ACT’s Certification Program for TDM Professionals

 
The Association for Commuter Transportation has established a national certification program for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) professionals. This program supports the continuing education and professional development that enhances the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, private-sector and non-profit TDM professionals.
 
The role of the TDM professional continues to expand with increased congestion in urban cores, mobility challenges in rural and developing regions, the growth of new business districts, shifting commuter patterns, demand for convenience, the development of technologies that have created more mobility options, and now in response to an recovery planning related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This certification program lays the foundation for ensuring that highly qualified individuals are available to meet the challenge of addressing the diverse needs of commuters, communities, and employers.
 
A list of current Transportation Demand Management Certified Professionals (TDM-CP) can be found here.

 

The purpose of the TDM Certified Professional (TDM-CP) program is to:

  • Recognize and provide an incentive for individuals to continually improve their knowledge of TDM concepts, policies, and practices;
  • Enhance individual professional development goals and skills;
  • Promote continuing education of relevant subject matter that is evidence-based; and
  • Demonstrate a TDM professional’s competency by developing a standard for assessment and measurement of knowledge by and through formal examination.

What Happens Next?

Currently, the Certification Board of Trustees (CBOT) is finalizing all the vital details in order to open enrollment for the first public round of TDM-CP exams, which will be conducted between September 14th and October 2nd, 2020.  Applications for those exams will open up in July 2020.
 
During that time, here are a few key things you are likely wondering:
  • Am I eligible? Tenure, training and experience requisites can be found in the Candidate Handbook. This document contains a plethora of information and answers to many of your specific questions. This is a living document and key additions will be made over time so be sure you have the latest version by checking the date stamp on your downloaded copy versus the one uploaded here.
  • Where and when will I take the test? To best serve our membership and TDM professionals across the country, over 250 test-taking centers have been secured in the United States, Puerto Rico and US Territories. The first round of exams will be conducted between September 14th and October 2nd, 2020. Remember, you will need to apply and study prior.
  • How much does it cost? An introductory discounted rate will be offered to ACT members upon launch. For those budgeting for 2020, the introductory rate is an $80 application fee and a $295 exam fee.
  • What does the exam cover? If you are interested in this certification, then you already know TDM covers a broad spectrum of skillsets. A comprehensive jobs analysis of the industry has guided the development of the exam’s four key domains. Review the Candidate Handbook to better understand the exam domains and reference materials.
  • Is it good for…forever? To keep your credentials, a menu of opportunities and a point system is being developed to maintain your new credentials over time.
  • What about _______? If you are seriously considering taking the exam, we know you have a few more questions. Be sure to stay tuned however you see fit. Bookmark this page, read upcoming ACT newsletters, ask your local chapter leadership, or follow along with ACT’s social media feeds so you are the first to know and the first in line for new credentials.
 

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