ATSSA expands and adapts training to assist members
Virtual traffic control and online human resources and workplace safety training now offered
UPDATE: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has joined other states in approving ATSSA's virtual training for the national Traffic Control Technician (TCT) and Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) courses. (4/9/2020)
With restrictions imposed by the government for social distancing, ATSSA has quickly responded with two new options to enable members to continue meeting their training needs.
ATSSA now offers virtual training for the Traffic Control Technician (TCT) and Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) courses. In addition, The Association launched a new online workplace training curriculum that is offered totally online and covers human resources and workplace safety topics.
The new online workplace training classes officially launched April 1 but ATSSA released one course - “Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemics: Prevention and Response” - early to help members address health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. That class is being offered for free to members through the end of April.
The workplace training curriculum was added in response to requests from ATSSA members. Many courses are tailored for state-specific guidelines and some are offered in Spanish as well as English.
Human resources training topics cover sexual harassment prevention and response, how to hire legally, hours-of-service rules, workers’ compensation, and workplace privacy.
Workplace safety topics comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and include tips for avoiding injuries, identifying hazardous materials, working outdoors, and working around heavy equipment.
Virtual training was added to enable members to continue equipping their employees with critical needs while classroom training is not an option.
ATSSA adapted the Traffic Control Technician (TCT) and Traffic Control Supervisor (TCS) courses for virtual training and adjusted both courses to meet the needs of individual states. Registration is open, with the first class scheduled for April 13.
The national TCT and TCS courses are available to the following states, which currently accept online training: Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana and Montana.
Adjustments to the training were made for Utah, Texas, Florida and North Carolina to meet their needs.
ATSSA also created virtual training for the Advanced and Advanced Refresher courses to meet Florida requirements.
Members wishing to utilize virtual training in their state should contact their state’s department of transportation to seek approval.
Registration for virtual training is now open. However, seating is limited so a waitlist was established in case the desired time slot is shown as full. ATSSA is evaluating options for expanding or adding classes to meet the needs of members.
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