Why should I earn the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™?

Employees are—by far—any employer’s most valuable asset.

And transportation infrastructure construction, by its very nature, poses inherently dangerous risks not only to those who work on project sites, but also to the motorists, truckers, cyclists and pedestrians who travel adjacent to, or through, them.

Ensuring the health and safety of their employees and the public is paramount for transportation contractors and project owners.  It is not only a moral imperative for them, it is sound business practice that has very significant bottom-line financial impacts.  Insurance claims alone for safety incidents that occur on U.S. transportation project sites cost hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

For these reasons, well-managed and successful transportation contractors and owners place high value on project managers, designers, on-site foreman and business partners who share their safety values and concern.

By earning the internationally-recognized Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ designation, you show your employer and your peers that you have the ability to identify common hazards found on transportation project sites and the competency to address them to prevent safety incidents that could result in deaths or injuries.

If there is a choice between two equal candidates for a job hire, promotion, or business partner, the one who has demonstrated through professional certification that they command internationally-recognized core competencies for safety awareness and risk management on transportation projects will have the competitive edge.

Earning the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ shows your employer you share their focus on project safety as a priority—one even more important than “on budget and on time.”

Why should a transportation contractor support employees earning the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™?
  • It shows your commitment to the health and safety of your employees and that project safety is a priority for your firm.
  • It will help reduce safety incidents on your projects, protecting your greatest asset—your employees—and also help reduce your exposure to liability claims, thus reducing insurance costs.
  • It shows project owners, your insurance carriers and OSHA your firm’s commitment to project safety.
  • It enhances your corporate brand as a firm committed to safety with potential partners, employees and the communities in which you work.
Why should a transportation planning and design firm support their designers earning the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™?
  • Because safety incident mitigation can be worked into transportation project plans and designs, if designers know what causes safety incidents on project sites.
  • It shows owners and contractor partners that your firm understands safety can be designed into transportation projects and that it shares their commitment to ensuring the safety of on-site workers and those travelling through the projects you design.
  • Having professionally certified personnel involved at all stages of a project—from inception through completion—should help reduce safety incidents, thus saving lives and preventing disabling injuries.
  • It makes your firm a more desirable partner to contractors with a world-class safety culture.
Why should a state or local transportation department support their managers, inspectors and designers earning the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™?
  • Because as custodians of the public’s tax dollars and trust, project safety is the top priority for transportation agencies and your personnel. Having SCTPP recipients on your team demonstrates that commitment.
  • It shows your employees that project safety is the agency’s top priority.
  • Having professionally certified personnel involved at all stages of a project—from inception through completion—should help reduce safety incidents, thus saving lives and preventing disabling injuries.
  • Because safety incident mitigation can be worked into transportation project plans and designs, if designers know what causes safety incidents on project sites.
Why should someone graduating with a Civil Engineering or Construction Management degree want to earn the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ designation?

Because it will greatly enhance your employment prospects with firms and agencies with world-class safety cultures.

Having the SCTPP designation shows potential employers that you understand how important project safety is to their business operations.  And it demonstrates you have gone the “extra mile” to learn the internationally-recognized core competencies necessary to recognize and mitigate safety risks on project sites.

In short, the SCTPP designation gives you a competitive edge.

Who can become certified?

The certification process is open to the thousands of transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, managers, inspectors, designers, planners, owners, equipment operators, manufacturers and materials suppliers personnel who meet the eligibility requirements.

What topics are covered on the exam?

The 2 1/2-hour exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions covering these basic areas:

  1. Assessing Project Risk
  2. Creating a Safety Plan
  3. Implementing Site Specific Operational Safety Plan
  4. Continuing On-Going Evaluation of the Operational Safety Plan
  5. Conducting Incident Investigations

The ARTBA Foundation recommends you review the Candidate Handbook for additional information.

How do I prepare for the exam?

The ARTBA Foundation recommends you download these preparation materials:  Candidate Handbook and Exam Blueprint.

You can also purchase the “Study Guide & Exam Practice Questions.”

While there are no specific course required to sit for the certification exam, a number of resources can be helpful, including the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

ARTBA also offers courses via its Online Learning Center that can help you better prepare for the test.

Is the program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)?
Yes. On May 1, 2018, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) granted accreditation under the ISO/IEC 17024;2012 international standard. ANSI accreditation signifies the certificate holder has completed a prescribed course of study designed specifically to meet pre-defined industry requirements and that the program’s sponsor has met, and continues to meet, international standards for quality improvement. It distinguishes industry- or government-developed professional credentialing programs from “self-certified” certificate courses offered by organizations and private vendors.

