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Developing inventories of highway features allows transportation departments to manage their assets needs, ultimately leading to improved compliance with local regulations. This 3.5-hour class introduces the reasons, benefits and techniques for developing an inventory of highway features. Combining lecture, class discussions and group exercise, the class addresses the benefits of maintaining an inventory of highway features, the proper techniques for conducting roadside inventory of highway features, common practices for utilizing asset management systems to develop an effective strategy for highway feature management. 

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the Inventory of Highway Features class, participants will be able to: 1. Explain the purpose of developing an inventory of highway features; 2. Explain the highway features that should be inventoried; 3. Identify the equipment needed to conduct highway feature inventories; 4. Properly record elements of a highway feature inventory; and 5. Conduct a maintenance condition assessment.

The class content includes:

  • Highway feature inventory
  • Highway feature terminology
  • Highway feature inventory elements
  • Data collection practices
  • Linear referencing system
  • Feature identification

A Geographic Information System (GIS) improves efficiency in the management, analysis and presentation of spatial information.  It allows asset managers the ability to quickly visualize asset conditions, risks, and needs.  This 3.5-hour class allows participants to become familiar with applications of GIS.  Participants will learn about various methods to quickly capitalize on the efficiencies of using GIS in infrastructure management applications. General GIS concepts will be covered throughout this introductory course. 


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) class, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the purpose of GIS;

2. Explain available GIS hardware and software;

3. Identify the different input variables available for GIS;

4.  Demonstrate the benefits of GIS in support of Transportation Asset Management Program; and

5. Assess a GIS Foundation  


The course content includes:

  • Using GIS to assess and manage risks
  • Identification of needs and work conditions
  • Using GIS to understand the state of the assets
  • Using GIS to develop programs
  • Managing and tracking work
  • Strategy development
  • Performance analysis
  • Map development
  • GIS investment

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is changing the way GIS users collect and manage geographic data. The high accuracy GPS provides has GIS professionals storing and managing their data in new ways with asset management applications. GPS provides a key component for collecting and managing data, but there are many considerations when using GPS to obtain and understand accurate information.  Attend this course to learn more about how GPS data collection and asset management are beneficial.  This 3.5-hour class is highly interactive with discussions, case studies, and group activities.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the role of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) within Transportation Asset Management;

2. Demonstrate the way GPS interfaces with GIS;

3.  Explain the data entry techniques GPS provides;

4. Collect data using GPS tools and equipment; and

5. Upload GPS data into GIS 


The course content includes:

  • The purpose of GPS and available GPS hardware
  • RIFDS
  • Transportation Asset Management Plan
  • GPS data collection standards
  • The transportation assets that GPS is best suited to collect
  • GPS data collection techniques

Asset management is the strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, and improving physical assets with a focus on engineering and economic analysis based upon quality information. Asset management helps to identify a structured sequence of maintenance, preservation, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement actions that will achieve and sustain a desired state of good repair over the lifecycle of the assets at minimum practical cost.  A properly developed Asset and Data Management Plan (ADMP) provides Tribal leaders with a tool for making infrastructure investments and sound resource utilization decisions.  This 3.5-hour class introduces asset and data management guiding principles and key components of asset and data management to Tribal organizations.


Learning outcomes
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Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: 1. Define asset and data management; 2. Define guiding principles of asset and data management; 3. Describe the ways that an asset and data management plan is used as a communication tool with internal and external stakeholders; 4. List the typical contents of an asset and data management plan; 5. identify the strategic components of an asset and management plan; and 6. Identify key sources of information that will contribute to the development of a Tribal Asset and Management Plan.


The course content includes:

  • The use of an ADMP in transportation agencies
  • Typical content of an ADMP
  • Creating an ADMP
  • Performance measures
  • Examples of ADMPs at various levels of maturity
  • Effective ADMP communication practices

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system using satellites that orbit the earth multiple times within a 24-hour period.  These satellites transmit information to GPS receivers, which use the information to calculate the distance between the satellite and receiver.  A GPS receiver can triangulate its location on the ground with the proper number of signals, generating a 3D position (latitude, longitude, and elevation). This 3.5-hour class provides information about GPS and applications for its use in the transportation field.

 
Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the principles of Global Positioning Systems
2. Explain the required information needed for a GPS to determine a 3D position
3. Set up a GPS receiver
4. Plot points on a map
5. Take a position fix
6. Explain latitude and longitude
7. Explain the application of GPS within Geographic Information Systems (GIS).      

 

The course content includes:

  • GPS fundamentals
  • Setting up the receiver
  • Taking a position fix
  • Concepts of latitude and longitude grid system
  • Plotting and reading coordinates of positions on a map
  • Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) metric grid system

The maintenance condition assessment process evaluates the current condition of infrastructure and estimates the funding needs to reach a minimum level of service.  Collecting roadway maintenance information to determine the overall condition of roadways provides the information to develop a maintenance needs report, which addresses required funding levels, a strategy for prioritizing maintenance activities and identifies areas of excessively high/low maintenance.  This 3.5-hour class addresses the proper techniques for conducting a maintenance condition assessment, the key components of a maintenance condition assessment and proper procedures for reporting assessment data.  This interactive class combines classroom instruction with practical exercises and group discussion.


Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the Maintenance Condition Assessment class, participants will be able to: 1. Explain the purpose of a maintenance condition assessment; 2. Identify the equipment needed to conduct maintenance condition assessments; 3. Identify the elements of a maintenance condition assessment to be evaluated; 4. Properly record the results of a maintenance condition assessment; and 5. Conduct a maintenance condition assessment.

 

The class content includes:

  • Reasons for conducting maintenance condition assessment
  • Conducting a maintenance condition assessment
  • Reporting assessment data
  • Elements of a maintenance condition assessment

Objective prioritization of needs is the process of managing the relative importance and urgency of different requirements to cope with the limited transportation resources. Adequate prioritization ensures the most critical requirements are addressed immediately in case time or budgets run out.  This 3.5 hours class provides an understanding of the process for managing resources to their maximum extent.  This interactive class combines classroom instruction with practical exercises and group discussion to maximize course retention. 

 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Objective Prioritization of Needs class, participants will be able to:

1. Prioritize needs

2. Conduct a needs assessment

3. Identify project goals and objectives

4. Identify the role of the stakeholder

5. Identify constraints

6. Validate needs

7. Compare costs

8. Perform gap analysis

 

The course content includes:

  • Inputs, restraints, enablers and activities of a Needs Assessment
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Cost comparison/estimating
  • Identification and validation of key needs

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) is an economic analysis tool that allows transportation officials to quantify the differential costs of alternative investment options for a given project. LCCA can be used to study either new construction projects or to examine preservation strategies for existing transportation assets. This 3.5-hour class introduces several transportation related products, treatment types and practices for life cycle cost consideration.                 


Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the Understanding Life Cycle Costs and Optimum Treatment Types class, participants will be able to:

1. Explain life cycle cost terminology

2. Perform a life cycle cost analysis

3. Establish alternative strategies

4. Determine net present value for different strategies

5. Evaluate rehabilitation activities

6. Discount costs and benefits to a particular year. 


The course content includes:

  • The use of a LCCA with existing projects and new projects
  • Alternative design treatments/options
  • Road user impacts/costs
  • Rehabilitation activities
  • Preventive maintenance activities
  • Maintenance Costs
  • Comparing typical lifespan of strategies and activities
  • Net present value

The major goals of this class are to teach the skills of practicing bridge inspectors in fundamental visual inspection techniques; review the background knowledge necessary to understand how bridges function; communicate issues of national significance relative to the nations' bridge infrastructures; re-establish proper condition and appraisal rating practices; and review the professional obligations of bridge inspectors. This 3.5-hour class will include lecture, group discussion and exercises.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the recent National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) revisions
2. Accurately code National Bridge Inventory (NBI) items
3. Identify and document inspection observations using standard methods
4. Evaluate defects based on the current AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation
5. Interpret bridge inspection report
6. Determine if overall structure/structural member is fracture critical prone
7. Accurately inspect and evaluate a bridge's four traffic safety features
8. List the keys to ensuring a safe work environment.

 

The class content includes:

  • Inspector qualifications and duties
  • Bridge mechanics, record keeping and documentation (Bridge inspection report)
  • Fatigue and fracture in steel bridges
  • Traffic safety features
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) component ratings
  • Superstructure type identification
  • Inspection techniques and case studies for decks
  • Superstructures, bearings, substructures
  • Channels and culverts, and a bridge inspection classroom exercise.

