Flagger Instructor FAQs

Yes, all Flagger Database Registration Forms must be submitted via email to flagger@atssa.com.  To obtain a copy of the official form in Excel format, please email customerservice@atssa.com.

All registration lists need to be returned to ATSSA within 10 days of holding the class. If the forms are not returned in a timely fashion, the students names will not be entered in the database on the web in a timely manner.

Yes, you may purchase a flagger wallet card to be used as a replacement. The cost of the cards are $10.00 each. They are to be used as replacement cards ONLY. You must provide us the the flagger's name so that we can verify that they have been trained and we type the cards out for each replacement. We do not sell blank flagger cards.

Yes, you are required to use the certified ATSSA materials when teaching a class. If you do not use the ATSSA Flagger Kit, your class will not be recognized by ATSSA and your Flagger Instruction Certification may be revoked.

After a flagger has been registered as a flagger for 4years, his registration period is expired. To renew this registration, a student must take a recertification exam. The exam can be administered either by a certified instructor, a qualified proctor, or by scheduling a test to be taken via the website. NOTE: Some states require the student to retake the course. NOTE: Some state's registration period may differ from ATSSA's.

The cost of the flagger class is determined by you. Prices range anywhere from $25 to $150 depending on the location of the class and the costs incurred to hold the class.

The maximum number of students recommended for a class is 15. More students will be hard to manage during the demonstrative portion of the class.

The minimum number of students per class is determined by you. You may teach on an individual basis if the need arises.

All student materials must be kept by you for a minimum of five years. As the instructor YOU are responsible for these materials, not your company.

If a student fails the exam at the class, the student is required to retake the course.

You should notify ATSSA of all scheduled classes as soon as possible. If you want ATSSA to post the class on the internet, you must notify ATSSA at least 10 days in advance of the class.

ATSSA can help you market your classes by posting them on FLAGGER.COM. Many flagging students are looking for a flagger class and ATSSA refers them to the website to find a class in their area.

Some states have state specific requirements for flaggers. On ATSSA's web site we post state specific information if we have it. You may download and copy the materials to be used in your class. If you have additional information you would like to share, you may send it to ATSSA and we will post it on the website.

The materials in the Flagger Kits is copywritten and you may not copy any of the handbooks or manuals. The registration forms and administrative paperwork may be copied.

You can get additional forms by calling ATSSA or by downloading the forms at the Instructors Only Section of the web page.

Yes, all flagger classes must be at least four hours in length. Anything less than 4 hours may void your class.

Flagger names are added to the website on a weekly basis, generally on Mondays. Therefore, once you send your list of flagger students to ATSSA, they will be added to the database within a two-week period.

Student names are posted on FLAGGER.COM as a searchable database for both students and employers. Employers may check to see if a flagger is currently registered, or may search for a potential flagging employee.

Yes, students have three options when taking the flagging class. 1) They may choose to have their name and phone number listed, 2) they may have just their name listed without a phone number or 3) have nothing about themselves listed on the webpage.

ATSSA offers a wide variety of roadway safety courses. We offer classes for Traffic Control Technicians, Traffic Control Supervisors, Pavement Marking Technicians, Pavement Marking Inspectors, Sign Installation Inspectors, Work Zone Inspectors, Flagging Instructors, Traffic Control Design Specialists, Guardrail Installers, Longitudinal Barrier Systems Designers and Emergency Responders. You may review course descriptions and schedules on ATSSA.COM.

The flagging registration program is recognized in all 50 states. However, some states do REQUIRE that you be trained as ATSSA registered flagger within that state in order to flag in their state.

Training outside your current employers company is a decision that must be made between you and your employer. If you are charging fees and doing this in your own time, there may be a conflict of interest and you need to check with your employer.

Flagger classes can be held in hotels, schools, community centers, churches, or your employers office. There is no requirement that the class be taught in a certified teaching facility.

ATSSA will randomly send out surveys to students to ask about their learning experience. All students are selected randomly and surveys are returned to ATSSA anonymously.

Potential students may find instructors by checking the FLAGGER.COM instructor database, by checking the upcoming class schedule or by calling ATSSA headquarters. ATSSA does not recommend one instructor over another. All names are given to students based on location of the instructor.

Currently in the "Instructor Only" section of ATSSA.COM, you will find administrative forms. Eventually you will be able to order Flagger Kits and materials through this website.

Once you sign the Web Site Ethics Agreement, a user name and password will be sent to you via e-mail or regular mail if you don not have email.

Replacement cards for students can be obtained through ATSSA.

You must teach at least one flagger class per year to retain your Flagger Instructor status.

Flagger Kits should be ordered at least twoweeks in advance of your class. All kits are sent regular ground UPS unless you are willing to pay the extra shipping charges. Be sure to give ATSSA enough time to get your kits shipped to you.

Flagger kits vary in cost from $4/per kit - $25/per kit depending on your ATSSA membership and the quantity of kits you are purchasing.

You may order a quantity of kits to keep on hand for classes that may come up at the last minute.

ATSSA does not allow for invoicing. All kits must be prepaid with either a credit card or a check.

ATSSA may randomly send a master instructor to one of your classes to evaluate your teaching methods.

Your certification as a Flagging Instructor expires after 4years. In order to renew your cerification, you must pass a recertification exam.

As a Flagging Instructor you will have received a kit at your class which contains all the materials you need to teach classes.

Included in every flagging kit are the following: the ATSSA Flagging Handbook, Part 6 of the MUTCD, the student workbook, a student exam, an ATSSA pencil, a registration card, and registration on the ATSSA National Flagging Database.

The only registration form that ATSSA requires is the form you send to us with names, addressed and grades, etc. If you want to use additional forms for pre-registration, that is at your discretion.

Instructors 80%
Master Instructors - 90%

70% (NOTE: Some state may have a different requirement.)

Yes, students may use the materials given to them in class.

Has to retake the course and exam - there is no make-up exam.

Yes, the state must send a letter to ATSSA outlining the differences in specifications.

Idaho, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Alaska, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado accept ATSSA certification for flaggers. AASHTO has endorsed our program.

  • give at least one course a year
  • receive adequate student evaluations
  • no history of problems with flaggers that you have passed
  • follow course materials
  • purchase a flagger kit for each student trained
  • recertify every 4 years

The main objective of this course is to learn how to be a safe and effective flagger. To measure the success of this program, there are several things you should understand and be able to do when you are finished.

  • Describe why proper flagging is important
  • List qualifications of a good flagger
  • Use the MUTCD and other standard references as they pertain to flagging
  • Ensure temporary traffic control zones follow basic principles as outlined in MUTCD
  • Identify the temporary traffic control zone areas
  • Determine if signs and devices on a project meet the standards of the MUTCD
  • List all necessary and proper flagging equipment and materials
  • Select the proper flagging station/location/position
  • Control (Stop, slow, release, direct) traffic using a paddle
  • Control traffic using a flag
  • Recognize different types of drivers and how to deal with them