The approval by ANSI’s Professional Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) came following the submission of a 550-page application, rigorous audits of its management systems and psychometric procedures, and detailed examination of the test’s development and administrative processes.
Is there a difference between "Certification" and a "Certificate"?

Yes.  While other groups say they offer “Certification,” they more frequently mean “Certificate,” which usually signifies the completion of a course and seminar. The SCTPP is a full-scope certification program based on the job performed by a transportation project professional. The competency requirements assess the individual’s ability to perform the job of the transportation project professional.  A good overview explaining the differences comes from CFRE International:

Results from an assessment processResults from an educational process
Awarded by a standard-setting organizationAwarded by institutions
Indicates mastery/competency as measured against a set of standards by an examIndicates completion of a course or series of courses other than a degree program
Standards set through industry-wide process (job analysis/task analysis) that results in an outline of required knowledge and skillsCourse content set by trainers
Has ongoing requirements in order to maintain; holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirementsIs the end result; demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time

Source: http://www.cfre.org/apply/certificate-vs-certification/

How do I apply for certification?

You must complete the application form.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, your application will be approved within 15 business days and you will receive email notification authorizing you to schedule your exam with Pearson VUE test centers.

How do I schedule the certification exam?

The certification exam is offered at Pearson VUE test centers throughout the year. Locate a test center near you.

The certification examination is open for candidates to schedule based upon availability at Pearson VUE test centers. Once a candidate receives notification of eligibility to take the exam, the exam must be taken within 180 days, or the examination fee will be forfeited and the candidate will be required to reapply as a new applicant.

How much does it cost to take the exam?
Application and testing fee
Retesting fee if candidate fails the initial exam
Recertification application fee based on Professional development hours (PDHs)
Recertification application fee based on retaking the exam
In the event that you are deemed ineligible to take the exam upon review of your application and supporting documentation, your exam fee of $250.00 will be refunded, but your application fee of $150.00 is forfeited.
Candidates who do not show for a scheduled exam forfeit the exam fee and must pay an additional $150.00 to reschedule.
Candidates who cancel a scheduled exam with at least 24 hours notice can reschedule at no additional cost.

In the event that you are deemed ineligible to take the exam upon review of your application and supporting documentation, your exam fees will be refunded, but your application fee will be forfeited.

If you have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and would like to request an accommodation in testing, please complete an ADA accommodation request form and email it to certificationteam@sctpp.org.

How long does it take to get the exam results?

Score reports shall be issued onsite following completion of the examination. Candidates who fail the exam will receive diagnostic feedback regarding their performance on the exam.

Only candidates who are successful in passing the examination for the certification, meet all criteria for certification, and remain in good standing are considered certified.

Certificates shall be issued generally within 30 days of receipt of examination results.

How long is my certification valid?

Once you pass the exam, the certification is valid for three years.

Additional continuing education and/or training will be necessary for recertification.  Learn more in the Recertification section.

Please contact: certificationteam@sctpp.org with any additional questions.

How was the certification developed?

The certification program was developed by senior executives from leading industry firms, public agencies and labor unions in partnership Professional Testing, Inc. (PTI), an internationally-recognized consulting firm headquartered in Orlando, Florida, that specializes in helping industries and government agencies develop and manage effective, fair, valid, reliable and legally defensible assessment and evaluation services.

These companies, federal and state transportation agencies, and organizations helped develop the program:

  • Allan Myers
  • Arch Insurance
  • Astec Industries
  • Austin Industries
  • Barriere Construction
  • Cargo Transporters
  • Caterpillar
  • Cox Transportation Safety, LLC
  • Granite Construction
  • HNTB Holdings, Ltd.
  • InVia Pavement Technologies
  • Kiewit
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Training & Education Fund
  • Lane Industries
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
  • Mobile Barriers
  • Office of Construction Safety and Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health| Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Oldcastle Materials
  • Superior Paving
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • The Center for Construction Research and Training
  • The Vecellio Group
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • WSP
  • Zachry Corporation
How is the certification administered?

The program is governed and administered by an independent Certification Commission.  This group is responsible for all decisions related to certification.  Learn more about the Commission and its members.

How do I verify that a person is an existing certificant?

You can email certificationteam@sctpp.org with a candidate’s full name, company and title and we will verify if the person is certified.

You can also search a directory of certificants to see if a specific individual is on the list.

How are certification decisions made?

The Certification Commission Policy Manual spells out the decision making process and operating procedures in administering the program.  Read the full manual.

Who do I contact for other certification-related questions?

Please contact ARTBA’s Melanie Laird or at 202.683.1029 with any additional questions.