Fundamentals of Bridge Maintenance teaches the participant the fundamental aspects of an effective bridge maintenance program. This 3.5-hour class explains the importance of a balanced bridge maintenance program and the organizational structure of the bridge maintenance unit. This class will review bridge maintenance management that will provide basic information about bridge inspections and reviews the general concept of Maintenance Management Systems (MMS) and Bridge Management systems (BMS). This class contains lecture with group discussion and exercises.

 

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe common organizational structures of transportation agencies, the role of the bridge maintenance unit and the various cost-effective maintenance and preservation activities that these units perform
2.Review various bridge maintenance program management activities and tools used to facilitate the accomplishment of these activities
3. Classify bridge components, associated elements, and their intended function for commonly used materials
4. Review the fundamentals of bridge mechanics and behaviors
5. Review the fundamental steps involved in using concrete as a repair material
6. Describe general maintenance practices associated with ancillary items.

 

The class content includes:

  • Importance of a balanced bridge maintenance program, bridge maintenance management and bridge management systems (BMS)
  • Implementation of bridge maintenance program activities, discuss commonly used contracting bridge maintenance methods, along with quality assurance and control measures.
  • Bridge anatomy its components, associated elements and intended function
  • Bridge mechanics as it relates to different bridge components
  • Concrete basics
  • Maintenance of bridge ancillary items

This hands-on class provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate a variety of surveying instruments. Learn to record data for maintaining elevation, alignment control points and the importance of ensuring proper grades before starting your project. This 3.5-hour class combines lecture with group discussion, practical exercises and a field exercise to enhance the training.


Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the Elevation and Grade Instruments and Use class, participants will be able to: 1. Solve math problems and perform calculations required in construction layout; 2. Explain the proper steps to set up a level; 3. Use a level to determine vertical control, to determine grade of a roadway, channel, and/or culvert; 4. Record field notes; 5. Properly read a rod; and 6. Explain the different types of surveys.    


The class content includes:

  • Types of surveys
  • Construction surveys
  • National Spatial Reference System (NSRS)
  • Optical equipment and other equipment
  • Profile leveling
  • Reading the rod
  • Differential leveling
  • Field notes/note taking

There are approximately 1.6 million miles of unpaved roads in the United States. In this 3.5-hour Gravel Road Maintenance and Design training class, supervisors and operators will gain a better understanding of the materials, techniques, and equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads. Participants will learn details about road design from construction to reshaping as well as recognizing the necessity of proper drainage. Many aspects of road maintenance, from the grading process to material replacement, will be discussed. This highly interactive class combines lecture with group discussion, case studies, and group exercise.


Learning outcomes:

After completing this class students should be able to: 1. Identify best practices for gravel road maintenance; 2. Describe the importance of proper drainage on gravel roads; 3. List reasons for grading gravel roads; 4. Apply best practices in various road maintenance scenarios; 5. Select appropriate grading techniques needed to improve a gravel road; 6. Explain the use of culverts and how to install them; and 7. Identify techniques and applications to stabilize the road.

 

The course content includes:

  • Grading techniques
  • Why proper drainage is critical
  • Identification of road problems and solutions
  • Culvert installation and use
  • Various types of aggregates and proper application
  • Road stabilization application

This 3.5-hour class will review the installation and maintenance of erosion control devices.  Participants will become familiar with temporary erosion control devices and basic procedures for proper installation. The proper purpose and function of each device, including the required material, maintenance and typical problems, will be reviewed. Participants will gain a general understanding of storm water pollution problems and the components of a storm water pollution prevention plan.  This highly interactive class combines lecture with group discussion, case studies, and group exercise.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completion of this Installation and Maintenance of Erosion Control Devices class, students should be able to:

1. Explain storm water pollution;

2. Define Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P) and the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs);

3. List types of erosion control devices;

4. Identify proper installation practices of both erosion and sediment control applications;

5. Select the appropriate BMP for various sediment and erosion control challenges;

6. Perform routine inspections of installed BMP’s; and

7. Apply appropriate corrective measures to maintain BMPs.

 The course content includes:

  • Factors that influence erosion and sedimentation
  • Importance of erosion control
  • Types of erosion control devices
  • Requirements for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P)
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) and selection criteria
  • Maintenance and site inspection practices for BMP’s
  • Group Exercise – Select BMP and diagram effective Erosion and Sediment Control Plan

This 3.5-hour training class provides basic pavement preservation concepts. The training will guide and assist maintenance personnel in making better and more informed decisions in selecting and applying various maintenance treatments. Materials, micro surfacing, slurry seals, and seal coats will be reviewed.  Participants will learn techniques for applying and compacting Ultra-Thin Friction Course and gain overall knowledge on a full range of preventive maintenance techniques and strategies to preserve tribal roads.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussions, case studies, and group exercise.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing the Pavement Preservation Strategies course, participants will be able to:                

1. Describe the treatment selection process;

2. List factors that might enter the selection process;

3. Identify the components and value of a Pavement Preventive Maintenance;

4. Describe and identify pavement deficiencies;

5. Identify various pavement preservation strategies, techniques and materials;

6. Describe pavement conditions and review scenarios to determine whether preventive maintenance is appropriate; and

7. Define the performance characteristics of different strategies, techniques and materials.

 The course content includes:

  • Pavement preservation, its purpose and need
  • Benefits of a pavement preservation program
  • Preventative maintenance techniques
  • Crack seals
  • Slurry seals
  • Chip seals
  • Micro-surfacing techniques
  • Ultra-Thin Friction Course applications
  • Selecting an appropriate pavement presentation treatment
  • Group Exercise

As budgets for drainage structure replacements decrease, the importance of proper culvert installation increases. A transportation organization capable of properly installing and maintaining storm drainage pipe provides a valuable service to the community members it supports. In this 3.5-hour training class, proper installation and maintenance practices of storm drainage pipe will be reviewed. Participants will review current industry standards for both flexible and rigid pipe options.  Group discussion will focus on effective practices to prevent damaging culverts during installation.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussion and exercise, and case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

 After completing the Pipe Installation and Maintenance class, participants should be able to:

1. Identify flexible and rigid storm drainage pipe options;

2. Define the importance/benefits of proper pipe installation and maintenance practices;

3. Properly install and maintain both flexible and rigid pipe;

4. Describe common culvert installation and maintenance practices;

5. Define basic trench and embankment terminology;

6. Illustrate proper and safe excavation techniques;

7. Explain the importance of proper bedding; and

8. Describe proper maintenance techniques.

 The course content includes:

  • Fundamentals of pipe installation and maintenance
  • Benefits of proper installation and maintenance
  • Pipe/Culvert installation planning
  • Common pipe and culvert installations
  • Basic trench and pipe terminology
  • Proper foundation for placing the pipe
  • Excavation fundamentals
  • Pipe maintenance
  • Practice exercise-Identify the problems

This 3.5-hour Roadside Maintenance training class provides an overview of the fundamentals of roadside maintenance.  The class is intended for tribal road supervisors and maintenance level personnel in rural areas and small urban communities who have responsibility for the operation and management of local roads. Class topics will include the importance of vegetation management, types of roadside slopes, ditch hazards, objects in clear zones, how to select roadside barrier systems, and best practices for properly maintaining roadsides. Participants will learn how to identify safety concerns when maintaining roadside signage. This interactive class combines lecture with group discussion, case studies, and group exercises.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this class, participants will be able to:

1. Define roadside basic terminology;

2. Explain a clear zone and the importance of removing hazards in these zones;

3. Describe types of roadside slopes;

4. Describe the safety edge;

5. Identify importance of break-away sign posts;

6. Select appropriate roadside barrier systems; and

7. Identify best practices for vegetation management.

The course content includes:

  • Introduction to roadside maintenance
  • Safety in clear zones
  • Types of roadside slopes
  • Ditch hazards
  • Pavement edge drop off
  • Safety edge
  • Roadside hazard fatalities
  • Break away supports
  • Vegetation management best practices
  • Group exercises

Unpaved roads released approximately 11 million tons of particulate matter into the atmosphere in the United States in 2014 (EPA). This 3.5-hour Stabilization and Dust Abatement class provides participants with an overview of dust control requirements and current strategies for preventing, mitigating and controlling dust on roads.  Participants will learn the effects of vegetation removal, wind and mechanical movement of soil on roads.  Participants will gain a general understanding of soil modification methods for improving construction operations and the characteristics, advantages and limitations of soil stabilization methods.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussion, case studies, and group exercises.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this class, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the effects of erosion on unpaved roads;

2. Describe situations when soil stabilization will be effective in improving the quality of the soil;

3. Describe the impact of fugitive dust;

4. Identify soil issues;

5. Apply appropriate control measures; and

6. Explain how to preserve fines with dust suppressants

 The course content includes:

  • Impact of erosion on unpaved roads
  • Benefits of soil stabilization and dust abatement
  • Causes of erosion
  • Solutions for unpaved roads
  • The importance of proper fines when constructing a road
  • How to preserve fines with dust suppressants
  • Application methods
  • Maintenance
  • Group exercise

Working in traffic is dangerous and errors can cause accidents. It is important for personnel installing temporary traffic control measures to possess a solid understanding of their role and how they can help prevent accidents. In this 3.5-hour Temporary Traffic Control class, participants will learn the key elements required for temporary traffic control. Fundamental principles of temporary traffic control, the importance of safety, and traffic control setup plans will be reviewed. Guidelines stated in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will also be reviewed, using more simplified, easy to understand terminology. This interactive class combines lecture with group discussion, case studies, and group exercises.

