Online Training Resources

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are still here to help you advance your agency and develop productive employees through transportation education. Online training opportunities will be added as we receive them. We look forward to the day when we can return to classroom learning, until then we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities during this time.

Online Training with LTAP

LTAP Centers across the country are providing opportunities for online learning at no cost. 

SCLTAP Self Paced Webinars

While COVID-19 keeps us out of the classroom with in person training, we know keeping your employees engaged with professional development is still a priority. We created several self-paced webinars that can be viewed anywhere, at anytime, and at no cost. Current topics include:

  • Signage and the MUTCD
  • Asset Management for Local Agencies
  • Right of Way Maintenance
  • Road Safety Audits
  • Increasing Employee Engagement

For other training opportunities from our LTAP partners across the country, continue scrolling to learn more and register!

Emergency Response & Recovery - Local Agencies

August 6 | 1pm-2:30pm EST

Don’t get caught off guard by a natural disaster! It’s never too soon to prepare or update your emergency response.

Tort Liability & Risk Management for Local Public Agencies / Webinar Series Course

August 4, 6, 11, & 13 | 2pm-3:30pm EST

This course, which is presented as a 4-part webinar series, provides an overview of the legal duties and responsibilities of roadway personnel. A key objective of this training is to use the lessons learned from tort claims filed against road agencies to develop countermeasures and risk management strategies to enhance traffic safety and reduce crashes. Key legal concepts relating to the liability of roadway agencies are reviewed from a risk management standpoint. Common types of claims/lawsuits brought against street departments and roadway agencies are identified through examples and case studies. Risk management principles aimed at 1) reducing and preventing crashes and claims and 2) helping agencies defend claims will be highlighted. Practical risk management activities will also be identified.

Instructor – Dr. Ron Eck, P.E. with the West Virginia LTAP Center

Pavement Management Plan Development and Implementation - Preservation and Beyond

August 4, 6, 11, 13, 21    | 1pm-2:30pm

The Florida LTAP Center in partnership with the Florida Pavement Preservation Council will host a 5-part webinar series on Pavement Management Plan Development and Implementation – Preservation and Beyond. This series gives the attendee a thorough introduction of pavement preservation strategy and its merits. Each part will focus on the various types of pavement preservation techniques as well as successful forms of planning and programming to implement an effective plan in any organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the needs of an agency by analyzing the roadway network condition and review how to deploy effective asset management techniques.
  • Review proper distress identification and analysis, and prepare an agency for the transition to needs-based pavement management planning.
  • Define and review specific pavement preservation treatments and highlight success stories from similar agencies implementation of pavement preservation strategies.
  • Learn how to ensure a long-term asset management plan and pavement preservation program in any size agency.


This 5-part webinar series will be offered at no cost. You are welcome to register for one, two, or all five sessions. Each individual webinar session will award 1.5 PDHs per fully attended and completed session. Up to 7.5 PDHs can be earned for fully attending and completing all five sessions.

Understanding & Utilizing the MUTCD: 3 Part Series

August 11, 12 & 13 | 10am-12pm

This class will take a detailed look at Parts 1, 2, 3, and 5 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. This will be a great opportunity for participants to get a good understanding of the requirements of these sections.

The workshop will cover the following items in detail:
-Overview of the MUTCD
-Detailed discussion of chapters:

Part 1. General Information
Part 2. Signing
Part 3. Pavement Markings
Part 5. Traffic Control Devices for Low Volume Roads


-The class will stress understanding of the MUTCD and its principles.
-Discussion of specific work experiences regarding signing and the MUTCD will be encouraged

Common Sense Solutions for Intersections Training

August 11, 12, 13 | 1pm-3pm

This course provides participants with (1) a basic understanding of intersection safety issues, (2) “how to” information for common safety tasks and low cost safety improvements that do not require an engineered design, and (3) background information on safety tasks that do not require an engineer. This workshop also outlines areas where non-engineers can assist traffic engineers in the safety process, and help them to understand when an engineer needs to be consulted to make a safety related change to an intersection.


