International Municipal Signal Association

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Why International Municipal Signal Association training?

Obviously, International Municipal Signal Association 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.

International Municipal Signal Association Certifications must be renewed every three (3) years. For more information on IMSA renewals click here.

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International Municipal Signal Association Certifications are the key to job security and advancement!

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New Prerequisites for International Municipal Signal Association Traffic Signal Inspector!

Beginning August 1, 2018 – In order to get your Traffic Signal Inspector certification you will need to have an International Municipal Signal Association Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification or here in Florida an Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control certification (formerly Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic) AND the IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level 1.

< FYI: Current certificate holders are not affected by this change> 

Did you know International Municipal Signal Association certifications can be renewed with 16 educational hours in an IMSA approved class AND that they can be renewed within one year of the expiration (no exam required).

Did you also know that Signal Inspector & Signal Technician hours are interchangeable! You can use a Signal Inspector class to renew a Signal Technician certificate and vice-versa! Sign Tech & Pavement Tech hours are also interchangeable! Use a Sign Tech class to renew a Pavement Tech certificate and vice-versa! All of our listed classes can be used for renewal hours.

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IMSA Course Descriptions

* Special Note: The procedures of specific state and local agencies may vary from those presented in these programs. It is highly recommended that each participant become familiar with the practices of their own applicable agency which has jurisdiction over his or her area of operation. *

TCSS

Transportation Center System Specialist Level I (TCSS)

General Description: This certification program is designed for transportation professionals whose role encompasses control and operation of a road network in a Transportation Management Center (TMC).

Purpose: The program provides an understanding of key concepts and the technology used for devices, equipment, and software that a TMC may utilize in daily operations.

Target Audience: This certification program is intended for practitioners that install, maintain equipment used in and/or directly or indirectly operate transportation management centers

Course Specifics: It includes material on data collection, manual and automatic incident detection, telecommunications, sub-systems, video, operations and control, network topology and security, wired and wireless physical plant, computer aided dispatching and analysis/reporting

Prerequisite: None.

TCSS2

Transportation Center System Specialist Level II

General Description: The Transportation Center System Specialist (TCSS) Level II certification program continues and expands on the knowledge and skill sets gained in the Level I program.

Purpose: Provides an advanced review of the concepts, technology and operational techniques for devices, equipment, and software that a TMC may utilize in daily operations.

Course Specifics: This program emphasizes material on data collection, vehicle detection, data integrity and integration, Center-To-Center protocols, TMC consoles, video and closed circuit television technologies, stand by power systems, software sub-systems, dynamic message signs, field device operations and system administration and troubleshooting.

Target Audience: This certification program is intended for individuals that have achieved the Transportation Center System Specialist Level I certification whose role and responsibilities may require a higher level of knowledge and be more supervisory.

Prerequisite: Transportation Center System Specialist Level I

TS1

Traffic Signal Inspector

General Description: The IMSA Traffic Signal Inspector Level I Certification Program is designed to ensure public safety by helping individuals to understand fundamental concepts associated with the inspection for construction of traffic signal installations.  Traffic Signals are a key element in our transportation system and the proper operation of these signals is of paramount importance in maintaining reasonable levels of mobility.

Purpose: Knowledgeable traffic signal inspection is required to ensure that proper/specified construction practices are followed during signal installation resulting in signals that operate as intended. Knowledgeable inspection is also a key element in limiting the liability exposure of governmental agencies associated with malfunctioning traffic signals.

Target Audience: Traffic Signal Inspector Level I Certification is recommended for all individuals involved in the inspection of traffic signal construction.  It is also a valuable course for contractor personnel, since it provides an inspector’s viewpoint of traffic signal construction.

Course Specifics: Topics covered in the Traffic Signal Inspector Level I Certification Course Manual include:

  • Introduction to Traffic Signal Inspector
  • Inspection of Underground Facilities
  • Inspection of Traffic Signal Supports
  • Inspection of Overhead Equipment
  • Inspection of the Vehicular and Pedestrian Detection Systems
  • Inspection of the Controller Assembly
  • Safety Requirements
  • Final Acceptance and Turn-On

* FDOT Memorandum 14-13 (FHWA Approved 6/27/13) States IMSA Traffic Signal Inspection Level 1 will be required in Scope of Services

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required. Effective August 1, 2018 IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level 1 will be required as a prerequisite for this program.

