New Iowa Roads Scholar Program

The Roads Scholar program formally recognizes Iowa's transportation workers and their commitment to continuing education.

About the Program

The Roads Scholar Program started in 2002 to recognize the commitment of Iowa's transportation workers to continuing education.

Workers receive credit hours for attending workshops and conferences, and supervisors can schedule ongoing staff training and better manage their training budgets. Roads Scholar participants can see at a glance what workshops they have attended by reviewing their training records.

Register Today

In 2014, the Roads Scholar program was updated with a new curriculum and requirements to increase its focus and flexibility.

Participants must register to track their courses and achievements, and registered individuals will be asked to reconfirm their commitment every four years.

Check Your Record

If you are registered for the new Roads Scholar program (post September 1, 2014), you can review your training record at


If you have questions about the Roads Scholars program, contact Paul Albritton,, 515-294-1231.

Achievement Levels

The number of credit hours required to attain each Roads Scholar level are as follows:

Roads Scholar

40 credit hours

Senior Roads Scholar

80 credit hours, with the four core courses (see below)

Master Roads Scholar

120 credit hours, with the four core courses (see below) and Public Employees Leadership Institute courses noted with MRS

Elite Roads Scholar

175 credit hours, with the four core courses (see below) and completion of all the Public Employees Leadership Institute courses


Almost all LTAP-sponsored workshops offer credits that can be applied toward the Roads Scholar program. A list of regularly offered LTAP workshops is available at the LTAP workshops page. The number of applicable credit hours for each course will be indicated when a workshop is advertised.

Certain regularly offered workshops/events can only be applied once toward your Roads Scholar record, but others may be counted more than once after a sufficient time interval (e.g., once every four or five years).

Core Courses

The following courses are required for Senior, Master, and Elite Roads Scholar status.

Public Employees Leadership Institute Courses

The following courses are available at the Leadership Institute website. Courses required for Master Roads Scholar status are indicated with MRS.

  • Supervisory Techniques and Skills
  • Team Development (MRS)
  • Effective Communication Skills (MRS)
  • Leadership Skills
  • Community Service/Customer Orientation Skills
  • Legal Understanding
  • Fundamentals of Government (MRS)
  • Finance
  • Resource Management
  • Public Works Operations and Maintenance
  • Basic Management (MRS)
  • Emergency Management
  • Project Management
  • Winter Maintenance Management
  • Sustainability in Public Works

Case-by-Case Guidance

Case by case guidance is available for individuals registered for the new program to ensure proper transfer of credit hours from one program to another.

Click here to review the requirements for the previous Roads Scholar program, active before September 1, 2014.