By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

More than 300 transportation construction professionals are now “safety certified” through the ARTBA Foundation’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program.

Forty three have earned the prestigious credential over the past two months. Since its launch in late 2016, 301 individuals from 79 companies representing 36 states and Washington, D.C., have earned the certification, which is valid for three years.

These developments follow last fall’s pledge by the Texas Department of Transportation to enable 500 of its employees to sit for the SCTPP exam. The first of those participants are now the program pipeline.

Launched in late 2016, the SCTPP program aims to significantly reduce—or ideally eliminate—the 700 motorist and worker fatalities, and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around U.S. transportation project sites. It is targeted at significantly elevating safety awareness among the thousands of non-safety professionals in the industry—planners, designers, owners, field supervisors and inspectors—who are in decision-making roles from project conception through completion.

The aim is to bring thousands of more “eyes” to the task of identifying and mitigating potential hazards for workers and motorists commonly found in transportation work zones—skills identified through the certification. The certification is valid for three years.

In May 2018, the program earned the “gold standard” of professional credentialing, achieving American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024:2012 international standard. SCTPP is the transportation construction only internationally-accredited safety program.