Intended Audience: Individuals conducting engineering and traffic studies and those responsible for identifying safety problem and potential solution including street superintendents, public works employees, municipal managers, elected officials, and engineers. The course focus is on the non-engineer. This course is not geared towards law enforcement.

FoRRRwD Countermeasures: High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) and Continuous Friction Measurement (CFM)

August 11 | 1pm-3pm

An FHWA EDC-5 Webinar in collaboration with NLTAPA and the National Center for Rural Road Safety. This webinar focuses on the Proven Countermeasures pillar. State, local, and tribal agencies – come discover how HFST, a pavement safety treatment, can dramatically reduce roadway departure crashes associated with friction demand issues. 

Fall Protection (ARTBA)

August 11 & 12 | 10am-12pm

This course, which is presented as a two-part webinar series, is provided through the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). This multi-faceted program is supported by the Department of Labor and provides training to help protect workers against falls, especially in roadway construction. Falls are the second-leading cause of death in the transportation construction industry, behind runovers and backovers. 

The course includes discussion and information about: horizontal life lines; swing fall hazards; anchorage points; fall prevention ensemble components and selection; self-retracting lifelines; aerial work platforms; rescue and suspension trauma; mounting and dismounting equipment; and walking and working surfaces. 

Instructor – Robinson Vasquez, LLM, MBA / Safety Business Developer and Training Manager at ARTBA.

Roadway Safety Audit

August 13 | 1pm-2:30pm EST

In this webinar, we will cover what comprises a Road Safety Audit (RSA), the benefits of an RSA, how an RSA can lead to funding opportunities, and how to conduct an RSA. This webinar is suitable for all local government personnel, public agencies, consultants, planners, elected officials, and anyone else interested in improving the safety of roadways.

Fall Protection (ARTBA) – Spanish / Webinar Series Course

18 & 19 de Agosto (August 18 & 19)  | 10am-12pm EST

This is a Spanish language version of the same Fall Protection Training being offered on August 11 & 12.

Este curso se presenta como una serie de seminarios web de dos partes, a través de la American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Este programa multifacético fue creado con el apoyo del Departamento de Trabajo y brinda capacitación para ayudar a proteger a los trabajadores contra caídas, especialmente en la construcción de carreteras. Las caídas son la segunda causa de muerte en la industria de la construcción del transporte, detrás de los atropellos. El curso incluye información sobre: líneas de vida horizontales; riesgos de balanceo en las caídas; puntos de anclaje; componentes y selección del equipo de prevención contra caídas; líneas de vida auto-retráctiles; plataformas de trabajo aéreo; rescate y trauma por suspensión; montaje y desmontaje de equipos; y superficies para caminar y trabajar.

Instructor – Robinson Vasquez, LLM, MBA / Gerente de Capacitación en ARTBA. Información de Registro – No hay cuota de inscripción para esta capacitación. El curso virtual se ofrece en línea en dos partes de dos horas cada una con descansos intermedios.
  
• Parte 1 de 2: 18 de Agosto – 10:00 am a 12:00 pm hora del este
• Parte 2 de 2: 19 de Agosto – 10:00 am a 12:00 pm hora del este Inscripciones: 

Evolution of Recycled Plastic Roundabout Design

August 18 | 2pm-3pm EST

A modular recycled plastic roundabout system has been designed to install over existing road surfaces in as little as a few days and less expensively than roundabouts made with conventional construction materials. The basic research, development, testing plus several prototype installations were funded by the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Defense.

Why Does DOT Want More Roundabouts? 
• Cut number of intersection accidents in half
• Reduce severity of accidents by >78%
• Double intersection throughput compared to lights
• Safer for pedestrians and bikes

Modular Recycled Plastic Roundabouts
• Cut cost and installation time 50%
•Drive over during installation to reduce disruption
• No heavy equipment required
• Install over existing unmodified road surface
• Very Green – Typical installation consumes 300,000 recycled one-gallon plastic milk jugs

Result – U.S. DOT projects lower-cost roundabout systems could greatly accelerate roundabout installation rate, leading to safer roads.