 Learning Outcomes:

 At the conclusion of this class, participants should be able to: 1. Describe the needs and purpose of temporary traffic control; 2. Explain traffic control guidelines as stated in the MUTCD; 3. List appropriate safety steps in work zones; 4. Explain how signs impact the navigation of traffic;     5. Select the appropriate devices needed in a zone according to the work duration; 6. Define typical applications used for temporary traffic control; and 7. List important elements of worker safety

 The course content includes:

 Fundamentals of temporary traffic control

  • Use of appropriate signage
  • Traffic control planning
  • Traffic control set up
  • MUTCD guidelines for temporary traffic control
  • How to select appropriate devices for zones
  • Worker safety
  • Group exercise

Each year, thousands of people die in work zone related accidents.  This 3.5-hour Work Zone Safety training class teaches participants how to enhance safety and operational efficiency in highway work zones to make tribal roads safer. Participants will gain knowledge about best practices on ways to design and maintain highway work zones that improve safety for workers and drivers.  The training includes the proper application of devices and practical exercises to plan, set up, operate, and remove work zone safety devices. This highly interactive class combines lecture with group discussion, case studies, and group exercises.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing the Work Zone Safety class, participants should be able to: 1. Identify various causes of work related accidents; 2. Describe and review work zone scenarios – what to do and what not to do; 3. Explain common traffic issues including sight distance, blind curves and high speed; 4. Define common work zone issues; 5. List better ways to set-up work zones to enhance worker protection; 6. Describe traffic control and other safety devices; 7. Identify traffic control plans and why we need them; and 8. Describe flagger safety best practices

 The course content includes:

  • Work zone statistics
  • Causes of work zone accidents
  • Best practices for work zone safety
  • Common traffic and work zone issues
  • Best practices to increase worker safety
  • The importance of traffic control and safety devices
  • Flagger methods and best practices
  • Flagger duties and qualifications
  • Importance of high visibility PPE
  • Group Exercise: Plan, set-up, operate and remove work zone safety devices

How to Conduct a Car Seat Checkpoint training is a half-day class featuring in-classroom and hands-on activities, providing a basic introduction on how to conduct a car seat checkpoint. Participants will gain practical knowledge through presentation and class discussion related to event and program planning, CPS roles and goals, event marketing and partnership building.

 

Learning outcomes:

After completing How to Conduct a Car Seat Checkpoint, participants should be able to: 1. List necessary steps to conduct a car seat checkpoint; 2. List resources available to conduct a car seat checkpoint; and 3. Effectively plan a car seat checkpoint.

 

The class content includes:

  • Primary roles and goals of CPS Technicians and car seat checkpoints
  • Event planning
  • Site selection
  • Staffing
  • Event set up
  • Event operations
  • Liability
  • Promotion
  • Event follow-up
  • Resources f

Prioritizing MVIP Interventions is a 1-day training package that provides the resources and strategies to build a motor vehicle injury prevention program. This training package is customizable to the Tribe’s needs to prioritize motor vehicle injury prevention interventions. Tribes will choose 7 modules out of the 12 module options. Modules are designed to meet Tribes at their current level of injury prevention programming. Using the public health approach, participants will be able to define the problems their community want to address, identify risk factors, create prevention strategies to address the problem and implement an evaluative process. Participants will gain practical experience through presentation, discussion and hands-on exercise and the public health approach.


Learning outcomes:

After completing Prioritizing MVIP Interventions, participants will be able to:

1. Utilize data strategies for effective programming;

2. Create effective goals and action plans;

3. Identify the steps in building an effective coalition;

4. Demonstrate how to use critical resources for a successful motor vehicle injury prevention.


The course modules include:

• Public Health & Transportation in Indian Country
• Tribal MVIP Best Practices Guide
• Coalition Building
• Public Health Buzzword: Evidence Based Strategies
• Cultural Competency
• Evidence Based Initiative Planning Part 1
• Evidence Based Initiative Planning Part 2
• Public Health and Transportation Resources
• SMART Goal Action Planning

Safe Native American Passengers (SNAP) training was developed by the Indian Health Service (IHS) Injury Prevention Program to provide safer transportation for Native American children in tribal communities. Basic Child Passenger Safety Awareness is a 1-day training class that provides the SNAP curriculum. Participants will gain practical experience through a variety of presentations and hands-on exercises related to vehicle seat belt systems, various types of child restraints (car seats), and the misuse of child restraints. The Basic Child Passenger Safety Awareness class does not offer certification and does not replace or serve as a substitute for the 32 hour National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Technician Training Program course offered by Safe Kids Worldwide. Participants who complete this SNAP curriculum will be eligible to receive professional developments (PDs) from the Indian Health Service.

 

Learning outcomes:

After completing the basic child passenger safety awareness class, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the disparity of motor vehicle crash injuries among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. 2. Describe best practices for properly restraining children of all ages, and how they differ from state and Tribal laws. 3. Demonstrate how vehicle seat belt systems and LATCH are used to secure child restraints in vehicles. 4. Describe the different components of child restraints and their function. 5. Select the proper child restraint based on the age, height, and weight, of a child. 6. Recognize and correct the misuse of child restraints. 7. Properly educate parents and caregivers on the correct selection and use of child restraints.

 

The course content includes:

  • Introduction to CPS
  • What happens in a crash?
  • Locking in a car seat
  • Child restraint basics
  • Rear-facing car seats
  • Forward-facing car seats
  • Seat selection skills test
  • Misuse identification skills test

The Strategies to Increase Restraint Use is a 1.5-day course that provides certified National Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors new strategies to increase seat belts and child safety seat restrain use.   Learn new technology and strategies to change outcomes in your community.  Child Passenger Safety Recertification seat sign off will be available for all technicians needing to recertify.  Keeping certified technicians current and up to date is a great strategy to increase restraint use. Participants will learn strategies to conduct a child passenger safety check point in their community.


 Learning outcomes:

 After completing Strategies to Increase Restraint Use, participants should be able to:

1. Learn strategies to maintain technician certification;

2. Provide the participant with current resources for child passenger safety;

3. Learn new technology that support restraint usage;

4. Review overall child passenger safety strategies;

5. Demonstrate current child restraint installation skills for recertification requirements.

 

The course content includes:

  • Kidz in Motion Technical Update
  • Recertification Child Seat Sign Offs

This 3.5-hour training class begins with a basic introduction to estimating basics for Tribal transportation projects. Class discussion will include how an “estimate” differs from a “bid”.  The transportation project delivery process will define the different types of estimating, types of project delivery, and the compilation of how to achieve the best value for the investment.  An electronic calculation spreadsheet will be shared along with practical application on how to calculate cost-per-unit or lump sum transportation project materials. 

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing Cost Estimating, participants should be able to: 1. Understand “Best Practices” for a successful Tribal transportation project delivery process.  2.  Use “planning level” estimates beginning with ball-park figures.  3.  Relate the importance of including construction and preliminary engineering costs.  4.  Appreciate the importance for accurate project documentation.

 The course content includes:

  • Estimating basics
  • Project delivery process
  • Planning level estimate
  • The next step with construction and preliminary engineering
  • Estimate documentation
  • Hands-on exercise: determine how to estimate the cost of constructing one mile of roadway

This 3.5-hour training class provides a basic introduction to financial planning and identifying needs and priorities. Participants will identify community priorities and possible funding streams from the “Funding Projects and Types” handout.  Each available funding source will be discussed in detail. 

