Certification requirements for personnel designing and setting up work zone traffic control
To become certified as an Oregon Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) under the Oregon DOT Program, you must meet the following requirements:
– A current flagging card. A tri-state card is acceptable.
– Some flagging experience.
– One year or 2,000 hours of validated experience that includes implementing and modifying traffic control plans, installing and removing traffic control devices, and successful completion of the TCS course.
– Experience may be as a construction inspector, including inspection of traffic control devices, or on a survey crew with traffic control work and experience.
– Validated experience requires two letters of from outside sources (not current employer) which indicate the individual has the experience as defined above. These letters could be from subcontractors, prime contractors, or other agencies. If only one employer and no outside sources exist, two signatures on one letter would be accepted or letters from different foremen or supervisors.
– The letters and a copy of current flagging card, or for ODOT employees a copy of the training roster, must be received one week prior to training. Letters will be kept on file and may be audited at any time by ODOT or Evergreen.
– Renewal of the TCS certification is required every three years, which requires completion of the second day of the two-day course, a current TCS card, and a current flagging card.
A technician-level certification is also available. This is an apprenticeship-type of program, where the individual has the flagging card, but does not have the level or length of experience to qualify as a TCS. The two-day program is required, completion of the one-year or 2,000 hours of experience, and completion of the second day of the training program. Recertification of the technician certification is available every three years.