IRF On-line Training

For more than 70 years, an essential part of IRF’s mission has been the organization and delivery of continuing education services that help build the skills of road professionals and contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and expertise worldwide. At a time when many transportation professionals are unable to travel, IRF is redoubling efforts to develop eLearning programs and online training tools which allow professionals to access a pool of knowledge resources from the safety of their home or office.

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Safe Roads By Design™: Making Roads Safe for all Users
Apr 12 – 30, 2021 | 20 Professional Development Hours

The International Road Federation (IRF) On-line Safe Roads by Design™: Making Roads Safe for all Users certified training program is one of the most comprehensive on-line road safety training programs in the world. Experts in the field will present best practices and state of the art technologies in Roadside Safety, Work Zone Safety, Vulnerable User Safety, Traffic Management and Road Safety Audits over a three week period. The purpose of this training program is to help participants to understand what can be done to reduce the number of road crashes and the number of fatalities and serious injuries from road crashes that may still occur.

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Performance-based Contracts: Management & Implementation
April 26 – May 6, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

This on-line training course will focus on how to manage and implement Performance-based contracts to help road agencies meet their desired outcomes . Agencies that are seeking more effective mechanisms for privatizing maintenance programs will profit by sending key staff to learn from the experience of counterparts in the public and private sectors and from international financing institutions.

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Certified PPP Professional (CP3P) Foundation
May 3 - 7, 2021 | 20 Professional Development Hours

The Foundation level course and certification is step 1 of the APMG PPP Certification Program which aims to foster a common minimum level of knowledge and understanding amongst individuals working on PPPs or those interested in learning about PPPs, regardless of discipline or sector. APMG awards the CP3P credential to individuals who successfully pass the three examinations: (1) Foundation and Overview Stage, (2) Preparation Stage, and (3) Execution Stage. APMG’s PPP Certification is recognized by leading development agencies, such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and others.

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Traffic Management Centers Design & Operations
May 17-27, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) have been described as the heart of an agency’s mobility management system. In practice, TMCs serve as the technical and institutional hubs that facilitate interagency coordination and integrate a wide range of traffic a wide range of traffic management strategies to achieve the collective goal of providing safe, efficient and sustainable transportation infrastructure. Because of its critical role in the successful operation of a mobility management systems, it is essential that the TMC be planned for, designed, and maintained to allow operators and other stakeholders to anticipate demands placed on the network, initiate traffic control strategies, coordinate their responses to situations and incidents.

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Forecasting & Evaluating the Benefits of Road Safety Projects
May 17 – 20, 2021 | 10 Professional Development Hours

This course introduces scientific principles for forecasting the benefits of road safety projects. The goal is to estimate and defend reductions in fatalities and serious injuries, to assign dollar valuations to proposed improvements, and to compare these benefits to project or program costs. After projects are completed, a good observational before-after study can evaluate interventions and generate learnings that feedback into the next forecast.

The course will primarily focus on predictive techniques in the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual and evaluation techniques from Ezra Hauer’s 1997 book “Observational Before-After Studies in Road Safety.” These concepts will be introduced, illustrated through examples, and extended into the modern field of surrogate safety data.

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Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Materials
May 18 – June 10, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

The main goal of this online training is to introduce the fundamentals of sustainability relevant to the transportation infrastructure materials. Various aspects, such as the use of recycled materials, the environmental impacts during the life cycle of the infrastructure, and the life cycle cost analysis methods and tools will be introduced. Moreover, the state of the art and state of the practice for sustainability considerations during the design, construction, and maintenance of the transportation infrastructure will be covered.

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Bridge Management & Inspection
June 14 – 24, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

This on-line training workshop will cover the main technical issues regarding Road Bridge Management, Inspection and Maintenance. The contents will be based on international standards as well as the hands-on experience of the course instructors. The workshop is addressed at highway agency executives and private sector contractors. The topics of the workshop go from the basic knowledge of Road Bridges and their main characteristics, to the visual inspection activities, until the most up-to-date concepts of Bridge Asset Management.

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Pavement Management
June 14 - 30, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

The goal of the on-line training workshop will be to help those working with Pavement Management Systems better understand the damage mechanisms that affect the lifetime of paved and gravel road networks and how they can be monitored with different technologies. Theoretical and practical examples will be given on how organizations adopt more economical proactive maintenance policies. The contents will be based on the latest research results as well as the hands-on experiences of the course instructor.

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Practical Data Science for Roadway Professionals
June 15 – July 8, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

The main goal of this online training is to introduce the fundamentals of practical data science relevant to transportation and roadway experts. Various aspects, such as the use of different data processing tools, data visualization, data mining and artificial intelligence will be discussed through online hands-on tutorials.

Participants will be guided through various interactive course modules and hands-on tutorials to develop skills and knowledge to employ various data science tools on real-world example datasets. Roadway professionals, highway practitioners and local highway agency engineers will learn and benefit from the various aspects of practical data science that can be employed and implemented in their operations.

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ITS Technology Design: Architecture Development and Standards Specification & Testing
June 15 - 24, 2021 | 16 Professional Development Hours

This course will cover the development and use of needs-based ITS architectures to support the planning and deployment of ITS systems. Then it will illustrate the selection and specification of ITS technology standards and their testing to support interoperable systems.

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Human Factors in Road Safety

June 21 - 24, 2021 | 10 Professional Development Hours

This course is about learning to design with the human in mind. The human is the most complex and variable element of the transportation system, but professionals who learn the human's design parameters and how to make infrastructure that is compatible with these parameters will help deliver substantial gains in road safety during the second Decade of Action. The first half of the course provides a theoretical foundation and grounding in understanding human limitations, how humans process information, how humans complete the driving tasks, and how humans end up making errors. The second half translates the theory into practice, helping designers to bring positive guidance, design consistency, and self-explaining roads to their work. The second half of the course will be rich with examples and application-ready lessons.

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