Certifying the capabilities of experienced tribal workers to deliver transportation-related construction and maintenance services 

 

New Mexico open roadThe TTAP Road Scholar Certification Program (RSCP) provides experienced tribal transportation workers with the opportunity to excel in today’s transportation workplaces.

With a facility and equipment yard located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, RSCP certification provides the credentials needed for career advancement and job satisfaction. RSCP graduates are empowered to be leaders in their field, ensuring safe and sustainable transportation systems in their communities.


Program Overview

The TTAP Road Scholar Program consists of ten Level I and nine Level II assessment modules on topics critical to ensuring the safe and effective construction and maintenance of tribal roads. Each module evaluates an experienced tribal transportation worker’s knowledge and practical skills on a specific construction or maintenance topic.

Individuals may choose to be certified in one topic or in several topics. Individuals who complete all topics in either level will achieve the program’s Level I or Level II Road Scholar certification.

 All Road Scholar modules and certifications are offered at no charge to tribes.

Before registering for any RSCP modules, individuals should have a strong working knowledge of construction and/or design practices associated with industry-recognized aspects of the topics to be evaluated and certified. Field experience and other similar experience is strongly recommended.


Why Become a TTAP Road Scholar?

  • Demonstrate the advanced skills needed to propel your career and excel in the transportation industry.
  • Exemplify the commitment and leadership needed to support tribal transportation communities.
  • Earn a certificate of completion to validate your expertise in specific topic areas.

Certification Procedures

Each certification module is set-up to evaluate an individual’s proficiency in a specific transportation-related field. Each module consists of a pre- and post-test, as well as a performance/practical assessment.  Topical resources and review materials will be provided to assist with your preparation prior to assessments.

Materials

Upon registering to become certified in a specific topic, an individual will receive topical resources and other materials to review prior to taking the electronic pre-test.

Pre-tests

The pre-test consists of 25 multiple choice questions taken electronically on the individual’s own time. An individual must score at least 75% to qualify to sit for the post-test and performance/practical assessment. Individuals who do not receive a 75% or higher on the pre-test are encouraged to spend additional time studying the materials.

Pre-tests may be repeated 30 days from the date of the last attempt. Certification pre-tests must be successfully completed at least 7 days prior to a scheduled post-test and performance/practical assessment.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not make any travel arrangements until you have been notified that you have successfully passed the pre-test.

Post-tests and Performance/Practical Assessments

The post-test consisting of 25 multiple choice questions and the performance/practical assessment are administered on a pre-determined date at the Oklahoma RSCP facility.  An individual must score at least 80% to receive certification.

Remote testing options may be available in your region for several RSCP modules. Click below to learn which modules offer a remote testing option. Feel free to contact the TTAP Center at info.ttap@virginia.edu or 833-484-9944 to discuss remote testing logistics.


Certification Topics and Registration Information

Post-test and Performance/Practical Assessment Dates in Oklahoma

There are ten Level I topics and four Level II topics currently available for certification. Click on the module title below for the topic description and required proficiencies. Click on the registration link with your preferred date for your post-test and performance/practical test. This will start your submission process and ensure you receive pre-test information and materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not make any travel arrangements until you have been notified that you have successfully passed the pre-test.

Level I Topics

RS1: Basics of a Good Road (Click for Description)

Thursday, June 27 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025466

Thursday, July 18 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025467

Remote Testing Option Available: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?course=191491

This certification ensures the individual understands the fundamental concepts of road building. It touches on all the key components of good road building and road maintenance. 

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Most important things that make a good road
  • Road and highway design 
  • Pavement structures – materials used in a good road, proper compaction, paving and repair methods 
  • Traffic considerations  
  • Traffic signs and pavement markings 
  • Soils – classification, compaction and proper paving 
  • Roadway drainage 

RS2: Signing, Pavement Markings, and MUTCD (Click for Description)

Tuesday, June 25 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963384

Tuesday, July 16 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963385

Remote Testing Option Available: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?course=144322

This certification ensures that the individual has the technical knowledge to properly select signs and markings, sign requirements, proper placement, warrants, sign supports and pavement markings utilizing the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • General knowledge of the MUTCD
  • How to interpret the information contained in the MUTCD
  • How to select standard signs and sizes
  • Proper placement and installation of signs and pavement markings
  • How to properly select curve signage
  • How to determine if a sign meets warrants.

