The Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB) in collaboration with a wide array of transportation- and safety-related organizations in the United States and Canada announces the availability of a new Road Safety Professional (RSP) Certification beginning in October 2018. The goals of the RSP certifications are to recognize road safety as a profession, to establish a recognized level of practice and knowledge, and to incentivize safety education.
With more than 40,000 lives lost annually on highways in the United States and Canada and the growing attention on improving public safety through initiatives such as Toward Zero Deaths, Vision Zero, and the Road to Zero, the RSP represents an important step forward for the safety profession. The RSP certification provides for professionals involved in a wide array of safety-related disciplines to establish their competency in providing for the safety of the traveling public.
This certification has two levels.
Level 1: Those achieving Level 1 certification will have demonstrated proficiency in the foundations of road safety principles. The exam is for a broad audience of professionals who in the performance of their work make decisions or take actions that potentially impact the safety of the traveling public. This includes those in the engineering, motor vehicle, behavioral, law enforcement, and emergency response communities. The first Level 1 exam will take place in October 2018.
Level 2: This certification is geared toward professionals whose primary job functions are directed at improving the safety performance of the surface transportation system. It is for professionals responsible for developing and implementing engineering or behavioral programs aimed at reducing the number of fatalities and injuries due to road crashes. Prospective certificants will select between a Level 2 certification with a “behavioral specialty” or Level 2 certification with an “infrastructure specialty.”The inaugural Level 2 Road Safety Professional exam period is scheduled for late 2019.
Exams are administered by Castle Worldwide, a recognized certification and licensure testing company, and managed by the TPCB with support from the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
For individuals, this certification provides recognition of career accomplishment and a competitive advantage in career advancement.
The establishment of a full two-level RSP certification program is estimated to cost $300,000. To date, the Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have generously pledged approximately $200,000. To bridge the gap, TPCB is seeking additional sponsors who are willing to help make the RSP certification a reality. Learn about the sponsorship levels and opportunities here.
Continued updates on the RSP certification development will be provided on this page and through the TPCB newsletter as they become available.
TPCB thanks our Founders Circle sponsors for their generous support of the new RSP certification!