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Certification Review


The review courses listed below may be taken by individuals preparing for recertification. These reviews may also be useful as refreshers prior to inspection and/or training. You will need learning credentials to take these courses. If you do not have learning credentials, visit the Web-based Training page for more information.

Construction


Advanced Self Consolidating Concrete (SCC)

The course will cover the basic characteristics of SCC and the advantages of using SCC compared with conventional concrete. In addition, it will discuss SCC’s composition and proportioning as well as fresh and hardened properties. Finally, specific examples where SCC has been used and the details of SCC use in slipform paving will be reviewed.

Take the Advanced Self Consolidating Concrete course

Asset Management

This course explains the basics of asset management and why asset management is important. After completion of this course, you'll have new terms, and new ways of thinking about what you're already doing. More importantly, you'll understand why it's so important to be strategic and systematic when you're responsible for managing huge numbers of assets as your organization is.

Take the Asset Management course

Basic Construction Survey

This training has been prepared to provide guidance and instruction to those involved in construction surveying. The important surveying tasks involved in this work and the surveying procedures to be followed are also described in this training. This training is targeted for those who are new to the construction surveying experience or for anyone needing a refresher.

Take the Basic Construction Survey course

Bridge Inspection Inspector's Safety

This course covers basic bridge inspection inspector's safety guidelines. This course includes the inspector's safety role, necessary construction site personal protective equipment, and potential safety hazards. This is a basic course and is intended for entry level technicians, but is a good refresher for all technicians.

Take the Bridge Inspection Inspector's Safety course

Change Orders, Claims, and Dispute Resolutions

This course includes information on what constitutes a change in a transportation contract, different kinds of changes, authority behind change orders, and regulations that impact changes. It also includes information on claims, determining validity, dispute resolution, and the best way to avoid disputes. This course would be most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced technician, but would be good information for anyone associated with highway claims, change orders, or disputes on a project.

Take the Change Orders, Claims, and Dispute Resolutions course

Chip Seals Best Practices

This course covers the best practices when using chip seals. Included is information on chip seals, how they came into use, and how they are used as a preventive maintenance treatment for pavement. The course also includes material use and selection, material compatibility, and the characteristics of chip seal design. There is information on equipment, construction practices, rolling operation, performance measurements, and distresses. This course focuses on anyone constructing or inspecting chip seal. The course focuses on the intermediate to advanced level employee.

Take the Chip Seals Best Practices course

Daily Diary (Documentation Training)

This course covers the information that would be included in inspection documentation and the proper way that information needs to be recorded. The focus for this course is for individuals recording information on a construction project, but also appropriate for anyone that documents any information.

Take the Daily Diary course

Earth Materials as Engineering Materials

This training is an overview of the basic properties of earth materials or soil and their engineering properties as they relate to construction. The course discusses the types of soils, soil characteristics that effect engineering performance, and the process of soil verification. It also includes the inspector's responsibilities as part of the contract specifications. This earthwork course would be applicable for anyone working with or inspecting earth materials for a project, from the basic technician to the advanced worker.

Take the Earth Materials as Engineering Materials course

Earthwork Series – Fill Placement

The Earthwork Series: Fill Placement course is designed to provide learners with information about the process of fill placement, the safety procedures necessary for fill placement, and steps for addressing obstacles associated with fill placement.

Take the Earthwork Series – Fill Placement course

Earthwork Series – Excavation

The Earthwork Series: Excavation course is designed to provide learners with information about the excavation process, the safety procedures necessary, and steps for addressing obstacles associated with excavation. The course will explain considerations and requirements for excavation and relate common issues and solutions associated with excavations.

Take the Earthwork Series – Excavation course

Erosion and Sediment Control

This course covers the requirements of the General Permit issued by the DNR for construction sites, the effects of stormwater runoff, controlling erosion and sediment with the use of Best Management Practices, proper installation techniques, and effective inspections for both the contractor and inspector.

Take the Erosion and Sediment Control course

Flagger Training

This is a basic course in the area of flagger training. This training does not go into individual state flagger training or certification requirements.

Take the Flagger Training course

Global Positioning System (GPS)

This is an introductory course to the GPS. This course explains how the GPS works, but does not cover the use of individual GPS units. This course demonstrates the use of the GPS in construction. This is a basic course for anyone interested in gaining background knowledge of GPS.

Take the GPS course

Grades and Grading

Grades and Grading is part of the Earthwork Series. This course includes two modules that discuss the process of plan reading on grading projects, the purpose of grade stakes, global positioning system basics, and grade verification and documentation. This course would be applicable to anyone working on a grading project, from the inspector to the supervisor.

