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Colorado DOT Flagger Training Specifications

Colorado Revised Statutes Title 43 Transportation § 43-5-308 Flagpersons–definition

(2)(a) Only a trained person may provide temporary traffic control or direction within any highway, road, or street maintenance or construction work area as a flagperson.

(b) The department shall authorize public and private entities to conduct flagperson certification training and shall develop and provide, at cost, examination and training materials that authorized entities must use in conducting flagperson certification.

(c) While directing traffic, a flagperson shall wear high-visibility garments and display an official hand signal device prescribed in the state traffic control manual adopted by the department pursuant to section 42-4-104, C.R.S ., or its supplement.

(d) A flagperson shall abide by the Colorado manual of uniform traffic control devices and shall not use any device that might distract the flagperson’s vision, hearing, or attention while directing traffic.

(3) As used in this section, “flagperson” means a person:

(a) Eighteen years of age or older;
(b) Trained by an entity authorized by the department;
(c) Employed by the department, a department contractor, a political subdivision of the state, or a contractor of a political subdivision; and
(d) Acting in his or her official capacity while performing work within a temporary traffic control zone.

All flaggers on CDOT projects must possess a Flagger’s Certification Card in accordance with the Standard Specifications. Specifications require that all flaggers on CDOT projects be properly certified, having successfully passed the Department’s minimum training requirements within two years of starting work on the project.  Note that CDOT does not certify non-CDOT employees for flagging duties. The certification requirements include reviewing the latest edition of the CDOT Flagger’s Training Manual, viewing a flagger training video, and obtaining a passing score of at least 85 percent on a Flagger Proficiency Test, which must be administered by a Registered Flagger Proctoring Agency.”

Check out CDOT’s Flagger Program for more information about flagger certification.

Information as provided by ATSSA

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Colorado Online Flagger Course

This is the Colorado Online Flagger Course that is also accepted in many other states.
You may take the class on many devices so your PC, MAC, IPAD, and tablets should work. Please make sure to update your software before starting the class.
Take this class right now or at a later time if you wish. You can save money when you buy bulk classes to get the discounts, best of all the courses do not expire until you start taking the class.
The class is based on nationally accepted content so you get the standard training that all states use.

Course goals are to give the student the knowledge to:

State why proper flagging is important, and list the qualities of a good flagger.
Use the MUTCD and other books such as state DOT plans and other guides as they relate to flagging traffic.
Make sure temporary traffic control zones follow the basic plans as shown in the MUTCD.
Point out the temporary traffic control areas and know why each is important to safely control traffic.
Decide if signs and devices on a project meet the standards of the MUTCD.
List all necessary and proper flagging equipment.
Choose a proper place to stand so that you are in a safe place for flagging.

Teach the student to use tools of the trade:

Stop, slow, and release traffic using a stop paddle or how to control traffic using a flag if needed.
Spot different types of drivers and know how to deal with them.
Control traffic on a two-way road and how to use different methods to talk with other flaggers.
Setup and control traffic on haul roads or in other special flagging situations.
Know what to do when you have to setup and handle night flagging.
Talk with the public, supervisor, and co-workers.
In the end you will know enough to pass a two-part exam.

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How do I get started?

Getting started is easy! Just click the Buy Training button and follow the screens.

How do I purchase a class or classes?

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Are there any trick questions?

No and the test is open book BUT you may want to practice the demonstration portion of the exam. At the end of the class you must demonstrate how to Stop, Slow, and Release traffic, this is 50% of your grade, if you fail this, you fail the class. It is not necessary to know the answers in the practice session before the class, the answers will be provided during the class.

You will have an opportunity to practice positioning the flagger again, after the course and right before the exam. You should focus on answering these correctly.

Make sure you have about 4-hours to complete the course and exam.

How long does it take to get my card?

You will be provided a temporary certification good for 30 days that can be printed or saved by you and your supervisor. We will print and mail your official wallet card within a few days. Now as for the USPS please allow up to 2 weeks for mail delivery.

How long does testing take?

Testing times can vary based on the individual’s familiarity with computers. For most students it will take between 3.5-4 hours.

What happens if I fail the class?

If the student fails the WRITTEN part of the test, there are no retakes. They will need to take the WHOLE COURSE again which includes buying another course.

If you fail the DEMONSTRATION part of the test, you should review and practice the demonstration and then select the Retake Demonstration button. Please slow down, be more careful, honestly it is not a trick question.

Important: During the DEMONSTRATION SECTION you can only make two mistakes and still pass. If you make a third mistake you fail and you will have to retake the DEMONSTRATION (not course) again. This section is graded like strikes in baseball, third strike you are out.