Geotechnical Asset Management

August 24 | 3pm-4pm EST

Retaining walls, embankments, slopes, and subgrades are types of geotechnical assets that can adversely influence the performance of transportation and other infrastructure systems, particularly with increasing age as deterioration and the consequences from deferred maintenance are realized.

Implementing asset management practices for these assets enables an owner to measure risk and manage the whole life of the asset in consideration of performance expectations, risk tolerance and at the lowest life-cycle cost.

The goal of any asset management plan is to logically align design, maintenance, and upgrade decisions with the goals and objectives of the asset owner. While bridge and pavement conditions receive much of the media attention and Federal legislative directives, the performance of all assets is important to the efficient operation of infrastructure systems. Further, there now are more retaining walls than bridges in many transportation agencies and the current Federal authorization acknowledges this fact with the suggestion that assets other than bridges and pavements be included asset management plans.

This webinar will introduce the concepts of asset management for retaining walls, slopes, embankments, and subgrades and introduce  an example workflow and tools for starting asset management. The asset management processes and tools were developed as part of the Transportation Research Board study that resulted in NCHRP Research Report 903, released in May 2019. Within this study, a synthesis of U.S. and international practices was conducted as well as case study interviews with state transportation departments, pipeline operators, and Highways and Railways in the U.K. to understand barriers to starting and other implementation frameworks.

Gravel Roads Webinar Series: Hills, Super Elevations, & Intersections

August 26 | 11am-12pm EST

This free webinar series is based on our most popular and longest running in-person workshop—gravel road maintenance and design. One-hour sessions address specific topics and answer your most pressing issues.

In this webinar, the final installment in the series, you’ll learn about hills, super elevations, and intersections. Register to join us for the live broadcast or, if you can’t make it, check our website for the recording after the event.

Who Should Attend
Supervisors, operators, and township officials responsible for maintaining gravel roads and anyone interested in gravel road maintenance.

Our Unique Opportunity to Improve Road Safety

August 27 | 1pm-2pm EST

All of us are in positions where we can influence road safety for the good. We will discuss having a focused perspective about safety on the roads in our jurisdiction, getting data in front of us, and some thoughts on how to use the data. Finally, we will survey some effective countermeasures that the data might suggest. Throughout this webinar, we all will gain a greater awareness of the depth of the problem, and how each of us, in the place we sit, have a unique opportunity to improve road safety in our communities for our friends and neighbors.

Noteworthy Speed Management Practices

September 3 | 2pm EST

FHWA and ITE teamed up to develop a resources for practitioners dealing with speed management. This webinar presents the findings from 8 noteworthy speed management case studies and will provide an opportunity to discuss speed management issues among peers on topics ranging from policy to practical countermeasures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the issues faced and successful speed management strategies used for each of the 8 noteworthy practice case studies.
  • Identify additional speed management resources available to practitioners.
  • Understand the complexity in managing speeds across a community or large scale network.
  • Understand how advocacy is critical for changing the status quo in terms of speeding.


Please note that the webinar is free, but you will need to click on “Purchase” first at the home page, and then when you get to the next step, you’ll see it’s no charge.

PDH credits: 1.5

Develop Skills that Drive Agility Throughout Uncertainty

Register Today | Self-Paced

The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced the need- now more than ever- for skills that will help your workforce remain adaptive in changing environments. As we emerge from the crisis in a new digital workplace, are your employees equipped with core skills that will help your organization thrive in a “new normal?” 

Stress Management

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How to improve workplace happiness, reduce turnover, and elevate productivity and culture.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

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Crosswalk Visibility

Crosswalk Visibility Enhancements, one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by using low cost improvements such as signage, markings, and overhead lighting to increase the conspicuity of pedestrians at or in the crosswalk.

