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Traffic Control Coordinator Program FAQs
What is the Traffic Control Coordinator Program?
An employee that has a Traffic Control Coordinator (TCC) designation is allowed to be assigned as the on-site Traffic Control Coordinator on NJDOT and NJ Turnpike Authority (NJTA) construction projects with the responsibility for and authority to implement and maintain all traffic operations for the project on behalf of the Contractor.
The responsibilities and duties of a TCC can be found in the NJDOT Standard Specifications subpart 159.03.01 and the NJDOT Construction Procedures Handbook, Section VIII, Subsection B, as well as NJTA 2004 Standard Supplementary Specifications Section 801.07 for the New Jersey Turnpike or Section 801.04 for the Garden State Parkway.
If you previously possessed a valid TCC Designation, but have not completed the required (every two years) Refresher training, you are not eligible to serve in the TCC capacity until you have completed the training requirement. You must have a valid (within two years) TCC to serve in this capacity.
The Traffic Control Coordinator (TCC) Program is made up of three parts.
Part One is successful completion of a one-day Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop (formal flagger or traffic control technician/supervisor training may be substituted). The Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop presents an overview of work zone safety compliance with the national MUTCD standards. It is a required prerequisite for the Traffic Control Coordinator Program.
Part Two is the Traffic Control Coordinator Designation (TCC), a four-day workshop designed for experienced highway work zone personnel who seek additional training in work zone traffic control. The Traffic Control Coordinator (TCC) designation allows an employee to be assigned as the on-site Traffic Control Coordinator on NJDOT and NJ Turnpike construction projects with the responsibility for and authority to implement and maintain all traffic operations for the project on behalf of the Contractor.
Successful completion of this course includes attending all four days of the workshop and passing an exam. This course provides 25 PDHs.
Part Three is a required Traffic Control Coordinator Refresher. The NJDOT and NJTA now require designated New Jersey Traffic Control Coordinators to take this class every two years if they wish to continue working as a TCC on NJDOT construction projects, as well as New Jersey Turnpike Authority projects.
|What material is covered in the TCC Program?|
|The course material is developed around typical long-term and short-term roadwork that occurs on any roadway, whether two lanes or multi-lane Interstates. The training covers the minimum work zone protection as specified in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). It also offers practical exercises on setting up work zone safety devices found in a traffic control plan. Sessions on OSHA, NJDOT, New Jersey Turnpike Authority specific requirements, and state police relationships and work zone traffic control liability issues are included.|
|Who presents the class?|
|The class is presented by Rutgers University and is taught by various instructors: Mary Ameen, P.E., Esq.; Ted Green, P.E.; David Maruca; Lee Steiner; NJTA; New Jersey State Police, & OSHA.|
|How do I become eligible to enroll in the four-day TCC Program?|
In order to be eligible for enrollment, you must show proof of having successfully completed a Work Zone Safety Awareness Program (or flagger or traffic control technician/supervisor training workshop, and documentation of 4,000 hours (100 weeks) field experience in highway work zones.
The required documentation is a letter from a past and/or present employer on employment verification. Please do not send a resume. This information needs to be received and evaluated prior to the start of class. You can find an example of this 4,000 hour letter here.
|What if I do not have 4,000 hours of highway work zone experience yet?|
|If you do not meet the training prerequisite, you may still attend the Traffic Control Coordinator Program but will receive a certificate of successful attendance only, not the wallet card required by NJDOT and New Jersey Turnpike Authority for the Traffic Control Coordinator designation. Upon registration, you should contact Rutgers to say you are participating without the 4,000 hour prerequisite. Once you do attain the required amount of experience and submit a letter from your employer, you may trade in your certificate for a TCC Designation Card.|
|What happens after I complete the TCC Program?|
Upon completion of the four-day TCC Workshop, a permanent record of the course is maintained by NJ LTAP. For those individuals that successfully fulfilled the prerequisites and passed the final exam, cards with a unique ID number and expiration date will be mailed. Certificates and wallet cards will not be issued to students if their course fees are delinquent and/or any course prerequisites have not been fulfilled.
Additionally, to maintain your status as a TCC, you will be required to take a Refresher course every two years. If you previously possessed a valid TCC Designation, but have not completed the required Refresher training, you are not eligible to serve in the TCC capacity until you have completed the training requirement. You must have a valid (within two years) TCC to serve in this capacity.
|What if my Traffic Control Coordinator Designation has lapsed?|
If you previously possessed a valid TCC Designation, but have not completed the required Refresher training, you are not eligible to serve in the TCC capacity until you have completed the training requirement. You must have a current (within two years) TCC card or Refresher card/certificate to serve in this capacity.
Starting January 1, 2013: If your TCC Designation or TCC Refresher was issued more than 6 years ago, you must complete the 4-day TCC course again (this includes providing the prerequisite documentation) before being able to again serve in the TCC capacity.
If your TCC Designation or TCC Refresher was issued less than 6 years ago, you must complete the 1 day Refresher course before being able to again serve in the TCC capacity.
|Is the Rutgers TCP referenced in the NJDOT Solicitation for Technical Proposals the same as a TCC?|
Yes. The NJDOT Technical Proposal for Professional Services Instructions and Evaluation Criteria for Key Staff may include the abbreviation TCP as one of the criteria for Key Staff. A person that has received the Traffic Control Coordinator (TCC) designation wallet card or successfully completed the TCC course (attendance certificate) and is current with any subsequent refresher course meets the following definition for TCP included in NJDOT Technical Proposal Instructions.
TCP – Candidate possesses either a Rutgers CAIT -Traffic Control Coordinator Program certificate (wallet card) or a certificate of successful attendance completion of the Rutgers CAIT -Traffic Control Coordinator Program. Starting January 1, 2011, if the candidate’s certificate (or wallet card) is dated more than two years prior to a posting, the candidate must also possess a Rutgers CAIT – Traffic Control Coordinator Refresher Workshop certificate (or wallet card) dated less than two years prior to a posting. Certificates will be considered as acceptable up to the Valid Until date noted on a certificate (or wallet card). For certificates issued prior to the practice of providing a Valid Until date, certificates will be considered as valid up to two years plus 90 days after the end of the month in which the certificate was issued.
Resident Engineers and consultant personnel, such as project managers, are encouraged to have TCC/TCP training. Proof of attendance, either certificate or wallet card, is favorably considered when evaluating proposals.
|How much does the program cost?|
|The 2017 TCC Program costs are as follows: $95 Work Zone Safety Awareness; $465 TCC; $95 TCC Refresher|
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If you haven't found the answer you were looking for, please feel free to contact the program coordinator:
Bethany Dennis | 848-445-3112 |
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
100 Brett Road • Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058