CSA: Know the BASICs - Online Training Course

Interactive Training
60 minutes
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Course Description

CSA: Know the BASICs - Online Training Course



CSA, which stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability, is a driver and carrier monitoring and evaluation system that is designed to identify and intervene with drivers and carriers who are not in compliance with safety regulations. Both drivers and motor carriers are evaluated and scored using this methodology.

Simply put, CSA is a system used by the FMCSA to identify safety problems early so that they can be addressed before they lead to tragedies on the highway.

FMCSA does not require CSA training, but it is a wise best practice to keep drivers alert to new requirements placed on them by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and expectations placed on them by the motor carrier.

  • CSA: Know the BASICs online course covers the following topics:
    • CSA Program Overview
      • Compliance, Safety, Accountability
      • Four Components of CSA
        • Data Collection
        • Roadside Inspections
        • Safety Evaluation
        • Intervention
      • The Seven BASICs
      • Data Processing
      • Severity and Time Weighting
      • BASIC Score
    • The BASICs
      • Unsafe Driving BASIC
      • Hours-of-Service Compliance BASIC
      • Driver Fitness BASIC
      • Controlled Substances and Alcohol BASIC
      • Vehicle Maintenance BASIC
      • Hazardous Materials Compliance BASIC
      • Crash Indicator BASIC
    • FMCSA Interventions
      • Types of Interventions
      • Driver Responsibilities
      • Actions Against Drivers
  • After completing this program, learners will be able to:
    • Explain the purpose and goals of the CSA program.
    • Describe how safety data is collected, measured, and evaluated under the program.
    • List the seven BASICs and how violations get placed into each.
    • Explain strategies for keeping BASIC scores low and avoiding FMCSA interventions.
  • Intended Audience: Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) applies to motor carriers that have a USDOT number and operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) as defined in §390.5 in interstate commerce or have placarded hazmat in intrastate commerce. Drivers of these vehicles are also subject to the new enforcement model.
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Regs Covered: 49 CFR §390.5
  • Copyright Date: 2013 (Rev. 11/14, 2/18)

System Req.

To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:


  • Windows 7, Mac OS X 1.9 (Mavericks) or higher
  • Persistent high-speed internet connection with at least 1.5Mbps download speed
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Pop-up blockers must be disabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Cookies must be allowed
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher


  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later


  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later, although the latest version of Flash is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, plus any of these web browsers:
  • Windows: Internet Explorer 8 or later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)


This training may be used as a springboard to elaborate on any company policies toward the driver in regards to roadside inspection violations and crash history.
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