Upcoming Road Safety Champion Program (RSCP) Classes

In order to become a Road Safety Champion, candidates must take all of the core modules (CM) and complete one of four tracks listed below. For more detailed information, click here.

The four tracks are: 

  • Mainteance and Construction (M&C)
  • Planning and Engineering (P&E)
  • Law Enforcement - In Development
  • Public Health - Coming Soon

All upcoming Road Safety Champion courses are listed below. The type of class is listed in parentheses after the name of the class. CM stands for "Core Module," M&C Track stands for "Maintenance and Construction Track," and P&E Track stands for "Planning and Engineering Track." If multiple tracks are listed, that class can fulfill any one of those listed tracks.

  • Overview of Local Road Safety Plans (P&E Track)

    Monday, September 26th, 2022

    Local road practitioners across the country play a critical role in addressing crash risks at the local level and may be able to identify the specific or unique conditions that contribute to crashes within their jurisdiction. The Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) offers a foundation for consensus and focus and helps communities take a proactive stance in reducing and preventing local road fatalities and injuries. This workshop provides an overview of Local Road Safety Plans (LRSP) including how they support safety efforts, the steps to developing a LRSP, and the strategies for implementing a LRSP.

    Register: 12:45pm - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Introduction to Traffic Safety Culture (Core Module)

    Monday, October 3rd, 2022

    This workshop introduces growing positive traffic safety culture to significantly improve road safety in America. Participants will leave the training with a better understanding of the elements that shape traffic safety culture, how those factors interact to affect behaviors related to traffic safety, strategies that can be implemented to improve traffic safety culture among various groups, and ideas about how they can leverage their role (and the role of others) in growing a positive traffic safety culture. The workshop’s goal is to provide a high-level overview of traffic safety culture and strategies to foster improved traffic safety culture.

    Register: 12:45pm - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Overview of the MUTCD (Core Module)

    Monday, October 10th, 2022

    Traffic control devices (TCDs) are very critical for the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), by setting minimum standards and providing guidance, ensures uniformity of traffic control devices across the nation. The use of uniform TCDs (messages, locations, sizes, shapes, and colors) helps reduce crashes and congestion, and improves the efficiency of the surface transportation system. Uniformity also helps reduce the cost of TCDs through standardization. This workshop places emphasis on MUTCD – Part 6, Temporary Traffic Control, as well as signage and markings on low volume roads.

    Register: 12:45pm - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Worker Safety (M&C Track)

    Thursday, October 13th, 2022

    As our highway infrastructure ages, many transportation agencies are focusing on rebuilding and improving existing roadways. This means more roadwork is being performed on roadways where traffic is present. Roadwork can be hazardous. For every 4 billion vehicle-miles travelled in the United States, there is a work zone fatality. These incidents account for congestion and delays — and unnecessary worker and pedestrian fatalities each year. Workers are exposed to risk of injury or fatality from general construction hazards, as well as dangers posed by traffic passing by the work zone and equipment moving within the work zone.  The Worker Safety class highlights the hazards present in the work zone and identifies measures to mitigate the risks associated with them.

    Register: 7:45am - 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Overview of Data and Tools for Safety (P&E Track)

    Monday, October 17th, 2022

    Transportation professionals use a data driven approach to safety. During this workshop, attendees learn about the different types of data, data challenges for local agencies, and the various tools available for network screening. Discussions include Highway Safety Manual, usRAP, Road Safety Audits, Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool, and Crash Tree Maker.

    Register: 12:45pm - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Intersection of Transportation with Public Health and Law Enforcement (P&E Track)

    Monday, October 24th, 2022

    This workshop provides an overview of crash reports from the perspective of both law enforcement [filling them out] and transportation agencies [using the data for planning and design] and how the agencies can work together to ensure consistency and quality. The workshop examines how crash data is used by traffic engineers and planners. It wraps up with explaining the challenges that crash reports create for law enforcement officers.

    Register: 12:45pm - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Take Action Now - Maintaining Safety (M&C Track)

    Monday, October 31st, 2022

    To reach the national goal of zero transportation officials cannot wait for something to happen before taking action. Maintenance and construction workers on the road daily provide a great asset to help identify potential safety issues. This workshop will focus on maintenance safety solutions construction and maintenance personnel can implement on a daily basis. It will focus on safety issues related to signs and supports, vegetation control and drainage features, using the FHWA documents: Vegetation Control for Safety, A Guide for Local Highway and Street Maintenance Personnel, Maintenance of Drainage Features for Safety, A Guide for Local Street and Highway Maintenance Personnel and Maintenance of Signs and Sign Supports: A Guide for Local Roads Maintenance Personnel as the basis.

