Back row, left to right:  Lee Cole, CRH; Chris Ellison, Sundt; Ryan Silbernagel, Sundt; Mark Ligon, Vecellio Group. Front row, left to right: Liz Garza, NIOSH; Donnie Connell, Zachry; Ethan Brown, Wright Brothers; Bryan Stone, Superior Construction; Abel Luna, Zachry. Missing from the photo:  J.R. Glascock, Lane.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Professionals from government and leading national construction groups Dec. 4-5 gathered at ARTBA’s Washington, D.C. offices to review and update the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) exam.

“Our accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) requires continuous monitoring, updating and improvement of the exam,” said Bradley Sant, ARTBA’s senior vice president of safety and education.  “Our Subject Matter Experts review each question and monitor how it is performing to ensure the test is assessing the right competencies to promote safety for construction workers and roadway users.”

Professionals from industry firms including Zachry Corporation, CRH Americas Materials, Inc., The Lane Construction Corporation, The Sundt Companies, Vecellio Group Inc., Wright Brothers, Superior Construction, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), reviewed current exam questions and finalized nearly 200 new ones that will be added to the test’s item bank. SCTPP debuted in 2016.

The program was developed 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. Earlier this year, 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.

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