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MTA Periodic Inspection Training (PIT)

MTA offers Periodic Inspection Training (PIT) classes each quarter.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations (FMCSA), Part 396 and the Michigan Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1963, require that all commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) pass a periodic (annual) inspection.

The inspection must be performed by a qualified individual. Although the State of Michigan requires some mechanics to be state certified, this does not mean they are qualified to perform a periodic (annual) inspection.

To assist maintenance personnel in understanding the requirements for the inspection, Michigan Trucking Association offers a two-day Periodic Inspection Training course. This program has been developed to meet the requirements of FMCSR 396.19 and is open to qualified maintenance personnel.

Why Michigan Trucking Association’s class?
Training for periodic inspection standards was originally developed by Michigan Trucking Association. Participants will have successfully completed a the only state association-sponsored training program and will receive a certificate of completion and company certification form that may be used for possible audit purposes. Class participants will comply with 49 CFR Part §396.19 and understand the inspection criteria set forth in 49 CFR Part §393 and Appendix G of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

How is this class different from CVSA Level I Inspection Procedure Training?
While CVSA inspection training covers out-of-service criteria, it is more lax in certain inspection areas. MTA’s training not only covers CVSA out-of-service criteria, it comprehensively covers all other aspects of repair and maintenance.

Why a two day class? Why not one day or online?
To ensure enough time for in-depth discussion of the material and participant questions. If a participant has a question, he or she can stop the instructor to clarify the material. Also, according to participant feedback, they appreciate and learn from their counterparts in the class. They are encouraged to share real-life situations that highlight the relevance of the material being presented.

Current Class Schedule:

June 9 - 10, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Fee:

MTA member - $395 per person
Non-member - $495 per person
Register here


Michigan Trucking Association
1131 Centennial Way, Lansing, MI

Course Requirements:

Prior basic knowledge of commercial motor vehicles and their components

At least one year of experience as a mechanic

Course Objectives:

Discuss the inspection criteria for required parts and accessories specified in 49 CFR, Part 393

Discuss the minimum periodic inspection standards specified in 49 CFR, Appendix G

Familiarization with and comparison of the North American Uniform Vehicle Inspection Procedures and the inspection procedures contained in 49 CFR, Appendix G

Familiarization with the differences between Out-of-Service-Criteria and the FHWA Annual Inspection

Familiarization with identifying defective parts

Familiarization with the requirements for the periodic inspection (including proper documentation) contained in 49 CFR, 396.17

Familiarization with the tools necessary to perform a safe and effective inspection

Provide participants with a systematic inspection procedure

Maintaining your fleet is more important than ever. Your company’s CSA score will be affected by maintenance violations and/or lack of proper annual vehicle inspections.

Materials Provided:

CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria Chart

Current edition of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), which includes Appendix G Minimum Periodic Inspection Standards

MTA Periodic Inspection Training Manual

Commercial Carrier Journal Air Brake Book, 8th Edition

Cancellation Policy:

Due to limited class size, cancellations occurring within 24 hours of the beginning of the class or no-shows will forfeit registration. Registration may be transferred to another person or applied to another class as scheduling allows. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible so we may accommodate other students.


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Nearby Accommodations:

Country Inn & Suites
Special room rates available; just mention MTA for the discount

Crown Plaza West Lansing

For further information, call MTA at 517-321-1951

Michigan Trucking Association
1131 Centennial Way - Lansing, MI 48917
Phone (517) 321-1951 - Fax (517) 321-0884