August 03, 2022


8:15AM - 4:00PM EST

Contact Hours



Hyatt Place Virginia Beach
335 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA



The course will educate the student on the best practice of selecting, designing, and constructing barrier systems. This course will cover guardrail systems and requirements, barrier warrants, W-beams, special designs and site preparation and testing requirements. An exam will be given at the end of class. In order to receive your certification card, you will need to score 80 or higher.



Module 1: History of VDOT GRIT Training

  • Purpose/Need 
  • Crash and Fatality Statistics  
  • Roadside Safety 
  • Guardrail/Barrier Design  
  • History of Crash Testing 
  • Current MASH Policy 

Module 2: VDOT Standard roadside barrier systems and devices
Module 3: VDOT Guardrail Transitions              
Module 4: W-Beam Guardrail Crash Terminals and crash testing
Module 5: Special Design Guardrail Applications
Module 6: Inspecting Guardrail Installations (New & Existing Guardrail)
Module 7:  VDOT policy on evaluating existing guardrail for functionality and damage


William M. "Matt" Barret


Matt Barret is a Civil Engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation in Richmond Virginia where he has worked within the Agency’s Location and Design Division since 2006.

Matt graduated from the JSRCC/ODU TeleTech program in 1997 with an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering.  Since joining VDOT, Matt has been responsible for administering the VDOT GRIT training program, including training more than 5000 students, and instructing more than 200 classes. Matt was also involved in administering VDOT Guardrail crash testing in 2015 and 2016 in southern California. 

Prior to his VDOT career, Matt spent 10 years with a private Engineering firm in Richmond where he was a Highway Design Project Manager.

Who Should Attend

This course is required for Construction Inspectors and Highway/ Traffic Engineers who are involved with the design, construction, and inspection of guardrail and barrier systems.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00
Tribes: $0

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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