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Working for a firm in CA and doing local work, we use the CA MUTCD 2014. Can I get by using this version to save paper/cost since my office has one readily available that I can borrow for the exam?

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19 hours ago, aeriekah said:

Working for a firm in CA and doing local work, we use the CA MUTCD 2014. Can I get by using this version to save paper/cost since my office has one readily available that I can borrow for the exam?

The exam is a national exam so they will be testing you on content from the FHWA MUTCD and not necessarily the CA MUTCD.  Since both are free (in pdf format), my vote would be to use the national MUTCD for the exam (studying and exam day).  With that said, if printing/paper/ink costs are prohibitive to you, you could get away with using the CA MUTCD.  The CA MUTCD is essentially the FHWA MUTCD with strike-outs and additions.  So, if you are studying/testing from the CA-MUTCD, you'll need to be able to ignore the "CA stuff" - you'll need to read all the strike-outs and ignore all the additions (additions in blue).  But again, my advice would be to make it simpler on yourself and use the FHWA MUTCD.  Good luck.  Let us know what you decide and how it goes. 

 

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On 12/31/2016 at 7:40 PM, ptatohed said:

The exam is a national exam so they will be testing you on content from the FHWA MUTCD and not necessarily the CA MUTCD.  Since both are free (in pdf format), my vote would be to use the national MUTCD for the exam (studying and exam day).  With that said, if printing/paper/ink costs are prohibitive to you, you could get away with using the CA MUTCD.  The CA MUTCD is essentially the FHWA MUTCD with strike-outs and additions.  So, if you are studying/testing from the CA-MUTCD, you'll need to be able to ignore the "CA stuff" - you'll need to read all the strike-outs and ignore all the additions (additions in blue).  But again, my advice would be to make it simpler on yourself and use the FHWA MUTCD.  Good luck.  Let us know what you decide and how it goes. 

 

Thank you! This helps. My office will have up to 3 people taking it in Spring 2017 so resources will be spread thin but I definitely can manage the printing/binding cost. The pro with using the CA MUTCD is that I am more familiar with it. I will weigh my pros and cons and keep the community posted on which I decide.

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On ‎1‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 11:13 PM, aeriekah said:

Thank you! This helps. My office will have up to 3 people taking it in Spring 2017 so resources will be spread thin but I definitely can manage the printing/binding cost. The pro with using the CA MUTCD is that I am more familiar with it. I will weigh my pros and cons and keep the community posted on which I decide.

Understood but familiarity with the CA-specific content of the MUTCD would have no benefit.  It's the same book as I mentioned, but the CA version makes changes to the FHWA.  Since the general layout and majority of the content is laid out the same, then hopefully the familiarity you have with the CA-MUTCD would help you with the FHWA version but, again, I think the FHWA will be less confusing for you to use. 

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