IRF India Chapter in Association with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) has taken initiative for delivering Certification Courses for “Road Safety Auditors”. With the aim of building capacity for road safety audit works in the country (i.e. India) by creating trained experts for road safety audit works and to certify them for international level recognition, two courses were organized successfully back to back in first two weeks of February 2010. These training courses were organized in two consecutive weeks during 1st to 5th February and 8th to 12th February 2010. The training has been imparted by both ARRB and Indian experts. The training courses had special requirement for entry qualifications, and then 90% attendance and passing of an evaluation test of the auditing skills developed by the trainees. A Certificate has been issued to each trained auditor, who fulfilled all the special requirements, by the ARRB and IRF (India) jointly. These auditors will be carrying out the RSA in the country in coming time.
The trainees were selected based on educational background, past training and the experience. Those who have a degree in Civil Engineering or post-graduate degree or diploma in Traffic Engineering/Highway Engineering/Transportation Engineering etc or at least 10 years of experience in related work were eligible for the certification course.
The course material was designed jointly by ARRB and IRF (India), and the course was structured for appropriate development of RSA skills in the participants.The two courses are attended by a total of 50 participants (18 participants in the first course and 32 participants in the second).
It is proposed to organize the next set of two Certification Courses for “Road Safety Auditors” in February 2011. 30-35 auditors will be trained in each training course of 5-Days duration. There will be two such training courses in two consecutive weeks during 14th-18th and 21st-25th February 2011. The training shall be imparted by both ARRB and IRF (India Chapter) experts having long experience on road safety audit. At the end of the Training Course,there will be an evaluation of the auditing skills developed by the trainees. A Certificate shall be issued to each trained auditor by ARRB and IRF (India) jointly. These auditors only will be carrying out the RSA in the country in coming time.
The minimum educational qualifications for the trainees shall be a degree in Civil Engineering and/or post-graduate degree or diploma in Traffic Engineering/ Highway Engineering/ Transportation Planning/Engineering. The attached application format shall be filled by the candidates enclosing a brief CV, and submitted with due authorization from the sponsor as application for attending the course. The application format and CV showing the qualification and experience will be used for selection of the candidates for the Certification Courses based on eligibility. Please note that the seats will be booked on first-come-first-served basis and on satisfying qualification and experience criteria.
All the Government Departments and Road/Highway Authorities in Centre and States, Educational Institutions, Consultancy Organizations, Concessionaires of road projects, having staff with the requisite qualifications and experience, are requested to nominate their staff for these certification courses. The nominations should be accompanied by the Application Format duly filled and the fee (as cheque/DD) for the course.
Taking into account that the course fee is highly subsidized through multiple sources of funding like IRF, MoRT&H, iRAP, etc, the Certification Course Fee for one-week (5-Days) training is Rs. 35,000 (Rupees Thirty Five Thousand only) per participant. The Cheque/DD for the course fee may be made in favour of “International Road Federation” and payable at par at New Delhi. The fee shall cover the cost of guest house accommodation in CRRI, as a special facility, for the outstation candidates only. It will cover lunch and tea during all days of the course, the course materials, and transport for field visits for actual sample practical audit works. Last date of receiving nominations is 31st January 2011. The nominations along with Cheque/DD may be sent to Mr. Raj Pal, Secretary, International Road Federation (India Chapter), 103, Shivam House, Karampura Commercial Complex, New Delhi - 110015.
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