LTAP Additional Courses

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LTAP Courses

The Oklahoma LTAP Roads Scholar Program

The Roads Scholar Program is an educational series offered to county, municipal, state and tribal government elected officials and their employees. It presents courses related to the technical aspects of planning, maintaining and constructing roads and bridges at the local and tribal government level.  The series consists of eight courses that total approximately 112 hours of instruction and laboratory experience.  Those who complete all of the courses are awarded a Roads Scholars completion certificate. The eight courses of the series are as follows:
COURSE 1: Aggregate Road Maintenance - This one-day course covers the fundamentals of maintaining low volume roads.  Drainage, road cross sections, culvert installation, soil properties and amendments, grading methods, use of geo-synthetics and chip sealing are all discussed.

COURSE 2: Excavation Safety - This one-day course makes students aware of the dangers inherent with trenching and excavation.  This enables them to identify and predict hazards and to take corrective measures to control them.  After completion of the class, students are qualified to be named a Trench Competent Person by their employer.

COURSE 3: Testing for Soil Properties - This two-day course covers the tests used to determine the engineering characteristics of soils used to construct roadways and embankments.  Sieve analysis, Atterburg limits, Proctors and nuclear density tests are discussed and demonstrated.  Emphasis is placed on explaining how these tests can be used to improve the characteristics of soils through the use of soil amendments.

COURSE 4: MUTCD, Part 6 - This two-day course covers what is required to comply with Part VI of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Temporary Traffic Control.  The first day of the class familiarizes students with the theory of how traffic control devices and signs are properly used in temporary traffic control situations including flagging procedures.  The second day of the class addresses how to make use of the MUTCD Typical Applications and the development of Traffic Control Plans.

COURSE 5: Surveying - This is a two-day course that covers the fundamentals of surveying as they apply to road and bridge construction and maintenance.  Horizontal measurements of distance and angles along with differential leveling are addressed in the classroom and in the field using surveying equipment. Practical exercises and field problems are used extensively throughout the course.

Starting on Monday, October 1, 2019, the Oklahoma LTAP Surveying Class will be replaced with a TWO-DAY (2) Pavement Preservation (When, Where, and How)
Everyone that has already completed the Oklahoma LTAP Surveying Class will get credit for completing their Roads Scholar Course #5


Applying a pavement preservation treatment at the right time (when), on the right project (where), with quality materials and construction (how) is a critical investment strategy for optimizing infrastructure performance. 

Whether a highway pavement is constructed using asphalt, concrete or a composite system, traffic loads and environmental elements will contribute to its deterioration over time. Pavement preservation treatments can slow this structural decline. When the right treatment is applied at the right time with quality materials and construction, these practices offer a proven, cost-effective approach to extending the overall service life of pavements and achieving smoother, safer roads with fewer costly repairs.

What is preservation?
Preservation includes work that is planned and performed to improve or sustain the condition of the transportation facility in a state of good repair. Preservation activities generally do not add capacity or structural value, but do restore the transportation facility’s overall condition.

Just as pavements differ, so do pavement preservation treatments. There is an array of different analyses, treatments, and construction methods that can help infrastructure owners achieve and sustain a desired state of good repair for their transportation facilities—despite tight budgets.

The When and Where component of this innovation, as part of the fourth round of Every Day Counts (EDC-4), supports preserving highway investments by managing transportation pavements proactively. The How component promotes quality construction and materials practices, including treatment options that apply to both flexible and rigid pavements.

Pavement Preservation: When and Where
Historically, pavement preservation programs have focused on applying specific project treatments at specific locations. These projects demonstrated that the proper application of a treatment could extend the life of a pavement at a relatively low cost. However, not all projects were successful due to poor timing, inappropriate treatments, substandard materials, and inexperienced construction crews. As a result, the policy in many agencies today is to allow pavements to deteriorate until reconstruction is the only option, resulting in higher costs and more pavements in poor condition.

The mantra, “Right Road, Right Treatment, at the Right Time” was promoted from 1995–2005 to address these issues. Extensive training by the asphalt and concrete pavement industries and by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the time helped eliminate many of the construction issues and the improper uses for temporary fixes. While these practices were valuable to demonstrate the viability of preservation projects, they were project based and did not link to pavement management or other strategic processes.