 Participants will be provided practical steps on beginning a Tribal Transportation Plan.  Instructions will be provided on next steps after the Tribal Transportation Plan has been developed.

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing Financial Planning for Tribal Transportation, participants should be able to:

1. Identify and prioritize tribal transportation needs. 

2.  Be familiar with various funding streams for identified transportation projects. 

3.  Be able to begin the development of a Financial Tribal Transportation Plan with a worksheet in hand.

 The course content includes:

  •  Financial planning steps
  • Tribal transportation funding streams
  • Financial planning for tribal transportation organizations
  • Hands-on activity: development of a Tribal Transportation Plan

Introduction to Planning is a 3.5 hour introductory class on the basic components of the Tribal transportation planning process beginning with a group discussion to define the difference between a vision and a goal.  A vital part of this training will be to assist in understanding the role of transportation planning as it pertains to transportation planning processes of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Reservations Roads (BIA IRR) program. Small group discussions will focus on barriers of Tribal Transportation Planning and possible solutions. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TTIP).

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing Introduction to Planning, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the difference between a vision and a goal.  

2. Describe step-by-step basics of the Tribal Transportation Planning process

3. Share innovative ideas to overcoming barriers of Tribal Transportation Planning

 The course content includes:

  •  What is a vision?
  • Vision vs. goals
  • Basics of tribal transportation planning
  • Group discussion: barriers and solutions to tribal transportation planning

Procurement 101 is a 3.5-hour training class beginning with a case-study of the largest political corruption case in FBI history. Procurement standards are illustrated on the “CLAW” of the bear.  Hands-on student activities provide an overview of 2 CFR Cost Principles for State, Local, and Tribal Governments.  

  Procurement standards and requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be detailed. Participants will be guided through an actual online demonstration of the steps necessary to obtain a DUNS# and a SAMs profile. 

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing Procurement 101, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the consequences of not following State, Local and Tribal Government procurement standards.  

2. Be familiar with the five procurement levels and standards as illustrated in the “CLAW”. 

3. Recognize the importance of guidelines set forth in the 2 CFR Cost Principles and Super Circular handout.

 The course content includes:

  • The “Birds” and the FBI
  • The “CLAW” of procurement standards
  • The “Bees” of procurement requirements
  • Online demonstration: obtaining a DUNS# and a SAMs profile

Procurement Planning is a 3.5-hour training class that identifies tribal purchasing and procurement needs and outcomes.  Participants will learn the importance of communicating within the agency, critical thinking, and researching the procurement options. Group discussions will serve as a starting point in determining whether the participant is involved in “procurement” or “purchasing”.  This training will detail the provisions of identifying the scope of work, timeline, and requirements necessary to select vendors as part of the tribal planning process.

Participants will be guided through an actual online solicitation and the requirements necessary to evaluate and select a vendor.  Group discussion will focus on the types of technical evaluations for vendors.  An overview of contract negotiation, execution and management will supplement the tribal procurement planning process training.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Procurement Planning, participants should be able to:

1. Understand Tribal purchasing and procurement needs and outcomes.  

2. Appreciate the importance of communicating need within the agency. 

3. Recognize the requirements within the SOW, the timeline and the vendors as part of the planning process. 

4.  Realize the steps needed to evaluate and select a vendor.

The course content includes:

  • The procurement planning process and steps necessary to identify the need
  • Solicitation and selection of vendors
  • Post procurement negotiation and management
  • Online demonstration: soliciting, evaluating and selecting a vendor

Procurement Process is a 3.5-hour training class that provides a complete understanding of the definition of procurement and the process involved.   Simplified steps of the procurement process will be demonstrated through the act of ordering a pizza.  Types of procurement will be reviewed, and the various roles in a Procurement Office/Division will be defined.  The 7 R’s of Procurement will provide direction on making purchases in a manner that provides full and open competition.

Procurement methods will include a detailed discussion of simplified acquisition, formal procurement, and competitive procurement. 

Learning Outcomes:

After completing Procurement Process, participants should be able to:

1. Understand applicable laws for procurement.  

2. Be familiar with the roles of individuals within the Procurement Office/Division. 

3. Recognize the different types of procurement methods, assess the need for a Procurement plan and understand various procurement policies.

The course content includes:

  • Procurement procedures
  • Procurement methods
  • Procurement plan
  • Procurement policies
  • Group activity: The procurement process demonstrated with pizza

Public Involvement training is a 3.5-hour training class that provides a basic overview of the legal requirements of public involvement in the tribal transportation process. Methods and techniques related to public involvement will be reviewed. Overcoming challenges of engaging low-income communities and community members with physical limitations will form the basis for classroom discussion. Strategies to leverage the public involvement process will be offered through discussion of recent case studies.

 Learning Outcomes:

After completing Public Involvement, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the law that gives the public the opportunity to comment and provide input to tribal transportation projects.

2.  Be familiar with public involvement during the planning phase and throughout the life of the project. 

3.  Appreciate the level of public involvement and how it is commensurate with the scope and intensity of the project.

The course content includes:

  • Guiding principles of public involvement
  • Strategies for public involvement
  • Methods and levels of public involvement with tribal transportation projects
  • Group exercise: the importance of communication when engaging the public

  

Single Audit training is a 3.5-hour training class that provides direction on how to prepare for an audit. Guidelines for when single audits are required for tribal transportation projects will be reviewed.  Handouts from an actual Federal project will provide guidance on setting up files to accommodate the eventuality of an audit. Standards for determining if costs are allowable for Federal funding will be discussed.  An additional review of 2 CFR Part 200 and the “Circulars” superseded by the Uniform Guidance will form the basis of classroom discussion.

Examples of single audit findings will provide guidance for audit best practices. Responsibilities for management of Federal funding will be discussed in detail. 

 Learning Outcomes:

 After completing this Single Audit class, participants should be able to:

1. Understand how to prepare for a successful tribal transportation project single audit. 

2.  Use the “SMART” Corrective Action Plan guideline to successfully resolve any single audit findings. 

3.  Know where to find resources to assist with successful single audit requirements.

 The course content includes:

 How to prepare for an audit

  • What is an audit finding?
  • How to reach a resolution to an audit finding
  • Audit best practices
  • Class discussion: 2 CFR Part 200, circulars and uniform guidance

In this 3.5-hour training class, participants will gain knowledge about construction contract administration related to appropriate office procedures and proper administration procedures to maintain accurate records for the term of the contract. A construction contract administrator is responsible for managing the terms of the contract between all parties. Contract administration requires knowledge and skills to maintain the integrity of a contract and apply routine provisions.  Participants will become familiar with elements of contract administration including the importance of the pre-bid conferences, post award activities and general contract requirements. This interactive workshop combines discussion, case studies and group exercises to reinforce the training.

 
Learning outcomes:

 After successful completion of Construction Contract Administration students will be able to:     

1. Construct and specify the need for a contract;

2. Identify contract risks and how to eliminate them;

3. Define contract administration and what it entails;

4. Relate the use of critical documentation and record keeping;

5. Summarize the importance of pre-bid and post award activities;

6. Identify general contract requirements; and

7. Explain bond requirements and contract revisions.


Course content includes:

Develop contract specifications

  • Contract risks and how to protect the organization
  • Elements of contract administration
  • Pre-bid conferences and post award activities
  • Importance of documentation and record keeping
  • General contract requirements
  • Bond requirements
  • Contract provisions

Excessive construction periods due to project inefficiencies can frustrate drivers and can extend the possibility of additional hazards driving through work zones. Two of the primary constraints of a project are the schedule and the cost. The focus of this 3.5-hour class will help participants gain information about the importance of scheduling and budgeting a project. Participants will learn techniques to set plan schedules and budgets with key stakeholders.  Learners will understand the importance of monitoring and controlling the project performance and why it is imperative to provide continual schedule and budget updates.

 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion Cost and Schedule Management students should be able to: 1. Use various tools to make cost and schedule decisions and establish baselines; 2. Apply various techniques to develop effective project cost estimates; 3. Interpret and analyze cost and schedule performance; and 4. Identify and manage cost and schedule changes.

