Other Non Training Activities
IRSC is a not-for-profit organisation seeking to improve road safety in LMICs and to inform and motivate key decision makers. It also seeks to build capacity in key officials and universities thereby creating a positive environment for road safety to grow and prosper in a sustainable way.
The founders of the IRSC are strongly committed to this aim and already participate in voluntary advocacy efforts at local and international level to promote road safety. This will continue and expand as IRSC's reputation, influence and resources develop in the coming years. Training materials produced by IRSC will be made available at or near cost to partner organisations in LMICs so that they can be translated and distributed freely to in-country universities.
Efforts are also being made to professionalise road safety. A major problem is the lack of a recognised qualification that can be applied across the different disciplines involved in road safety. Course content, qualifications and certificates awarded from training courses can be of variable quality and are generally not recognised by anyone other than those issuing them.
Many safety specialists have no formal qualification that establishes their level of expertise. There is a need to “professionalise” road safety and create a common certification process acceptable to key training organisations. This needs to be supported by a recognised route to certification as a road safety specialist of category 1 (lowest) to category 5 (highest). The IRSC is presently working with relevant training and certification bodies to develop a suitable certification process for road safety professionals.
IRSC training courses are modular and of sufficiently high quality that course participants can build up credits within the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Course credits can be gained at IRSC Belgrade or follow up in-country training at approved / designated partner organisations.
We expect ECTS credits, obtained through IRSC training, will be acceptable to the European Bolognas entry requirements system for degree level studies at European Universities. ECTS credits awarded in this way, may be a way to systemise the qualification process for safety professionals. Course delegates completing more training courses and attaining higher ECTS credits could be eligible for certification as higher category road safety professionals.