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Traffic Academy

Traffic Academy includes a set of required courses for various prequalification categories. All courses are online eLearning modules. Successful completion of these training courses is a requirement for consultant prequalification.

The following are the prequalification categories and the training course(s) required:

Prequalification Category

Corresponding Traffic Academy Course(s)

Complex Roadway Design

Signing & Markings; and Maintenance of Traffic

Basic Traffic Signal Design

Traffic Signals

Traffic Signal System Design

Traffic Signals

Limited Lighting Design

Highway Lighting

Complex Lighting Design

Highway Lighting

Safety Studies

Safety Studies

Interchange Studies

Interchange Studies

ITS Design & Operations


   Visit the Office of Consultant Services for a complete copy of the prequalification requirements.

Available Courses

TRAF Highway Lighting, Modules 1 - 6

This is the required course to access the Highway Lighting exam to obtain ODOT's Lighting and Complex Lighting pre-qualification.  Participant pre-requisites: General familiarity with ODOT construction plans and the ODOT consultant engineering design process.  Some general knowledge/exposure to design of highway lighting and construction plan preparation.  Some knowledge of electricity and circuits.

TRAF Introduction to Traffic Signals in Ohio, Modules 1 - 7

These are pre-requisite modules 1 through 7 for the Traffic Signals & ITS course for ODOT Traffic Academy.

TRAF Traffic Academy Interchange Studies - Module 1

This course provides an overview of how to prepare Interchange Studies in Ohio.  Completing this course & passing the provided exam is part of the prequalification requirements for those preparing Interchange Studies submitted in Ohio.
This module covers the first 2 sections of the Interchange Studies course: (1) Policy & Overview, (2) IJS/IMS Report Content.  The first section will discuss the reasons behind why Interchange Studies are performed, the specific Federal & State policies pertaining to the reports, and how they fit into ODOT's overall project process.  This section will introduce the 3 different Interchange Study types (IJS, IMS, and IOS) required in Ohio and provide an overview of the different levels of traffic data that are needed as the basis of the report (depending on the study type). The second section of this module will cover the preparation & content requirements of an IJS/IMS report.

TRAF Traffic Academy Interchange Studies - Module 2

This module covers the last 2 sections of the Interchange Studies course: (1) IOS Report Content, (2) Interchange Study Addendum.  The IOS Report Content will provide background on the origins of the IOS and detail the required report content.  This section will include an in-depth discussion of the Traffic Analysis portion of the 
study, preferred schematics & graphics (much of the Traffic Analysis discussion is applicable to all Interchange Study types).  This is followed by a discussion of the Interchange Study submission requirements, review times, and the approval process. The last section of this module covers the Interchange Addendum content as well as common study review comments.

TRAF Traffic Academy Maintenance of Traffic / MOT (Coming Soon)

Currently in development for future publication.

TRAF Traffic Academy Traffic Signals and ITS, Modules 1 - 8

This course includes content and ability to take online testing for two consultant pre-qualifications: Traffic Signal Design and ITS Design. Traffic Signal & ITS Design are part of the curriculum for ODOT's Traffic Academy, as administered by the Office of Roadway Engineering and Office of Traffic Operations.  This course is required for pre-qualifications in the categories of Basic Traffic Signal Design and Traffic Signal System Design and ITS Design.  It is intended to improve plan content, organization, and provide information on functionality of Traffic Signals and ITS devices.

M1 - Traffic Signal Design: Introduction, References, and Design Elements Part 1

M2 - Traffic Signal Design: Design Elements Part 2, and Design Considerations    Part 1.

M3 - Traffic Signal Design: Design Considerations Pt. 2, Determining Quantities, Design Examples, Plan Components, and Plan Submittal Requirements.

M4 - Traffic Signal Operations: References, and Controller Programming & Settings Part 1.

M5 - Traffic Signal Operations: Controller Programming & Settings Part 2, and Timing Analysis.

M6 - Traffic Signal Operations: Misc. Operations, & ITS: Introduction, References, Policies, and Systems & Components.

M7 - ITS: Communications & Infrastructure, Site Selection, and Design & Plan Development Part 1.

M8 - ITS: Design & Plan Development Part 2, and Submissions.

TRAF Traffic Academy Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings, Modules 1 – 4

The purpose of these lessons is to instruct consultants and ODOT personnel on how to develop a “quality” plan, which contains signing and marking-related components.  Successful completion of the Signing and Markings, and Maintenance of Traffic, courses are a REQUIREMENT to obtain ODOT’s “Complex Roadway” pre-qualification.

TRAF Safety Studies Modules 1 - 7

Successful completion of all 4 modules and completion of the multiple-choice test with an 80% or better is a requirement to obtain the Safety Studies certificate. Module one is an intro to what is a safety study.  The breakdown of the methodology and approach to identifying traffic problem or safety concern and the goal that will be addressed.  The study area must be identified.  The meeting with the safety review team is essential, district safety team, or local public agency working with on the project.

Module 2 presents and discusses information on the use of the Highway Safety Manual, crash modification factors or CMF's, collecting data and diagnosing crash patterns, and confirming or identifying the potential for safety improvements for a location.

Module 3 presents and discusses information on the GCAT program, a GCAT demonstration, crash data & analysis, the ODOT CAM Tool with a demonstration of its use, ODOT's NLFID system, summarization of crash data, the predictive method analysis process, creating homogeneous segments, and confirming or identifying the potential for site safety improvement.

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Module 5 covers putting safety results into a Summary Report and how to interpret and use data in the best way possible.

Module 6 goes over Steps 3 and 4 of the ODOT Safety Study Process.  This includes discussing relevant traffic studies, selection of alternatives, interpretation & documentation of Safety Analysis, nominal versus substantive safety, safety trade-offs, ECAT and examples of using ECAT and data entry, identifying and evaluating countermeasures, and Part C and D CMF's.

Testing Policy

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT’s) Consultant training program requires all class attendees to pass a post-course test in order to receive a certificate of completion. The ultimate goal of instituting testing is to enable ODOT to hire experienced, qualified consultants to perform work on transportation projects.

Testing requirements:

  • At the end of all Traffic Academy class sessions, a test will be available electronically to participants on the course material covered.
  • Participants are required to complete the test online within four weeks of attending the course session.
  • Participants must register for a “MyODOT” account with sufficient time for the account approval prior to the testing deadline. Instructions on registering for a “MyODOT” account and how to access the online test will be provided at the end of the training course session.
  • All tests will be comprised of multiple choice and true/false questions.
  • Students should have a calculator available for use during the tests.
  • Participants must achieve an 80% or higher to pass any Traffic Academy test.
    • The Signing and Markings test contains two parts. 80% is required on both portions individually to pass the entire test.
  • Attendance during the entire course session and successfully passing the course test are BOTH mandatory requirements to receive a course completion certificate and to be prequalified to perform ODOT work.
  • Participants have available one retest if achieving less than an 80% on a test.
  • Participants failing to obtain at least an 80% on the retest will be required to reenroll in the subject Traffic Academy course in order to qualify to test again.

NOTICE: Any student requiring a reasonable accommodation during training (i.e. – audio, visual, etc.) should contact the Ohio LTAP Center prior to the course session date to facilitate appropriate arrangements. Contact the Ohio LTAP Center at 614-387-7359, 1-877-800-0031 or via email at ltap@dot.ohio.gov.