National Credential
Credential: Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist
Credentialing Agency: Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR)

An internationally recognized accreditation program open to police officers, engineers, educators and private consultants both all working in the field of traffic accident investigation and reconstruction within the United States and Canada. Although participation in the accreditation program is voluntary, people who are properly trained and experienced in accident investigation and reconstruction can successfully complete the examination and achieve accreditation.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted Q9 Traffic Management and Collision Investigator ASI most          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR)
PO Box 1493
North Platte, NE  69103-1493
Phone: (800) 809-3818

Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist

Any individual who is involved in preparing or offering expert opinion testimony with respect to the analysis of an automobile traffic collision is eligible to apply for Commission Accreditation.

The Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must submit an application with two passport size photos.
  • Candidates should submit supporting documentation, certificates or other items showing completion of the educational programs or for any other experience claimed in the application.
  • Candidates should provide the names and contact information for three references. Alternatively, candidates may provide three letters of recommendation. Such letter should include words that specifically show the person writing the letter knows that the candidate is applying for accreditation and how they are familiar with the candidate's work.
  • Optionally, a copy of the applicant's work product may be submitted. While it is not required with the application, submission of a sample of work showing an opinion offered by the applicant and the supporting documents for that opinion may be helpful in evaluating the applicant's qualifications

Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist

  • Kinetic Energy
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Time-Distance Evaluations
  • Physical Evidence from the road and vehicle
  • Photography
  • Lamp Analysis
  • Airborne Analysis
  • Traffic Accident Investigation and Reconstruction: Candidates will be provided with photographs of a staged collision, vehicle data and damages, location and type of physical evidence and a skeleton diagram. Candidates will be asked to provide
    • Impact and departure speeds
    • Angles
    • Delta-V for each vehicle
    • Identifications of specific physical evidence

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist credential has the following recertification information:

  • During the 5 years after the examination, the Reconstructionist will be expected to gather a minimum of 80 continuing education units (CEU), credits or points.
  • Continuing education can be demonstrated by attendance at ACTAR approved collision specific training programs, attendance at seminars and by means of completing traditional education programs related to or applicable to accident investigation or reconstruction.