TSIA

Traffic Signal Inspector for Advanced Technologies

General Description: The IMSA Traffic Signal Inspector Advanced Technologies Certification Program builds on knowledge and skills developed in the Traffic Signal Inspector Level I program, and prepares the traffic signal inspector for more challenging and advanced assignments.

Purpose: To successfully complete this program and exam inspectors taking this Advanced Inspection Course should have fundamental knowledge and understanding of:

  • The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) or the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Canada (MUTCDC)
  • Traffic signal phasing and timing of traffic signals
  • Basic electrical theory and wiring practices
  • Foundations, poles, and supports
  • Testing equipment and procedures
  • Communications methods
  • Traffic Signal Operations
  • ITS Devices
  • Network Equipment
  • Standard Practices
  • Materials
  • Processes of the electrical trade
  • Design
  • Installation
  • Safety procedures (OSHA)

Target Audience: This program is intended for individuals responsible for the inspection of advanced traffic control and Intelligent Transportation Systems who seek an advanced level of professional certification.

Course Specifics: Material covered in this program includes test equipment, control components, power systems, foundations, intersection wiring, detection systems, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices, and communications.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level 1 and IMSA Traffic Signal Inspector.

TST1

Traffic Signal Technician Level 1

General Description: The Traffic Signal Level 1 program is based on the concept of relating fundamentals of traffic signal design; traffic signal installation, maintenance and limited troubleshooting. This is the entry course for Traffic Signal Technicians and discusses the basic procedures of how and why to install signalized intersections. It covers the process of installation required for an entry level student up to a one year technician. The program covers the fundamentals used today and sets the direction the technician may follow in the future.

Purpose: The program is designed to enhance public safety by helping individuals to review fundamental concepts associated with traffic signal design, construction, and operation. Following the course guidelines help promote safe, efficient signalized intersections.

Target Audience:  For individuals responsible for the maintenance, construction, and operations of traffic signals and related equipment. This certification program would also aid those responsible for the planning and design of traffic signals, such as traffic engineers and traffic technicians.

Course Specifics: The program includes an introduction to traffic signals; signal indications and signal-related signing; planning for traffic signals; designing traffic signals; vehicle detection; traffic signal supports; installing traffic signals; construction procedures; installing traffic signals; construction equipment; preventive maintenance, basic signal timing concepts; traffic signal phasing; dealing with the public.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required.

* Note: Effective 2010, Level 2 Certifications are specific to Bench, Field, Construction, & Design/Engineering. The Sunshine Safety Council is currently offering only the Field Course.

TST2

Traffic Signal Field Technician Level 2

General Description: The Traffic Signal Level 2 Certification indicates the holder has a well-rounded background in traffic signal technology from coursework and experience.

Purpose: The Level 2 Field certification indicates the technician has additional training on traffic signal control system troubleshooting, on-site repairs, and maintenance methods and equipment.

Target Audience: The certification holder is prepared to make a substantial contribution in the maintenance and repair of signalized intersections, whether employed by a private firm or a public agency.

Course Specifics: Areas of training include worksite safety, maintenance of traffic, traffic signal system equipment standards and operation, installation inspection, troubleshooting, equipment repair, replacement and programming, test equipment, signal phasing and timing, detection, system communications, preventive maintenance, and documentation.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and IMSA Traffic Signal Technician Level 1 and two (2) years’ experience in the traffic signal field.

