Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the safety certification progam.

Why should I earn the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP)?

By earning the internationally-recognized Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ designation, industry professionals show that they have the ability to identify common hazards found on transportation project sites and the competency to address them to prevent safety incidents that could result in deaths or injuries. If there is a choice between two equal candidates for a job hire, promotion, or business partner, the one who has demonstrated through professional certification that they command internationally-recognized core competencies for safety awareness and risk management on transportation projects will have the competitive edge.

Why should a transportation contractor support employees earning the SCTPP credential?

It shows commitment to the health and safety of your employees and that project safety is a priority for your firm. It will help reduce safety incidents on your projects, protecting your greatest asset—your employees—and also help reduce your exposure to liability claims, thus reducing insurance costs. It demonstrates your firm’s commitment to safety to project owners, insurance carriers and regulatory bodies, while at the same time enhancing your corporate brand.

Why should a transportation planning and design firm support their designers earning the SCTPP credential?

Because safety incident mitigation can be worked into transportation project plans and designs, if designers know what causes safety incidents on project sites.

It shows owners and contractor partners that your firm understands safety can be designed into transportation projects and that it shares their commitment to ensuring the safety of on-site workers and those travelling through the projects you design. This should help reduce safety incidents, thus saving lives and preventing injuries. It makes your firm a more desirable partner to contractors with a world-class safety culture.

Why should a state or local transportation department support their managers, inspectors and designers earning the SCTPP credential?

Because as custodians of the public’s tax dollars and trust, project safety is the top priority for transportation agencies and your personnel. Having SCTPP recipients on your team demonstrates that commitment and shows your employees that project safety is the agency’s top priority. Having professionally certified personnel involved at all stages of a project—from inception through completion—should help reduce safety incidents, thus saving lives and preventing disabling injuries.

Why should someone graduating with a civil engineering or construction management degree want to earn the SCTPP credential?

It will greatly enhance your employment prospects with firms and agencies with world-class safety cultures. Having the SCTPP designation shows potential employers that you understand how important project safety is to their business operations. And it demonstrates you have gone the “extra mile” to learn the internationally-recognized core competencies necessary to recognize and mitigate safety risks on project sites.

Who can become certified?

The certification process is open to all transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, managers, designers, planners, and owners, equipment operators, manufacturers and materials supplier personnel who meet the eligibility requirements.

What are the eligibility requirements?


1. Three years’ full-time or equivalent experience* in the transportation construction industry. Transportation construction is occupational experience that includes but is not limited to construction of highways, roads, bridges, airports, rail systems, tunnels, utilities and ports.

2. Completion of an OSHA 30 or 510 course.


1. Bachelor’s degree in engineering or construction management with two years’ experience* in the transportation construction industry.

2. Completion of an OSHA 30 or 510 course.


1. Associate or technical degree in safety with two years’ experience in the transportation construction industry*.

*Experience is defined as a job classification including, but not limited to, laborer, operator, foreman, superintendent, project manager, construction manager, engineer, safety professional, risk manager, inspector, surveyor, or estimator. Internships qualify as experience. Experience must be within five years of applying for certification.