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Roads Scholar Program

 About the Program

The Oregon Roads Scholar program consists of 18 classes covering the latest information on road maintenance procedures and technologies. Classes are scheduled on a regular basis throughout Oregon and are taught by trainers well versed in the latest developments.

The program has two levels. Upon completion of each level, graduates receive a Roads Scholar certificate to document their professional development. Sponsoring agencies receive an engraved plaque listing their employees who have successfully completed the programs.

Level 1 Course Descriptions
Level 1 consists of ten classes. Each class is four hours long.
RS-1 Basics of a Good Road
Provides an understanding of what goes into the construction and maintenance of a good road. Covers traffic, road geometrics, drainage, materials, and pavements.

RS-2 Drainage: Key to Roads that Last

Addresses the effects of water on roadways and how to deal with it. Covers culverts, troubleshooting, ditching, erosion, and safety.

RS-3 Paving Materials

Introduces key properties of aggregates and the various binders available for producing good paving material.

RS-4 Environmental BMPs 1

Overview of Best Management Practices available to minimize the impact of maintenance activities on water quality.

RS-5 Asphalt Pavement Maintenance 1

Reviews the types of asphalt pavements and the causes of pavement distress.  Presents corrective pavement  practices including inlay, blade, machine patching, and crack filling.

RS-6 Asphalt Pavement Maintenance 2

Reviews the types of asphalt pavements and the causes of pavement distress.  Presents preventive maintenance alternatives, including fog, slurry, and chip seals.

RS-7 Effective Communication Skills

An introduction to effective communication with pointers for improving listening, speaking, and writing skills.

RS-8 Environmental BMPs 2

Overview of environmentally friendly Best Management Practices pertaining to erosion control and vegetation management.

RS-9 Maintenance Mathematics

A refresher for public works employees on basic math for solutions to common maintenance problems encountered in the field.

RS-10 Introduction to Survey and Grade Checking

Introduction to basic surveying techniques, including measuring, calculating elevations, and slope staking.

Level 2 Course Descriptions

Level 2 consists of eight classes.  Each class is six hours long. 

RS-11 and RS-12 Workplace Safety Training 1 and 2

These two classes cover workplace safety training on topics that include hazard communication, confined space entry, excavation and trenching, scaffold safety awareness, use of stairways and ladders, electrical safety awareness, use of bucket trucks, biohazard safety and fall protection.

RS-13 Advanced WZ Traffic Control

Class covers traffic control regulations, traffic control principles, traffic control devices, traffic control plans, evaluation of traffic control plans, flagging requirements and legal consequences.

RS-14 and RS-15 Roadway Safety Fundamentals 1 and 2

These two classes cover crash data, tort liability, speed limits, traffic control devices, pavement markings, pedestrian safety, school area safety, railroad crossings, access management, parking, traffic impact analysis, traffic calming, vegetation control, drainage features and roadside barriers.

RS-16 Emergency Preparedness and Response

A wide range of topics are covered in this class including readiness for a variety of disasters that include natural and man caused, disaster response and recovery, first responder responsibilities including those for HAZMAT spills and bridge assessments, emergency traffic control, the Oregon Emergency Response System and the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Response Team.

RS-17 Bridge Inspection, Maintenance and Repair

Introduction to how a typical bridge structure works, understanding bridge inspection reports, preventive maintenance activity and minor repairs and performing emergency inspections.

RS-18 Winter Road Maintenance

This class addresses snow and ice control operations and covers a variety of topics that include policy and planning, equipment, anti-icing, de-icing, snow and ice control strategies, material selection and proper plowing techniques.


To get started in the program, each participating agency must complete an "Agency Registration Form" (below). Each individual then completes an "Individual Registration Form." Agencies and participants will then receive notifications of upcoming classes in their area.