IMSA Level III Certification

IMSA Level III Certifications are the highest level of professional certification. Each consists of an examination designed to test the knowledge and skill sets that are specifically required for that field.

IMSA currently offers the following:
  • Traffic Signal Senior Field Technician Level III
  • Traffic Signal Senior Bench Technician Level III
  • Pavement Markings Senior Technician Level III
  • Signs Senior Technician Level III
These certifications are intended for personnel who may be in a supervisory role and/or responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of these technologies. All Level III Certifications are obtained by an examination only. There are no official study guides or review programs. Some IMSA Sections may offer, as courtesy, review programs that are developed and presented locally. Please contact your local IMSA Section for more information.

Traffic Signal Senior Bench Technician Level III

Safety is of utmost importance. Traffic signals are life safety systems and need to be operated and maintained by only qualified personnel. Technology is changing rapidly in the traffic signal industry and it takes specialized training to be able to keep up with the technology being deployed. Many state and municipal agencies are requiring that individuals be IMSA certified to operate and maintain traffic signals. 

Successful completion of the Microprocessor in Traffic Signals is required for Traffic Signal Senior Bench Technician Level III Certification.

For the Microprocessor in Traffic Signals exam, you will need to know:
  • The History of the Microprocessor
  • Number Systems and Computer Arithmetic
  • Boolean Algebra
  • Integrated Circuits
  • Architecture of Microprocessors
  • Memory
  • Basics of Operation
  • Input and Output
  • Programming 
  • Troubleshooting

One certification supplement exam is included with the Level II exam fee. An applicant may take both certification supplement exams, but must pay one additional exam fee.
Listed below you will see the recommended study materials for the basic Traffic Signal Senior Bench Technician Level II

Traffic Signal Level III Bench Exam - Study Material Guidelines

 Topic  Source
NEMA traffic signal equipment functions and specifications for controllers, flashers, load switches & conflict. monitors. NEMA TS 1 Specifications 
Manufacturer-specific literature
Electronics basic theory & digital gates
IMSA Electronics in Traffic Signals Study Guide
Manufacturer-specific literature
Traffic signal timing, coordination theory and practices
IMSA Traffic Signal Senior Technician Level II Study Guide
170 type traffic signal controller assembly trouble shooting
Your 5 years experience



Prerequisites:
Five Years Experience as a  Traffic Signal Bench Technician 
IMSA Traffic Signal Bench Technician Level II Certification

Certification Requirements:
Pass the IMSA Traffic Signal Senior Bench Technician Level III exam
Pass the IMSA Microprocessors In Traffic Signals Technician exam

Level III Review (ppt) 

Signs Senior Technician Level III

Signs Senior Technician Level III is the highest level of professional certification for sign personnel. It consists of an examination that is designed to test the knowledge and skill sets that are specifically required for sign design, installation and maintenance.
This certification is intended for personnel who may be in a supervisory role and/or responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of signs on our roadways.

Prerequisites: Work Zone Temporary Traffic Control Technician Certification or equivalent as approved by the IMSA Education & Certification Manager, Signs Technician Level II and five years of field experience related to the design, installation and maintenance of signs.

Traffic Signal Senior Field Technician Level III

What does it cover?

The 100-question exam associated with the certification has been prepared to test the candidate on a wide range of topics relating to field expertise and general knowledge of the applied traffic signal technologies in the field.

The following list contains reference materials that the potential IMSA Traffic Signal Senior Field Technician Level III must be familiar with:
  •  NEMA Standards (TS1 and TS2)
  • 170/2070 Standards
  • Various Traffic Detection Methods (Acoustic, Microwave, Radar, Loops, etc.) Setup and Configuration Manuals
  • Video Detection Manufacturers Setup Manuals
  • Lightening Protection Devices
  • FHWA and ITE Vehicle Detection Manuals
  • Data Communications Methods (Copper, Fiber Optic, Wireless, etc.)
  • U.S. M.U.T.C.D. – 2009 Version
  • Signal Head Types (Incandescent, L.E.D., Programmable, etc.) specifications and installation methods
  • IMSA Wire and Cable Specifications
  • ITE – Traffic Engineering Manual current edition
  • ITE – Traffic Control Devices Handbook current edition
  • Traffic Signal Preemption Devices – Various Manufacturers Operation and Setup Manuals
  • Understanding of Basic Electronics and Electrical
  • National Electrical Code and/or Canadian Electrical Code

Prerequisites:
Five Years Experience in Traffic Signal Field
IMSA Traffic Signal Field Technician Level II Certification
Certification Requirements:
Pass the IMSA Traffic Signal Level III Field exam

Level III Review (ppt) 

Pavement Markings Senior Technician Level III

Pavement Markings Senior Technician Level III certification is the highest level of certification for pavement markings personnel. It consists of an examination that is designed to test the knowledge and skill sets that are specifically required for pavement markings design, installation and maintenance. This certification is intended for personnel who may be in a supervisory role and/or responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of pavement markings on our roadways.

Study Guide: None

Prerequisites: IMSA Work Zone Temporary Traffic Control Technician Certification or equivalent as approved by the IMSA Education & Certification Manager, Pavement Markings Technician Level II and five years of related field experience.