    Register: 12:45pm - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Reading the Roadway (Core Module)

    Reading the Roadway (Core Module)

    This workshop teaches participants how to “read the road” as well as the importance of doing so in daily activities. It uses real world examples on different roadway components to demonstrate how participants may be able to uncover potential safety issues during their routine activities.  It also highlights how the road safety audit process can be used to “read the road” in a more formal approach. The training also examines the consequences daily activities of workers may have on safety.

  • Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool (P&E Track)

    Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool (P&E Track)

    This workshop introduces participants to the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool as well as give them an overview of why systemic screening is needed and the benefits of incorporating systemic screening into safety evaluations. Participants will be introduced to the four-step systemic planning process and be given the chance to apply each step using case studies and exercises.

  • Safety Analysis Process (Core Module)

    Safety Analysis Process (Core Module)

    The safety analysis process, as part of the FHWA Safety Toolkit, is a systematic process for identifying the factors that can contribute to crashes and implementing effective countermeasures.  It is a best practice method that is flexible and can be used to fit your needs. This workshop will cover the seven-step process and discuss how it can be applied using two different complementary analysis methods: the traditional site safety analysis and the systemic analysis. Additionally, case studies will be utilized to practice applying the process.

  • Introduction to Road Safety (Core Module)

    Introduction to Road Safety (Core Module)

    This training provides an overview of safety trends, an understanding of the national safety vision, and discusses the principles of a comprehensive safety program. It will also discuss the importance of prioritizing safety and how an individual can become a Road Safety Champion.

  • OSHA 10 hour Construction Course (M&C Track)

    OSHA 10 hour Construction Course (M&C Track)

    OSHA 10-hour training teaches basic safety and health information to entry-level workers in construction and general industry. It is part of the OSHA Outreach Training Program, which explains serious workplace hazards, workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file an OSHA complaint.  Our OSHA 10 familiarizes workers with OSHA standards as well as safety and health hazards common to the workplace. The goal of the workshop is to educate workers on identifying, avoiding, controlling, and preventing jobsite hazards.

  • Traffic Incident Management (M&C Track)

    Traffic Incident Management (M&C Track)

    Traffic Incident Management (TIM) consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents; improves the safety of motorists, crash victims, and emergency responders; and reduces the frequency of secondary crashes.  The workshop is broken down into nine lessons that focus on improving the safety of responders and road users, the efficiency of incident and emergency response and the reliability of travel.

  • Countermeasures for Road Safety (P&E Track)

    Countermeasures for Road Safety (P&E Track)

    Road safety countermeasures are actions taken to improve transportation safety and therefore decrease the number of injuries and fatalities.  These countermeasures can consist of infrastructure, behavioral, or programmatic/policy implementation.  This two-hour training will provide an overview of safety countermeasures applicable to local roads with an emphasis on low-cost practices.  Discussions include Crash Modification Factors (CMFs), systemic safety analysis, and factors for evaluating and selecting countermeasures.

  • Maintaining a Safer Roadway (M&C Track)

    Maintaining a Safer Roadway (M&C Track)

    Local agency maintenance forces are in the best position to be the “eyes and ears” of the road when it comes to identifying safety issues. This workshop focuses on maintenance safety solutions that local maintenance forces can implement daily to address safety issues related to elements such as shoulder drop-offs, right-of-way obstructions, striping and signing, guardrails, mowing, sweeping, patching, drainage, winter maintenance, etc. It includes a case study that highlights the benefit of effective maintenance and design practices.

  • Basic Work Zone (M&C or P&E Track)

    Basic Work Zone (M&C or P&E Track)

    As traffic volumes increase and the need to repair and improve roadways becomes greater, so does the need to plan, install, and review work zone traffic control to perform the work effectively and safely. Federal requirements now instruct state and local governments to train personnel in work zone traffic control relevant to the job decisions that everyone is required to make. This workshop provides training needed to properly install work zones to perform daily maintenance or short-term operations. Emphasis is placed on the basics of work zone traffic control, focusing on work zone devices and how to effectively install and maintain them. At the conclusion of this workshop, a short open book written exam will be administered to all attendees. A VDOT-issued training card will be given to each attendee who achieves a passing grade of 80% or higher.

  • Anatomy of a Crash – Understanding Human Factors (Core Module)

    Anatomy of a Crash – Understanding Human Factors (Core Module)

    This workshop provides an overview of human factors principles and a framework for crash analysis. It will allow the non-expert in human factors to bring consideration of the road user’s capabilities and limitations more effectively into policies and practices. Knowing how road users interact with their vehicle, the roadway and other road users can also provide useful insights to the process of crash analysis. A framework for crash analysis will be introduced that helps make best use of available safety data and supporting documentation to identify factors that contribute to crashes. Armed with that knowledge, construction and maintenance personnel, planners, engineers, public health professionals and law enforcement can work together to target appropriate countermeasures to help reduce injury crashes.