Flagger Certification


Flagger Certification Training

Advanced Safety & Health is a recognized training center and provider of the National Safety Council Flagger certification training course for Kentucky.


Flagger Certification Training Course Information:

The flagger certification training course is a combination of lectures, visual presentations, and outdoor exercises lasting approximately four hours. This program follows the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Guidelines and the ANSI Standard ISEA-107-1999.


Flagger Certification Training Course Objectives:

    • Recognize the need to use specific equipment when performing flagging duties.
    • Correctly execute the basic Stop/Proceed/Slow directions.
    • Set up a flagger station in such a way as to maximize personal safety and the safety of the crew and road users.
    • Perform emergency flagging.


Contact us at (502) 240-6910 to discuss scheduling a class for your company at a time and place that suits your needs.


Note: While this program meets Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, it may not be approved in some states due to state Department of Transportation requirements. This program does meet Kentucky Department of Transportation requirements for flaggers.


What is the role of a flagger?

A flagger is used to control traffic in temporary traffic control (TTC) zones to protect road construction workers and road users. The person(s) involved in flagging may direct traffic to STOP, Proceed, Alert Traffic, or Slow Traffic in construction work zones.


Frequently asked flagger questions:


What do I get when I complete the flagger class?

This training is conducted according to the National Safety Council guidelines. Upon successful completion, the participant will receive a Certificate of Completion, wallet card, and flagger training booklet to use as a refresher for the topics covered.


How long is the flagger class?

The class lasts approximately 4 hours. A classroom presentation, written test, and participant flagging skills demonstration are all part the training.


Does the flagger certification expire?

This training is conducted according to the National Safety Council guidelines. The certification expires 3 years after completion.


Who should attend flagger certification?

This course is a must for novice construction work zone flaggers in both one- and two-person flagging operations for two-lane roadways.


Can I sit down as a flagger?

No. According to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2009 Edition, Section 6E.07 Flagger Procedures Guidance directs flaggers to stand. Additionally, flaggers must be prepared to get out of the way quickly in an emergency station including potential out of control vehicles.


Can I use hand signals instead of a flag or Stop/Slow paddle for flagging?

No. According to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2009 Edition, Section 6E.07 Flagger Procedures states that the use of hand movements alone without a paddle, flag, flag, Automated Flagger Assistance Device (AFAD) to control road users approaching a Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) zone is prohibited except for law enforcement or emergency responders.


What are the job qualifications to be a Flagger?

Employers and state agencies will have specific employment requirements for each job position. However, Flaggers should be able to satisfactorily demonstrate the following abilities:


A. Ability to receive and communicate specific instructions clearly, firmly, and courteously;


B. Ability to move and maneuver quickly in order to avoid danger from errant vehicles;


C. Ability to control signaling devices (such as paddles and flags) in order to provide clear and positive guidance to drivers approaching a TTC zone in frequently changing situations;


D. Ability to understand and apply safe traffic control practices, sometimes in stressful or emergency situations; and


E. Ability to recognize dangerous traffic situations and warn workers in sufficient time to avoid injury.


Source: MUTCD 2009 EditionSection 6E.01 Qualifications for Flaggers


Are flaggers required to wear reflective clothing?

For daytime and nighttime activity, flaggers shall wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets the Performance Class 2 or 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107–2004 publication entitled “American National Standard for High-Visibility Apparel and Headwear” and labeled as meeting the ANSI 107-2004 standard performance for Class 2 or 3 risk exposure (or equivalent versions). The apparel background (outer) material color shall be fluorescent orange-red, fluorescent yellow-green, or a combination of the two as defined in the ANS,  standard. The retroreflective material shall be orange, yellow, white, silver.