Florida Approves ATV Safety Institute E-Course
for State Certification
Institute Aims at Working with More States
IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2010 - Florida is
now the first state using the ATV Safety
Institute's online E-Course (https://cbt.svia.org)
to earn certification for an off-highway vehicle
The Florida Division of Forestry worked with
the ASI to create state-specific details for a
specialized Florida E-Course, a Web-based
curriculum that's packed with nearly two hours
of ATV safety information. By Florida law, when
operating an off-highway vehicle on public land,
all riders age 6 to 15 must possess a Florida
OHV Safety Certificate and they must be
supervised by an adult.
"We are excited to be able to reach so many
more people with safe and responsible OHV use
messages through the ASI E-Course," said Tami
Leonard, OHV recreation coordinator for the
State of Florida, Division of Forestry. "It's an
excellent addition to our program that already
offers the ASI ATV RiderCourse and Motorcycle
Safety Foundation DirtBike School."
The ASI offers approved training for OHV
certification in the Sunshine State under
agreement with the Florida Department of
Agriculture's Division of Forestry. Previously,
any student who completed an ASI ATV
RiderCourseSM or MSF DirtBike SchoolSM class was
eligible for a Florida OHV Safety Certificate.
Now the ASI Florida E-Course also fulfills that
requirement. Students age 6 to 15 will
automatically be issued certificates after
successful completion of any of these courses.
"We'll apply the lessons learned in working
with the Florida Division of Forestry, and their
OHV Advisory Committee, as we partner with other
states wishing to add the E-Course to their
certification programs," said Tom Yager, ASI
vice president, safety programs. "The ASI
E-Course is designed to incorporate state
specific information as needed."
The ATV Safety Institute develops rider
training programs, conducts hands-on ATV
RiderCourseSM in all 50 states, and promotes the
safe and responsible use of ATVs 24 hours a day
through several free interactive online safety
To enroll, riders simply visit
www.atvsafety.org and click on the ATV
E-Course. The Florida course can be selected
during registration. After completing the
course, students may take a quiz, and upon
passing, receive a certificate. The cost for the
Florida E-Course quiz and certificate is $25.
Each self-paced E-Course covers the ASI's
Golden Rules, the fundamentals of riding (with
an emphasis on risk management and avoidance) as
well as the ATV itself. The online courses
include real-world videos from a rider's point
of view, animation, and interactive learning
exercises and quizzes to self-test the knowledge
"Online instruction is very useful, but there
is no substitute for hands-on training when it
comes to developing the physical skills for
safely operating an ATV," Yager said. "All
riders must remember that their safety is their
responsibility. We want them to choose to be
responsible and follow the Golden Rules."
The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules are:
- Always wear a helmet and other protective
- Never ride
on public roads - another vehicle could hit you.
- Never ride
under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
- Ride an
ATV that's right for your age.
riders younger than 16 - ATVs are not toys.
- Ride only
on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Take an
ATV RiderCourse. Call toll-free at (800)
887-2887 and take the free E-Course at
About The All-Terrain Vehicle
The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute®
develops rider training programs and promotes
the safe and responsible use of ATVs. The ASI
works to reduce crashes and injuries resulting
from improper ATV use. Formed in 1988, the ASI
is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty
Vehicle Institute of America®. For safety
information or to enroll in the ATV
RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit
www.atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.