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Connecticut DOT Flagger Training Specifications

The Connecticut Department of Transportation requires all uniformed flaggers to be trained and certified by one of the department’s approved programs. A training course for Connecticut law enforcement personnel has been adapted from the FHWA Work Zone Training Law Enforcement Course, Publication FHWA-SA-06-04, and recommended by the Connecticut Highway Work Zone Safety Advisory Council established in 2008. Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-212f states that “The Highway Work Zone Safety Advisory Council established by section 14-212e shall develop a program curriculum and shall make available and recommend such curriculum to the Division of State Police, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council and each municipal police department.” The training is not mandatory but law enforcement agencies and academies are “encouraged to provide in each basic or review police training program conducted or administered by said division or council or by such department, training on highway work zone safety that includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) Enforcement of statutory provisions concerning endangerment of a highway worker, as defined in section 14-212d; (2) techniques for handling incidents of unsafe driving in a highway work zone; (3) risks associated with unsafe driving in a highway work zone; (4) safe traffic control practices set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways published by the Federal Highway Administration under 23 CFR 655, Subpart F, as amended, such as the wearing of high-visibility safety apparel and the proper locating and positioning of law enforcement officers working in a highway work zone; and (5) general guidelines, standards and applications set forth in said manual, including, but not limited to, training on the proper use of traffic control devices and signs, and annual refresher training on such guidelines, standards and applications.”

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Connecticut Online Flagger Course

This is the Connecticut 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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Quick Facts

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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.