The Truckload Carriers Assn. has launched Truckload Academy On-Demand (TAO), a virtual training and education platform that allows trucking companies to access online information and training materials whenever and wherever it is convenient.

According to TCA, TAO replaces the Truckload Academy Live Learning Center and the use of the word “on-demand” in the new title more accurately reflects the fact that users receive high-quality content, at a reasonable price, with 24/7 accessibility.

TCA said TAO makes it easier and faster for users to locate the training they want, and, after payment is made, training is available immediately, with no lag time.

TAO offers an array of training opportunities, including sessions recorded at four of the association’s major face-to-face events: TCA’ Annual Convention, the annual Recruitment & Retention Conference, the Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting and the Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting.

Sessions are available shortly after each event and can be purchased by TCA members at a discount. These recordings employ the latest screen-capture technology, which allows individuals to catch up on information they may have missed, gain valuable information from other TCA events and continue their professional development year-round.

Recordings of Truckload Academy webinars are also available as well as self-paced training programs such as The “Highly Effective Fleet Manager,” an online certificate program that focuses on business, leadership, communication and coaching skills for fleet and driver managers. In the future, video training will be offered. Other resources could potentially be added, such as white papers or regulatory and legislative updates.

“The Chinese word ‘tao’ is often translated as ‘the way’ or ‘the path,’ so we felt the acronym was perfect for what we are trying to accomplish here,” said Ron Goode, TCA’s director of education and the individual responsible for the creation of the comprehensive resource.

“Given the current economic situation and the fact that everyone is using tablets and other high-tech devices today, we realized this was the only way to go,” he added. “TCA is now on the cutting edge when it comes to offering quality training to our members and the truckload community.”

To access TCA’s virtual learning opportunities, go to www.truckload.org/TAO.