Take the Grades and Grading course

HMA Cold-In-Place Recycling

This course will explain what Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR) is, and why it is used. It also covers what happens during pre-production and explains how the control strip helps determine compaction procedures and why it is needed. The course will identify the factors that can influence a CIR mix and describe important considerations during placement, compaction, and finishing. Lastly, the course explains the importance of curing and maintenance on the quality of a CIR surface and will also describe what happens once the surface is finished.

Take the HMA Cold-In-Place Recycling course

HMA Paving Field Inspection

This course covers the duties for anyone that will be inspecting HMA paving projects. This includes content on safety, materials, equipment, etc.

Take the HMA Paving Field Inspection course

IM 204

IM 204 is a major source of information for technicians when performing sampling and testing of materials on Iowa DOT projects. IM 204 contains sampling frequencies, sampling locations, who samples, etc., and contains appendices for all types of projects. This course is intended for use by entry level technicians, but would be useful as a review for any level of technician.

Take the IM 204 course

Integrated Materials and Construction Practices for Concrete Pavement Series

This series is from the Integrated Materials and Construction Practices for Concrete Pavement: A-State-of-the-Practice Manual developed by the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Each e module covers an area of this manual, which includes information on topics such as, mix design, durability, cracking, etc. The modules from this series could be beneficial to anyone involved in Portland cement concrete (PCC) construction. Some of the information focuses on the more specialized individuals.

Modules covered in this course:

  • Fundamentals of materials in PCC
  • Mix design of PCC
  • PCC durability
  • Incompatibility in concrete pavements
  • Hydration
  • Early age cracking
  • Fresh properties
  • Construction
  • Quality control/assurance
  • Design of pavements
  • Trouble shooting

Take the Integrated Materials and Construction Practices for Concrete Pavement Series course

Iowa Basic Survey

The purpose of this course is to acquaint personnel new to construction inspection with a basic knowledge of survey control points and project survey stakes used for identifying roadway features on construction projects. This course is intended to be an overview, and will identify some of the common survey terms and examples of most common survey stakes that you will encounter on a construction project.

Take the Iowa Basic Surevy course

Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety

This is a basic course covering traffic safety and personal safety on Iowa DOT projects. The course includes traffic control resources, purpose of traffic control components, traffic control layouts and problem areas, personal protective equipment and potential hazards.

Take the Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety course

Introduction to Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) Paving Inspection

This course covers the basics for inspection on a PCC paving project. This includes grade preparation, materials, placement, finishing, curing, sawing, etc. This course is designed for someone new to the inspection process, as well as those that may need a refresher.

Take the Introduction to PCC Paving Inspection course

Job Hazard Analysis

This course reviews what a job hazard analysis is and why it should be performed, identifies the information that should be documented during a job hazard analysis, and provides example jobs and potential hazards that may be encountered.

Take the Job Hazard Analysis course

Maintenance of Drainage Features

The course covers common roadway safety hazards and how to recognize drainage problems. It also discusses solutions to common roadway safety issues and work zone safety.

Take the Maintenance of Drainage Features course

Maintenance of Traffic for Supervisors

The Maintenance of Traffic for Supervisors Web-based training presents information about the placement of, field maintenance required for, and inspection of traffic control devices. In addition, drafting work zone traffic control plans and flagging are discussed. This training focuses on the design of a traffic control plan, and how and why one needs to operate and implement traffic control in the work zone.

Take the Maintenance of Traffic for Supervisors course

Maintenance of Traffic for Technicians

The Maintenance of Traffic for Technicians Web-based training presents information about the placement of, field maintenance required for, and inspection of traffic control devices. In addition, drafting work zone traffic control plans and flagging are discussed.

Take the Maintenance of Traffic for Technicians course

PCC Construction

The Construction of PCC Pavements course is intended for at least three general audiences, including:
  • Contractors
  • Technicians
  • Inspectors
This course may also be useful for anyone else who is involved in daily pavement operations for the placement of PCC. Participants should have some working knowledge of concrete pavement construction. This course provides participants with an overview of the entire PCC paving process: setting forms, hauling, curing and grinding concrete, and joint sealing.

Take the PCC Construction course

PPE's and High Visibility Garments

This course covers the use of personal protective equipment and high visibility garments. This course covers training or retraining in the proper use of PPE's. It includes the proper care, useful life, limitations, and timely disposal of PPE's. This is a basic course and is intended for entry level technicians, but is a good refresher for all technicians.