 

The course content includes: 

  • Project cost management
  • Cost estimating terms and concepts
  • Units of project time
  • Project cost estimating techniques
  • Time management
  • Key scheduling terms and concepts
  • Benefits of accurate schedules and the downfalls that can impact them
  • Monitoring cost and schedule performance
  • Recognize key activities for cost and schedule control

The 3.5-hour training class will teach participants how to develop a statement of work (SOW), which is an essential part of both the contract and project management process. A basic SOW should include precise work details, schedules, terms, and expected outcomes. It is imperative it is done correctly to prevent any misunderstanding on the job. During the second half of the class, more advanced concepts will be discussed. Participants will gain information about additional key elements that are required to write an effective SOW for A&E contracts.  Developing a project in phases can help maintain a more organized project and create a positive effect on the overall job completion.  This class combines both classroom instruction with practical exercises to reinforce the training.

 Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of Developing a Statement of Work for A&E Contracts, participants should be able to:

1. Define a basic Statement of Work (SOW) and its purpose;

2. Arrange the SOW in an organized manner according to specific formats;

3. Use appropriate tips for writing the most effective SOW for your project;

4. Apply additional key elements and requirements to the SOW for A&E contracts;

5. Organize the SOW for A&E contracts;and

6. Select appropriate language and style when writing a SOW.

 The course content includes: 

  • Statement of Work (SOW) and its purpose
  • When to use a SOW
  • Key elements of an SOW
  • Appropriate formats and tips for writing an SOW
  • Advanced elements required for writing an SOW for A&E contracts
  • Group exercise: writing a statement of work

 

Various federal programs support tribal governments in times of natural disaster. Funds to restore travel, minimize damage and protect the remaining facilities are available for emergency and permanent repairs to roads and highways. This 3.5-hour class will review options related to submitting, adopting, implementing and funding relief projects. A variety of federal resources will be reviewed including the FHWA’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tribal resources including Emergency Preparedness grants. The class will provide an introduction to damage assessment, damage survey report checklists and field measurements.

 

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to: 1. Explain what qualifies for an emergency relief project; 2. Understand the type of work that can be performed with emergency funding; 3. Identify resources available through agencies such as FHWA and FEMA; 4.  Complete a damage assessment.

 
The class content includes:

  • Proper execution and management of emergency transportation projects
  • Review of ERFO’s guidelines for tribal governments applying for ERFO funding for road damage
  • Introduction to FEMA’s Tribal Affairs Branch and its services
  • Damage assessments, checklists and field measurements
  • Group exercise: review and discuss components of an FHWA Damage Survey Report

Meeting the environmental requirements to begin a transportation project demands knowledge about the required permits and processes. Individuals responsible for meeting these requirements must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to document the process prior to construction beginning.  They must know which permits are required so projects remain on schedule. In this 3.5-hour training class, participants will learn the environmental requirements required per the NEPA process, to begin a project and bring it to construction and project completion. Participants will also become familiar with the language and required elements needed to produce quality environmental documents that ensure a successful project.  This interactive workshop combines discussion, case studies and group exercises to reinforce the training.

 

Learning outcomes: 

After successful completion of Environmental Permits, Certificates, and Licenses, participants should be able to:

1. Identify the various permits and certifications in the environmental process;

2. Understand when to apply for the various permits in relation to transportation projects;           

3. Identify and have an understanding of process used to fill out necessary documents; and         

4. Define the necessary steps to ensure successful documentation.


The course content includes: 

  • Fundamentals of appropriate documentation
  • Environmental impact statements
  • Scoping, purpose and need, alternatives, affected environments, environmental consequences, comments and coordination, record of decision
  • Environmental assessments
  • Categorical exclusions
  • Environmental checklist

In this 3.5-hour training class on Environmental Requirements for Transportation Projects, participants will learn about the environmental requirements needed to begin a project and bring it to construction. All construction projects have the potential to impact the environment and are therefore required to meet all federal environmental laws and regulations. Individuals appointed by the Tribe to ensure environmental compliance must know the process for meetings those requirements. Managers responsible for meeting environmental requirements need to possess the knowledge and skills to maintain the integrity of developing the project to meet those requirements throughout the planning and delivery phase. Participants will become familiar with sections of the environmental process including those required by the Federal Highway Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. 


Learning outcomes: 

After successful completion of Environmental Requirements for Transportation Projects, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the basic elements of the NEPA process in relation to transportation projects; 2. Identify and gain an understanding of the documents needed for approval to begin transportation projects; 3. Define project management in terms of the NEPA process; 4. Relate the use of critical documentation to planning projects; 5. Identify best practices from other DOT’s; and 6. Summarize the environmental process from planning to construction.


The course content includes: 

  • The need for NEPA
  • Environmental considerations for projects
  • Storm water runoff, dredge materials, threatened or endangered species, historical sites
  • NEPA requirements
  • NEPA project management
  • Environmental impact statements
  • Environmental assessments
  • Categorical exclusions

In this 3.5-hour class, participants will learn that sometimes specific work ordered on projects may not always have a pre-determined cost before the contract is written. When this occurs, there are strategies in which the work can still be performed with the understanding that the contractor can bill the oversight agency according to current cost of labor, price of materials and equipment, plus a certain percentage for overhead and profit.  Participants will learn what work could constitute a change and the impacts these changes can have on the schedule and efficiency of the overall project.

 

Learning outcomes:

After completing the course participants should be able to: 1. Define Force Account work; 2. Explain contract considerations when evaluating changes to the work; 3. List appropriate steps agencies must complete prior to starting force account work; 4. Identify methods to track and how to verify records for force account; 5. Describe a contractor force account tracking sheet, its use and purpose; and 6. Explain schedule and productivity impacts.

 

The class content includes:

  • What types of changes constitute force account?
  • How construction contracts address changes to the work
  • Change order language
  • Contract considerations when evaluating changes to the work
  • How changes to the work can affect the construction schedule
  • How changes to the work can affect labor productivity
  • Pricing of the change - direct and indirect costs
  • Auditing and tracking change orders

In this 3.5-hour class, participants will learn the appropriate steps to start a transportation project.  Getting a project off the ground can be a daunting task, especially when one considers the details involved.  The basics of project management will be reviewed. Discussions will focus on how planning, organizing, controlling, and evaluating a project are keys to its success. Participants will learn the project life cycle and how each phase of a project leads to the next. The role of a project manager will be reviewed, including how their leadership has a large impact on the team and project success.


Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of Getting Your Project Started students should be able to:               

1. Construct a project roadmap;

2. Describe key elements of project management;

3. Define the project cycle;

4. Define and initiate a planning process;

5. Identify the role of the project manager;

6. Summarize the communication process and its critical role in project success and   

7. Select a project team and identify their roles


The course content includes: 

  • Roadmap of a project
  • Key elements of project management
  • Planning processes
  • Communication processes
  • Selecting a project team
  • Role of a project manager
  • Exercise: appropriate communication demonstration

In this 3.5-hour training class on Highway Construction Inspection, participants will gain knowledge about the construction inspection process and the elements needed to be an effective inspector. Project inspectors play a critical role in ensuring contractors meet all elements and requirements of the construction plans. They are the “eyes and ears” ensuring the procedures and requirements of the plans are followed.  They are important stewards of resources involved in project construction.  A good project inspector is one who not only understands the desired outcomes and processes involved to successfully complete a project but is able to work with the contractor to help steer them toward solutions to potential problems. 


Learning outcomes: 

After successful completion of Introduction to Highway Construction Inspection, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the importance and need for good project inspection;

2. Identify the elements of a transportation project;

3. Identify the role of project inspection in the QC/QA process;

4. Define the requirements of the highway inspection process;

5. Identify and be able to implement the official duties of a project inspector; and

6. Utilize the needed documents and tools in the inspection process.


The course content includes: 

  • What is construction inspection?
  • Quality assurance and quality control in the inspection process
  • Steps and responsibilities of a project inspector
  • Requirements of a good inspector
  • Elements of a project
  • Authority
  • Documentation
  • Case studies
  • Group Exercise

In this 3.5-hour training class on Highway Construction Inspection, participants will gain knowledge about the construction inspection process and the elements needed to be an effective inspector. Project inspectors play a critical role in ensuring contractors meet all elements and requirements of the construction plans. They are the “eyes and ears” ensuring the procedures and requirements of the plans are followed.  They are important stewards of resources involved in project construction.  A good project inspector is one who not only understands the desired outcomes and processes involved to successfully complete a project but is able to work with the contractor to help steer them toward solutions to potential problems. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

After successful completion of Introduction to Highway Construction Inspection, participants should be able to: 1. Understand the importance and need for good project inspection; 2. Identify the elements of a transportation project; 3. Identify the role of project inspection in the QC/QA process; 4. Define the requirements of the highway inspection process; 5. Identify and be able to implement the official duties of a project inspector; and 6. Utilize the needed documents and tools in the inspection process.

