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The second level of recognition is to become an Advanced Roads Scholar, and this curriculum was developed at the request of our Roads Scholar graduates. Those motivated enough to complete the Roads Scholar Program will want to continue sharpening their skills and expanding their knowledge. The Advanced Roads Scholar Program consists of different one- or two-day training sessions, regularly offered through LTAP each year. All training sessions offered by NC LTAP can be taken in any order, at any level, at any time. Advanced Roads Scholar recognition will not be given until Roads Scholar requirements have been met.

To become an Advanced Roads Scholar, one must:

Advanced Computer Skills: Practical Applications

This full-day workshop is entirely focused on practical applications of spreadsheets, reports, and presentations in your organization. The workshop will demonstrate the effectiveness of various computer programs with actual files that you use regularly. Click the course title for more information.

The workshop will include

  • Classroom instruction and discussion
  • Hands -on computer usage
  • The computer programs that are helpful in making spreadsheets, reports, and presentations, such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Calculations and analysis which can provide useful information for your organization
  • How to present your information in an effective way

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring (or email Daniel_Findley@ncsu.edu in advance of the course) examples of files to review and improve during the workshop.

Length – 1 Day | Lunch provided

PDH – 6 hours

Confined Space Entry and Lockout/Tagout

This workshop is a natural follow up to the Trenching Competent Person workshop. It is a must for any field supervisor who has crews working in confined spaces, such as: manholes, catch basins, meter vaults, and excavations deeper than four feet.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 7 hours

Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 7 hours

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Erosion Control

The seminar will focus on current methods of erosion control. The material will be targeted toward non-engineers with an emphasis on nomographs and simple procedures used to determine the correct sizing and appropriateness of different erosion control devices. The most important tool in the toolbox – the construction sequence – will be discussed in detail. Come to the seminar and learn where to put floc logs (hint: not in your fireplace), why turbid is horrid, and that it is okay to skim a basin.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 8 hours

Fall Protection

On the subject of OSHA Fall Protection requirements for protection of employees, workers in local and state government, as well as construction firms can be subject to general industry regulations while performing some duties and construction industry regulations on other occasions.  In addition, Federal OSHA has issued quite a number of fall protection interpretations that pertain, but are not included in these two books of OSHA regulations.

This class will provide an overview of these many different fall protection provisions, interpretations and grandfathered work environments.  For many years, fall protection has been the #1 and #2 most frequently cited serious citations issued by Federal OSHA all across the U.S.  Insurance companies report that fall protection is also the #1 cause of disabling injuries AND third-party litigation against general contractors and owners resulting from injuries on a jobsite.  Fall protection is also #1 on the list of State and Federal OSHAs Focus Four hazards inspection program resulting in the impromptu ride-by compliance inspections of crews working on or near the road.  One citation avoided or one lawsuit prevented can provide ample justification for sending all employees to this course.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 8 hours

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Flagging Instructor Training

This workshop teaches participants the basics of flagging operations and then instructs them how to teach their own personnel these concepts.

Length – 1 1/2 days | Lunch provided on day 1

PDH – 12 hours

Flagging Instructor RECERTIFICATION

This workshop is intended for people who have completed ITRE’s Flagging Instructor course and now need recertification. With NCDOT requiring recertification after 4 years, this course will address updates in flagging operations and procedures, review the Instructor agreement, and discuss training issues. The workshop will include inside and outside practice sessions to enhance the participant’s abilities to train their personnel to be competent and effective flaggers. Preregistration is required because a few participant assignments will be made before the class.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 6 hours

Guardrail Design, Installation and Maintenance

This workshop addresses decision making criteria for engineers such as guardrail warrants, length of need, maintenance planning and damage assessment. Also covers: various types of guardrail hardware and focuses on the various end treatments designed to meet the FHWA 350 crash tests.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 7 hours

How to Keep Yourself and Your Agency Out of Court

This workshop will provide an understanding of the importance and implications of tort liability risk for road agencies.  The class will cover risk management principles, review risk management activities, and identify ways to reduce risk.  Students will study examples that show the importance of considering human behavior when planning for their city or town. 

