The NH Roads Scholar Program establishes educational training requirements for municipal level highway practitioners, and recognizes those who have successfully completed specified UNH T2 Center workshops.
About the NH Roads Scholar Program:
As of April 1, 2015, there are six levels in the NH Roads Scholar Program, plus the Safety Champion award. Each level has a defined number of contact hours, and additionally NH Roads Scholar II requires attendance at workshops in specific subject areas. A contact hour is an hour of actual instruction. Therefore, a typical one day workshop includes 5 hours of instruction, and a specific subject area to ensure that training covers a range of subjects essential to local road management. Please take a look at our training calendar for the current schedule.
NH Roads Scholar Press Kit
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Up to 10 hours of Elective courses (training that has taken place outside of T2's workshops, yet would be something of similar topic or subject areas) may be applied to an individual's total NH Roads Scholar hours. For outside training hours to be considered, please provide a copy of the certificate from the outside training along with the number of hours spent in that training to the UNH T2 Center staff.
♦ NH Roads Scholar I - 25 Contact Hours
♦ NH Roads Scholar II - 50 contact hours
Minimum required hours by category of training topic to achieve Roads Scholar II:
- 5 hours of Environmental
- 10 hours of Safety
- 5 hours of Supervisory
- 20 hours of Technical
- 10 additional or elective hours
♦ NH Senior Roads Scholar - 75 contact hours
♦ NH Master Roads Scholar - 100 contact hours
♦ NH Master Roads Scholar II - 150 contact hours and Safety Champion
♦Safety Champion - 20 contact hours of courses under Safety category
This is a side award given once a recipient achieves 20 Safety hours, regardless of what Level the recipient is in within the Program. Safety Champion award is a requirement for the Master Roads Scholar II Level.
♦ NH Advanced Master Roads Scholar - 200 contact hours and Capstone project
NH Advanced Master Roads Scholar Capstone project: Along with earning the minimum required 200 NH Road Scholar hours, the objective of earning this prestigious level of achievement is to participate in, and help improve, the working lives of your colleagues and the public works community. Your passion for this field is evident by your commitment to professional growth and development.
Submit a request of intent to the LTAP Advisory Board for acknowledgement and guidance in order to begin your journey to the Advanced Master Roads Scholar level,
Upon receipt, a member of the Advisory Board will contact you to discuss and support you through the process of determining a project, based on a variety of factors, that will meet the goals of the award level and that will offer the best opportunity for success.*
Whether you wish to instruct, mentor, develop outreach programs, inspire teenagers in this field, bring innovations to your community and others, or partner with UNH T2 on one of their many projects, the NH Advanced Master Roads Scholar program encourages you to find a meaningful and supportive way to utilize your expertise and wealth of knowledge to help others in the PW community reach greater levels of professional development and proficiency.
*Select from our ideas list, or you may present your own idea or concept that fits this description at the time of making your intent known.
How Roads Scholar credit is earned
For both virtual and in-person workshops, attendees must arrive within 10 minutes of the start of the workshop and check in with the facilitator, as well as be present and participating the entire time. Following the workshop, the facilitator will distribute a post-workshop evaluation which should be completed and returned prior to leaving the workshop for NH Roads Scholar credit. A similar process is followed for both in-person and virtual workshops, with attendance being completed through the Chat Pod for virtual workshops, as well as "Polls" and other means of engagement utilized throughout the virtual session, and a post-workshop evaluation distributed immediately following. Virtual workshop attendees should follow the facilitator's instructions for completing initial and in-workshop attendance and completing the post-workshop evaluation within 15 minutes of the completion of the workshop.
What if I've taken a workshop previously and am retaking it?
Some attendees choose to retake a UNH T2 workshop, or are required to do so to maintain a certification. The following outlines scenarios in which a workshop may again be eligible for NH Roads Scholar hours when taken an additional time.
- If the course is equired to be taken on a scheduled basis in order to maintain certification, such as Certified Culvert Maintainer and Green SnowPro, UNH T2 will identify those attendees retaking the certification course and apply additional NH Roads Scholar credit as appropriate.
- If in consultation with UNH T2 prior to the workshop, it's agreed that the content in the workshop (the information being communicated, learning objectives, or other learning activities) has been significantly changed or updated since the individual last took the workshop, NH Roads Scholar hours may be applied to the course again. Since Learnforlife does not automatically apply "duplicate" course hours, it's important that attendees who've taken the same class in the past be sure to notify the UNH T2 facilator or other UNH T2 staff so that we can manually apply the additional credit to his or her certificate.
- If the course has not undergone significant changes in content, learning activities, or other learning objectives, attendees who've taken it in the past will not receive NH Roads Scholar credit for retaking the course.