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Posted on: September 23, 2021

Park’s Lance Knox Adds PTP Certification to His Skill Set

Lance Knox Park Planner

Attaining a Professional Traffic Planners (PTP) Certificate is a big deal and Lance Knox, trail system planner, has done it! It takes time, hard work and travel costs to sit for the Transportation Professional Certification Board’s exam. 

This Irving, Texas native joined the Parks & Recreation department (PARD) in November 2018 after spending five years in California. Let’s meet Lance:

Graduate and undergrad studies?
University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies
California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) – Master of City & Regional Planning and
Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation Planning 

Briefly, what do you do for PARD?
I provide project management for the planning, designing and implementing of the City’s trail and bicycle route system. This includes coordinating and facilitating the preparation of construction documents and contracts, as well as engaging with professional stakeholders, local trail users and community organizations to get trail planning initiatives into our trail system. 

What was the motivation for getting your PTP Certificate and how will it enhance your work for Parks/the City? 
Given its multi-disciplinary characteristics, there are very few credentials that are specifically tailored to transportation planning. So, I believe this credential is “the” certification for our profession. The certification just recently refocused to cover more active and sustainable transportation. With that, I believe it will help keep me knowledgeable of technologic and scientific innovative ways our profession continues to solve transportation and mobility problems – in and around Plano’s trail system. 

How long did the PTP training take?
The scope of the exam is fairly broad, so I studied for about a month and a half. However, qualification for the exam requires a minimum of three years of professional work experience, specifically in transportation planning if you have a master’s degree.

How long does the certification last? 
The certification is good for 3 years. However, it can be renewed so long as I engage in at least 45 professional development hours throughout that timeframe. 

The Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc. is an autonomous non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Eight elected or appointed directors govern the board, supported in part by funds from the U. S. Federal Highway Administration. 

Congratulations to Lance!

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