Engineering - Road Safety Audit & Engineering

Course Summary
This new programme was developed in conjunction with our state industry partners, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), who are responsible for the safe and efficient design and operation of Ireland's National road network and light rail systems.

The main aim of the programme is to provide a Special Purpose Award at Level 9 in the NFQ for learners who wish to complete specific learning relating to the assessment, reporting and implementation of road safety audit processes and evaluation of road safety engineering measures on the public road network.

This programme shall facilitate Civil Engineering professionals working or intending to work in the road engineering sector to develop appropriate professional road safety auditing and road safety engineering skills and learning.

This programme shall be delivered part-time; utilising a blended, on-line lecture and workshop mode of delivery over one semester of learning (15 weeks), commencing in September 2020. Attendance at the two on-site project workshops is compulsory.

The 15 credit programme is made up of a 10 credit and 5 credit module, both of which are delivered over one semester. The delivery of the modules is based on lectures (including asynchronous and tutorial support) delivered live online, and complimented by workshops facilitated by academic staff and external road safety audit experts, for the practical and applied elements of the programme.

The workshops are delivered on-campus at IT Sligo or other suitable locations by subject matter experts, and will include supervised site visits of road schemes for the demonstration and participation on a group basis of current road safety audit and engineering procedures, collision investigation and analysis and procedural reporting techniques.

This award is designed to meet the academic requirements for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) professional certification of competence for approved road safety auditors, and has been developed with the support of TII and expertise of subject matter experts.

Key Course Information
The objective of this programme is to provide an educational programme in road safety audit and engineering to satisfy the academic requirements of the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Certificate of Competence in Road Safety Audit in order to comply with the EU Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive.

TII have a statutory responsibility to ensure road safety engineers in both public and private practice have adequate technical and professional competence by means of an advanced learning programme and sufficient professional experience to function as road safety auditors for both rural and urban road projects.

The EU Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management (EU RISM) was transposed into Irish Law through S.I No. 472 of 2011. EU RISM. Road Safety Auditors in Ireland and the European Union must have a CoC to operate professionally as a Road Safety Auditor. Road Safety Auditor training and experience requirements are set out in TII Publication Road Safety Audit GE-STY-01024 (formally HD/15).

This programme will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct road safety audits and develop road safety engineering interventions and to meet the academic qualification requirements of the EU RISM. Students who successfully complete this course, and meet the experience set out in GE-STY-01024, can attain the CoC qualification from TII, recognised in Ireland and by other EU states.

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Title Credits
Principles of Road Safety Engineering and Audit 10
Road Safety Projects 05

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this programme is an honours BEng degree (Level 8 on NFQ) in Civil Engineering or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) entry is also possible for those without the standard academic entry qualifications who possess significant experience and/or professional awards and training relevant to this programme.

Further information:
For private sector applicants contact
Dr. Brian McCann, IT Sligo,

For public sector applicants (local authority and state body) contact to register your expression of interest:
Dr. Suzanne Meade, TII,

Application dates

Application Closing Date : 14th January 2022


1 semester part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Engineers working for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) National Road Design Offices (NRDO), and private sector consulting and contracting engineering companies require up-skilling so that the statutory requirement for the completion of road safety audits of all public road schemes is fulfilled.

Graduates from this programme will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Competence in Road Safety Audit from TII and can become an Audit Team Leader once the following conditions are met:

- They are a Chartered Engineer or equivalent
- Have at least two years' experience of collision investigation and remedial measures for public road networks
- Have taken part in ten road safety audits as a team member.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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