RS3: Stormwater Erosion and Sediment Control (Click for Description)

Tuesday, June 25 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963403

Tuesday, July 16 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963404

Remote Testing Option Available: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?course=144321

This certification provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about the requirements for erosion and sediment control for road construction sites. The certification will also assess knowledge about Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P) including the requirements needed to obtain a permit, routine inspection checklists and proper maintenance necessary to ensure proper control methods remain effective.

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Seeding and mulching
  • Tracking
  • Silt fence
  • Ditch checks
  • Diversion ditches
  • Stream protection
  • Basic installation and maintenance procedures of best management practices.
  • Inspection documentation
  • Basic concepts involving erosion and sedimentation
  • Basic knowledge of the local MS4 (State DEQ) general construction permit
  • Requirements for acquiring coverage under the general MS4 (State DEQ) permit
  • Components of the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Temporary erosion and sediment control measures
  • Permanent erosion and sediment control measures
  • Appropriate uses for Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Maintenance of BMPs
  • Components of an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan

RS4: Roadway Drainage (Click for Description)

Thursday, June 20 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025638

Thursday, July 11 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025639

Thursday, August 8 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025640

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This certification ensures the individual possesses technical knowledge concerning roadway drainage; including proper understanding about roadway materials to reduce the impacts of moisture, proper drainage concepts necessary to ensure a roadway’s serviceability, pavement preservation concepts that reduce/eliminate the impacts of moisture, preventative and corrective measures that ensure roadway drainage does not deteriorate a roadway, selecting candidates for roadway drainage remediation, and methods for correcting improper roadway drainage conditions.

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Roadway drainage concepts that ensure a roadways serviceability 
  • Water movement / subsurface water / surface water 
  • Earth materials / road materials 
  • Elements of a roadway needed to ensure proper roadway drainage 
  • Culverts 
  • Ditches 
  • Slopes and erosion control 
  • Roadway drainage evaluation and corrective measures for discrepancies 
  • Selection of the proper treatment for various roadway drainage distresses 

RS5: Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Practices (Click for Description)

Wednesday, June 26 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963396

Wednesday, July 17 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963397

Thursday, August 29 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025460

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This certification module ensures that the individual has the technical knowledge of maintenance techniques for asphalt pavements, including pavement preservation concepts, preventative and corrective repairs, identifying types of pavement distress and their causes, selecting candidates for pavement preservation, and methods for repairing pavement failures.

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Benefits of a preventative maintenance program.
  • Preventative maintenance techniques
  • Pavement condition evaluation and distress types
  • Selection of the proper treatment for the distress
  • Application knowledge of different treatments for pavement distress
  • Selecting candidates for pavement preservation

RS6: Gravel Road Maintenance Practices (Click for Description)

Thursday, June 20 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025644

Thursday, July 11 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025645

Thursday, August 8 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025646

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This certification provides participants an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in the area of gravel road maintenance, including the use of equipment and materials typically used for gravel road maintenance.

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Evaluating current road conditions including proper crown, materials condition, fore slopes and back slopes
  • Construction of a gravel road including drainage and shaping
  • Ability to operate a motor grader.

RS7: Flagger Training (Click for Description)

Monday, June 24 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025651

Monday, July 15 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025653

This certification ensures the individual has all the basic technical knowledge required to perform effective and safe flagging duties in a roadway or job site work zone.  

