Why enroll in Road Master?

The Road Master program lets you build and demonstrate a strong foundation in both technical and management skills.

Completing Road Master levels gives you:

  • Recognition for training and experience
  • Increased credibility with your board, supervisor and/or taxpayers
  • Road Master Certificate
  • Achievement Awards
  • Announcements in our newsletter
  • Press releases for your local newspaper
  • Letters of commendation to your supervisor

Download the Road Master brochure here

How Road Master works

Click here to download the Road Master enrollment form, or give us a call/email at 607-255-8033/clrp [at] cornell.edu and we'll send you one. Complete the enrollment form and mail it to us - please include the $10 enrollment fee and make checks payable to, "Cornell Local Roads Program."

Cornell Local Roads Program
416 Riley-Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

When we receive your application and enrollment fee, we will send you a confirmation letter, a copy of your transcript which shows the workshops you have taken, and any remaining quizzes that you need to complete. Quizzes are normally available at each workshop, but you can always request a quiz by contacting us.The quizzes are ‘open book’ and you may turn in completed quizzes at the end of each workshop or via email, fax or mail. You may request an updated transcript at any time.

There are four levels of Road Master

Levels I - II
For levels I and II attend qualifying workshops to demonstrate that you have achieved a solid base of fundamental knowledge. Complete six different qualifying workshops for level I and four more for a total of ten for level II. Complete each workshop’s accompanying short quiz which can either be finished at the workshop or taken home and sent in later.

Levels III - IV
These levels are for experienced highway professionals and are focused on management, mentorship and training. Complete tasks such as writing a newsletter article, completing a road safety audit, participating in the CAMP program, or serving on a County-level Association board. Earn 50 points to achieve level III and 100 points for level IV.

The following NYSLTAP-CLRP workshops qualify for Road Master credit:

  • Asphalt Paving Principles
  • Dollars and Sense of Municipal Operations
  • Complete Streets
  • Tools for Practical Communication
  • Identifying and Reducing Legal Liabilities
  • Local Roads (and Streets) Done Right
  • Pavement Maintenance
  • Powers and Duties
  • Solutions for Safer Roads and Streets
  • Roadway and Roadside Drainage
  • Running your Highway Department
  • Snow and Ice Control Operations
  • Stormwater Management
  • Surveying
  • Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings
  • Work Zone Traffic Control

* Webinars and Virtual Workshops are worth Road Master credit based on the length of the session. 

Level III and IV Points


Points/ Requirements

  • Complete RM Levels I and II - Required
  • Attend additional workshops (Up to a total of 15 workshops) - 5 each up to 25 pts
  • Earn a 5 or 10 year award at the Highway School - 10 pts
  • Serve on a workshop Advisory Committee - 10 each up to 20 pts
  • Present a session or workshop at the Highway School, Bridge Conference, or other statewide association conference - 10 pts
  • Submit a Build a Better Mousetrap entry or write an article for our newsletter or web site (could be a success story or a new technology you’ve tried or a policy you’ve implemented, etc.) - 10 pts
  • Provide information and photos for our staff to write an article on a project you have completed - 5 pts
  • Participate in the Pavement Management System Summer Intern Project or hire and mentor a student worker for a summer - 15 pts
  • Host one of our workshops in your municipality or serve as a facilitator at one of our workshops - 5 pts
  • Participate in a formal shared service agreement, or prepare formal policy and provide a copy to Cornell Local Roads Program - 10 pts
  • Complete a road safety audit or engineering study, present it to your governing board, and provide a copy to NYSLTAP-CLRP - 10 pts
  • Mentor a new Highway Official - 15 pts
  • Serve as County-level Association President or on Executive Committee of Statewide Association (including APWA Chapters) - 10 pts
  • Serve on County-level Association board or board of local agency (such as SWCD) - 5 pts


150 pts


  • What if I attended one or more NYSLTAP-CLRP workshops before signing up for the Road Master program?
    You will receive credit for any and all Road Master qualified NYSLTAP-CLRP workshops. All you will need to do is complete the workshop quiz.
  • Can I attend workshops if I don’t want to join the Road Master program?
    Of course! Anyone can attend our workshops and conferences.
  • Do all of your workshops count towards Road Master credit?
    A few of our workshops do not qualify for Road Master credit.
  • What happens if I can’t attend a Road Master workshop I registered for, or if I have to leave early from a workshop?
    The usual cancellation policy applies. Only completed workshops count towards Road Master
  • Who can enroll?
    Anyone! Most of our training participants are primary highway and public works officials in New York State. But, you do not need to be a highway official or even work for a highway department to enroll. Anyone interested in improving their technical and management skills or building and maintaining a safe durable road infrastructure is welcome.

Recognition Awards

  • Level I - NYSLTAP-CLRP Mug
  • Level II - Foreman Clipboard
  • Level III - Multitool
  • Level IV - Work Zone Jacket

Level I

  • Joseph Barretta, SMEO, Town of Ogden Highway Department
  • Gary D. Thorington, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Windham, Highway Department

Level II

Level III

  • Mark Schlemmer P.E., Senior Civil Engineer, City of Jamestown Department of Public Works


Congratulations to our newest Road Master IV Tim Hunt!

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