COURSE 6: Traffic Incident Management Basics - This 4-hour class is available to all disciplines of emergency responders, is a pre-requisite to attend the 6-hour TIMS Instructor class, and covers building teams who can work together in a coordinated manner, from the moment the first emergency call is made. You will learn the correct deployment of response vehicles and equipment, how to create a safe work area using traffic control devices, and techniques to speed up accident clearance with an emphasis on reducing the number of struck-by and deaths of roadway workers and responders, reducing secondary crashes, reducing on-scene times of responders of roadway incidents and continuing public education with regard to Oklahoma traffic laws pertaining to this issue.

COURSE 7: Project Management - This two-day course goes into detail on the various management tools available to efficiently run road and bridge operations.  Project management modeling methods and resource estimation methods are addressed.  Students work on case studies using these methods in simulation of real world type projects.

COURSE 8: Reading and Interpreting Plans for Road and Bridge Construction - This two-day course covers how to read and interpret plans used in the construction of road and bridge projects.  The information in this class directly relates to the information presented in Course 5, Surveying.
Additional Courses

FHWA Every Day Counts Initiatives – The Every Day Counts initiatives are designed to identify and deploy innovation aimed at reducing the time it takes to deliver highway projects, enhance safety, and protect the environment.  EDC webinars and supplementary classes are scheduled periodically throughout the year.

Future 2017-2018 Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts Innovations:

Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPMs)
Highway agencies typically rely on complaints or manual data collection to identify the need for signal retiming projects and their outcomes. These projects are typically scheduled on a 3- to 5-year cycle, at a cost of approximately $4,500 per intersection. The costs and effort associated with collecting performance data translates into congestion, reduced safety, and increased delays for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
That's where automated traffic signal performance measures come in. They will revolutionize the management of traffic signals by providing the high-resolution data needed to actively manage performance. High-quality service can be delivered to customers with significant cost savings to agency maintenance and operations. A number of implementation options are available, ranging from a low-cost, open-source code framework to a fully integrated traffic signal system.

Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)
Current modeling techniques used for hydraulic design apply several assumptions that can lead to overly conservative or inaccurate results. Advanced hydraulic modeling technologies offer planners, scientists, and engineers tools to depict specific physical, environmental, and habitat characteristics more accurately through 3-D visualization of flow, velocity, and depth.

Community Connections
Many cities have highways that have reached, or exceeded, their useful lives. The timing is ripe to hold forums for transportation professionals to discuss and consider highway retrofitting, rehabilitation, or removal options to improve connections between urban cores and neighboring communities. This innovation underscores the value of transportation in community revitalization, such as improving connectivity between disadvantaged populations and essential services.

Data-Driven Safety Analysis (DDSA)
Data-driven safety analysis is the use of cutting-edge software to analyze crash and roadway data and determine the expected safety performance of roadway projects more reliably. This type of analysis enables agencies to predict the safety implications of their decisions with confidence. Engineers now can quantify the safety impacts when making investment decisions, just as they do with environmental, traffic, and other traditional impacts. The analyses result in more scientifically sound, data-driven approaches to committing resources, as well as fewer and less severe crashes on the Nation's roadways.

e-Construction and Partnering:  A Vision for the Future
State DOTs have traditionally administered contracts and managed construction of highway projects using extensive, paper-based documentation systems. By using digital e-Construction technologies, DOTs can enhance partnering among stakeholders on project teams, while improving communications and workflow to streamline the delivery of projects.

Integrating NEPA and Permitting
Integrating the NEPA and permitting processes seeks to transform how agencies and stakeholders conduct concurrent, synchronized environmental and permitting reviews, saving time and cost for the agencies involved.

Pavement Preservation (When, Where, and How)
Applying a pavement preservation treatment at the right time (when), on the right project (where), with quality materials and construction (how) is a critical investment strategy to help meet performance expectations. This innovation helps deploy an array of different analyses, treatments, and construction methods to help infrastructure owners achieve and sustain a desired state of good road repair despite tight budgets.

