Associated Contractors of New Mexico

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Q. Where can the requirements for Traffic Control Management be found?
A. The requirements can be found in Section 618 of the NMDOT Standard Specifications for Highway and Bridge Construction (2014 Edition). Examples of some of the requirements are that a Certified TCS be present on jobs affecting the public right-of-way, and that only Certified TCS personnel may sign the Traffic Control Diary. Duties and responsibilities, and availability of the TCS are also outlined.

Q. What are the levels of Traffic Control training offered by ACNM?
A. ACNM currently offers Traffic Control training in the following areas:
- ACNM Flagger Training Program (4 Hours)
- ATSSA Traffic Control Technician (1 Day)
- ATSSA Traffic Control Supervisor (2 Days, plus TCT prerequisite)

Q. What meant by ‘Trained’ as it relates to the Traffic Control Technician and Traffic Control Supervisor classes?
A. ‘TCT/TCS trained’ can be understood as successful completion of the classes with a passing score of 80% or better on the exams. Anyone can enter the class and leave with a Training Certificate by passing the courses to demonstrate their knowledge. If a student completes this level for Traffic Control Technician, they will be ‘TCT Trained’. Those that complete the TCT prerequisite plus the Traffic Control Supervisor course may become ‘TCS Trained’.

Q. What meant by ‘Certified’ as it relates to the Traffic Control Technician and Traffic Control Supervisor classes?
A. TCT/TCS certified is the combination of knowledge with experience. To become certified, a student must pass the course AND possess the appropriate amount of field experience.
-For the Traffic Control Technician the requirement is 1 year of field experience with and around traffic control devices, within the last 10 years.
-For Traffic Control Supervisor the time requirement is 2 years experience.

Q. What are the requirements for submitting Work Experience Letters to ACNM?
A. Work Experience Letters must be submitted to ACNM on company/agency/district letterhead, and it must be signed by an owner or corporate officer, or person within the agency/district with proper authority. Letters are subject to verification as necessary.

Q. Is it a requirement to have the work experience time in the field prior to taking the Traffic Control courses?
A. No, it is not necessary to have the experience before taking the courses. In fact, it is can potentially be detrimental to a company, the motoring public, and the individual to spend years acquiring field experience WITHOUT KNOWING THE FEDERAL STANDARDS. The recommendation by ACNM is to have the student take the course as soon as it is known that they will be dealing with traffic control for their organization, and then work on gaining the time aspect of certification armed with the knowledge of safe and sound traffic control techniques and regulations. An individual who has passed the courses may submit their Work Experience Letter at any time and receive the Certification Wallet Card once the letter is accepted.
(Note: In this case the date of the 4 year certification will still be from the date the student passed the exam, NOT from the date the letter was submitted/accepted).

Q. Are there levels beyond certification within the state of New Mexico?
A. There are levels beyond ACNM’s Certification, such as ATSSA National Certification. Because ACNM is partnered with ATSSA National and has adopted the ATSSA training program, students are eligible to submit their application, 2 reference letters, and a fee of $125.00 (subject to change by ATSSA), directly to ATSSA National to receive the ATSSA Certification that is recognized in multiple states . Qualified parties interested in this national level can contact ACNM for guidance through this process.