By Brad Sant, senior vice president of Safety & Education, ARTBA

With the 2018-19 winter projected to be harsher than usual in many parts of the country and construction work slowing, it’s a good time for transportation construction professionals to head indoors to prep for the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) exam.  This is your opportunity to demonstrate you have the core competencies to make your transportation work site safe.

The SCTPP aims to ensure there are people on every site who have the basic knowledge and skills to address—and correct—safety hazards. It’s intended for the thousands of transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, managers, manufacturers and materials suppliers, designers, equipment operators and owners.

The two-and-a-half hour exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in: assessing project risks; creating project safety plans; implementing and conducting on-going evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan; and conducting incident investigations.

Among this year’s SCTPP milestones:

  • The program was accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 international standard. ANSI accreditation signifies the certificate holder has completed a prescribed course of study designed specifically to meet pre-defined industry requirements and that the program’s sponsor has met, and continues to meet, international standards for quality improvement.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) made a major commitment toward improving safety in and around the state’s roadway construction work zones by becoming the first public agency in the nation to help 500 of its employees earn the SCTPP credential in FY 2019.
  • ARTBA rolled out a newly expanded study guide featuring 80 practice questions with answer key and explanation that is designed to provide a big boost to industry professionals preparing for the exam.

ARTBA has also developed eight courses from its Online Learning Center (OLC). The courses include traffic and hazard control, communications, work sites, risk assessment, personal protective equipment, and more.  Each course comes with Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits.

Learn more: www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.