Road Weather Management – Weather-Savvy Roads
Weather events lead to traffic delays, reduced operational effectiveness, and increases in crashes. This innovation deploys two distinct road weather management solutions: (1) Pathfinder, which brings together DOTs and the National Weather Service to provide consistent messaging on adverse weather and road conditions and (2) advanced vehicle-based technologies, also referred to as integrated mobile observations. These two solutions have the potential to be transformative, by enabling State and local agencies to be proactive when it comes to weather, so they can manage the road system ahead of heavy rain, snow, or other storms.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
Pedestrians account for an estimated 15 percent of all roadway fatalities, the majority of which are at uncontrolled crossing locations (such as non-intersections) or at intersections with no traffic signal or STOP sign. This innovation helps transportation agencies address such crashes by promoting cost-effective countermeasures with known safety benefits.

Ultra-High Performance Concrete Connections for PBES
Prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES) offer superior durability and speed the onsite construction of bridges. The durability of prefabricated spans and how quickly they can be constructed is dependent on the connections between the elements. Ultra-high performance concrete can be used to help provide simple, strong, and durable connections for prefabricated bridge elements.

Using Data to Improve Traffic Incident Management
A Traffic Incident Management program is the systematic, planned, and coordinated use of human, institutional, mechanical, and other resources to shorten the duration and impact of incidents on U.S. roadways, and improve the safety of motorists, crash victims, and incident responders. This innovation focuses on improving the adoption and consistency of the collection of TIM data and increasing the volume of data from transportation, law enforcement, and other responder agencies. Further, this innovation promotes the use of low-cost, off-the-shelf technologies that streamline data collection, so agencies can measure and improve the performance of their programs.

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training - This 4-hour class is available to all disciplines of emergency responders and covers building teams who can work together in a coordinated manner, from the moment the first emergency call is made. You will learn the correct deployment of response vehicles and equipment, how to create a safe work area using traffic control devices, and techniques to speed up accident clearance with an emphasis on reducing the number of struck-by and deaths of roadway workers and responders, reducing secondary crashes, reducing on-scene times of responders of roadway incidents and continuing public education with regard to Oklahoma traffic laws pertaining to this issue.

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Train-the-Trainer - This 10-hour intensive course includes interactive training with case studies, tabletop role-playing scenarios, and field practicum. Train-the-Trainer builds a team of trainers within agencies, regions and throughout the state. They, in turn, train their colleagues using this innovative curriculum for correct deployment of response vehicles and equipment, how to create a safe work area using traffic control devices, and techniques to speed up accident clearance with an emphasis on reducing the number of struck-by and deaths of roadway workers and responders, reducing secondary crashes, reducing on-scene times of responders of roadway incidents and continuing public education with regard to Oklahoma traffic laws pertaining to this issue.
    •       Student is involved with one of the targeted disciplines seeking to receive the TIMS training.
    •       Student is recognized by their agency as a training delivery resource.
    •       Student has experience with classroom instruction activities or student will be mentored by experienced instructor.

Chip Seal Class – This one-day class consists of classroom instruction that goes into detail on the proper procedures to use when doing chip seal operations. Representatives from oil suppliers and equipment manufacturers are available to answer your questions.

Pavement Preservation Workshop – This one-day workshop includes topics related to pavement preservation concepts, process introduction, agency perspective, application techniques, site selection, combination treatments and an opportunity for discussion with recognized industry leaders. Attendees will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Pavement Preservation with an emphasis on Micro Surfacing and Chip Seal.

Road Safety Audit (RSA) -This two-day class is the formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team. It qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users. The FHWA works with State and local jurisdictions and Tribal Governments to integrate RSAs into the project development process for new roads and intersections, and also encourages RSAs on existing roads and intersections.

Crash Data Collection - Millions of dollars are spent annually to make our highways safe and efficient, with most safety improvements resulting from the analysis of crash information at specific locations. The Crash Data Collection class will teach you how to log in to the Oklahoma's Safe-T System where you will be able to access crash data for your area.

Motor Grader Operator Training – This two to three day class covers motor grader safety, maintenance inspections, basic and advanced road maintenance techniques.  Students will spend time both in the classroom and on a motor grader practicing what they have learned.  Professional Instructors representing various equipment manufactures are available to provide help and suggestions for improving the operator’s skills.