Take the PPE's and High Visibility Garments course

Pipe Inspection

This course covers pipe types, physical properties, location and disposal. It includes the foundation of concrete, metal, and plastic pipe and discusses pipe installation and quality. The course also covers placement of culverts, pipes, and other procedures associated with placement, as well as, pipe joints and backfill requirements. It includes project documentation, quality control, and acceptance testing.

Take the Pipe Inspection course

Plan Reading (Entire Series)

This is the entire series of Plan Reading courses. These courses can be taken through the series or as individual courses offered from the menu.

Take the Plan Reading (Entire Series) course

Plan Reading (Individual Courses)


Preventive Maintenance and Pavement Preservation

This Concrete Pavement Preservation Series presents current guidelines and recommendations for the design, construction, and selection of cost-effective concrete pavement preservation strategies. It concentrates primarily on strategies and methods that are applicable at the project level, and not at the network level, where pavement management activities function and address such issues as prioritizing and budgeting.

Modules covered in this course:

  • Concrete Pavement Evaluation
  • Slab Stabilization
  • Partial Depth Repairs
  • Full Depth Repairs
  • Retrofitted Edge Drains
  • Load Transfer Restoration
  • Diamond Grinding and Grooving
  • Joint Sealing and Crack Resealing
  • Strategy Selection

Take the Preventive Maintenance and Pavement Preservation course

Roller Compacted Concrete

This course describes the characteristics of roller compacted concrete(RCC) pavement, how it works, and the benefits. Included are the potential limitations, pavement selection considerations and typical uses of RCC. Materials required to produce a quality RCC mix and typical material testing are also given. Mix proportioning, mix design, and well-graded aggregate in RCC, and calculating thickness requirements are covered. There is information in the course on proper ways to handle and store RCC materials, types of mixing plants, batching and monitoring and quality control. Subgrade and subbase preparation, pavers, joints, curing, and general construction of RCC are all part of the course. This course is intended for intermediate to advanced level employees. The course is for construction or agency technicians that will be working with roller compacted concrete.

Take the Roller Compacted Concrete course

Site Preparation – Earthwork Series

This training is an overview of site preparation. It is designed to help the inspector to understand the responsibilities of preparing the site for the start of the construction process. It includes clearing and grubbing responsibilities, processes involved during utility relocation, and the inspector's responsibilities during site preparation. This earthwork course would be applicable for anyone working on or inspecting site preparation for a project, from the basic technician to the advanced worker.

Take the Site Preparation – Earthwork Series course

Stormwater Control: Implementing Construction Site BMPs

This training is developed and offered by Montana State University. Users do NOT need to acquire learning credentials to take this course. To take the training choose the "Graphic Guide" link. To view the documents, choose the "Resource Library" link.

Take the Stormwater Control course

Structure Inspection

The Structure Inspection course contains four modules. The Introduction Module covers using the web based training and safety working on structures. Module 1 covers construction and inspection of culverts, Module 2 covers construction and inspection of substructures, and Module 3 covers construction and inspection of superstructures. This course was developed from the two-day Iowa DOT Structures course presented by the Construction Office. This is a good overall course on structure inspection for construction inspectors and contractors.

Take the Structure Inspection course

Superpave for Construction

This course covers the benefits of using Superpave compared to previous mix design methodologies, testing procedures and calculations. The course also includes the use of phase diagrams to calculate volumetric properties and factors which can influence key mass-volume relationships and calculations. This course focuses on the contractor or agency's intermediate to advanced technician working on the construction of superpave.

Take the Superpave for Construction course

TCCC Bolted Connections

The information presented is useful for non-structural applications as well. Bolting is a common method of making connections, care should be exercised both in their design, installation and maintenance. For the purposes of this course, we are focusing on the installation of bolts.

Take the TCCC Bolted Connections course

Testing Self Consolidated Concrete (SCC)

The course includes an overview of the fresh properties of SCC, including terminology, target guidelines, and quality control. In addition, ASTM test methods for slump flow and flow rate, passing ability using the j-ring, column segregation, static segregation, and making SCC test cylinders are reviewed.

Take the Testing Self Consolidated Concrete course

DOT Employee Safety


Blood-borne Pathogens

This course contains a basic overview of blood-borne pathogens safety.

Take the Blood-borne Pathogens course

Defensive Driving

This course contains a basic overview of defensive driving.

Take the Defensive Driving course

Emergency Action Plans

This course contains a basic overview of emergency action plans at the Iowa DOT.

