"usRAP Across America" online training offerings
On December 1 2018, usRAP's primary sponsor, the Roadway Safety Foundation, began offering two new online training courses to support usRAP's growing user base. These courses were developed through a partnership between RSF (Washington, DC), its Center of Excellence at MRIGlobal (Kansas City, MO), and a team of online learning experts at Iowa State University (Ames, IA). Support for course development was generously provided through the Road to Zero Coalition's Safe System Innovation Grants program. To meet RSF's national mission of capacity-building for usRAP, RSF is waiving the costs of enrollment in the online training courses.
These courses are self-paced and accessible 24/7 for completion at the convenience of participants.
Online only. Registration is handled through the Iowa State portal: https://www.elo.iastate.edu/professional-development/usrap
Two separate courses are offered. PDH credits will be available for trainees who pass an assessment following each course. Information below is subject to change upon finalization of course content.
Title: "usRAP: A Proactive Approach to Data-Driven Safety Analysis and Planning"
Length: Approx. 1.5 hours; Certificate of Completion with 0.15 CEUs (1.5 PDHs)
Description: This course is intended for prospective users of usRAP and senior staff who are considering whether a usRAP project is right for their agency. It covers the history of usRAP, the research basis for its protocols, the process of conducting a usRAP study, and the outputs from usRAP's ViDA software. Participants will learn what is required to conduct a usRAP project (data, labor, etc.), and how the program's star ratings and safer roads investment plans can provide a rational assessment of risk as a basis for informed decisionmaking.
Cost: Waived by RSF (reg. $600)
Title: "usRAP Coding: A Complete Course on Data Preparation"
Length: Approx. 7.5 hours; Certificate of Completion with 0.75 CEUs (7.5 PDHs)
Description: Pursuing a usRAP project? Coding road attributes from photo/video data is a key first step. This course covers the process of preparing the data that is needed by the ViDA software in order to generate star ratings and safer roads investment plans. Participants will be introduced to the usRAP Coding Manual and coding tool, and will be given thorough overviews of the 50+ road attributes analyzed by the usRAP protocols. This course is also appropriate for coding supervisors.
Cost: Waived by RSF (reg. $1,200)