Construction Training Program News - October

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October 2023

Construction Training Program Updates and More

Approaching the bridge. A look at Munson Falls and the Wilson River Bridge along U.S. 101 near Tillamook.

Welcome to the Construction Training and Certification fall newsletter. In this issue, we will provide you with important information, updates and resources that will help you plan for needed training and certification.




Important Announcements

2023-2024 Construction Training and Certification Schedule


Workday Learning System

If you are external to ODOT, you will need to set up a Workday Learning account to view or enroll in our courses here. 


Instructor Spotlight

This month we feature Jim Gunter, Senior Quality Assurance Specialist. He oversees the Construction Inspection Certification Program and supports the construction project offices, Inspectors and Quality Control Compliance Specialists (QCCS). Jim joined the construction training team in 2023 as the lead instructor for the General Construction Inspector course. He assists with Drilled Shaft Inspector, Environmental Inspector and the Erosion Sediment Control Manager certification courses. Jim also facilitates the Inspector Workshop, QCCS Workshop and was an instructor for the Asphalt Concrete Pavement Inspector Certification course.

Jim participates on the AASHTOWare Project Materials team to help with the development and implementation of AASHTOWare software for ODOT construction project offices. He has been with ODOT for 11 years, as a QCCS in the White City Project office. Most recently, Jim has been a Pavement Specialist with the Pavement Services branch in Salem. Before coming to ODOT, Jim worked for 19 years with a contractor focusing on materials and highway construction. 


Don’t miss the upcoming AASHTOWare Project (AWP) Consultant and Contractor Q&A events in October. This Q&A session will provide an AWP introduction where you will discover how to use the program with ODOT projects. These events will be offered in-person at the Salem Materials Lab or virtually.

ODOT-Construction-AASHTOWare Consultant Q&A (in-person) | Enroll 10/10

ODOT-Construction-AASHTOWare Consultant Q&A (virtual) | Enroll 10/10

ODOT-Construction-AASHTOWare Project Contractor Q&A (in-person) | Enroll 10/11

ODOT-Construction-AASHTOWare Project Contractor Q&A (virtual) | Enroll 10/11

Don't miss the opportunity!

We are offering two FHWA Contract Administration Core Curriculum classes on 10/24 and 10/26 - Enroll (for ODOT and Local Agencies only)

The next Certification Challenge Event will take place at the Salem Materials Lab on Thursday, October 19 - Enroll.

There are only a few more ADA Curb Ramp Inspector and Contractor Field Exams remaining in this season (Oct 11, 12, 25, 26). Be sure to get your Training and Online Exam completed so you may enroll yourself in the Field Exam to complete your certification.

The 2023 ADA Curb Ramp Training and Online Exam is planned to be taken down December 1st, so we may prepare for upload of 2024 materials in January.


2023-2024 Training Opportunities 

In-person Courses | Now in Workday Learning

Pavement Forum (ODOT Only) | 11/16 Enroll

Asphalt Concrete Pavement Inspector | 1/9, 1/30 Enroll

Bridge Construction Inspector | 3/4, 4/8 Enroll

Drilled Shaft Inspector | 11/28, 3/12 Enroll

Environmental Construction Inspector | 11/8, 1/10, 3/6 Enroll

Erosion Sediment Control Manager | 11/7, 1/9, 3/5 Enroll

General Construction Inspector | 12/4, 1/22, 3/18 Enroll

General Construction Inspector Recertification | 4/2 Enroll

Inspector Workshop | 2/22 Enroll

Quality Control Compliance Specialist Workshop | 2/27 Enroll

Traffic Control Technician/Supervisor Recertification | 12/5, 1/17 Virtual Enroll (ODOT only)

Traffic Control Technician/Supervisor Certification | 1/9, 1/23 Virtual Enroll (ODOT only)

Traffic Signal Inspector (In-Person) | 2/27, 2/29 Enroll

Digital Courses | Now on Workday Learning

2023 ADA Curb Ramp Inspector and Contractor certification includes an online exam and in-person field exam to receive a 2-year certification. Below is the order of progression and Workday enrollment links for certification:     

          Step 1 – ADA Curb Ramp Inspector and Contractor Training (2023) online

          Step 2 – ADA Curb Ramp Inspector and Contractor Exam (2023) online

          Step 3 – ADA Curb Ramp Certified Field Exam (2023)

2023 Traffic Signal Inspector Certification is an online class with an electronic exam. Learners who complete both successfully receive a 3-year certification.      

          Step 1 – Certified Traffic Signal Inspector Training (2023) online

          Step 2 – Certified Traffic Signal Inspector Exam (2023) online

Challenge Exams

Monthly inspector certification challenge events will be offered at the ODOT Salem Materials Lab on the following dates:10/19, 11/16, 12/21. To register for a future challenge exam, please complete the ODOT Inspector Exam Registration Form. See the Inspector Certification web page for links to electronic study resource materials.




Transportation Curriculum Coordination (TC3) 


Plan Reading Series (1 hour) - New to Construction? Go through the first module prior to an inspector training course. You can familiarize yourself with the basics of plan reading.

Math Module - If it has been a while since your last math class, this is useful as background for all of the certification courses. 

The above training is free if you are an employee of a government agency. When enrolling please use PROMO CODE: D5X3-B3D9-52CB-4XCX and include your government email address to complete training without a fee.


Construction Materials Technician Training

Construction material technician training will be administered through our Industry Partners: Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon, American Concrete Institute of Oregon and Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association. For information, visit the APAO, ACI and OCAPA websites for current enrollment details.


Construction Project

For more information regarding the Inspector Certification Program and the Technician Certification Program, please see the Inspector Certification Program and the Technician Certification Program.