Take the Emergency Action Plans course

Ergonomics

This course contains a basic overview of Ergonomics in the workplace.

Take the Ergonomics course

Fire Safety

This course contains a basic overview of fire safety.

Take the Fire Safety course

Globally Harmonized System / Safety Data Sheets

This course contains a basic overview of the Globally Harmonized System and the updated safety data sheet format in the Hazard Communication Standard.

Take the Globally Harmonized System / Safety Data Sheet course

Globally Harmonized System / Safety Data Sheets (Basic)

This course contains a very basic overview of the Globally Harmonized System and the updated safety data sheet format in the Hazard Communication Standard. This condensed course has been designed for mainly office-based employees.

Take the Globally Harmonized System / Safety Data Sheets (Basic) course

Information Technology Security

This course contains a basic overview of information technology and computer network safety at the Iowa DOT.

Take the Information Technology Security course

Ladders and Scaffolds

This course contains a basic overview of ladder and scaffold safety.

Take the Ladders and Scaffolds course

Lockout / Tagout

This course contains an overview of lockout / tagout procedures.

Take the Lockout / Tagout course

Meth Lab Awareness

This course contains an overview of methamphetamine lab awareness and safety.

Take the Meth Lab Awareness course

Personal Protective Equipment

This course contains a basic overview of personal protective equipment at the Iowa DOT.

Take the Personal Protective Equipment course

RKI GX-2009 Gas Monitor

This course contains an overview of RKI Instruments’ GX-2009 Portable Gas Monitor.

Take the RKI GX-2009 Gas Monitor course

Winter Weather Safety

This course contains a basic overview of winter weather safety at the Iowa DOT.

Take the Winter Weather Safety course


Employee Development


Change Orders, Claims, and Dispute Resolutions

This course includes information on what constitutes a change in a transportation contract, different kinds of changes, authority behind change orders, and regulations that impact changes. It also includes information on claims, determining validity, dispute resolution, and the best way to avoid disputes. This course would be most appropriate for the intermediate to advanced technician, but would be good information for anyone associated with highway claims, change orders, or disputes on a project.

Take the Change Orders, Claims, and Dispute Resolutions course

Ethics in Transportation

This course shares with the participant ethical challenges they may face when working in the highway transportation industry. The course covers the ethical way to handle these challenges and the consequences if not dealt with properly. This course is appropriate for all employees.

Take the Ethics in Transportation course

Math

This course covers a variety of math skills, including basic math, algebra and geometry. It includes online problems and practice sheets that can be printed off for added practice. This course is for all levels of employees to acquire new skills or just brush up on old skills.

Take the Math course

Maintenance


Asset Management

This course explains the basics of asset management and why asset management is important. After completion of this course, you'll have new terms, and new ways of thinking about what you're already doing. More importantly, you'll understand why it's so important to be strategic and systematic when you're responsible for managing huge numbers of assets as your organization is.

Take the Asset Management course

Bridge Inspection Inspector's Safety

This course covers basic bridge inspection inspector's safety guidelines. This course includes the inspector's safety role, necessary construction site personal protective equipment, and potential safety hazards. This is a basic course and is intended for entry level technicians, but is a good refresher for all technicians.

Take the Bridge Inspection Inspector's Safety course

Chip Seals Best Practices

This course covers the best practices when using chip seals. Included is information on chip seals, how they came into use, and how they are used as a preventive maintenance treatment for pavement. The course also includes material use and selection, material compatibility, and the characteristics of chip seal design. There is information on equipment, construction practices, rolling operation, performance measurements, and distresses. This course focuses on anyone constructing or inspecting chip seal. The course focuses on the intermediate to advanced level employee.

Take the Chip Seals Best Practices course

CDL Courses

  • General Knowledge - This course is a basic course covering general knowledge information about Commercial Drivers Licenses. This course is may be helpful to individuals preparing for the CDL exam or just as a refresher for CDL license holders. This course may not be inclusive of all information regarding Commercial Driver Licenses.
    Take the CDL General Knowledge course

  • Air Brakes - This course is a basic course covering air brakes for Commercial Drivers Licenses. This course is may be helpful to individuals preparing for the CDL exam or just as a refresher for CDL license holders. This course may not be inclusive of all information regarding Commercial Driver License air brake information.
    Take the CDL Air Brakes course

  • Pretrip Inspection - This course is a basic course covering pretrip inspection for Commercial Drivers Licenses. This course is may be helpful to individuals preparing for the CDL exam or just as a refresher for CDL license holders. This course may not be inclusive of all information regarding Commercial Driver License pretrip inspection information.
    Take the CDL Pretrip Inspection course

Erosion and Sediment Control

This course covers the requirements of the General Permit issued by the DNR for construction sites, the effects of stormwater runoff, controlling erosion and sediment with the use of Best Management Practices, proper installation techniques, and effective inspections for both the contractor and inspector.