TST3

Traffic Signal Senior Field Technician Level 3

What does it cover?
The 100 question exam associated with the certification has been prepared to test the candidate on a wide range of topics relating to field expertise and general knowledge of the applied traffic signal technologies in the field.
The following list contains reference materials that the potential IMSA Traffic Signal Senior Field Technician Level 3 must be familiar with:

  • NEMA Standards (TS1 and TS2)
  • 170/2070 Standards
  • Various Traffic Detection Methods (Acoustic, Microwave, Radar, Loops, etc.) Setup & Configuration Manuals
  • Video Detection Manufacturers Setup Manuals
  • Lightening Protection Devices
  • FHWA and ITE Vehicle Detection Manuals
  • Data Communications Methods (Copper, Fiber Optic, Wireless, etc.)
  • U.S. M.U.T.C.D. – 2009 Version
  • Signal Head Types (Incandescent, L.E.D., Programmable, etc.) specifications and installation methods
  • IMSA Wire and Cable Specifications
  • ITE – Traffic Engineering Manual current edition
  • ITE – Traffic Control Devices Handbook current edition
  • Traffic Signal Preemption Devices – Various Manufacturers Operation and Setup Manuals
  • Understanding of Basic Electronics and Electrical
  • U.S. – National Electrical Code and/or Canadian Electrical Code

Prerequisites: IMSA Traffic Signal Field Technician Level 2 and five (5) years’ experience in traffic signal field.

SM1

Signs & Pavement Markings Level 1

General Description:  This two-day seminar will address the basic principles behind sign and pavement marking. Level 1 review material has been derived from the MUTCD. It covers applications of regulatory signs, warning signs, guide signs, tourist oriented directional signs, markings and markers, traffic control in school areas, bicycle traffic control devices, safety and temporary traffic control, installation of signs and markings, and emergency management signing. The remaining material which will be reviewed in class has been derived from the following publications: FHWA’s Standard Highway Signs, FHWA’s Standard Alphabets for Highway Signs and Pavement Markings, TRB’s NCHRP Synthesis 157 Maintenance Management of Street and Highway Signs, and ITE’s Traffic Engineering Handbook.

Purpose: To encourage individuals to learn the basic principles of sign fabrication, their installation and proper placement of markings for safe traffic movement in urban and rural areas.

Target Audience: This certification program in designed for transportation professionals responsible for the planning, design, layout, installation, and maintenance of traffic signs and roadway markings.

Course Specifics: The course material has largely been derived for the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). You will also review: general principles; regulatory signs; guide signs; pavement markings, object markers, school zones, railroad crossings; and bicycle routes.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and one (1) year experience working with signs and markings.

ST2

Sign Technician Level 2

General Description: This two-day seminar has been prepared to build upon the fundamental understanding the student gained during the Sign & Marking Level 1 program.

Purpose: With this Level 2 program, the student will garner greater insight and a more nuanced understanding of sign design, installation, and maintenance.

Target Audience: This program is important for the sign technician to further his or her understanding of the criteria for the application of signs in accordance with the MUTCD and other references.

Course Specifics: The student will learn when and where these traffic control devices are installed, how to properly manufacture, install and maintain them, and why it is important to take even greater care with the increased responsibility that comes with Level 2 certification.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and IMSA Signs & Markings Level 1 certification and two (2) years of road or traffic operations experience.

PT2

Pavement Markings Technician Level 2

General Description:  This two-day seminar has been prepared to build upon the fundamental understanding the student gained during the Sign & Pavement Marking Level 1 program.

Purpose: This Level 2 program will allow the student to garner greater insight and a more advanced understanding of pavement marking materials, installation, and maintenance.

Target Audience: This certification program is important for the pavement marking technician to further his or her understanding of the criteria for the application of a myriad of pavement markings and pavement marking materials in accordance with the MUTCD and other references.

Course Specifics: The student will learn when and where these traffic control devices are installed, how to properly install and maintain them, and why it is important to take even greater care with the increased responsibility that comes with Level 2 certification.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and IMSA Signs & Markings Level 1 certification and two (2) years of road or traffic operations experience.

ST3

Sign Technician Level 3 OR Pavement Markings Technician Level 3

General Description: Level 3 certification is the highest level of certification for Sign Technician OR Pavement Markings Technician personnel.  The course is a review session and question/answer followed by the exam. There is no course manual.

Purpose: To attain the highest level of certification in the Sign Technician OR Pavement Markings Technician operation field. The Level 3 certification gives the Specialist a profound sense of accomplishment as the energy and effort it takes to achieve this goal is exceptional.