Refuge Islands

Pedestrian Refuge Islands, one of the
STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by providing a raised median in the middle of the roadway where pedestrians may cross in two stages.

Raised Crosswalks

Raised Crosswalks, one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by slowing traffic at intersections and mid-block locations.

Hybrid Beacons

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs), one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by controlling traffic on multi-lane or high speed roadways.

Road
Diets

Road Diets, one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by reducing vehicle speeds, turning conflicts, and crossing distance.

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Data Driven Safety Analysis & Planning

Register Today | Self-Paced

The Roadway Safety Foundation is pleased to offer a self-paced introductory course on the benefits and applications of usRAP. If you’re looking for opportunities to learn and stay engaged during these challenging times, RSF is able to provide this introductory training course and professional development credits free of charge.

This course is a 1-hour overview of usRAP to help decision makers, officials, and engineers decide if usRAP is right for their needs. It covers the history of usRAP, the research basis for its protocols, the process of conducting a usRAP study, and the outputs from usRAP’s ViDA software. This course is appropriate for a general audience looking for an introduction to usRAP.

Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Programming

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Are you a transportation planning or programming professional interested in learning about metropolitan transportation improvement programs?  If so, this web-based training is for you!

This new course provides introductory-level information on the process and requirements for developing and implementing metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs). The training includes administrative modifications and amendments, public involvement, financial planning and performance-based planning and programming (PBPP).

The training highlights the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements for statewide, non-metropolitan, and metropolitan transportation planning and programming processes. 
The three-hour, web-based training (WBT), will help you to learn the following:

  • Recognize how metropolitan areas and States reach decisions on transportation policies, plans, and programs.
  • Identify major funding sources and the flexibility to use funds in addressing metropolitan and statewide transportation needs.
  • Identify the role of key documents in transportation decision-making.
  • Define the concept of fiscal constraint in relation to financial planning and programming.
  • Identify how projects are selected and programmed in the STIP/TIP.
  • Identify processes related to transportation program approval and implementation.
  • Transportation planning and programming professional will learn the connection between long-range transportation planning and prioritizing projects within TIPs and STIPs. You will also earn 0.3 continuing education units (CEUs) for certification. 

Improve your organization’s transportation decision-making process and register for this course today!

Talent Management Strategies for Agencies in Turbulent Times

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As agencies face unprecedented hurdles in today’s world, employee needs are the top priority for HR and L&D leaders. With the right resources in place, government agencies can continue to provide consistent and transparent communication and uninterrupted employee development and onboarding—further strengthening the agency.

Join us for a conversation with representatives from Collier County, FL Human Resources, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. We will discuss how they have overcome obstacles in their employee onboarding and development to deliver highly effective talent management strategies during turbulent times.

You’ll learn how two distinct agencies have overcome obstacles such as:

  • Training different compositions of their workforce with varying degrees of technological capabilities;
  • Labor and employee relations concerns;
  • Rate of required change; and,
  • Positioning technology as an enabler and not a barrier.

 

During this conversation, we will highlight lessons learned that you may be able to apply in your agency to help cover these or similar obstacles you face.

Preparing and Communicating Effective Utility Relocation Requirements

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Implementing effective utility relocation requirements is crucial to achieve success in highway projects. Lack of utility relocation requirements can lead to:

  • Time delays in transportation projects
  • Cost overruns
  • An increase in construction contractor’s risk
  • Less qualified bidders or higher bids on transportation projects

Preparing and Communicating Effective Utility Relocation Requirements (FHWA-NHI-134117) is a self-paced, web-based training that provides state transportation and local public agency personnel and FHWA division officials with valuable knowledge on the importance of utility agreements and its requirements. 

After completing this 3.5 hour course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the elements needed for their projects
  • Improve project delivery
  • Minimize cost and time change orders in utility agreements and utility-related construction bid packages

Transportation officials, don’t allow the lack of utility relocation requirements to cause project delays. Enroll today to learn how incorporating utility relocation requirements can push your organization’s projects in the right direction.