 

The course content includes

  • What is construction inspection?
  • Quality assurance and quality control in the inspection process
  • Steps and responsibilities of a project inspector
  • Requirements of a good inspector
  • Elements of a project
  • Authority
  • Documentation

In this 3.5-hour training class, participants will gain knowledge about the ways to apply a Quality Control/Quality Assurance Program to all phases of a project, from the environmental process to construction completion. A comprehensive and established Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program (QA/QC) is essential to a successful outcome. A good QA/QC program begins in the early phases of the project from pre-planning to delivery of the final product. While construction inspectors are viewed as the key to a good construction project, all personnel involved in every phase of the project are expected to provide quality work. A proper QA/QC process leading to a successful project outcome will be demonstrated.

 

Learning outcomes: 

After successful completion of Quality Control and Quality Assurance, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the need for a good Quality Assurance program;

2. Identify the difference between the agency’s responsibility and the contractor’s responsibility in the QC/QA process;          

3. Identify and be able to implement the three major components of the QC/QA process;

4. Define the six core functions of the QC/QA Program

5. Understand the Dispute Resolution Process; and

6. Define and understand the necessary steps that provide an effective Quality Control/Quality Assurance Plan that produces a valuable project.

 

The course content includes: 

  • What is quality assurance and quality control
  • The quality assurance pyramid
  • Contractor quality control
  • Owner quality assurance
  • Elements of a good quality assurance program
  • QA Specifications/QA Program joint industry support

 

The 3.5-hour Storm Water and Erosion Control class will provide participants with an understanding about the requirements for erosion and sediment control for construction.  Participants will learn about the various types of erosion and how to select and install best management practices to prevent erosion and control sediment on job sites.  The class will cover Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P) including the requirements needed to obtain a permit, routine inspection checklists, and proper maintenance necessary to ensure Best Management Practices (BMPs) remain effective.

 

Learning outcomes:

 After successful completion of Storm Water and Erosion Control students should be able to:

1. Define and identify various types of erosion;

2. Explain requirements needed for permits and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans;

3. Describe various types of sediment controls or BMPs;

4. Select appropriate BMPs according to the situation;

5. Perform routine inspections of installed BMP’s on the site; and

6. Apply appropriate corrective measures to maintain BMPs.

 

The course content includes: 

  • Various causes of erosion
  • Effective erosion and sediment control practices
  • Requirements for storm water pollution prevention plans
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) and selection criteria
  • Maintenance and site inspection practices for BMPs
  • Group Exercise: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SW3P)

Governments allow public utilities to utilize the right-of-way of streets and highways. Coordinating with these public utilities prior to the construction or reconstruction of a highway or road is critical for a successful project. Utility issues are some of the main reasons for delays and scheduling issues. Planners and designers must know the proper procedures for coordinating with utilities during the design phase of a project. In this 3.5-hour class, participants will gain knowledge in working with utilities during the design phase of a project as well as strategies in successful utility coordination to avoid delays, and safety concerns during utility relocation.

 

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the class, participants will be able to: 1. Understand the role of working with utilities in the different phases of project development; 2. Identify federal regulations pertaining to utilities; 3. Use a variety of communication methods to work with utility companies; 4. Understand the role of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and environmental concerns during design and reconstruction projects; and 5. Plan utilities for safe reconstruction projects.

 

The class content includes:

  • Utilities in the six phases of project development
  • Communication essentials
  • Utility Accommodation
  • Private vs. Public Utilities
  • Federal regulations pertaining to utilities and ROW
  • ADA requirements

This 3.5-hour class offers participants a basic understanding of the data/evidence-driven process and its role in the development of a Tribal Safety Plan.  The data/evidence-driven decision process used with a Safety Plan requires an organization to understand the process of analyzing both road segment and intersectional crash data. It also requires an organization to identify possible causes and trends within the data. These trends and causes are used to review the root causes and contributing factors causing crashes.  This class will give participants the ability to use data to establish a “Hot Spot” or a “Systemic” analysis process.  Participants will also learn effective corrective actions to reduce the threat of additional crashes.  This type of data analysis enables organizations to incorporate it into the organizational Safety Plan and provides the evidence to support safety project funding and development.


Learning outcomes:

After completing Crash Data Analysis, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the importance of using good data to support a Tribal Safety Plan;

2. Identify Sources for crash data on Tribal Lands;

3. Identify Trends in Crash Data;

4. Analyze Crash Data for both Hot Spot and Systemic Approaches to Safety Plans; and

5. Properly review a sample of a basic crash map.


The course content includes:

  • Tribal Safety Plan/crash data linkage
  • Crash data trends
  • Native American traffic safety facts
  • Hot spot and systematic approaches to Safety Plans
  • Identification of additional data sources
  • Data provided within the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration
  • Case studies
  • Exercise: review and evaluate a basic crash map

Intersection crashes can be significantly reduced in Tribal lands by the application of proven intersection measures for rural and suburban/urban intersections.   This 3.5-hour class presents examples of intersection safety countermeasures for design, operations, and low cost safety improvements. Specific safety benefits and crash reduction factors are discussed using case study examples. Participants will learn about a number of key topics including the seven characteristics of a safe intersection, different types of intersections used to manage traffic, common geometric problems that could be a safety risk and how to fix them, how to use signage for intersections, and how to maintain sight triangles.


Learning outcomes:

After completing the class, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the cost in lives for crashes at intersections.

2. Identify seven characteristics that make an intersection safe.

3. Describe the types of traffic control used to manage different volumes of vehicles through intersections.

4. Understand the features that describe the geometry of an intersection and how they influence motorists.

5. Identify common geometric problems that could create a safety risk and how to fix them.

6. Understand how to use signs correctly to improve safety at intersections.

7. List different types of countermeasures to improve intersection safety and how to how to implement them.

8. Describe the importance of sight triangles and how to calculate them.


The course content includes:

  • Introduction to intersection safety
  • Intersection Tribal Crash Data – The Why
  • The Evolution of an intersection
  • Flaws in your intersection
  • Signs -- Do it right or pay the price
  • Low cost safety countermeasures
  • Sight distance

 

Low Cost Safety Improvements (LCSI) is a 3.5-hour training class designed to provide tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost safety solutions into their day-to-day activities, reducing collisions, injuries, and fatalities.  Topics discussed include the need to make roads safer, road safety myths vs. realities, how to “read the road” and improve safety in the community, and practical and proven low cost countermeasures for safety.


Learning outcomes:

After completing LCSI, participants should be able to: 1. Explain the need for making roads safer. 2. Separate safety myths from reality. 3. Demonstrate how to “read the road.” 4. Describe practical and low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during road projects. 5. List existing resources to address potential safety issues and concerns as they arise.


The course content includes:

  • Introduction to low cost safety
  • The need for road safety with a focus on tribal crash data
  • Road safety- myth vs. reality
  • Reading the road- how you can help improve safety in your community
  • Making roads safer – low cost countermeasures and case studies
  • Exercise: group case study discussion

Participants in this 3.5-hour class will learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a proactive approach to reduce accidents and their severity in tribal lands. These techniques address examination of a roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve safety and to communicate to the public how they are working toward accident reductions. This class includes topics including RSA definition and history, how to conduct a RSA, and identifying the common safety issues found with RSAs. 


Learning outcomes:

After completing RSA, participants should be able to:

1. Define why we need Road Safety Audits

2. Describe the process for completing a Road Safety Audit

3. Describe Risk and Safety

4. Recognize common issues found while conducting RSA’s

5. Demonstrate how to perform a RSA through examples.


The course content includes:

  • Introduction and basic concepts of roadway safety
  • Steps to performing a road safety audit
  • Understanding risk and safety
  • Examples of safety issues and countermeasures
  • Group discussion: tribal RSA case studies

Roundabouts are a proven safety solution for reducing the frequency and severity of intersection crashes and are increasingly being used on tribal lands.  This 3.5-hour class presents an introduction to the basics of roundabout geometry, the safety and other benefits of roundabouts, how to overcome opposition, and basic design elements of roundabouts.  The workshop is highly interactive with numerous discussions, tribal examples, case studies, and group activities.