Take the Erosion and Sediment Control course

Flagger Training

This is a basic course in the area of flagger training. This training does not go into individual state flagger training or certification requirements.

Take the Flagger Training course

Global Positioning System (GPS)

This is an introductory course to the GPS. This course explains how the GPS works, but does not cover the use of individual GPS units. This course demonstrates the use of the GPS in construction. This is a basic course for anyone interested in gaining background knowledge of GPS.

Take the GPS course

Iowa Basic Survey

The purpose of this course is to acquaint personnel new to construction inspection with a basic knowledge of survey control points and project survey stakes used for identifying roadway features on construction projects. This course is intended to be an overview, and will identify some of the common survey terms and examples of most common survey stakes that you will encounter on a construction project.

Take the Iowa Basic Surevy course

Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety

This is a basic course covering traffic safety and personal safety on Iowa DOT projects. The course includes traffic control resources, purpose of traffic control components, traffic control layouts and problem areas, personal protective equipment and potential hazards.

Take the Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety course

Job Hazard Analysis

This course reviews what a job hazard analysis is and why it should be performed, identifies the information that should be documented during a job hazard analysis, and provides example jobs and potential hazards that may be encountered.

Take the Job Hazard Analysis course

Maintenance of Drainage Features

The course covers common roadway safety hazards and how to recognize drainage problems. It also discusses solutions to common roadway safety issues and work zone safety.

Take the Maintenance of Drainage Features course

Maintenance of Traffic for Supervisors

The Maintenance of Traffic for Supervisors Web-based training presents information about the placement of, field maintenance required for, and inspection of traffic control devices. In addition, drafting work zone traffic control plans and flagging are discussed. This training focuses on the design of a traffic control plan, and how and why one needs to operate and implement traffic control in the work zone.

Take the Maintenance of Traffic for Supervisors course

Maintenance of Traffic for Technicians

The Maintenance of Traffic for Technicians Web-based training presents information about the placement of, field maintenance required for, and inspection of traffic control devices. In addition, drafting work zone traffic control plans and flagging are discussed.

Take the Maintenance of Traffic for Technicians course

PPE's and High Visibility Garments

This course covers the use of personal protective equipment and high visibility garments. This course covers training or retraining in the proper use of PPE's. It includes the proper care, useful life, limitations, and timely disposal of PPE's. This is a basic course and is intended for entry level technicians, but is a good refresher for all technicians.

Take the PPE's and High Visibility Garments course

Pipe Inspection

This course covers pipe types, physical properties, location and disposal. It includes the foundation of concrete, metal, and plastic pipe and discusses pipe installation and quality. The course also covers placement of culverts, pipes, and other procedures associated with placement, as well as, pipe joints and backfill requirements. It includes project documentation, quality control, and acceptance testing.

Take the Pipe Inspection course

Plan Reading (Entire Series)

This is the entire series of Plan Reading courses. These courses can be taken through the series or as individual courses offered from the menu.

Take the Plan Reading (Entire Series) course

Preventive Maintenance and Pavement Preservation

This Concrete Pavement Preservation Series presents current guidelines and recommendations for the design, construction, and selection of cost-effective concrete pavement preservation strategies. It concentrates primarily on strategies and methods that are applicable at the project level, and not at the network level, where pavement management activities function and address such issues as prioritizing and budgeting.

Modules covered in this course:

  • Concrete Pavement Evaluation
  • Slab Stabilization
  • Partial Depth Repairs
  • Full Depth Repairs
  • Retrofitted Edge Drains
  • Load Transfer Restoration
  • Diamond Grinding and Grooving
  • Joint Sealing and Crack Resealing
  • Strategy Selection

Take the Preventive Maintenance and Pavement Preservation course

Recognizing Roadside Weeds

This is an introduction into recognizing roadside weeds. Not all of the weeds discussed may be native to Iowa. This course is not inclusive of all of Iowa's roadside weeds.

Take the Recognizing Roadside Weeds course

Safe Use of Basic Carpentry Tools

This is a basic course in the safe use of carpentry tools. It has been designed for someone learning the basic steps in tool safety. However, it does not go into regulatory compliance or manufacturer's instructions.

