Why International Municipal Signal Association Certification?
IMSA Certifications are the key to job security and advancement!
Obviously, IMSA certifications are essential to anyone working in cities, counties, or private sector roadway management companies. Consequently, obtaining initial certification and complying with periodic renewal requirements enables certified personnel to secure, maintain and advance in their chosen field.
As a matter of fact, did you know *FDOT Memorandum 14-13 (FHWA Approved 6/27/13) states that IMSA Traffic Signal Inspection Level 1 will be required in Scope of Services? Additionally, many cities and counties in Florida require that all traffic signal cabinet related work be performed by an International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Level II Technician, certified in traffic signals.
IMSA Certifications must be renewed every three (3) years. For more information on IMSA renewals click here.
Sunshine Safety Council proudly specializes in IMSA training.
The International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) is the oldest association of its kind in the world (1893). Association members were instrumental in the founding of the Underwriters Laboratory and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (N.E.M.A.). Records show that Thomas A. Edison and the Edison Electric Company were associate members in 1901.
Since its origin, IMSA has grown in size, stature and prestige. Today, the Association has members all over the USA, Canada, and other countries. Through its many years of dedication to improving and advancing public-safety, IMSA has gained recognition and influence with local, professional organizations.
It is the deep conviction of IMSA that a certification program in each area of public safety operations is necessary.To assist in lowering unnecessary legal actions and increase the quality of public safety IMSA offers educational and certification programs in the following arenas:
- Traffic Signals
- Fiber Optics
- Transportation Center Systems
- Signs and Markings
- Work Zone Traffic Control
- Municipal and Interior Fire Alarm systems
- Public Safety Dispatcher and Flagging
FDOT Temporary Traffic Control
What’s Temporary Traffic Control (TTC)?
When you think of TTC think ‘work zone traffic control’. In the most practical terms, TTC ensures workers and the public can avoid injury. Obviously, it requires planning, design, supervision, implementation and maintenance of various work zone traffic control devices. Consequently, workers must obtain training and certification.
What’s more, to get a permit for any job near the roadway officials will definitively want to see your TTC credentials. Furthermore, you’re also required to have a traffic control plan as well. Additionally, FDOT Inspectors or building officials can stop to inspect your job at any time. Consequently, non-complaint jobs risk closure until the TTC issues are correct.
Accordingly, different levels of responsibility require different certifications. To decide which certification you and your people require, see the descriptions from the MOT admin:
This course is for personnel flagging traffic “ONLY”.
Intermediate and Refresher
This course is for personnel with duties that include any of the following activities:
- Personnel responsible for supervising the installation, removal and field maintenance of TTC devices, excluding temporary barriers, end treatments and crash cushions.
- Inspection of the placement or operational function of temporary traffic control devices, excluding temporary barriers, end treatments and crash cushions.
Advanced and Refresher
Personnel with the authority and responsibility for making decisions on the specific TTC requirements.
These positions include the following:
- The Professional Engineer responsible for the development of the Transportation Management Plan (TMP) and design of the TTC Plan.
- The Work-site Traffic Supervisor in accordance with FDOT Standard Specifications, Section 102.
- Personnel responsible for supervising the installation, removal and field maintenance of TTC devices, including temporary barriers, end treatments and crash cushions.
- Personnel responsible for inspection of the placement or operational function of temporary traffic control devices, including temporary barriers, end treatments and crash cushions.