quality experience for performance driving students and
What is CERTIFIED?
Level 1 is the first step on your way to becoming an MSF CERTIFIED HPDE Instructor.
It is a required course, and even if you have extensive instructing experience, Level 1 will act as a refresher and help define the terms and processes that are consistent throughout the CERTIFIED program. Upon completion of this course, you are qualified to attend a hands-on CERTIFIED HPDE Instructor Training Program.
You can register for the Level 1 online course here.
The Level 2 MSF certification includes and affects both HPDE Organizations and Instructors.
An HPDE Organization that receives Level 2 certification has met the MSF-established minimum qualifications for its training curriculum.
The Motorsport Safety Foundation does not directly certify Instructors for Level 2; this is at the determination of the Organizer. After successful completion of the Level 1 online course, an Instructor Candidate is eligible to participate in a hands-on HPDE Instructor Training Program conducted by an MSF CERTIFIED Organization.
Once an Instructor successfully completes Level 2 training, they may become qualified to begin in-car instruction with students on track. This certification is valid for a 2-year period.
Organizations have the ability to “grandfather” Instructors who have recently completed the CERTIFIED Level 2 curriculum. This too is at the sole discretion of the Organizer.
The Motorsport Safety Foundation is working with leaders in the HPDE industry to define Level 3. More information will be posted here as the program is further developed.
The Motorsport Safety Foundation is working with leaders in the HPDE industry to define Level 4. More information will be posted here as the program is further developed.
The Motorsport Safety Foundation is working with leaders in the HPDE industry to define Level 5. More information will be posted here as the program is further developed.
DUES & BENEFITS
- $50 ONE-TIME FEE
- HARD CARD WITH LANYARD
- CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
- LISTING IN DATABASE OF CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATES
- 10% DISCOUNT ON TIRES FROM TRACKDAYTIRE
- 15% DISCOUNT ON SELECT PRODUCTS FROM MOMO
- ADMINISTRATIVE & SHIPPING FEES
- $35 BIENNIAL FEE
- 2-YEAR CERTIFICATION PERIOD
- LEVEL 2 HARD CARD STICKER
- CERTIFIED HPDE INSTRUCTOR HELMET STICKERS
- LISTING IN DATABASE OF CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS
- ADMINISTRATIVE & SHIPPING FEES
The Motorsport Safety Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible.
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CERTIFIED HPDE ORGANIZATIONS
The following HPDE Instructor Training Programs have officially been CERTIFIED by the Motorsport Safety Foundation:
- BMW CAR CLUB OF AMERICA
- AUDI CLUB NORTH AMERICA
- ST. LOUIS SCCA PDE
What are the minimum standards for the curriculum and operation of a CERTIFIED Instructor Training Program?