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • How to stop, slow, and release traffic using a stop paddle and how to control traffic using a flag if needed. 
  • Controlling traffic on a two-way road and how to use different methods to communicate with other flaggers. 
  • How to setup and handle night flagging 
  • Understand why proper flagger operations are important 
  • Learn the standard skillset of a good flagger 
  • Apply standard flagger control references 
  • Identify proper flagging signals and procedures 
  • Learn standard flagger practices for various situations 

RS8: Maintenance Math and Plan Reading (Click for Description)

Thursday, June 27 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025458

Thursday, July 18 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025459

Remote Testing Option Available: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?course=144335

This certification module ensures that the individual can perform basic math functions necessary for highway maintenance and has the ability to read and interpret construction plans used to build and maintain roads.

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Basic maintenance math and calculations
  • Calculating areas and volumes
  • Reading Typical Sections in a set of roadway plans
  • Understanding of the views used in plans
  • Ability to interpret stationing, symbols and abbreviations
  • Details of the plan and profile sheets
  • Using the cross-section sheets
  • Locating information on the pipe sheets

RS9: Equipment Preventative Maintenance and Daily Inspection (Click for Description)

Tuesday, June 18 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025502

Tuesday, July 9 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025503

Tuesday, August 6 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025504

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This half-day certification provides participants an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skill in the area of effective management and administration of equipment preventative maintenance operations for light and heavy equipmentParticipants will demonstrate their knowledge and skills involving how to perform preventative maintenance on equipment typically used in monitoring and/or constructing/maintaining roads and highways

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Safe operation and use of heavy equipment
  • Preventive maintenance on heavy equipment and light duty vehicles
  • Basic management of a preventive maintenance program.

RS10: Basic Heavy Equipment Operations and Safety (Click for Description)

Tuesday, June 18 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025484

Tuesday, July 9 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025485

Tuesday, August 6 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025486

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This one-and-a-half-day certification provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skill on heavy equipment typically used for road construction and maintenance.  Students will choose two out of the four following pieces of equipment to obtain certifications: dump truck, roller, backhoe or front loader

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Field operation of two pieces of heavy equipment
  • Knowledge and skills related to general heavy equipment operations and safety.

Level II Topics

RS11: Workplace Safety (Click for Description)

Thursday, August 27 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025656

Remote Testing Option Available: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?course=191492

This certification is designed to ensure that the individual thoroughly understands best practices for preventing roadway construction and maintenance workplace injuries and deaths.  

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • General knowledge of the MUTCD 
  • Temporary Traffic Control
  • Worker Safety specifically for roadway construction and maintenance projects
  • The most common causes of workplace accidents & injuries and how to prevent them
  • Proper safety protocols working around heavy mobile equipment
  • How to prevent run-overs, back-overs and vehicle collisions on the job.

RS13: Work Zone Traffic Control (Click for Description)

Thursday, August 27 | Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025657

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This certification ensures the individual has all the basic technical knowledge required to properly layout, install and maintain work zone traffic control.  

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • General knowledge of work zone traffic control. 
  • How to properly lay out, install and maintain work zone traffic control. 
  • Ability to interpret scenarios and complete a traffic control plan. 
  • Ability to recognize deficiencies in and correct traffic control plans. 

RS14: Roadway Safety Fundamentals 1 (Click for Description)

Wednesday, August 28| Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025659

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This certification ensures the individual has a working knowledge of roadway safety and actual work experience in identifying and mitigating roadway safety issues.   

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • General knowledge of roadway safety. 
  • Identification of roadway safety issues. 
  • Proper selection of countermeasures. 
  • Ability to interpret scenarios and utilize safety documents to solve them. 

RS15: Roadway Safety Fundamentals 2 (Click for Description)

Wednesday, August 28| Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025658

(Remote testing is not available for this module.)

This certification ensures the individual has advanced knowledge of roadway safety and actual work experience in identifying and mitigating roadway safety issues.   

Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Extensive knowledge of roadway safety. 
  • Ability to interpret scenarios and solve safety issues. 
  • Ability to analyze data and perform a Road Safety Audit. 

