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FAQs

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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.

What is the difference between a TCS and TCT?

TCS stands for Traffic Control Supervisor.

The TCS ensures that the traffic control measures shown on the approved traffic control plans are properly implemented, operating, and documented on the project. The contractor’s TCS may not be required full time on a given project, but is required to perform all duties required by the specifications. The TCS is responsible to be on the project whenever traffic control labor is being utilized, or less frequently if authorized by the engineer.


TCT is a Traffic Control Technician.

The TCT is an apprentice position, indicating an individual who has not obtained enough hours and/or experience to be a TCS but has passed the Traffic Control Supervisors Course. The TCT can perform some of the duties of the TCS under the TCS’s supervision. (Note: The TCT is not a recognized certification in Washington; Idaho offers a separate course for a TCT.)

What can I do if I lose my Flagger Certification card?

If you have lost your Flagger Card, you can request a replacement by compleating this form.

Do I have to have a picture on my card?

No. The cards are designed to be valid with a Government issued photo ID (such as a state ID card or driver’s license).

What is the minimum age to qualify as a flagger?

Because flagging is classified as a hazardous job, flaggers must be at least 18 years old in order to receive a Flagger Certification card.

Where can I receive flagger training?

Evergreen Safety Council offers traffic control flagger classes at least once a month in Kirkland and sometimes Tacoma, Seattle, etc. You can also contact the local community college in your area. Such classes are usually held in the Continuing Education department, as shown here.

Can I use my card in other states?

Washington and Idaho State Flagger cards are accepted in the states of Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington for Department of Transportation projects.

What makes your program better?

Our program is designed for companies that need to target their driver training to specific vehicle(s) and driving situations. The program can be delivered in a one-hour, two-hour, four-hour, six-hour, or eight-hour format. The training assumes students are a good drivers and want to improve their skills. The presentation is positive, interesting, and encourages student participation while giving the instructor flexibility to best meet audience needs.

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