Excavator/ Backhoe Operator Training – This two to three day course teaches basic backhoe controls, proper culvert installation methods, trench sloping and benching methods, maintenance procedures and operation safety.

Dozer Operator Training – This two-day course you will learn the skills to conduct dozer operations in the governmental and general construction industry. It includes: planning and preparing; operating a dozer; removing and fitting attachments, such as ripper teeth; relocating and transporting a dozer and carrying out machine operator housekeeping activities along with maintenance and cleaning up..

Wildland Fire for Heavy Equipment Operators - This one-day course addresses information that heavy equipment operators should know when called out to assist fire fighters in wildland fire situations. The morning is spent learning the theory behind the use of heavy equipment in fighting fires. The afternoon is devoted to field training exercises and practices employing the techniques taught in the morning.

Chainsaw Safety Workshop - This is a half-day workshop teaches safe operation around chainsaws. This workshop will cover safe use, proper protective equipment, and demonstrate actual tree cutting techniques useful in post-storm situations, particularly for municipal, county, tribal, first responder and professional contract workers.

Mower Safety Workshop - This is a half-day workshop teaches safe operation around mowing units. Not everyone knows how to operate a mower safely.  In fact, what most people view as common sense can lead to accidents later on. Although accidents are fewer for mowers than some other areas, a number of injuries, even death, may occur if safety practices are ignored or abused.

CPR/First Aid - This one-day class covers CPR techniques and fundamental first aid that road workers may need to make use of on the job. Students are tested to determine proficiency.

National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course - This classroom only safety course strives to ensure that people get what they need to drive defensively and the knowledge and skills that will help them continue to prevent injuries and save lives. This 6-hour course helps develop traffic incident avoidance behaviors and safe driving practices, which can significantly reduce the number of collisions and citations your drivers might experience.

Heavy Equipment Tire and Safety - This one-day class makes students aware of the dangers involved in maintaining the tires used on heavy trucks and construction equipment. After completion of the class students should be able to safely change and repair these tires without endangering themselves or others.

GPS/GIS for Local Government Asset Management - This is an introductory, two-day course. The workshop covers the collection of data with GPS devices, creation of data dictionaries, conversion of GPS data to a geographic information system format, an introduction to GIS, and importation of GPS data into a GIS system. The workshop includes on-site data collection exercises.

Commercial Drivers License, CDL, Written Examinations Prep – This two-day class designed to prepare individuals to take the state CDL written examinations and the walk-around inspection of the driving exam.  Participants are led through the Model Commercial Driver License Manual covering vehicle safety, transporting cargo, hazardous materials, air brakes, combination vehicles and tankers.

Basic AC/DC Meter Use for Heavy Equipment -This two-day (2) class is the introduction to Ohm’s Law, Power Law, and meter usage.  Electrical fundamentals will be covered including brief discussion on molecular structure, magnetism, and electromagnetism.

Electrical Currents & Schematics for Heavy Equipment -This two-day (2) class is the basic practical application of circuit theory.  Series, parallel, and series parallel circuits will be discussed with an emphasis on circuit operation and troubleshooting.  Schematic use and circuit identification will also be covered.

Mobile Air Conditioning Certification - This three-day (3) program is designed to encourage proper equipment use and service procedures. This certification program includes information on HFC-134a and R-12 refrigerant recovery and recycling procedures. All technicians, if passed at the end of the class will be certified by Mobile Air Conditioning Society, (MACS), for CFC-12 and they are also considered certified for HFC-134a by the U. S. EPA. There is a $25.00 charge to be tested for this certification.

Erosion Control Class - This one-day class gives an overview of the principles of erosion control. Recent erosion control techniques will be discussed along with current regulations and construction general permits. Low impact development and erosion control site examples will be other class components.

Welding Safety Training – This two-day class covers welding safety practices and procedures and makes students aware of pertinent OSHA regulations, health and physical hazards associated with welding, and methods to for them to reduce welding risks.