Calendar View

Are you interested in achieving several certifications at the same time? We’ve made scheduling easy. You can register for post-tests and performance/practical assessments for various modules during a one week period – all at the Oklahoma City facility. Check out the monthly schedules below.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not make any travel arrangements until you have been notified that you have successfully passed the pre-test.

June Certification Modules

June 18th to June 20th

Tuesday, June 18 | RS9: Equipment Preventative Maintenance and Inspection (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025502

Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19 | RS10: Basic Heavy Equipment Operations and Safety (1.5 days)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025484

Thursday, June 20 | RS4: Roadway Drainage (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025638

Thursday, June 20 | RS6: Gravel Road Maintenance (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025644

June 24th to June 27th

Monday, June 24 | RS7: Flagger Training (full-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025651

Tuesday, June 25 | RS2: Signing, Pavement Markings, and MUTCD (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963384

Tuesday, June 25 | RS3: Stormwater Erosion and Sediment Control (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963403

Wednesday, June 26 | RS5: Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Practices (full-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963396

Thursday, June 27 | RS1: Basics of a Good Road (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025466

Thursday, June 27 | RS8: Maintenance Math and Plan Reading (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025458

July Certification Modules

July 9th to July 11th

Tuesday, July 9 | RS9: Equipment Preventative Maintenance and Inspection (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025503

Tuesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 10th | RS10: Basic Heavy Equipment Operations and Safety (1.5 days)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025485

Thursday, July 11 | RS4: Roadway Drainage (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025639

Thursday, July 11 | RS6: Gravel Road Maintenance (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025645

July 15th to July 18th

Monday, July 15 | RS7: Flagger Training (full-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025653

Tuesday, July 16 | RS2: Signing, Pavement Markings, and MUTCD (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963385

Tuesday, July 16 | RS3: Stormwater Erosion and Sediment Control (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963404

Wednesday, July 17 | RS5: Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Practices (full-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=2963397

Thursday, July 18 | RS1: Basics of a Good Road (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025467

Thursday, July 18 | RS8: Maintenance Math and Plan Reading (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025459

August Certification Modules

August 6th to August 8th

Tuesday, August 6 |RS9: Equipment Preventative Maintenance and Inspection (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025504

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7 |RS10: Basic Heavy Equipment Operations and Safety (1.5 days)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025486

Thursday, August 8 | RS4: Roadway Drainage (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025640

Thursday, August 8 |RS6: Gravel Road Maintenance (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025646

August 27th to August 29th

Thursday, August 27 | RS11: Workplace Safety (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025656

Thursday, August 27 | RS13: Work Zone Traffic Control (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025657

Wednesday, August 28| RS14: Roadway Safety Fundamentals 1 (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025659

Wednesday, August 28| RS15: Roadway Safety Fundamentals 2 (half-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025658

Thursday, August 29 | RS5: Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Practices (full-day)
Oklahoma City: https://ttap.enrollware.com/enroll?id=3025460


The following is a complete list of Level I and Level II certifications to be offered over the upcoming months. Sign up here to be notified when certification modules become available.

Level I Certifications

  • 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 Training
  • Maintenance Math and Plan Reading
  • Equipment Preventative Maintenance and Daily Inspection
  • Introduction Basic Heavy Equipment Operation and Safety

Level II Certifications

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

Meet Your Road Scholar Subject Matter Expert

Head Shot Tony DeCresie
Tony DeCresie

Tony DeCresie is a nationally recognized transportation training expert specializing in heavy equipment operations and road work site safety training. With a 25-year track record providing DOT, LTAP and OSHA safety training all over the country, Tony has additional extensive hands-on experience working with long haul trucking and load securement, fleet operations, public works, and winter maintenance operations.

 

Tony DeCresie
813-995-8872
tony.ttap@virginia.edu
Walt Catlett
TTAP Education and Outreach
walt.ttap@virginia.edu

Contact the TTAP office at info.ttap@virginia.edu or at 833-484-9944 with questions about the RSCP certification process.

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