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Washington Traffic Control Supervisor Certification

Washington State Traffic Control Supervisor Certification:

This 3-day certification course includes presentations, exercises, and references to Federal and State highway construction and Traffic Control standards. Participants receive a comprehensive reference manual and other reference materials to assist with on-the-job practical issues and performance standards. Once successfully completed, certification is valid for 4 years.

We offer the class in Mt. Vernon, Everett, Renton, Kent, Tacoma, Sumner, Lakewood, Olympia and Chehalis. When there is sufficient demand, we can also offer the class in alternative locations.

Recertification:

Renewing the certification is accomplished by attending and successfully completing a 1-day Washington Traffic Control Supervisor Recertification class. Only individuals with a Washington State TCS card issued by ATSSA, Evergreen Safety Council (ESC) or the Northwest Laborers Employees Training Trust (NWLETT) are eligible to attend this 1-day class.

To Qualify and attend the Traffic Control Supervisor Recertification Course you must submit the following information to Evergreen:

  • A current state approved flagging card. Approved states are: Idaho Montana, Oregon and Washington.
  • A copy of your current Traffic Control Supervisors Certificate

Note: If your TCS card expires, you have six months to take the one-day recertification. However, you cannot work as a certified TCS if your card is expired.

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Requirements

The requirements listed below must be met before a Traffic Control Supervisor Certification card can be issued:

 A current, state-approved flagging card from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington (Oregon students are not required to meet this requirement).
 Two signed letters* (or one letter with two signatures) verifying 2,000 hours of work in traffic control–related tasks. The hours can be achieved over multiple years and from multiple sources.
 Individuals must complete TCS training and pass the exam with a score of 80% or better.
 Fill out and return the TCS Admin paperwork.
 Payment must be received.

Letters can be submitted by any of the following who can verify the knowledge and experience of the TCS candidate:

 Employers (past and/or present)
 Subcontractors
 DOT inspectors
 Other traffic-control supervisors

These letters should include:

 Brief history of individual’s working experience.
 Experience may include work in the following areas:
 Experience as a construction inspector, including inspection of traffic control.
 Traffic control work on a survey crew.
 Designing or reviewing traffic control plans.
 Other specific traffic control experience (setup and take-down).
 Some flagging experience.
 Project(s) they have worked on.
 Approximate number of cumulative hours worked as a flagger/work zone worker.

Letter format:

 Must be typed and on letterhead. (If letterhead is not available, a company business card should accompany the letter.)
 Must provide contact information for the signatories.

*Note: Any of the letters provided may be submitted to the state upon request.

Submit required paperwork to:

Evergreen Safety Council
12545 135th Ave. NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Fax: 425.814.3930
Email: flagger@esc.org

Be aware that the Evergreen Safety Council cannot issue your TCS card or certificate until we have received all required information as outlined above.

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FAQ's

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.)

How can I register?

You may register online or complete the registration form and fax or mail it with payment to:

Evergreen Safety Council
12545 135th Ave. NE.
Kirkland, WA 98034
Fax: (425) 814-3930

How long is the certification valid for?

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

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.

How do you recertify as a TCS?

Recertification is accomplished by successfully completing a one-day class and a score of 80% or better on the recertification exam. Evergreen Safety Council regularly offers one-day recertification classes.

To qualify for the recertification course you must submit the following information:

1. A current state-approved Flagger Certification card.

2. A copy of your current TCS or TCT certificate.

If your Oregon, Idaho or Washington TCS card expires, you have 60 days to take the one-day recertification. However, you cannot work as a certified TCS if your card is expired.

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