Take the Safe Use of Basic Carpentry Tools course

Safe Use of Hand and Power Tools

This is a basic course covering the safe use of hand and power tools. This course focuses on the new operator, but is also a good review for the more experienced individual. This course may not cover all tools required for every job.

Take the Safe Use of Hand and Power Tools course

Safety Orientation

Prevention of injury and safeguarding health is the responsibility of both management and employees. The safety and health of employees is the overriding concern in all phases of operations. Completion of the first module will provide you with a general awareness of policy, responsibilities, what to wear, tools, hazards, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The second module will cover proper housekeeping practices, critical elements of hazard communication, confined spaces, procedure for lockout or tagout, and components of health and safety policies.

Take the Safety Orientation course

Winter Maintenance Training Series

The Winter Maintenance Training Series includes instruction in all areas of winter maintenance including but not limited to:
  • Snow Removal
  • Deicing
  • Proper Plowing Techniques
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Blowing Snow Mitigation
  • Performance Measures
  • Selecting Snow and Ice Control Materials
  • Maintenance Management
Many of the modules in the course are very large and will require extra time to load. Please be patient after clicking on each module.

Take the Winter Maintenance Training Series course

Materials


AASHTO Test Method T-308

This training explains how to perform all of the necessary set up procedures, complete the steps in the test method, make all necessary calculations, and complete the documentation required to determine the asphalt binder content of a given asphalt mixture by the ignition method (AASHTO Designation: T 308). Take the AASHTO Test Method T-308 course

Advanced Self Consolidating Concrete (SCC)

The course will cover the basic characteristics of SCC and the advantages of using SCC compared with conventional concrete. In addition, it will discuss SCC’s composition and proportioning as well as fresh and hardened properties. Finally, specific examples where SCC has been used and the details of SCC use in slipform paving will be reviewed.

Take the Advanced Self Consolidating Concrete course

Asset Management

This course explains the basics of asset management and why asset management is important. After completion of this course, you'll have new terms, and new ways of thinking about what you're already doing. More importantly, you'll understand why it's so important to be strategic and systematic when you're responsible for managing huge numbers of assets as your organization is. Take the Asset Management course

Basic Construction Survey

This training has been prepared to provide guidance and instruction to those involved in construction surveying. The important surveying tasks involved in this work and the surveying procedures to be followed are also described in this training. This training is targeted for those who are new to the construction surveying experience or for anyone needing a refresher.

Take the Basic Construction Survey course

Basic Materials

This curriculum covers the three basic materials used in highway construction. They are aggregate, Portland cement concrete (PCC) and hot-mix asphalt. The focus of this course is for employees that are new to materials or are interested in learning more about construction materials.

Take the Basic Materials course

Chip Seals Best Practices

This course covers the best practices when using chip seals. Included is information on chip seals, how they came into use, and how they are used as a preventive maintenance treatment for pavement. The course also includes material use and selection, material compatibility, and the characteristics of chip seal design. There is information on equipment, construction practices, rolling operation, performance measurements, and distresses. This course focuses on anyone constructing or inspecting chip seal. The course focuses on the intermediate to advanced level employee.

Take the Chip Seals Best Practices course

Daily Diary (Documentation Training)

This course covers the information that would be included in inspection documentation and the proper way that information needs to be recorded. The focus for this course is for individuals recording information on a construction project, but also appropriate for anyone that documents any information.

Take the Daily Diary course

Earth Materials as Engineering Materials

This training is an overview of the basic properties of earth materials or soil and their engineering properties as they relate to construction. The course discusses the types of soils, soil characteristics that effect engineering performance, and the process of soil verification. It also includes the inspector's responsibilities as part of the contract specifications. This earthwork course would be applicable for anyone working with or inspecting earth materials for a project, from the basic technician to the advanced worker.

Take the Earth Materials as Engineering Materials course

Earthwork Series – Fill Placement

The Earthwork Series: Fill Placement course is designed to provide learners with information about the process of fill placement, the safety procedures necessary for fill placement, and steps for addressing obstacles associated with fill placement.

Take the Earthwork Series – Fill Placement course

Earthwork Series – Excavation

The Earthwork Series: Excavation course is designed to provide learners with information about the excavation process, the safety procedures necessary, and steps for addressing obstacles associated with excavation. The course will explain considerations and requirements for excavation and relate common issues and solutions associated with excavations.

Take the Earthwork Series – Excavation course

Grades and Grading

Grades and Grading is part of the Earthwork Series. This course includes two modules that discuss the process of plan reading on grading projects, the purpose of grade stakes, global positioning system basics, and grade verification and documentation. This course would be applicable to anyone working on a grading project, from the inspector to the supervisor.

