The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Innovative Program Delivery’s Center for Local Aid Support recently established a national Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) as a one-stop transportation resource for tribal communities across the country.

The TTAP Center provides comprehensive transportation training and technical assistance to tribal communities, building skills and expertise to ensure the safety and maintenance of tribal roads and the continuous professional development of tribal transportation workforces.

Virtual Centers of Excellence

With administrative headquarters located at the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the program has established five Virtual Centers of Excellence (VCoE), each focused on one of five critical transportation topic areas:

  • Project Delivery
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Safety
  • Planning and Procurement
  • Asset and Data Management

Each VCoE consists of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) dedicated to responding to all inquiries and requests within their particular area of technical expertise, no matter where their home base. While there is no building or physical location, the virtual centers provide an immediate source for technical assistance and training expertise, establishing direct lines of communication between tribal transportation needs and SMEs with the capabilities to address those needs.

SMEs are visiting every BIA region, bringing focused in-classroom coursework and technical assistance so participants can immediately apply this knowledge and skills in their workplace.

Road Scholar Certification Program (RSCP)

With a classroom facility and equipment yard in Oklahoma City, the RSCP provides tribal transportation workers with the opportunity to excel in today’s transportation workplaces.

The RSCP offers certification services for skilled transportation workers who want to lead in their field. The RSCP provides experienced transportation workers with Level 1 and Level 2 credentials to support career advancement. Participants should have a working knowledge of construction and design practices associated with the topics to be evaluated and certified. Field experience is required.

Featuring 19 modules on a variety of roadway topics, the program uses both online and in-person materials to assess and test a candidate’s readiness to be certified. Level 1 certification requires demonstrated mastery of 10 designated topics. Level 2 certification requires demonstrated mastery of 9 designated topics.

Level 1 Modules

Basics of a Good Road
Signing, Pavement Markings and MUTCD
Storm Water Fundamentals and Inspection
Roadway Drainage
Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Practices
Gravel Road Maintenance Practices
Flagger Trainig
Maintenance Math and Plan Reading
Equipment Preventative Maintenance and Daily Inspection
Basic Heavy Equipment Operation and Safety

Level 2 Modules

Workplace Safety Training
Road Stabilization and Dust Abatement Practices
Work Zone Traffic Control
Roadway Safety Fundamentals 1 and 2
Emergency Response Operations
Bridge Inspection, Maintenance and Repair
Winter Road Maintenance
Paving Materials

For information about testing requirements, qualifications, and Level 1/2 certifications, contact the TTAP Center at or call toll-free 833-484-9944.

Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program

Motor vehicle injury prevention is a vital part of safe tribal transportation environments. The TTAP Center’s Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program employs experienced injury prevention specialists (IPS) to administer nationally recognized safety programs, including Safe Native American Passengers (SNAP) training. The TTAP Center’s injury prevention specialists bring these programs directly to tribal communities to deliver hands-on car seat safety training and safe seat belt use.

Learn more about the Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program

For questions or information about the TTAP Center and its services, please call 833-484-9944 or contact for prompt assistance.

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