Vehicle Pilot/Escort Training
The Commission for Public Safety established rules for the certification of operators of escort vehicles in response to Title 47-120.1, Escort Vehicle Operator Certification. The Center for Local Government Technology, in partnership with the pilot escort driver industry, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, develops and delivers specialized training for pilot escort driver certification. This is a fee-based program with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. Important Information:  *WE DO NOT INVOICE FOR THIS CLASS - If not paid 48 hours before the class begins the fee will increase from $180 to $225 regardless of registration date. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Company Check, Money Order, Cashier's Check or cash. **You must provide a CERTIFICATE of INSURANCE and a current 3-yr. STATE ISSUED DRIVING RECORD at the class in order to receive certification the day of the class. Otherwise certification will be issued once these two items are received.

Bridge Welding Certification, AASHTO/AWS - This (2) two-day course is for experienced welders capable of passing the AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 welding code certification test. The first day of class, students will review the welds they will be required to perform on the test. They will also be evaluated to determine if they have the skill necessary to become certified. On the morning of the second day, an independent welding certification firm will test students on AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5. Those passing will be certified. There is an $80.00 cost to a private testing company to conduct the AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5 test certification.

Forklift Operator Certification Training - This is an eight-hour safety workshop. This workshop complies with all OSHA regulations and covers how a forklift works, safe operating techniques, load handling, inspection, and safe operating procedures. Students passing the operating procedures and written test are issued a certificate of competency.

Basic Math – The one-day class teaches and reviews the basic math skills needed in classes such as the Roads Scholar Plan Reading, Project Management and Surveying classes.

Leadership Principles for Difficult Conversations - Effective leaders make difficult conversations happen because they are necessary for growth, excellence and the long-term health of an organization or team. Learn the five strategies leaders use to manage successful difficult conversations.

Construction Management & Cost Estimating -This course offers guidance on overall construction management, quantity take off, cost estimates, historical data, materials/labor, and more. The 2-day overview concludes with a practical application exercise in a case study.

OSHA 10 Hour - This revolutionary program for owners, safety managers, supervisors, and workers is focused directly on the hazards and situations that roadway construction workers face every day. From work zones to night work, this training sets the standard for the entire industry!

Winter Maintenance Snow & Ice Control - This one day workshop covers the full range of snow and ice removal and control, including program development, planning, pre-season activities, in-season operations, post-storm activities, and post-season activities. It is designed so that all involved personnel can have a sound understanding of the fundamentals and a better appreciation for why others in the network are doing what they are doing. Plow operators, other equipment operators, road superintendents, supervisors and elected officials can all benefit from this one-day of training.

Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility (DPFA) Course - This (2) two-day training was designed to ensure that pedestrian facilities and access routes are properly constructed and maintained for all individuals, including those with disabilities. This course focuses on proper design and maintenance of pedestrian access routes in new construction or when existing facilities are altered. Participants are engaged through a power point presentation; small group exercise, videos and discussion, and features a hands-on outdoor exercise. This training was developed to provide information and best practices for those involved in the design and maintenance of pedestrian facilities, and for those individuals that ensure the proper adherence to all applicable laws and guidelines. This course is taught from the perspective of the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG), a best practice for public rights of way.

Oklahoma LTAP Hazard Training "HAZCOM" - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration mandate, 29 CFR 1910.1200, states that companies producing and using hazardous materials must provide employees with information and training on the proper handling and use of these materials.1 to 2 -HOURS OF TRAINING

Oklahoma LTAP Lockout-tagout (LOTO)- Is a safety procedure which is used in industry and research settings to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work. It requires that hazardous energy sources be "isolated and rendered inoperative" before work is started on the equipment in question. The isolated power sources are then locked and a tag is placed on the lock identifying the worker who has placed it. The worker then holds the key for the lock ensuring that only he or she can start the machine. This prevents accidental startup of a machine while it is in a hazardous state or while a worker is in direct contact with it. 1 to 2 -HOURS OF TRAINING

Equipment Maintenance - This one day course covers the fundamentals of maintaining county owned vehicles and construction equipment used in maintaining and constructing roads and bridges. Various management tools and test procedures used in equipment management are discussed.



For additional information or to access the current LTAP Training Schedule go to, or contact:
Shannon Sheffert, LTAP Manager, at
Cell Phone: 405-623-3460

The OK Local Technical Assistance Program - 5202 N. Richmond Hill Dr. - Stillwater, OK 74078-0001
PHONE:405.744.9908 FAX:405.744.7268