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According to the Safe System approach, death and serious injury in road collisions are not an inevitable price to be paid for human error. Well-designed and properly maintained roads can reduce the probability of road traffic accidents, while “forgiving” roads (roads laid out according to Safe System principles) can reduce the severity of crashes that do happen.

Selecting a road safety countermeasure can thus be a life-or-death decision: specifiers need to understand certain criteria with regards to available systems or design scenarios, and also have a clear understanding of applicable standards, as well as site-specific conditions where they are to be used. This course reviews the state of knowledge and presents processes to determine appropriate road engineering countermeasures based on these site conditions.

IRF Global is now recognized as an approved training provider by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), a respected professional body that provides transportation professionals with recognition, support and business insights to accelerate their careers and influence the future of the sector.

Learning Objectives

  • Focus on road deficiencies that lead to severe and fatal injuries
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of human-centered road design
  • Understand how to select traffic control devices based on site conditions
  • Identify data sources available to support the work of road safety professionals
  • Understand the scope of, and correctly utilize national and international reference manuals
  • Use advanced methods to forecast and analyse traffic safety conditions based on design decisions
  • Learn how to present findings to decision makers and make a compelling case for safety investments

Why Online?

  • Earn 16 Professional Development Hours
  • Expert training by professionals for Professionals: access IRF’s unique curriculum and lectures developed by world-class specialists
  • Accelerated learning processes: get up to speed and gain new insights in less time and with no travel constraints
  • Full access to learning materials and session recordings
  • Small classrooms & scheduled One-on-One sessions with instructors
  • Self-paced options available
  • Interactive group projects and case studies
  • Receive IRF Certification

Target Audience

  • National Road & Transport Agency Executives
  • Highway Engineers and Managers
  • Federal and State Road Safety Agencies
  • Road Safety Professionals
  • Private Consultants & Contractors

The lectures will be taught over a two-week period with live 2,5-hour on-line sessions held Tuesday through Thursday. Upon completion of the training program, the IRF will administer an on-line knowledge test. Participants with a score of 80% of the exam will be awarded with a certificate verifying their successful completion of the course.

Tuesday through Thursday (8:00 AM– 10:30 AM US EDT, 14:00 – 16:30 CET, 17:00-19:30 GST)

View the Safe Roads by Design: Making Roads Safe for All Users schedule & directory.

Lead Instructor
Dr. Jean-François Gysel, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.

Jean-François is a civil Engineer whose expertise includes Transportation Planning, Traffic Management, ITS, Road Design, Public Transit, Active Mobility and Road Safety. He has more than 35 years of professional experience in over thirty countries. In addition to his technical expertise, Jean-François has a strong strategic business experience related to Project Management, Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions and has prepared and facilitated numerous training courses in Transportation.

Jean-François is an independent consultant in Transportation Engineering and Strategic Development, but he is also the President of Engineers Without Borders Quebec, Executive Director of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Foundation, Past-Chair of the TAC Workforce Development Committee and Past-Chair of the Canadian national committee of the World Road Association (PIARC). He is also a member of the Board of the TAC Foundation, of the Quebec Transport Association (AQTR) and of the Order of Engineers of Quebec Foundation.

Computer Requirements

Operating System
Windows 7 - Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), macOS Catalina (10.15), Linux, Google Chrome OS, Android OS 5 (Lollipop) - Android 9 (Pie), iOS 10 - iOS 12, Windows Phone 8+, Windows 8RT+

Web browser
Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)
Mozilla Firefox (most recent 2 versions)
Internet Explorer v11 (with Adobe Flash if running Windows 7)
Apple Safari (most recent 2 versions)
Microsoft Edge (most recent 2 versions)

Internet connection
1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended)

2GB of RAM (minimum), 4GB or more of RAM (recommended)
Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended)


May 2
May 11
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+1 703 535 1001
Event Type:


IFIs, SARF, Canadian/ US State DOTs & City Officials

$1,400 (Groups of 3 or more)

16 Professional Development Hours

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