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and IMSA Signs & Pavement Markings Technician Level 1 and applicable Level 2 certification and five (5) years of verifiable road/traffic operations experience.

RW1

Roadway Lighting Technician Level 1

General Description: This two-day Roadway Lighting Level 1 Certification seminar for qualified personnel is designed to aid individuals in understanding fundamental aspects of Roadway Lighting.

Target Audience: Individuals who are involved with design, installation, and maintenance projects related to roadway and street lighting will benefit by taking this seminar. This seminar covers various aspects to help ensure the safety of motorist and workers regarding the quality roadway lighting system.

Purpose: The review material will address Electrical Safety and Codes; Basic Electricity and Laws, and Basic Construction and Maintenance.

Course Specifics:

  • Develop a good working knowledge of electrical safety and safe equipment operation
  • Electric laws and electrical codes
  • Introduce basic maintenance and construction concepts for roadway lighting, including basic roadway components
  • Provide an introduction to roadway lighting and the necessary basics to help the participant’s readiness for the examination which follows

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required.

RW2

Roadway Lighting Technician Level 2

General Description: This seminar covers various aspects to help ensure the safety of motorist and workers regarding the quality roadway lighting system

Purpose: The goal of these seminars is to provide and enhance the knowledge of personnel responsible for handling various aspects of roadway lighting projects for a safe and effective lighting system.

Target Audience: Individuals who are involved with design, installation, and maintenance projects related to roadway and street lighting will benefit by taking this seminar.

Course Specifics:  In this two-day seminar you will review safety and qualifications, lamp and luminaire components, electrical, poles and high mast components, basic lighting design fundamentals, lighting applications, maintenance of lighting systems, and testing, investigation, and troubleshooting lighting systems

Pre-requisite(s): In Florida – Intermediate Temporary Traffic Control (formerly Maintenance of Traffic); Outside of FL – IMSA Work Zone Traffic Control Safety Certification is required and Roadway Lighting Technician Level 1 and two (2) years of verifiable road/traffic operations experience.

CFOT

Fiber Optics for ITS Technician

General Description: This three-day classroom and hands-on lab covers the knowledge and skills needed by fiber optic technicians involved in the design, installation or operation of fiber optic networks used in transportation, fire alarm, communications, video and municipal applications.

Purpose: Requirements for today’s fiber optic networks have become more complex than ever and the demand for qualified persons who have the knowledge to install, operate, maintain and test them is growing at an unprecedented rate. Because of the complexity of today’s fiber networks, proper training is a necessity for technicians to do their job effectively

Target Audience: This certification program is intended for practitioners that are directly or indirectly involved with the installation, maintenance or design of intelligent transportation systems, traffic control, fire alarm, communications, video, municipal, specialized protocols or any other fiber related networks or programs.

Course Specifics:  Introduction to fiber optics; How fiber optics is used for communications with an emphasis on metropolitan networks and intelligent highway systems; How fiber optic links and networks work; Components used in a fiber optic cable plant (Optical fiber types and applications, Fiber optic cables, Fiber optic splices, Fiber optic terminations, Cable plant installation hardware); Testing fiber optic components and cable plants; Designing fiber optic networks; Installing fiber optic networks

More than 50% of class time is devoted to hands on labs that include Hands-on cable preparation and pulling (how cables are pulled and prepared for splicing and termination); Hands-On Terminations (how to install connectors on fiber optic cables using splice-on connectors, testing patchcord connectors made in the lab); Hands-On Splicing (Splicing fiber optic cables with fusion and/or mechanical splices, installing splices in splice closures, testing splices with OTDR); Hands-On Fiber Optic Testing & Troubleshooting (proper use of fiber optic test equipment, testing cables, connectors, splices and network equipment, troubleshooting and fault location)

Prerequisites:  Included in the IMSA/FOA CFOT program, students will also be required to take an online self-study program on FOA’s Fiber U online training website. In this self-study program, students will be introduced to the basics of fiber optics, components, installation and testing. Studying these online beforehand allows the classroom time to be minimized and lab time maximized.

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