California MUTCD Overview and Updates

Dates: April 12-15, 2021

Meets: M, Tu, W and Th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Online

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.


This course grants 0.8 CEUs and 8.0 AICP CM credits (Pending AICP approval)


  • Are you aware that California adopted a new CA MUTCD standard (CA MUTCD 2014 Revision 5) on March 27, 2020. This affects how you do your daily work in transportation because it changes the State's traffic control requirements?
  • Are you aware of your company or public agency's requirements to follow this document related to transportation projects?
  • Are you wondering how the prior Caltrans Traffic Manual, the California Supplement to the MUTCD, and the most recent Federal MUTCD all relate to each other and to your work?
  • Do you know the status of some of the more significant changes to the CA MUTCD, such as signal timing parameters, pedestrian and bicycle traffic controls, traffic signs, and speed zones apply?
  • Would you like to find out how other California practitioners are applying these new standards and guidelines successfully? Would you like to benefit from their real-world, transportation experience in both the public and private sides of the industry, and be able to apply their "lessons learned" to your projects spanning traffic control devices, signage, traffic signals, school zones, pavement markings, and the latest requirements and guidance for these?
  • Do you want to hear about some of the changes that have been approved for 2020 and some changes that may occur in the future?
If so, you will want to attend this important training that emphasizes application areas of the new edition of the CA MUTCD. Learn where your prior traffic control device applications still apply or have become outdated. Fully understand where and how California practice differs from Federal practice. Pick-up wide-ranging good practices in applying these standards to new and existing transportation facilities in California. The workshop is a combination of presentations by experts, discussion, and Q&A, so whether you are a seasoned practitioner or completely new to the field, bring your issues and experience to further your knowledge.

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Topics Include

  • Important changes due to the adoption of the CA MUTCD March 2014 Revision 5
  • How the prior California Supplement and Traffic manuals still apply and don't apply
  • CA versus Federal Differences
  • Best practices, issues, and errors encountered by practitioners
  • Rules and requirements for speed zones and the law of the real-world tips
  • Application of warning signs and key curve advisory standards
  • Differences between and applications of guide, warning, and regulatory signs
  • Improperly used signs
  • Application and recent changes to traffic signal warrants
  • Traffic signal timing parameters and operations
  • Latest in Bikeway traffic control treatments
  • School area traffic controls devices, recent changes and application
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
  • Temporary traffic control and worksite safety

What You Will Learn

Attendees will gain practical skills on how to use and apply the MUTCD and the California MUTCD to their traffic engineering work, with emphasis on application areas that often pose difficulties for practitioners, including: recent changes; speed zoning; traffic signal operations; school area traffic controls; and where California practice differs significantly from Federal practice. Attendees will learn best practices and lessons learned in applying the MUTCD to both new and existing transportation facilities in California. Attendees are encouraged to bring issues/experience at work for discussion.

Who Should Attend

This four-session online class will benefit traffic engineers, planners, and technicians who work in the various facets of traffic engineering. The workshop will also benefit other individuals who wish to learn about applications of the CA MUTCD to traffic engineering practice. Individuals with or without prior knowledge of the CA MUTCD will benefit.

For More Information

About our courses and credits, see our FAQ

About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

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This class has four, two-hour sessions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2021 :: 1:00-3:00 pm :: Pacific Time
Thursday, April 13, 2021 :: 1:00-3:00 pm :: Pacific Time
Tuesday, April 14, 2021 :: 1:00-3:00 pm :: Pacific Time
Thursday, April 15, 2021 :: 1:00-3:00 pm :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook. Please make sure we have your updated contact information and you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture. We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes. If you're worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator, Jay Johnson, the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you don't test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.


Please Note:   This is an online class.

Call us at 510-643-4393 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 190.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard$ 380.00



Rock Miller

PE, PTOE, Firm Principal/CEO, Rock E. Miller & Associates, Orange, CA

Mr. Miller is a registered civil engineer and traffic engineer in California and is recognized as a leader in planning and design for complete streets and active transportation, with over 40 years in the transportation profession. Rock is an expert in working through issues posed by working with legacy design guidelines while providing for innovative transportation improvements. He has served as the International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and has served on Caltrans and National Traffic Control Devices committees. Rock is also an expert on engineering liability defense and has assisted Caltrans and local agencies in litigation of roadway designs and traffic controls. Rock is also an excellent instructor and has delivered popular classes for Tech Transfer for many years.

Crystal Killian

PE, Transportation Engineer, City of Los Angeles

Ms. Killian is a Professional Civil Engineer and a Traffic Engineer with more than 20 years of transportation engineering experience with the City of Los Angeles in the Department of Transportation. She has been involved in programs for parking, special events, emergency response, liability management, neighborhood traffic calming, school safety and pedestrian safety.

Date Day Time Location
04/12/2021Monday1 PM to 3 PM Online
04/13/2021Tuesday1 PM to 3 PM Online
04/14/2021Wednesday1 PM to 3 PM Online
04/15/2021Thursday1 PM to 3 PM Online


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