Washington Flagger Certification Course


You will earn:

  • Washington Flagger Certification (Valid for 3 years) 

Click below to view upcoming course dates and register. 

Course overview

This 8-hour class prepares students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance the safety of both workers and drivers in a workzone.  Students who successfully pass the open-book knowledge exam with a score of 80% or better will receive a Washington certification card that is valid for 3 years and can be used in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

What you'll learn:

  • The requirements for becoming a flagger
  • The agencies and regulations that govern flagging
  • The clothing and equipment that you’ll need to have on the job
  • What goes into setting up a Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) zone, including warning devices, spacing, and where a flagger fits in
  • Flagger placement and how to signal using a STOP/SLOW paddle, flashlight, or red flag
  • How to keep yourself and others safe in the work zone
  • Special situations such as flagging at intersections, roundabouts, and railroad crossing

Class requirements:

  • Students must be at least 18 years old
  • Students must bring a valid, state-issued driver’s license or I.D card for the instructor to verify at the start of class.
  • To review a list of physical requirements/demands a flagger may need, please review this list.
  • To receive a certification card, students must pass the knowledge exam with a score of 80% or better.

More training options:

The following community and technical colleges may offer open-enrollment flagger training. Classes are usually part of continuing education, extended learning, or other non-credit programs.

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Flagger Certification Course

Frequently Asked Questions

The following community and technical colleges may offer open-enrollment flagger training.

Classes are usually part of continuing education, extended learning, or other non-credit programs.

Flagger Training for Oregon

Chemeketa Community College Customized Training (Salem, OR) 503.399.5181
Lane Community College Continuing Education (Eugene, OR) 541.463.6100

Flagger Training for Washington

For college contact information, check your local directory or try this PDF.
This is not an exhaustive list. Classes are usually part of continuing education, extended learning, or other non-credit programs.

Bellingham Technical College—Continuing Education (Bellingham, WA) 360.752.8350
Centralia College—Continuing Education (Centralia, WA) 360.736.9391 Ext. 427 or 483
Clark College—Corporate and Continuing Education (Vancouver, WA) 360.699.6398
Columbia Basin College—Career and Technical Education (Pasco, WA) 509.542.4804
Edmonds Community College—Community/Business—Construction Industry Training (Lynnwood, WA) 425.640.1459
Grays Harbor College—Continuing Education (Aberdeen, WA) 360.538.4088
Lower Columbia College—Continuing Education (Longview, WA) 360.442.2602
Olympic College—Continuing Education (Bremerton, WA) 360.475.7786
Spokane Community College—Short-Term Programs (Spokane, WA) 509.279.6030
Wenatchee Valley College—Continuing Education (Wenatchee, WA) 509.682.6900
Yakima Valley College—Career Connections Center (Yakima, WA) 509.574.4745 or 509.574.4600

Flagger Training for Idaho

The following is a list of the Community and Technical Colleges offering open enrollment flagger training in Idaho:

College of Southern Idaho
College of Western Idaho
Eastern Idaho Technical College
Idaho State University
Lewis & Clark State College
North Idaho College

Flagger Training for Montana

Montana LTAP (Montana State University)

What are the physical requirements/demands of a flagger?
  • Receive and communicate specific instructions clearly, firmly, and courteously
  • Move and maneuver quickly
  • Control signaling devices, such as paddles
  • Understand and apply safe traffic-control practices
  • Recognize dangerous traffic situations and warn workers
  • Stand for prolonged periods on uneven surfaces (up to 10 hours)
  • Traverse uneven surfaces and terrain
  • Stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Grasp, push, or pull
  • Hear warnings
  • See dangerous situations
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds
  • Receive, understand, and take positive appropriate action based on information/instructions presented verbally and/or in writing
Flagger Course Policies & Fine Print

Cancellation or rescheduling: Please email us as soon as possible if you need to cancel.  Refunds are available for any cancellation request made by email more than 7 days in advance.  A $25 administrative fee will be withheld from any refund for cancellation.  We’re sorry but no-shows or any cancellation made in fewer than seven (7) days cannot be refunded.

If You Have Questions: Let us know if you have any questions prior to your class.  You can reach us at flagger@esc.org.

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.

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.

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