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training options. In-person classes may be limited to room size. Additional classes may be added if the current offerings become full.
Federal-aid training resources for local agencies in Iowa
Federal-aid Overview Seminar
The Local Systems Bureau conducts the Federal-aid Overview Seminar as part of the Iowa DOT’s administration and oversight of Local Public Agency (LPA) Federal-aid projects. The Overview Seminar is for LPAs and consultant staff. It provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the Federal-aid project development and construction, and is based on the Local Systems Bureau's Federal-aid Project Development Guide and Instructional Memorandums (IMs).
Projects let through Iowa DOT follow Iowa DOT Specifications. Projects involving Federal-aid involve additional contract administration requirements tied to the federal funding. Failure to properly document the progress of a project may result in loss of Federal-aid for that project and may jeopardize the utilization of Federal-aid on future projects. While the above Federal-aid Overview Seminar provides an overview of all aspects of the Federal-aid project development and construction, Iowa DOT also offers three additional, and more detailed construction Contract Administration courses. These course descriptions and details on how to sign up for the Contract Administration courses can be found in the Technical Training Certification Program (TTCP) Information and Registration Book. Local Systems highly recommends these trainings for anyone administering Federal-aid projects. Additional resources are available on the Local Systems Bureau website under "Instructional Memorandums and Federal-Aid Guide" and "Post-Letting Resources".
IOWA DOT CERTIFICATIONS AND RECERTIFICATIONS
Iowa DOT Technical Training and Certification Program (TTCP) provides training courses in the areas of construction and materials. The program includes certifications for agencies, industry, producers, and consultants for highway materials testing and inspection. For additional details including the current TTCP Registration Book, program updates, and contact information visit the TTCP website.
WEB-BASED REVIEWS AND OTHER CLASSES
Iowa DOT provides online access to a variety of subject areas at no-charge. These web-based trainings are offered and accessed through IDOT U. Visit the Iowa DOT training site to learn more.
The TC3 Trainings you see on the above list are through Iowa DOT’s AASHTO Membership and, as such, only available to Iowa DOT Employees. For entities outside the Iowa DOT, these same courses can be purchased through the AASHTO Store. Some of these TC3 courses (also sometimes referred to as TTS Courses) are available for FREE to LPAs through a national partnership between AASHTO, FHWA, and LTAP. Please visit LTAP’s Website for additional details.
Iowa DOT also offers four construction field inspection courses. Additional information can be found in the TTCP Registration Book, listed under “What other classes are offered?”. Each is a two-day live class taught by subject matter experts from our Iowa DOT Construction and Materials Bureau. New inspectors for LPAs, and consultants in their employ can register and attend for FREE. Capacity is limited, so please do not sign up unless you plan to attend.
- Grading Field Inspection
- HMA Paving Field Inspection
- PCC Paving Field Inspection
- Structural Field Inspection.
More and more, transportation agencies must pursue better, faster, and smarter ways of doing business. Federal-aid Essentials offers a central online library of informational videos and resources, designed specifically for LPAs. Each video addresses a single topic, condensing the complex regulations and requirements of the Federal-aid Highway Program into easy-to-understand concepts and illustrated examples.
Note: The information in the videos was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for a national audience and is very general. Iowa may have more specific requirements that will need to be followed. Therefore, LPA Federal-aid projects in Iowa should always follow the procedures provided in our IMs.
Local Technical Assistance Program
Iowa's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), which is part of the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University, is dedicated to helping Iowa's local governments keep up with growing demands on local roads, streets, bridges, and public transportation. The Iowa LTAP provides technical and management assistance to Iowa's local transportation officials through a variety of programs and training opportunities.