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Training and Certification

Bridge inspectors evaluate a metal beamThe Oregon Department of Transportation Construction Section sponsors training and certification programs for technicians, inspectors and laboratories working on ODOT construction projects.

Most training sessions are held between October and May. Some courses are provided by organizations other than ODOT.

Course descriptions are noted below under "Certification Training."

Questions? Review the frequently asked questions, contact the Construction Training hotline at 503-986-4336 or email us.

 

Inspector Certification Training – This training is tailored for highway construction inspection by ODOT, consultants, and local agencies. Certification is available for Bridge, Drilled Shaft, Environmental, General, ACP, and Traffic Signal inspection.
 
For specific details, visit the Inspector Certification page.
 
  • General Construction Inspector
  • Asphalt Concrete Pavement Inspector
  • Bridge Construction Inspector
  • Drilled Shaft Construction Inspector
  • Environmental Construction Inspector
  • Traffic Signal Inspector
 
Laboratory Certification Program – Ensures that laboratories consistently provide quality test results.
 
Technician Certification Training – Develops and maintains a pool of well-trained technicians to perform field testing of materials for both quality control and quality assurance. This training is provided by outside vendors.
 
For specific details about the technician classes, visit the Technician Certification page.
 
  • Certified Aggregate Technician
  • Certified Embankment and Base Technician
  • Certified Density Technician
  • Certified Asphalt Technician I
  • Certified Asphalt Technician II
  • Certified Mix Design Technician
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Concrete Control Technician
  • Concrete Strength Testing Technician
Certification Database – Shows current certifications for inspectors and technicians.
 
We provide other training sessions, meetings, and workshops to assist you in improving your skills while working on construction projects. These are offered throughout the year.
 
Annual Inspector Workshop – Includes presentations by technical experts to address the “grey” areas in applying the specifications to construction inspection. It is an information sharing workshop for experienced inspectors.
 
Annual PM Meeting – Share statewide perspectives on current construction project management issues and vision for the future. (ODOT-only)
 
CAT II for Quality Assurance – Provides fundamental training in CAT II materials for QCCS's to prepare for CAT II certification. (ODOT-only)
 
Chip Seal – Trains Project Management and Maintenance staff to properly inspect and construct both emulsified and hot asphalt chip seal.
 
Contract Administration Workshop – Provides training and information sharing to improve and maintain statewide consistency in administration of ODOT state and federal aid funded construction projects by providing ODOT'S procedures and processes.
 
Erosion and Sediment Control Manager – Trains construction contractor personnel who will be performing Erosion and Sediment Control Manager services on construction contracts. Individuals must pass an exam either by taking the training or challenging the exam.
 
FHWA Contract Administration Core Curriculum – Provided by the Federal Highway Administration. Explains basic federal aid requirements; promotes awareness of FHWA policy; facilitates familiarity with changes in the Contract Administration Core Curriculum manual; and allows supervised practice activities using the manual to find information. Includes in-class exercises and case studies. Participants work with the Contract Administration Core Curriculum manual and learn how to best use it as a daily resource.
 
Intelligent Compaction Workshop – Discusses Intelligent Compaction technology, specification requirements, Veta analysis techniques, and resources available for project support. This course is developed for ODOT project management staff administering an Intelligent Compaction project. Also, the information is applicable for any contractor who is constructing an Intelligent Compaction project or interested in using Intelligent Compaction on a future project.
 
Pavement Forum – Provides annual feedback/updates to ODOT personnel about what pavement-related issues from the previous construction season. Projected issues for the upcoming construction season are discussed as well.
 
Quality Control Compliance Specialists Meeting – This is an annual workshop for individuals performing Quality Control Compliance Specialist. ​The information is targeted around issues related to ensuring that quality control is performed at the highest level on construction projects. (ODOT-only)
 
Structure Coatings – Teaches basic knowledge and skills required to be a paint inspector on a structure coating project. Ensures consistent inspection and quality compliance with the plans and specifications. This class is offered each spring before coating projects start.
 
Survey Fundamentals – Familiarizes inspectors with the basics of surveying related to construction operations. The class is not intended to teach inspectors how to be surveyors. It provides inspectors the tools to validate that the contractor has staked the project to match the plans.

​The 2017-2018 training season is complete and no additional classes will be held. 

The 2018-2019 training season schedule should be available no later than October 1, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the schedule or challenge exam availability, you may email us or call us at 503.986.4336. 

This document contains the most current class schedule and status for 2017-2018 Construction Training season.

     Current Class Schedule and Status

Contact the Construction Section

800 Airport Road SE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-986-4336

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