Learning outcomes:

After completing Roundabouts, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the features of a roundabout

2. Understand the operational rules of roundabouts that make them more efficient than cross intersections

3. Describe the safety benefits of roundabouts and why they work

4. Understand characteristics of an intersection that indicate whether or not a roundabout would be a good solution.

5. Understand common arguments used to oppose roundabouts

6. Identify crash reduction from installations

7. Describe how to set up temporary traffic control for roundabouts.


The course content includes:

  • Roundabout basics and benefits
  • Safety aspects of roundabouts
  • Roundabout opposition
  • Roundabout temporary traffic control
  • Group discussion: roundabout case studies

Eleven percent of all crashes that occur on tribal lands are pedestrian-related. A safe transportation system must address the needs of the multi-modal transportation system, especially where bikes and pedestrians share the road with vehicular traffic. This 3.5-hour class will review effective safety projects, addressing the need for non-data-based reviews and identifying methods for addressing the needs of tribal pedestrians and bicyclists. Traditional data analysis of crash data reports does not generally show the full picture of the concerns of this traveling population.  This class will review several safety projects that have been funded, address the need for non-data based reviews and identify methods for addressing not only the needs of the tribal pedestrians but also the bicyclist.


Learning outcomes:

After completing STEP, participants should be able to:  

1. Describe the importance of using good data to support a Tribal Multi-Modal Transportation Project;

2. Identify Sources of funding for Multi-modal Projects and Upgrades;

3. Improving a Safety Plan so it meets current standards;

4. Analyze Crash Data for both Hot Spot and Systemic Approaches to Safety Plans; and

5. Review the current Multi-Modal Transportation System to insure that all of the low cost safety devices meet or exceed the minimum standards.‚Äč


The course content includes:

  • Identify sources of funding
  • Crash data analysis procedures
  • Applications for pedestrian/bicyclist pathways for non-driving population
  • Steps to improve a safety plan
  • Identify proper pedestrian/bicycle components of a safety plan
  • Review national safe routes to school program
  • Group Exercise: Evaluate a pedestrian corridor and develop recommendations for safety improvements

This 3.5 hour safety data class will assist tribal agencies as they are developing a Tribal Safety Plan to gather and review the data needed when developing or updating those plans.  As a Safety Plan is being developed, assumptions about concerns and issues may be made, while these concerns are based on experience and are very real, not all of the solutions may be apparent.  This class will assist participants to gather the whole picture of the issues, enabling them to develop a Data and Evidence Driven Decision as they develop or update their Safety Plan.   This class is highly interactive with numerous discussions, tribal examples, case studies, and group activities to assist the attendee in understanding the purpose and the types of data needed.

 

Learning outcomes:
After completing Safety Data workshop, participants should be able to: 1. Identify which data set may be required for their Safety Plan; Explain the four Es of Safety; 3. Understand how to develop a Data and Evidence-driven decision-making process; and 4. Explain the data and partnerships needed when developing a Safety Plan.

 

Class content includes:

  • Data and Evidence-Driven Decisions
  • The four Es of Safety
  • Roadway Data
  • Crash Data
  • Pedestrian Data

The goal of this 3.5-hour class is to assist tribal agencies in the development of a safety plan as well as improve existing safety plans. Indian Country Transportation Systems are managed by many Tribal, Federal, State and Local Agencies involved in providing a safe and efficient transportation system to keep up with growth and development. To enable tribal areas access to Federal, State and Local funds that have been provided to assist with the tribal transportation systems, a data/evidence-driven decision process, a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan, needs to be developed.  This class will explore the resources provided by the Federal Highway Administration/ Lands to assist each of the tribal areas in the development of these plans, as well as exploring the data files provided by the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration for tribal lands. 


Learning outcomes:

After completing Safety Plan Development, participants should be able to:

1. Understand the importance of developing a Transportation Safety Plan;

2. Explain the four E’s of Safety;

3. Describe how to develop a data and evidence-drive decision making process; and

4. Identify the data and partnerships needed in the development of Safety Plans.

 
Course content includes:

  • Safety Plan Development
  • Resources available for Safety Plan development
  • Data driven decision processes
  • Navigating the Federal Highway Lands web page
  • Navigating the Tribal Safety web page
  • The National Transportation Highway Safety Administration
  • Native American Traffic Safety Facts

Course Description

This course is designed for Tribal leaders, highway officials, street foremen, construction supervisors, and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts of road building. This is the first course in the Tribal Roads Scholar Certification Program (TRSCP). It touches on all the key components of good road building and road maintenance that will be expanded upon in greater detail as participants move through the TRSCP.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussions and practical exercises. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will: 1. Have a clear understanding of the most important fundamental elements that must be learned and used in designing a good road; 2. Be given forms and procedures to go back to their tribal territories with to implement better planning, training and record keeping procedures; 3. Understand the basics of what it takes (in materials and methods) to build and maintain a good road.

Course Content

  • 10 Most Important Things that make a Good Road
  • Road & Highway Design – definitions, traffic, geometry, loading
  • Pavement Structures – materials used in a good road, proper compaction, paving and repair methods
  • Traffic considerations
  • Traffic Signs
  • Work zone safety
  • Soils – classification, compaction and proper paving
  • Roadway Drainage – frost action, ditches, gutters, culverts
  • Managing your Highway or Roads Department – record keeping, planning, training

 

Course Description:

Designed specifically for Tribal heavy equipment operators looking to achieve the Road Scholar Certification. This is also a great orientation for new heavy equipment operators and a good refresher for seasoned operators. This 2-day course is a combination of classroom and “hands-on” skills development. Participants will learn the basics of safely operating the backhoe, forklift, motor grader, roller and dump truck in road building and maintenance work.

 Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: 1. Safely operate the equipment; 2. Perform the basic work functions using each piece of heavy equipment; 3. Understand the job each piece of heavy equipment does in proper road maintenance; 4. Gain a clear understanding of spotter hand signals; and 5. Gain a comfort level operating heavy equipment to perform basic road maintenance functions

 Course Content:

  • Accident History
  • Equipment Orientation
  • External Work Zone Set-up (Temporary Traffic Control)
  • Internal Work Zone Set-up (Perimeters and Barriers)
  • Excavating Techniques and Safety Issues
  • Safe Mounting, seatbelts, no-rider rules and prohibited uses
  • Operator Safety Rules
  • Pedestrian Worker Jobsite Safety Rules
  • Special Heavy Equipment Operations Tasks
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Pre-Job briefing checklists
  • Hands-on field assignments
  • Proficiency Testing

Course Description:

This course provides attendees with an overview of dust control requirements and current strategies for preventing, mitigating and controlling dust on roads.  Students will learn the effects that vegetation removal, wind and mechanical movement of soil has on roads.  Learners will get a general understanding of soil modification methods for improving construction operations and the characteristics, advantages and limitations of soil stabilization methods.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussions, case studies, and group activities.

 Course Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course students will be able to: 1. Explain the effects of erosion on unpaved roads; 2. Describe situations when soil stabilization will be effective in improving the quality of the soil; 3. Describe the impact of fugitive dust; 4. Identify soil issues; 5. Apply appropriate control measures; and 6. Explain how to preserve fines with dust suppressants

 Course Content:

  • Importance of proper fines in road construction
  • Preserving fines with dust suppressants
  • Importance of proper drainage
  • Impact of erosion on unpaved roads
  • Smoothing and reshaping
  • Creating proper crown and shoulder
  • Shoulder maintenance
  • Causes of wash-boarding, rutting and frost boils
  • Equipment needs
  • Soil classifications
  • Benefits of soil stabilization and dust abatement
  • Good gravel versus bad gravel
  • Options for using recycled products with gravel

Course Description:

This training segment is intended for tribal road supervisors, public works and maintenance personnel.  It covers all aspects of winter road maintenance operations. This newly updated course covers a wide range of topics critical for anyone responsible for winter road maintenance and snow operations.

 Course Learning Outcomes:

 Upon completing this course, participants should: 1. Learn how to properly install a snow plow; 2. Learn how to inspect a snow plow for damage; 3. Learn how to properly calibrate a spreader and determine how much salt and/or sand would be needed to treat 100 lane miles with that particular spreader; 4. Learn how to locate the best sources for weather forecasting in their respective area; and 5. Leave with the best radio station and web sites for local weather forecasting for their respective areas programmed into their phones.

 Course Training Topics:

  • Snow and ice control equipment/techniques for proper road surface treatment
  • Best practices for snow operations
  • Distinguishing between safe and unsafe snow operation practices
  • Off-season planning/organizing/preparations/maintenance
  • Anti-icing and de-icing strategies, techniques and materials
  • Snow and ice control: strategies, techniques and procedures
  • Snow fighting equipment

Course Description:

This workshop is designed to increase participants’ awareness of the various paving materials used in road construction and maintenance.

 Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants should: 1. Be familiar with the most commonly used road paving materials; and 2. Be able to determine the best paving materials to use for various road maintenance jobs

 Course Topics Covered:

  • Common road pavement surface materials
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Earth materials
  • Unique paving materials
  • Techniques to determine best road materials to use
  • New innovations in pavement engineering
  • Guidelines for the selection and use of road construction materials

Course Description:

This course covers what is required to comply with Part VI of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Temporary Traffic Control. The class familiarizes students with the theory of how traffic control devices and signs are properly used in temporary traffic control situations including flagging procedures. How to make use of the MUTCD Typical Applications and the development of Traffic Control Plans are also covered.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussions and practical exercises. 

 Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will: 1. Learn the proper size, color and configuration of traffic signs; 2. Know what traffic control devices to use in some of the most commonly needed situations; 3. Understand when and how trained flaggers should be used; and 4. Learn the basics of how to develop, read and implement a Traffic Control Plan

The Course Content includes:

  •  Basic requirements of traffic control devices
  • Sign categories and usage
  • Location and placement considerations for signs
  • Different pavement marking functions and specifications
  • Design and application of delineators
  • Traffic signals and their warrants
  • Advantages and disadvantages of traffic control signals
  • Low-volume road traffic control devices
  • Fundamental principles of temporary traffic control
  • Typical temporary traffic control zone components
  • School traffic control factors
  • Rail grade crossing traffic control and applications
  • Traffic control design for bikeways and shared-use paths

Course Description:

This class will provide students with an understanding about the requirements for erosion and sediment control for construction. Students will learn about the various types of erosion and how to select and install best management practices to prevent erosion and control sediment on job-sites. The course will also cover Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3P) including the requirements needed to obtain a permit, routine inspection checklists, and proper maintenance necessary to ensure your Best Management Practices (BMPs) remain effective. This interactive workshop combines discussion, case studies and group exercises to reinforce the training.

 Course Learning Outcomes:

 Participants will be able to define, classify and explain the fundamental forms and functions of Stormwater practices and their related maintenance needs.

  • Participants will be able to identify, apply and analyze Stormwater practices using visual inspection forms to define and implement a preliminary Stormwater Practices Maintenance Program.
  • Participants will enhance their knowledge of the importance of Stormwater practice maintenance, communication with tribal stakeholders and resources available for effective outreach.

  Course Content:

  • The Various Causes of Erosion
  • Effective Erosion and Sediment Control Practices
  • Effects of Stormwater runoff
  • Stormwater regulatory framework – NPDES Permits, rules & regulations
  • Fundamentals of Stormwater practices maintenance: five key questions
  • Basic Steps in Stormwater Inspections
  • Vegetated and biological Stormwater practices maintenance
  • Surface and in-ground Stormwater practices maintenance
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
  • Stormwater practices maintenance program and case studies

Course Description:

 This course is designed for members of the tribal community who are responsible for designing, constructing and/or maintaining roadway drainage systems. It will address proper placement of roadway drainage features that ensure the life of the roadway.  The student will learn effective techniques to maintaining channels, culverts and inlet/outlet features.  This interactive class combines lecture with group discussions and practical exercises. 

 Course Leaning Outcomes:

 After completing this course, participants will: 1. Learn proper design and maintenance techniques for proper roadway drainage; 2. Understand techniques to better manage roadway drainage based on their unique geographic area and weather conditions; and 3. Recognize proper waterway placement to preserve roadway

 Course Content:

  • Channel Protection Volume Implementation and Post Construction Standards
  • BMP Technology- Polymers, Haul Roads, Inlet Protection
  • Climate Change and Drainage
  • Elevations Certificates
  • Slope / Channel Linings and Velocity / Channel Bottom / Channel Freeboard
  • Construction & Maintenance Considerations
  • Storm Drain Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Cross Drain Hydraulics
  • Additional Design Considerations
  • Optional Culvert Materials

Course Description:

 This training workshop increases tribal participants’ awareness of the various pavement maintenance alternatives available today. It also highlights the benefits of performing preventive maintenance on roadways to extend their service life, improve rideability and reduce long-term costs. This interactive class combines lecture with group discussions and practical exercises. 

 Course Learning Objectives:

After completing this course students will be able to: 1. Describe the treatment selection process; 2. Understand factors that might enter the selection process; 3. Identify the components and value of a Pavement Preventive Maintenance Plan; 4. Identify various pavement preservation strategies, techniques and materials; and 5. Identify bad pavement conditions and determine which strategies, techniques and/or materials to use to attain the desired condition

Course Content:

  •  Evaluating pavement condition
  • Crack sealing, filling, and repair
  • Correct methods for pothole patching
  • Chip and slurry seals
  • Micro-surfacing
  • Seal coats
  • Spray injection patching
  • Selecting the right treatment for the distress
  • Benefits of a pavement preservation program
  • Preventive maintenance techniques

Course Description:

In this training course supervisors and operators will gain a better understanding of the materials, techniques, and equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads. Participants will learn details about road design from construction to reshaping as well as recognizing the necessity of proper drainage. We will also describe many aspects of road maintenance from the grading process to material replacement. This highly interactive class combines lecture with group discussions, case studies, group activities and “hands-on” work with equipment and materials.

Course Learning Outcomes:

After completing this class students should be able to: 1. Identify best practices for gravel road maintenance; 2. Describe the important of proper drainage on gravel roads; 3. List reasons for grading gravel roads; 4. Apply best practices in various road maintenance scenarios; 5. Select appropriate grading techniques needed to improve a gravel road; 6. Explain the use of culverts and how to install them; and 7. Identify techniques and applications to stabilize the road.

Course Content:

  • The properly shaped gravel road
  • Distresses in gravel roads
  • Drainage
  • Adding gravel
  • What is good gravel?
  • Turning a poor gravel road into a good one
  • Shaping the roadway
  • Stabilization and Dust control
  • Equipment innovations
  • Grading Techniques

Course Description:

This course is designed to cover all the basic technical knowledge required to perform effective and safe flagger duties in a roadway or jobsite work zone.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants should: 1. Know how to stop, slow, and release traffic using a stop paddle and how to control traffic using a flag if needed; 2. Spot different types of drivers and know how to deal with them; 3. Control traffic on a two-way road and know how to use different methods to communicate with other flaggers; 4. Be prepare to control traffic on haul roads or in other special flagging situations; and 5. Know what to do when you have to setup and handle night flagging

Course Content:

  • The importance of proper flagging
  • Qualities of a good flagger.
  • Flagger resources (MUTCD/DOT Best Practices)
  • Temporary traffic control zones
  • Temporary traffic control areas
  • Proper flagging equipment.
  • Safe flagging location practices

Course Description:

This class will cover the basic mathematical calculations required to understand how to properly plan, build and maintain roads. Participants will learn how to read building and construction plans.

 Course Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, participants will be able to: 1. Perform the basic mathematical calculations; 2. Identify the components of a set of roadway plans; 3. Interpret cross sections from a set of plans; 4. Interpret summary of quantities from a set of plans; 5. Interpret the elements on a plan and profile drawing; 6. Generate/understand a cost estimate; and 7. Develop a take off

Course Content:

  • Maintenance math
  • Units of measurement
  • Cost estimating
  • Calculating volumes/areas
  • Plan Components
  • Cross Sections
  • Quantity Sheets
  • Plan and Profile Components
  • Standard Details
  • Stationing
  • Construction Limits
  • Right of Way

 

Course Description:

Attendees will learn the basics of preventive maintenance and daily inspection of heavy equipment used in building and maintaining roads. Students will perform walk-around inspections of actual equipment and be provided with various checklists to use for maintenance and inspection of equipment back at their respective tribal locations.  This highly interactive class combines lecture with group discussions, case studies, group activities and “hands-on” work with equipment and materials.

Course Learning Outcomes:

 

After completing this course, participants should be able to: 1. Identify the major causes of machine breakdown and how to reduce or eliminate these causes through effective preventive maintenance and regular inspection; and 2. Know how to perform a proper daily or pre-use inspection of most types of heavy equipment and machinery used in road maintenance work.

Course Content:

  • Purchasing
  • Effective Equipment Operation Training
  • Technician Training
  • Scheduled and Preventative Maintenance
  • Repairs
  • Fleet Sizing
  • Inspection Checklists
  • Four categories of PMCS
  • Major causes of machine breakdown and how to eliminate/manage them
  • Managing Equipment condition