About Certification and Accreditation
About Certification and Accreditation
The terms “certification” and “accreditation” are sometimes used interchangeably, however, they are not the same.
Certification is a credential that is used for verifying that personnel have adequate knowledge, skills, and abilities to practice certain disciplines or qualify for specific jobs or tasks. When you pass the Safety Certified Transportation Project Professional (SCTPP) exam, you become a certified professional. This means you have demonstrated your knowledge of the basic competencies to work safely on a transportation construction project.
Accreditation is used to verify that organizations have an appropriate quality management system and can define and fairly assess the competencies pertaining to their certification program. ARTBA has demonstrated that our exam has been developed following strict third-party protocols for our industry by our top subject matter experts and as a result, earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ANAB is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides accreditation services to public and private-sector organizations. ANAB is the largest accreditation body in North America and provides services in more than 75 countries.
For more information about accreditation, visit American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
Training & examination
Training takes place in many forms, from hands-on experiences like learning how to use a back hoe to informal toolbox talks, to more formal classroom or online courses. Training helps build knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to get better at working in a profession. Specific training in the core competencies listed in the SCTPP exam blue print will help you study for and pass and take the SCTPP examination to receive your individual certification credential. Your SCTPP credential authenticates and validates your skills and acts as a formal recognition of your achievements.
Our course catalog and the SCTPP Study Guide can provide the training you need to prepare for the SCTPP exam.
Certification is among the many professional development options you can use to demonstrate your competency in acquiring professional stills. The SCTPP certification credential gives you exposure to other aspects of your industry or field.
Continued training and education, or upskilling and reskilling, keeps you up to date on current trends and technology while increasing your knowledge in areas that may be new or have experienced change within the industry. Professional Development ensures you are a well-rounded, highly skilled worker that is ready to perform a variety of tasks on the job.
Benefits of professional development include but are not limited to:
Creating opportunities for growth in your career path or professional tract
Discovering a new career path
Qualifying for advanced training or higher education
Sharpening your existing skills while learning new ones
Helping to prepare your employees for new skills
Holding the SCTPP credential requires that you actively demonstrate continued competence to stay up-to-date with changes in the transportation construction industry safety field through continued professional development and recertification. To keep your SCTPP credential active, you are required to recertify every three years on or before the date of your original certification. You can achieve recertification by completing the required professional development hours (PDHs) by taking the appropriate safety training and classes, or by re-testing.
Awarded for a period of three years
Upheld the Code of Ethics and the policies of the Commission
Paid the current recertification fee
Meet the recertification requirements
Thirty points (30) must be earned within the recertification cycle, with 1 point = 1 hour of activity.
Certification is awarded for a period of three years; transportation project professionals must recertify every three years. More information you be found in Recertification Handbook.
the policy manual has all of the required policies
The Policy Manual sets forth the policies related to the development, maintenance and administration of the certification program. It describes the organizational structure and the governance of the SCTPP certification program. Included in the Policy Manual are the procedures for submitting and reviewing complaints about the program, its administration, and its certificants.
Learn more about our program. All materials are available for your use and easy to download, share or print.
SCTPP - Program Overview
SCTPP - Submit an Application
SCTPP - Schedule Your Exam
SCTPP - Exam Preparation & Study Guide
The ARTBA Foundation’s Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program was established in 2016:
“To ensure the safety and well-being of construction workers, motorists, truck drivers, pedestrians and their families by making transportation project sites worldwide zero-incident zones.”
The program was developed by the senior executives from America’s leading transportation design and construction firms, senior federal and state transportation agency officials, and top labor union officials.
“To make safety top-of-mind for all professionals involved in the planning, design, management, materials delivery and construction of transportation projects from inception through completion.”
This is achieved by providing and encouraging an accredited certification program to the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC 17024) Conformity Assessment — General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons as administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The Commission is comprised of these distinguished industry leaders:
The Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program is governed by the Certification Commission (“Commission”), an independently appointed body established by the ARTBA Foundation with sole responsibility for the governance of the certification program and related certification decisions.
With more than 40 years of construction industry experience, Ross Myers is the CEO and chairman of the largest civil construction and materials company in the mid-Atlantic Region, with seven regional offices and 15 asphalt and aggregate plants. He leads a workforce of more than 2,000 men and women. In 2015, American Infrastructure, Allan A. Myers and Independence Construction Materials consolidated under one name, Allan Myers, to reflect the original father and son team who founded the company more than 75 years ago. Previously, Mr. Myers was president and CEO of American Infrastructure. He has a passion for safety and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. Mr. Myers sits on the Virginia Tech Advisory Board and serves as chairman of its Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable and his firm is a leader of the Construction Industry Safety Initiative.
David Walls is president and CEO of Austin Industries, one of the largest diversified construction companies in the U.S., with an annual volume of $2 billion. The firm has more than 7,000 employee-owners. He began his career with the firm’s commercial construction branch in 1980 as a project engineer and was named its vice president and director of operations in 1988. Prior to his current position, he served as president of the firm’s commercial and transportation construction branches. Mr. Walls has a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in building construction from Texas A&M University, and earned a Ph.D. in Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He is the author of “World Class Safety Program,” a book to help design and construction companies develop and maintain a “zero-accident mentality.” Mr. Walls is a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable.