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IRF Global Road Safety Credentials

Professionals seeking recognition for their road safety skills now have access to two global credentials administered by the International Road Federation:

  • “Safe Roads by Design” Professional Credential – Practitioner Level
  • “Road Safety Audit Team Leader” Professional Credential

Candidates are required submit a comprehensive application presenting their professional track record, and take an online Qualifying Knowledge Exam demonstrating their understanding of safe road design and management practices. For applicants going on to the Road Safety Team Leader Credential Program, applicants must also supply details of the projects they have audited in order to complete the program.

Who Should Apply?

If you are an accomplished road safety professional with experience leading cross-functional road safety teams, then the IRF Global Road Safety Credentials are the right choice for you.


You must meet the following standard requirements:

  • have a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience in a road design, road construction, traffic law enforcement or traffic engineering field.
  • have attended a certified training course equivalent to at least eight (8) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) that covers Road Safety Legal Issues, Legislation and Policy, Collision Investigation, Road Safety Engineering, or Road Design
  • demonstrate awareness of developments in best practices and state of the art technologies regarding road safety through active participation in conferences and/or trade fairs.

Additionally, for professionals applying for the Road Safety Audit Team Leader Professional Credential, you must demonstrate:

  • formal training in Road Safety Audits equivalent to at least sixteen (16) Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • provide verifiable evidence of participation on RSA teams that conducted a minimum of three (3) large road safety audits/inspections requiring over ten (10) person-days level of effort each OR six (6) small road safety audits/inspections requiring less than ten (10) person-days level of effort each within thirty-six (36) months prior to application for RSATL Credential.

Gain and Maintain Your Global Credential

After reviewing supporting videos, you must complete a Qualifying Knowledge Exam (QKE) comprising forty randomized questions ventilated across four categories: the Safe System Approach, the Theory and Practice of Road Safety Audits, Road Safety by Design, and Case Studies.

Additionally, for professionals applying for the Road Safety Audit Team Leader Professional Credential, you will also be asked to submit Qualifying Professional Experience (QPE) by completing three audit reports  comprising a scheme description, illustration of problem identification & solving, and have these attested by a verified third party. These briefs will be evaluated by an independent third party contracted by IRF.

IRF Professional Credentials are valid for a period of two years from the time they are issued to you.


  • “Safe Roads by Design” Professional Credential – Practitioner Level

Application: US$450
Renewal (after two years): US$150

  • “Road Safety Audit Team Leader” Professional Credential

Application: US$650
Renewal (after two years): US$200

Discounts are available for IRF members and multiple applications submitted by one organization.

Begin Application Process

Please download and review the applicant guide
Once you are ready to begin, please visit https://dev.irf.global/rsatl-application/

Legal Disclaimer

By submitting their application, the applicant acknowledges that the IRF will apply the internal standards adopted by its Board to evaluate the applicant, and that it may reject any applicant who does not meet its minimum standards for certification. In consideration of the IRF’s acceptance and processing of an application, the applicant agrees to waive any and all claims of liability or responsibility against the IRF and to indemnify and hold harmless the IRF, its directors, officers, committee members, employees, agents and representatives against any and all such injury, damages, or claims made by or on behalf of any person, partnership, government, association, or corporation. The applicant further acknowledges that the IRF, its directors, officers, committee members, employees, agents or representatives are not liable to the applicant, or to any other person, partnership, government, association, or corporation, in any way for any injury, damages, or claims alleged to be based upon or arising out of the approval or disapproval or the issuance, withdrawal, or termination of any certification issued by the IRF.

The IRF reserves the right to change or amend the requirements for certification if and when deemed appropriate by the IRF. The IRF further reserves the right to revoke a certification if, in the opinion of the IRF, the person concerned has violated or shown flagrant disregard for the professional conduct and ethics that are incumbent to road safety audit team leaders.

Since the program is entirely voluntary, the IRF assumes no responsibility for any loss or disadvantage, real or imagined, which may be alleged to have resulted from a disapproval of an application for certification or revocation of the certificate once given.


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