By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Two executives of the nation’s leading planning and design firms are asking their peers to support the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program.

Unveiled in October by ARTBA’s Foundation, the SCTPP program certifies that individuals have the professional core competencies necessary to identify common hazards found on transportation projects and correct them—whether during the planning, design, or onsite personnel management—and thus prevent incidents that could result in deaths or injuries.

“Safety is a core value of our industry and we encourage you to demonstrate your organizational and personal commitment to this value by participating in the SCTPP certification process and encouraging your employees to take part as well,” Paul Yarossi, president of HNTB Holdings Ltd., and Greg Kelly, president and CEO/U.S. & Latin America at WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff, say in their Dec. 13 letter to the CEOs of the top engineering firms. Yarossi and Kelly serve on the SCTPP certification commission, the independent governance panel for the program.

Yarossi and Kelly’s letter points to the new ARTBA Online Learning Center, which offers six certification exam prep courses that can also yield up to 10 Professional Development Hours for civil engineers for less than $1,000.

The SCTPP program is designed to meet the rigorous certification protocols of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The first certification exam period is Jan. 16 to Feb. 17.

All the details are available at: www.puttingsafetyfirst.org