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Implementing the Safe System Approach Course

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Course Description

The Implementing the Safe System Approach course is a new certificate-based blending learning course that will provide an in-depth understanding of the Safe System Approach and its application.  The Safe System Approach is a holistic and strategic level approach to achieving zero transportation-related severe injuries and fatalities.  At its foundation, the Safe System Approach acknowledges that humans make mistakes and are vulnerable to crash impacts.  This approach is a change from traditional safety practice and is based on shared responsibility, redundancy, and proactive action across five elements: Safe Road Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Roads, Safe Speeds, and Post-Crash Care. The intended audience for the course is transportation planners, engineers, safety data analysts, public health professionals, and other key stakeholders with shared responsibility within the Safe System. 

This course will consist of pre-recorded modules delivered by subject matter experts and four live instructor-led discussion sessions. The first live session features an introduction to Safe System Theory and Practice, including an overview of new legislation and programs.  The participants will then complete three self-paced recorded lessons: 

  • Shared responsibility and the System Steward 

  • Equity and community engagement 

  • Human factors and traffic safety culture 

The instructors from these modules will join Live Session Two, where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions from the modules as well as engage in an interactive exercise.  This format will repeat for two additional series of recorded lessons and live sessions.  Live Session Three will encompass topics from the recorded lessons on: 

  • Analyzing and planning for Safe System implementation  

  • Managing speed with a system approach 

  • Safe System interventions for common road safety problems 

And finally, Live Session Four will conclude the course with Q&A and interactive exercises focused on recorded lessons that cover: 

  • Implementing and evaluating Safe System interventions 

  • Building and maintaining partnerships and political support for Safe System interventions    

Individuals who successfully complete this program will receive an ITE Implementing the Safe System Approach Certificate. Those holding level one and level two Road Safety Professional certifications will particularly benefit from the deep dive into this key safety topic as well as receiving professional development hours or certification maintenance credits.


Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize the limitations of conventional approaches to safety policy, planning, and practice. 

  • Explore a balance of responsibility between road users and system owners. 

  • Apply Safe System principles to support transportation and health equity. 

  • Understand what shapes human behavior and traffic safety culture. 

  • Identify approaches to developing a local Vision Zero or Comprehensive Safety Action Plan 

  • Learn how transportation professionals can successfully work with political leaders, community activists, public health leaders, law enforcement officials, and other key stakeholders. 

  • Understand the safe systems pyramid and the fundamentals of public health for safety. 

  • Use qualitative and quantitative data to support proactive and systemic safety planning. 

  • Analyze techniques for influencing speed through road design, operational considerations, and behavior change. 

  • Implement Safe System interventions based on different contexts, including rural and urban, and areas with vulnerable road users. 

  • Recognize barriers to Safe System adoption, including institutional and professional incentives, and how to encourage change. 

  • Propose approaches for initiating and sustaining local cross-sector collaborations. 

  • Compare methods for measuring safety and equity benefits and evaluate the effectiveness of Safe System interventions. 

  • Identify funding sources and opportunities for Safe System Implementation.


Live Session Instructor Information

  • Meghan F. Mitman, AICP, RSP2I | Lead Developer | FEHR & PEERS 

  • Luana Broshears, PhD, PE, PTOE, RSP2i, ITE Technical Staff Liaison | Planning and Safety Director | Institute of Transportation Engineers 

  • Guest instructors: Subject matter experts with extensive experience in Safe System Approach preparation and review will also provide instruction on several modules. These guest instructors’ information and full bios are provided on the module pages they developed.  



ITE Member: $600.00
Non-Member: $850.00

This course is designed for quality instructor and student interaction during live sessions and therefore there are limited seats available. Registration is for the entire course. Individual module registration is not available. 

Learn more and Register Here. 


Course Schedule

This course will take place here on the ITE Learning Hub. The training program consists of a series of three 1.5-hour live sessions. Live sessions will consist of answering questions students have from the preceding modules and highlighting various topic areas with interactive components. The remaining sessions are pre-recorded and broken into sub-modules.  


Course Materials

Course material will be contained in each module. This includes PDFs of the Power Point presentations for each module, any references, handouts and links if applicable.  


How to Earn PDH/CM Credit: 14.5 PDH/CM Credits Available

Each participant will be awarded an ITE Implementing the Safe System Approach Course Certificate upon completion of all the live and pre-recorded sessions, confirmation of knowledge quizzes, and an evaluation of the overall course.    


Additional attendees: This course is for individual participation only. Group sessions are not supported. Credit is applied to registrants only.


ITE's Certificate Program

ITE is committed to the education of the transportation industry therefore we have begun the ITE Certificate Program. The ITE Certificate Program will consist of training courses that provide certificates of achievement in a specific area and level of knowledge. 


Policies: This Implementing the Safe System Approach is non-refundable within 5 days prior to the event. This course is for individual participation only. Group sessions and additional attendees are not supported. Credit is applied to registrants only.


For questions, please contact ITE Professional Development Director.