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ACTAR Test Preparation - Comprehensive (Online)   

This is an independent study, self-paced course.

The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction examination provides accreditation for the experienced traffic accident reconstructionist. Presented entirely online, this comprehensive course will assist you in preparing to take the ACTAR accreditation exam. It is suited for both crash reconstructionists and engineers. The course is divided into two parts – the theory portion and practical portion.

During the theory portion, you will watch a video lecture of each topic listed below and then take a quiz to check your understanding of the material. After all subject quizzes have been successfully completed, you will take a practice exam that is similar to the actual ACTAR theory exam.

Topics Include

  • Introduction to ACTAR
  • Mathematics/Trigonometry review
  • Airbornes
  • Momentum
  • Energy
  • Pedestrian collisions
  • Evidence interpretation
  • Commercial motor vehicles
  • Time-Distance analysis
  • Speed from tire marks
  • Basic photography
  • Scenario-based questions
  • Questions based on tire size
  • EDR-related questions

The second portion of the course will focus on the practical part of the ACTAR exam (the reconstruction).

You will view a video that covers the following topics:

  • Materials to bring to the second part of the exam
  • Calculating the center-of-mass of a vehicle
  • Drawing scale vehicles
  • Measuring departure angles
  • Measuring approach angles
  • Measuring departure distance
  • Properly reporting PDOF

After watching the video, you will be given two different crashes to reconstruct. The instructor will grade your work and then contact you to go over any weak areas.


Law enforcement, private crash reconstructionists, and engineers

Course Length

40 hours


You must have completed IPTM’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction course or its equivalent.

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Online Details

Online environment: This is an independent study, self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments by the deadlines posted within the course. You should plan to dedicate approximately 40 hours to the course activities. You must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion.

Instructors are available to answer your questions during each module via the help forum. The course must be completed within 30 days upon registration. Once the 30-day period has ended, you may no longer have access.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required. Some assignments will require you to upload a PDF, JPG, or scanned image of a diagram in order to complete a project.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.



Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.