Take the Grades and Grading course

HMA Cold-In-Place Recycling

This course will explain what Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR) is, and why it is used. It also covers what happens during pre-production and explains how the control strip helps determine compaction procedures and why it is needed. The course will identify the factors that can influence a CIR mix and describe important considerations during placement, compaction, and finishing. Lastly, the course explains the importance of curing and maintenance on the quality of a CIR surface and will also describe what happens once the surface is finished.



Take the HMA Cold-In-Place Recycling course

IM 204

IM 204 is a major source of information for technicians when performing sampling and testing of materials on Iowa DOT projects. IM 204 contains sampling frequencies, sampling locations, who samples, etc., and contains appendices for all types of projects. This course is intended for use by entry level technicians, but would be useful as a review for any level of technician.

Take the IM 204 course

Integrated Materials and Construction Practices for Concrete Pavement Series

This series is from the Integrated Materials and Construction Practices for Concrete Pavement: A-State-of-the-Practice Manual developed by the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Each e module covers an area of this manual, which includes information on topics such as, mix design, durability, cracking, etc. The modules from this series could be beneficial to anyone involved in Portland cement concrete (PCC) construction. Some of the information focuses on the more specialized individuals.

Modules covered in this course:

  • Fundamentals of materials in PCC
  • Mix design of PCC
  • PCC durability
  • Incompatibility in concrete pavements
  • Hydration
  • Early age cracking
  • Fresh properties
  • Construction
  • Quality control/assurance
  • Design of pavements
  • Trouble shooting

Take the Integrated Materials and Construction Practices for Concrete Pavement Series course

Iowa Basic Survey

The purpose of this course is to acquaint personnel new to construction inspection with a basic knowledge of survey control points and project survey stakes used for identifying roadway features on construction projects. This course is intended to be an overview, and will identify some of the common survey terms and examples of most common survey stakes that you will encounter on a construction project.

Take the Iowa Basic Surevy course

Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety

This is a basic course covering traffic safety and personal safety on Iowa DOT projects. The course includes traffic control resources, purpose of traffic control components, traffic control layouts and problem areas, personal protective equipment and potential hazards.

Take the Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety course

Job Hazard Analysis

This course reviews what a job hazard analysis is and why it should be performed, identifies the information that should be documented during a job hazard analysis, and provides example jobs and potential hazards that may be encountered.

Take the Job Hazard Analysis course

PPE's and High Visibility Garments

This course covers the use of personal protective equipment and high visibility garments. This course covers training or retraining in the proper use of PPE's. It includes the proper care, useful life, limitations, and timely disposal of PPE's. This is a basic course and is intended for entry level technicians, but is a good refresher for all technicians.

Take the PPE's and High Visibility Garments course

Pipe Inspection

This course covers pipe types, physical properties, location and disposal. It includes the foundation of concrete, metal, and plastic pipe and discusses pipe installation and quality. The course also covers placement of culverts, pipes, and other procedures associated with placement, as well as, pipe joints and backfill requirements. It includes project documentation, quality control, and acceptance testing.

Take the Pipe Inspection course

Plan Reading (Entire Series)

This is the entire series of Plan Reading courses. These courses can be taken through the series or as individual courses offered from the menu.

Take the Plan Reading (Entire Series) course

Preventive Maintenance and Pavement Preservation

This Concrete Pavement Preservation Series presents current guidelines and recommendations for the design, construction, and selection of cost-effective concrete pavement preservation strategies. It concentrates primarily on strategies and methods that are applicable at the project level, and not at the network level, where pavement management activities function and address such issues as prioritizing and budgeting.

Modules covered in this course:

  • Concrete Pavement Evaluation
  • Slab Stabilization
  • Partial Depth Repairs
  • Full Depth Repairs
  • Retrofitted Edge Drains
  • Load Transfer Restoration
  • Diamond Grinding and Grooving
  • Joint Sealing and Crack Resealing
  • Strategy Selection

Take the Preventive Maintenance and Pavement Preservation course

Roller Compacted Concrete

This course describes the characteristics of roller compacted concrete(RCC) pavement, how it works, and the benefits. Included are the potential limitations, pavement selection considerations and typical uses of RCC. Materials required to produce a quality RCC mix and typical material testing are also given. Mix proportioning, mix design, and well-graded aggregate in RCC, and calculating thickness requirements are covered. There is information in the course on proper ways to handle and store RCC materials, types of mixing plants, batching and monitoring and quality control. Subgrade and subbase preparation, pavers, joints, curing, and general construction of RCC are all part of the course. This course is intended for intermediate to advanced level employees. The course is for construction or agency technicians that will be working with roller compacted concrete.

