Frequently Asked Questions


Questions about Flagging
Questions About the Courses
Questions About the Exam

 
Questions About Flagging - Traffic Control

What is a flagger, flag person or traffic control person?
How do I become a flagger or TCP?
What kind of job can I get after the course?
Where are the job opportunities?


 
Questions About the Course

How long is the course?
How much does it cost to take the course?
Do I have to write a test?
How do I register for a course?
I took the course four years ago, do I need to take it again?
What is the size of the class?
Should I register in advance?
What do I need to bring to class?


 
Questions About the Examination

What score does the TCP need to pass the course?
If a TCP student gets less than 80%, even by one or two marks, can the TCP Instructor assist the student?
If the TCP gets less than 80%, can he/she re-write?
Do I have to memorize the complete manual or is it an open book exam?
Do I have to pay the same fee for taking the course again?
What is the time limit for the theory test?
What if the student doesnít understand a question?
What if a student cannot understand in English?
What if the TCP has dyslexia or another learning disorder?
Can I challenge the exam?

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Questions About Flagging


What is a flagger or flag person?

The proper term for a flagger or flag person is "traffic control person" or TCP.  Motorists, pedestrians and workers rely on a traffic control person to keep them safe as they pass by temporary workplaces on the road.  There are several circumstances where a TCP is required required. 

  • where a worker, equipment or other obstruction blocks or hinders all or part of a traveled roadway

  • work encroaches into an intersection and interferes with regular traffic movement

  • when traffic is reduced to one lane in a construction zone.

  • when vehicular traffic is not regulated by other devices or signage

  • where hazards, emergency situations, or lack of adequate control cause an unsafe environment for motorists, pedestrians and workers.

A traffic control person has significant responsibility and takes precedence over streetlights, stop signs and any other regulatory regime on our rural and urban roads.

 

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What must I do to become a flagger or TCP?

The Province of British Columbia mandates that flaggers be certified in order to work on the sites that require traffic control.  Only individuals who successfully complete the government regulated traffic control training program can be certified.  The course is followed by an open book examination and road test.   There is a fee for taking the course.

Students, taking the course at Traffic Control Academy,  get excellent training, and lots of extras: pre-course study guide, roadway guides and materials for on sight work, membership for equipment discounts,  job leads. 

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What kind of job can I get after the course?

This is a highly specialized field with many job opportunities and the prospects are growing. 

We offer our alumni an up-to-date TCP Employer contact list.  It is your  responsibility to contact the employers on the list.

Numerous projects are underway with hundreds more on the drawing board as construction, the film industry and BC's road and bridge development continue to expand due to the national stimulus package which has produced more road construction projects than at any other time in Canadian postwar history.

Flagging companies, road construction, BC Ferries, Production Assistants for movie studios and Utility Companies all require certified TCPs, even to back a truck out onto the street or at an all- day construction job!

 

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Where are the job opportunities?

Your TCP certification allows you to work anywhere in BC.  The lower mainland is booming with construction, the film industry and BC's road and bridge development.  The interior and the island have lots as well.


Questions About the Course

 
How long is the course?

The course is two full days. The first day is spent in a classroom learning the rules and regulations that govern traffic control.  Day two starts in the classroom for more theory, then moves outside to perform the practical portion of the course and then returns to the classroom for the final written exam.

Sometimes the written exam is administered prior to the practical road training evaluation.  This permits more time for practical experience on the road.

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I took the course four years ago, do I need to take it again?

A traffic control certificate is valid for three years.  Every traffic control person must successfully complete the requalification open book exam and attain a minimum of 80% to pass.  You will have up to one year to challenge the exam before having to take the two day TCP Course again.  You are not qualified to work as a TCP with expired certification but you will be able to take the challenge exam. 

If you do not pass the first time, you will be encouraged to do further preparatory study and/or take the one day refresher course in preparation for your second attempt.

If you do not pass the second time, you will be required to re-take the entire two-day TCP course by which you were originally certified.


 
How much does it cost to take the course?

The fee for the Academy's traffic control training program, that is required for certification, is $175, which includes your manual, pre-course reading guide, and all the extras we offer.  You will be required to pay a minimum of $50 upon registration with the balance being due on or before the day of the start of the course.  You can register online or in person.

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How do I register for a course?

Although you may wish to register in person Traffic Control Academy offers other options:

  • Register online:  pay by credit card,   on-line checking or Paypal.

  • Print a registration form, attach a cheque or money order and send it by mail

  • Phone 604-253-9444

Registrations are on a first come/first serve basis so online registration is extremely efficient to ensure you can take the course at the time that suits you best.

Upon registration you will be given your course manual and pre-course guides so you can study and familiarize yourself with the material.

It is to your advantage to pre-read the course material because it is an open book exam.  Four to eight hours in pre-course reading before you begin the course is a great head start.

You will need to bring the course manuals with you for the course.

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Do I have to write a test?

Yes


 
What is the size of the class?  Should I register in advance?

Class sizes are limited to 14 students per course, so classes fill quickly.  Registrations are on a first come/first serve basis. Please register early to ensure space is available on the dates you require.

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What do I need to bring to class?

Please arrive prepared.

Day one:

  • In advance of the class upon registration you will have received the course material/manuals.  We cannot emphasize enough the advantages of your pre-reading the material so you are familiar with the work.

  • Bring these manuals to class with you.

  • The balance of your registration fees are due prior to commencement of class.

  • Most TCP training schools will request that you bring a passport sized photo with you, but at the Academy we will take your photo and process it for your laminated wallet certification ID which is sent to you from the regulating authorities.

On day 2

  • There is a practical session.

  • You MUST wear CSA Approved Class 1 steel toed work boots (you will not be able to participate in the practicum without these).

  • Wear clothing suitable for the weather. Your instructor will provide you with a proper hard hat, wrist cuffs, high visibility vest and all the necessary equipment needed for the practical session. These items are to be returned to the instructor at the end of the practical session.

  • You will need your manual for the open book examination.

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Questions About the Examination
 

 
What score do I need to pass the course?

80% on the theory test and 100% on the practical.


 
If a I score less than 80%, even by one or two marks, can the TCP Instructor assist me?

No, you must get 80% or higher. There is no grey area, 80% is the minimum standard.

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If I score less than 80%, can I re-write?

No, a TCP that scores less than 80%, must re-take the course. It is up to the TCP Instructor if they wish to charge them to re-take it.

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Do I have to pay the same fee for taking the course again?

Not necessarily.   Each student's situation is evaluated before a decision as to cost is made.  At The Academy we do have a policy in place for students who are required to take the course again.  The policy relies heavily on evidence that a student pre-studied the material, applied his or herself during the 2-day course, and asked questions and advice to help them advance through the course.

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What is the time limit for the theory test?

25 minutes


 
Do I have to memorize the complete manual or is it an open book exam?

It is an open book examination.  However, there is a time limit so familiarity with the manual and its contents is important.

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What if I donít understand a question?

The instructor administering the test can rephrase the question but cannot otherwise assist you.

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What if I do not fully understand English?

You can bring a dictionary or thesaurus into the examination.  However, as the MoT Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways and the OHS Regulations are only written in English, the course and tests must be given and written in English.

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What arrangements can be made if I have dyslexia or another learning disorder? 

If you have a learning disorder please advise the instructor when you first register.  Do not wait until the day the course begins. The instructor will be able to evaluate your particular situation and may be able to make special arrangements for you to write the exam.



Can I challenge the exam?

You cannot challenge the initial 2-day course, but there are circumstances within which you can challenge the refresher exam when your 3-year certificate expires.

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