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Traffic Academy

Traffic Academy

The Traffic Academy was established in 2003. 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


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Safety Studies

This course, which is part of the curriculum for ODOT’s Traffic Academy, is a prequalification requirement for consultants who want to prepare safety studies for ODOT’s review and approval.

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On behalf of the Office of Traffic Operations and Office of Roadway Engineering, this course on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is part of the curriculum for ODOT’s Traffic Academy. Successful completion of this course is a consultant prequalification requirement under the following category: ITS Design.

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Highway Lighting

This eLearning course has been designed to provide the training required by ODOT’s prequalification for Highway Lighting Design.

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Interchange Studies

This course is required for ODOT prequalification in interchange studies.

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Maintenance of Traffic


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Traffic Signals and ITS

In-Person Classes

This course is required for ODOT prequalification in traffic signal design.

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Pre-requisite eLearning modules for this course are available through the Ohio LTAP Center.

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Signing and Markings


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Additional Information

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.

Lodging Options

Downtown is 3.5 miles/approximately 10 minutes away from our Central Office location. Hilliard-Rome Road & I-70 is 6.5 miles/approximately 10-15 minutes away. The downtown hotels are very nice, but they can be slightly pricier than other areas. Most of them offer government rates, however. Both areas offer plenty of restaurants but there is more shopping in the Hilliard-Rome Road & I-70 area. The downtown area hotels that are highlighted are near the Convention Center and Arena District. This area is recommended as there are more restaurant options than in other parts of downtown.


Arena District Hyatt Regency
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus - Downtown
35 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus Downtown
33 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215

Double Tree Guest Suites - Columbus
50 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center
88 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Columbus
501 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square
175 East Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215

The Lofts Hotel
55 East Nationwide Boulevard #1
Columbus, OH 43215

Red Roof Plus+ Downtown - Convention Center
111 East Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
50 North Third Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown
36 East Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square
75 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

The Westin Columbus
310 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215


Holiday Inn Columbus
5495 Maxwell Place
Columbus, OH 43228

Hampton Inn Columbus West (Hilton)
5625 Trabue Road
Columbus, OH 43228

Best Western Suites
1133 Evans Way Court
Columbus, OH 43228

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Columbus West
5510 Trabue Road
Columbus, OH 43228

Fairfield Inn & Suites (Marriott)
5520 Maxwell Place
Columbus, OH 43228

Hawthorn Suites Columbus West (Wyndham)
5505 Keim Circle
Columbus, OH 43228

Red Roof Inn Columbus West- Hilliard
5001 Renner Road
Columbus, OH 43228

Courtyard Columbus West (Marriott)
2350 Westbelt Drive
Columbus, OH 43228

OFFICE LOCATION: 1980 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43223
DIRECTIONS: Click here for directions to our Central Office complex.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE: When you arrive at our complex you will most likely turn right into our drive. There is one small building on your right as you first enter and then there are two tall buildings that look just alike. You will drive past the first building (Ohio Department of Public Safety) and park in front of the second (Ohio Department of Transportation). Parking is free. All visitors must enter at the South end of the building. The receptionist will point you in the right direction.