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Site Preparation – Earthwork Series

This training is an overview of site preparation. It is designed to help the inspector to understand the responsibilities of preparing the site for the start of the construction process. It includes clearing and grubbing responsibilities, processes involved during utility relocation, and the inspector's responsibilities during site preparation. This earthwork course would be applicable for anyone working on or inspecting site preparation for a project, from the basic technician to the advanced worker.

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Superpave for Construction

This course covers the benefits of using Superpave compared to previous mix design methodologies, testing procedures and calculations. The course also includes the use of phase diagrams to calculate volumetric properties and factors which can influence key mass-volume relationships and calculations. This course focuses on the contractor or agency's intermediate to advanced technician working on the construction of superpave.

Take the Superpave for Construction course

Superpave Mix Design Process and Analysis

This course describes the procedures involved in the Superpave mix design, which includes selecting proper materials, mix compaction, and asphaltic mixture volumetric properties using phase diagrams.

Take the Superpave Mix Design Process and Analysis course

TCCC Bolted Connections

The information presented is useful for non-structural applications as well. Bolting is a common method of making connections, care should be exercised both in their design, installation and maintenance. For the purposes of this course, we are focusing on the installation of bolts.

Take the TCCC Bolted Connections course

Testing Self Consolidated Concrete (SCC)

The course includes an overview of the fresh properties of SCC, including terminology, target guidelines, and quality control. In addition, ASTM test methods for slump flow and flow rate, passing ability using the j-ring, column segregation, static segregation, and making SCC test cylinders are reviewed.

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Safety


Bridge Inspection Inspector's Safety

This course covers basic bridge inspection inspector's safety guidelines. This course includes the inspector's safety role, necessary construction site personal protective equipment, and potential safety hazards. This is a basic course and is intended for entry level technicians, but is a good refresher for all technicians.

Take the Bridge Inspection Inspector's Safety course

Flagger Training

This is a basic course in the area of flagger training. This training does not go into individual state flagger training or certification requirements.

Take the Flagger Training course

Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety

This is a basic course covering traffic safety and personal safety on Iowa DOT projects. The course includes traffic control resources, purpose of traffic control components, traffic control layouts and problem areas, personal protective equipment and potential hazards.

Take the Iowa Traffic Control and Personal Safety course

Job Hazard Analysis

This course reviews what a job hazard analysis is and why it should be performed, identifies the information that should be documented during a job hazard analysis, and provides example jobs and potential hazards that may be encountered.

Take the Job Hazard Analysis course

Maintenance of Drainage Features

The course covers common roadway safety hazards and how to recognize drainage problems. It also discusses solutions to common roadway safety issues and work zone safety.

Take the Maintenance of Drainage Features course

Safety Orientation

Prevention of injury and safeguarding health is the responsibility of both management and employees. The safety and health of employees is the overriding concern in all phases of operations. Completion of the first module will provide you with a general awareness of policy, responsibilities, what to wear, tools, hazards, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The second module will cover proper housekeeping practices, critical elements of hazard communication, confined spaces, procedure for lockout or tagout, and components of health and safety policies.

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Safe Use of Basic Carpentry Tools

This is a basic course in the safe use of carpentry tools. It has been designed for someone learning the basic steps in tool safety. However, it does not go into regulatory compliance or manufacturer's instructions.

Take the Safe Use of Basic Carpentry Tools course

Safe Use of Hand and Power Tools

This is a basic course covering the safe use of hand and power tools. This course focuses on the new operator, but is also a good review for the more experienced individual. This course may not cover all tools required for every job.

Take the Safe Use of Hand and Power Tools course

Office of Location and Environment (OLE)


Interchange Justification Report (IJR)

The Iowa DOT Interchange Justification Report (IJR) User Guide 2.2 outlines procedures and keys to success in developing and approving access changes to the Interstate System and interchange type access to the state highway system. This online training is for all parties involved in the interchange planning, approval and design process; which includes local agencies, consulting engineers, and Iowa DOT staff.
  • Understand FHWA and Iowa DOT policy for interchange access approval
  • Navigate the IJR Approval Process
  • Navigate through the Iowa DOT IJR User Guide
  • Apply technical knowledge and policy understanding to various interchange access proposals. Understand your role and expectations.


Take the Interchange Justification Report (IJR) course