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FAQs

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What equipment do I need for the online class?

You are required to use a laptop or computer with working speakers, microphone, and webcam.

You must have an internet connection capable of streaming live video and a current operating system capable of running Zoom and our testing platform. You can take the following sample test to check everything will work well for you.

Note: phones and tablets are not allowed as they will not work with the testing platform. If you do not have such a computer, you will not be able to attend and no refund will be issued.

I have commercial driving experience. Do I still need to be certified?

Yes. Even if you have a CDL, you must still be certified as a P/EVO in order to operate a pilot car in Washington or Colorado.

I’m certified in another state. Can I transfer that?

Certifications are not transferable between states. In other words, you may not exchange your state certification for a different state certification. However, many states have reciprocity and acceptance agreements, making it possible for P/EVOs who are certified in one state to legally operate in another.

Note that each state has its own specific requirements for P/EVOs, equipment, and procedures. It is your responsibility to understand the laws and regulations in each state you operate in.

I operate in another state. Should I get certified in Washington or Colorado?

It depends. Washington and Colorado each have agreements with other states that allow operators with valid cards to operate legally in those states, provided they follow all state laws, rules, and regulations. If you operate in a state that has reciprocity with either Washington or Colorado, you may want to consider getting certified in one of these states. Refer to this chart from the Federal Highway Administration for details on reciprocity.

How can I get a replacement card?

Evergreen Safety Council provides replacement cards for a $20 fee, as long as the student can be verified as currently certified according to our records. The student must provide first and last name, mailing address, phone number, ID number used on the card (if any), and location and approximate date of training.

Who enforces certification requirements?

Certification is enforced by the State Patrol on highways and at the weigh stations.

Who is required to undergo P/EVO training?

Anyone serving as a Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator within the borders of Washington State or Colorado must be trained and certified.

Is training and certification required?

Yes, training and certification are required for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators in both Washington and Colorado.

Is training available at a company’s facility?

Yes. Contact Evergreen Safety Council for more information.

How long is the certification valid for?

Washington and Idaho certifications are valid for four years. Oregon certification is valid for three years.

How long is the certification valid for?

Washington and Idaho certifications are valid for four years. Oregon certification is valid for three years.

How can I register?

You can register online by visiting our registration portal, located in the top right corner of this window.

Where are the classes located?

Please visit our course calendar for a complete list of scheduled classes.

What states accept the TCS cards?

Washington only accepts a Washington State card at this time. Oregon only accepts an Oregon State card at this time.

Idaho will accept both Washington and Oregon TCS cards; however, the TCS is responsible for reviewing Idaho standards and laws.

What is required to get a TCT certification?

To be recognized as a traffic control technician (TCT) under the Evergreen Safety Council program, the candidate must:

1. Possess a current Flagger Certification card recognized by the Department of Transportation.

2. Successfully complete the TCS course and exam with a score of 80% or better.

Certification as a TCS requires the accumulation and documentation of one year of experience in traffic control–related tasks (2,000 work hours = 1 year, and may be accumulated over multiple years). Candidates must then take the one-day recertification class and pass the exam. Review TCS certification requirements when trying to achieve your TCS certification.

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