Work Zone Safety Training

The Technology Transfer Program offers several options for work zone safety training to meet the dynamic needs of those constructing and maintaining roads in California. Four streamlined one-day courses on traffic control and a four-hour workshop for flagger training are available on request for delivery at your agency's location. Agencies may select one course or a combination of courses to meet specific safety training needs.

All training courses incorporate the latest State and Federal guidelines and are available to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, utility companies and private contractors. Customization is a key feature of the Work Zone Safety Training program — each course can be tailored to accommodate the different needs of crews working on local streets, low volume roads, or high-speed facilities. Furthermore, your agency or company can host a class exclusively for your own work crews, or coordinate with neighbors for further savings. The chart below describes training course options and includes links for detailed course outlines and more information about each option.

Our Instructors

Collectively, our team of instructors has over 150 years of work zone related experience and has trained thousands of workers in California.
Our instructor list is available here.

Two of our instructors, Dave Royer and Temo Galvez, are active members of the WATCH Committee. The WATCH Committee is an Administrative Committee of Public Works Standards, Inc (PWSI), made up of Traffic and Civil Engineers, Engineering Consultants and individuals who instruct agency and contractor personnel on work area traffic control. The Committee reviews and evaluates changes to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and produces a new edition of the Work Area Traffic Control Handbook (WATCH) every three years, or after California adopts each new edition of the MUTCD. These pocket-sized publications comply with the California MUTCD and are specifically geared toward local agency use. All students receive a copy of the WATCH. For more information visit WATCH.

Half-price for Public Agencies

The California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance, is now offering subsidized pricing for this training through the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Eligible public agencies may pay only $2,000 for the Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones (TS-10) training class. This special pricing is available to city, county, regional, and other agencies hosting classes through June 2014. Some restrictions may apply, so please contact us for details.

Request a Class

To request a class, please
or call 510-642-3585.

Comparison Chart of Work Zone Safety Training Options

  Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones
Flagging at Work Zones (TS-02)
Rural Areas (with Flagger Cards)
Urban Areas (1)
Urban Areas (with Flagger Cards) (2)
Urban Areas and Rural Areas
Flagging Only
Detailed Course Outline Course

Traffic Control Plans 6 plans for low traffic volumes 9 plans for high traffic volumes 6 plans for high traffic volumes 12 plans for low and high traffic volumes None
Flagging Procedures Extensive instruction Video and basic instruction Extensive instruction Video only Extensive Instruction
Flagger Cards Yes No (3) Yes No (3) Yes
Work Zone Tort Liability Video with
short lecture
Video with
detailed lectures
Video with
Video with
detailed lectures
Length 8 hours on one day 4 hours on
one day
Attendee limit 40 40
Cost $2,000 or $3,995(4) $1,800 or $2,695 (5)
(1) This option is appropriate for large jurisdictions in urban metropolitan areas.
(2) This option is appropriate for small jurisdictions in urban metropolitan areas.
(3) If specialized flagging training is required, this class may be combined with Flagging at Work Zones (TS-02) for an additional half-day training on the following day for an additional $1,800.
(4)See note above table for subsidized pricing for local agencies.
(5)$1,800 when combined with any TS-10 option above; $2,695 for stand alone delivery.

Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones (TS-10)

Tech Transfer provides Cal-OSHA-compliant work zone safety training for your work zone crew at your location, on request. We offer four convenient one-day course options to best suit your needs. All of the courses cover the basics of work zone traffic control, and each course focuses on a different road volume situation: rural, urban, or rural/urban combined.

The level of flagger training included in each option varies, as well. The options that focus on flagger training issue Flagger Cards, which are wallet-size cards certifying attendance at flagger training that meets CAL-OSHA requirements. This proof of training is needed when assigning crews to perform flagging functions on public roads.

The descriptions below provide a more detailed explanation of the specific content included in each course option.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training, the student will:

Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones in Rural Areas (with Flagger Cards) (TS-10A)

Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones in Urban Areas (TS-10B)

Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones in Urban Areas (with Flagger Cards) (TS-10C)

Traffic Control for Safer Work Zones in Urban Areas and Rural Areas (TS-10D)

Flagging at Work Zones Road Show (TS-02)

The safety of the public and your work zone crew is a top priority. Learn how to set up and operate flagging stations that are both safe and effective. This Road Show emphasizes safety through effective communications between flaggers and road users. The training combines lectures, demonstrations, video presentations, and hands-on skill practice, and is designed for flaggers, road crews, crew leaders, and supervisors.

The training covers: flagger equipment and flagger clothing; flagging guidelines from Caltrans and CAL-OSHA requirements; how to use hand signals; and how to conduct flagging under different roadway and traffic conditions, using a single flagger, two flaggers, or a pilot car. This training meets the CAL-OSHA requirement.

This four-hour training session can be delivered on-site at your location for up to 40 attendees for $1,800 when combined with a TS-10 delivery, or $2,695 for stand alone delivery.

Request a Class

To request a class, please
or call 510-642-3585.

Additional Resources

Work zone safety references from California agencies, Federal >agencies, and others.

Work zone video resources
More than 50 VHS and DVD videos available for loan from the Institute of Transportation Studies Library, and several streaming internet videos available any time!