ACT’s Certification Program for TDM Professionals to Launch in 2020
Stay Tuned for More Details

 
The Association for Commuter Transportation is establishing a national certification program for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) professionals. This program will support 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, and the development of technologies that have created more mobility options.  This certification program will lay the foundation for ensuring that highly qualified individuals are available to meet the challenge of addressing the diverse needs of commuters, communities, and employers.

 

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

  • Formalize a procedure 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 components in order to open enrollment for credentials in Spring 2020.
 
During that time, here are a few key things you are likely wondering:
  • Am I eligible? Tenure, training and experience requisites will be made public in Fall 2019, allowing interested professionals to best prepare their application to take the exam.
  • Where will I take the test? To best serve our membership and TDM professionals across the country, over 250 test taking centers have been secured across the United States, Puerto Rico and US Territories.
  • How much does it cost? An ACT member introductory discounted rate will be offered upon launch. To take advantage of this big discount and for those budgeting for next year, special ACT member rates include a $50 application fee and $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 certification committee to develop four key domains covered by the exam. A comprehensive handbook will be provided to assist approved applicants in best preparing for the domains and the exam itself.
  • Is it good for…forever? To keep your credentials, a menu of opportunities and 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. Questions we will be answering in the next few months as the components are finalized. So 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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