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 8 hours

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Management and Supervisory Skills for Experienced Managers

This workshop covers management and supervisory techniques to assist the experienced supervisor/manager in planning, directing, motivating, and making decisions in an efficient manner.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training

This workshop is an important tool in meeting OSHA requirements to provide employees with an awareness of the basic hazards that exist in the field. Over a 10-hour period, this workshop covers many important basic safety requirements that field employees must know that are in OSHA’s Standards for the Construction Industry. OSHA inspectors can enforce these safety rules for field employees working in the public or private sector.

Length – 1 1/2 days | Lunch provided on day 1

PDH – 10 hours

Roadside Landscaping in North Carolina

This is a new class, taught by the NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit, Construction & Maintenance, Operations, Division of Highways. Topics for this class will include: Equipment Calibration for Vegetation Managers, Pesticide Recommendations for Turf grass and Brush, Backpack Calibration, Ornamental Weed Control (Pre- and Post-Applications), Inspecting Ornamentals – Practical Experience, Useful Ornamentals in the Landscape, Wildflower and Herbicidal Research.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 6 hours

Stormwater Hydrology

This workshop is an introduction to stormwater hydrology and drainage design. The morning session will concentrate on the movement of water over the earth’s surface. The afternoon session will deal with the design elements of urban stormwater systems.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 8 hours

Traffic Calming

Public officials face a growing number of complaints about high speeds and volumes of traffic in residential neighborhoods. New geometric design features and traffic control strategies to provide safer, more livable neighborhoods will be described, including residential area traffic circles, bulbouts, medians, speed humps and diverters.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 6 hours

Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity/Pavement Markings

Traffic signs provide an important means of communicating information to road users. They need to be visible to be effective. The nighttime environment presents many sign visibility challenges. Since drivers cannot see as many visual cues as they can during the day, this places greater reliance on signs and other traffic control devices. To provide nighttime sign visibility, most signs are made from retroreflective sheeting. Retroreflectivity is the property of a material that re-directs light back to the originating source. Since the retroreflective properties of signs deteriorate over time, road and street officials should assess their schedules for inspecting, cleaning and replacing signs to ensure that these maintenance activities meet the objectives of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and, more importantly, the needs of drivers at night. This workshop will help practitioners gain a better understanding of sign retroreflectivity issues in order to improve the overall nighttime visibility of traffic signs.

Topics covered include:

  • Why is sign retroreflectivity important?
  • Basic retroreflectivity science
  • Types of retroreflective materials
  • Measuring retroreflectivity
  • Minimum retroreflectivity levels
  • Maintenance/Management methods.

This workshop should be of interest to state and local roadway agency personnel who install and maintain signs, traffic engineers, public works directors, street supervisors and anyone involved in traffic safety.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 7 hours

Trenching Competent Person

1989 OSHA Trenching and Excavation Safety Standard participants will learn to understand how the Standard works. This course covers definition of key terms, when the Standard does/does not apply, major components, soil classification tests and methods, and hazard recognition.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 8 hours

Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor

This three-day course is designed for DOT, larger municipalities, and highway contractors that work on all highway systems, including two-lane roads, multi-lane roadways, and high-volume, high-speed, controlled access facilities. This course covers traffic control plan reading and development, positive protection, work zone capacity, night work, and inspection. Part 6 of the MUTCD and state DOT “Roadway Standard Drawings” are used as the text for this course. Additional handouts are used to supplement these materials. All work zone durations are covered in this course. Participants will be tested at the conclusion of the workshop for NCDOT Work Zone Supervisor certification. It is NOT a prerequisite to attend the Basic and Intermediate Work Zone Safety Course.

Length – 3 days | Lunch provided

PDH – 20 hours

Writing Skills for Transportation Personnel

This workshop will give you the specific strategies you need to strengthen your writing skills. Participants will learn how to master the essentials for writing reports, proposals, memos, and letters; overcome “writer’s block”; edit technical information effectively; and identify and correct common problems of grammar and punctuation.

Length – 1 day | Lunch provided

PDH – 6 hours

Advanced Roads Scholar Completion

Upon successful completion of the program participants will receive the following:

See a list of Advanced Roads Scholar Graduates

For questions about the Advanced Roads Scholar program, contact:

Bill Woods,  Program Coordinator

919-515-8033 | bill_woods@ncsu.edu