Vermont Local Roads kicked off its 2011 workshops last weeks with work zone and flagging training classes in Bennington and Rutland. The Vermont Work Zone Council requires any person performing traffic control operations to attend a four-hour class taught by a certified instructor and receive 80 percent or higher on a flagging certification test. Flaggers must renew their registration every two years. Local Roads’ Circuit Rider Steve Jerome issued flagging registration cards to 65 attendees at workshops over the two days.
Clicker technology is being used to administer the tests for the first time by Vermont Local Roads. The ease of the technology is designed to reduce the time spent correcting tests. During the test, all questions are displayed on a projection screen with multiple choice answers. Test-takers key in their answer with the corresponding key on their clickers. After everyone has responded and is comfortable with their answers, the test administrator moves onto the next question. At the conclusion of testing, a grade report can be generated within seconds.