This course offers professional development hours (PDHs). You will see the PDHs on your course completion certificate, which also serves as documentation of your attendance. PDH requirements vary, therefore, it is up to you to determine whether or not this particular course qualifies under your State or board requirements.
Course overview: This course provides an introduction to guardrails, including their purpose, components, and considerations (for example, clear zones).
This course is divided into three modules:
• Module 1: Introduction to Guardrail Systems will explain the components of a guardrail and explain how barriers are used.
• Module 2: Guardrail Performance Requirements will discuss the industry requirements and standards for guardrails, as well as how they’ve evolved over time.
• Module 3: Fundamental Guardrail Concepts will discuss roadside topography and define clear zones and length of need.
This is the first course in the Guardrail Series, which also consists of the following courses:
• Installation and Inspection of New Guardrails; and
• Guardrail Maintenance and Repair.
Training level: This training is recommended for the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council levels I, II, and III.
Target audience: The target audience for this course includes project inspectors, construction personnel, maintenance personnel, and others involved in guardrail installation, inspection, and maintenance. In addition, designers and supervisors (project/program managers) may benefit from this course.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Explain the purpose of guardrail systems;
• Describe the components of a guardrail system;
• Describe the information that can be found in common guardrail references (NCHRP 350, MASH, etc.);
• Explain why it is necessary to update guardrail standards and performance requirements over time;
• Describe the clear zone concept;
• List the factors that can impact the clear zone distance; and
• Define length of need.