Lake Superior College

MnDOT Technical Certification

Registration for the 2021/2022 season will open on October 1, 2021

Aggregate Production Tester
Bituminous Plant Tester
Bituminous Plant Mix Designer
Bituminous Street Inspector
Bridge Construction Inspector
Concrete Field Tester
Concrete Field Inspector
Concrete Plant Tester
Concrete Strength Tester
Grading & Base Tester
Grading & Base Inspector

A MnDOT Tech ID# is REQUIRED to register for certification courses. If you do not have an ID#, please click here:  MnDOT Tech ID.

Registrations will be processed on a first come-first served basis. The class sizes are limited, so early registrations are suggested to obtain the date preferred. All online registrations must be paid with a credit card or the PO option (Organization accounts only).

REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PAYMENT unless you are an organization account and get PO permission.

Reminder:  Lunch is on your own for all MnDOT classes.

Aggregate Production Tester Certification (Formerly Aggregate Production)
This 1-day class (plus lab) focuses on fundamental information about aggregate materials (rocks) and the key methods used to sample, conduct test procedures, and document test results to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements.

Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, practice activities, and hands-on lab experiences with the testing procedures. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written and lab-based performance exams. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

There are no prerequisites or recertification for this course.

Options include:

  • Bituminous Plant Tester (formerly Bit Plant 1)
  • Bituminous Mix Designer (formerly Bit Plant 2).
  • Recertification for both.
Both courses will be held 100% live online, Bit Plant Tester will also have a hands on performance review in the field TBD.

Bituminous Plant Tester: (Formerly Bit Plant 1)
This 2-day introductory course (plus performance review in the field TBD after course) focuses on fundamental information about bituminous (asphalt) and the key methods used to sample, split samples, conduct test procedures, and document and interpret test results to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, practice activities, and hands-on lab experiences with the testing procedures. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam and the performance review (completed in a MnDOT lab within one year of the class exam).  [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam. Unlike other Technical Certification performance exams that are completed as part of the class lab session, the Bituminous Plant Tester review is done in a MnDOT lab. Participants must be evaluated by the MnDOT District Lab Supervisor or Independent Assurance Inspector. Individuals have one-year from the date of the class exam to successfully complete the performance review. If the performance evaluation is not done within one year, they must again attend and successfully complete the course to be eligible for submit another performance review.]

Prerequisites: Aggregate Production Tester (Formerly Aggregate Production)

Bituminous Plant Tester Recertification: (Formerly Bit Plant 1 Recert)
This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures.
Instruction includes lecture and discussion. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews may be included to help participants prepare for the written exam.

Bituminous Mix Designer: (Formerly Bit Plant 2)
This advanced 5-day course focuses on why and how to create bituminous mix designs to ensure the materials meet roadway construction quality requirements. These include instructions focused on attaining the proper AC content, gradation, compaction, crushed particles, air voids, density, and durability. 

Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, videos, discussion, and practice activities. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam and performance. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]
NOTE: Upon successful completion of the course and written examination, the student must develop a bituminous mix design (2360) and submit it with all required documentation and related mixture materials to the MnDOT Maplewood Lab for verification. Submittals must be delivered to the MnDOT Maplewood Lab no later than one year from the date of the last day of class. If the mix design is not submitted and verified within that one year, the individual will be required to re-attend and successfully complete the class again, including verification of a submitted mix design, to be eligible for certification in this area.

Prerequisites: Bituminous Plant Tester (Formerly Bit Plant 1)


Bituminous Mix Designer Recertification: (Formerly Bit Plant 2 Recert)
This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures. Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.

 

Bituminous Street Inspector Course Options:

  • Bituminous Street Inspector (Formerly Bituminous Street)
  • Bituminous Street Inspector Recertification (Formerly Bituminous Street Recertification)
All Bituminous Street courses will be held 100% live online.

Bituminous Street Inspector: (Formerly Bituminous Street)
This 3-day course focuses on fundamental information about bituminous paving, testing, and technology to ensure bituminous paving meets meet roadway construction quality requirements. Topics include asphalt properties and types, production and testing, plant types and operation, aggregates used in production of hot-mix design concepts, surface preparation, trucking, paving and compaction specifications, inspector and contractor roles, the MnDOT Quality Management Specification, and Certified Plant requirements.
Classroom instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam and performance. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

Prerequisites: None


Bituminous Street Inspector Recertification: (Formerly Bituminous Street Recertification) 
This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures. Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.

Bridge Construction Inspector Courses Offered:

  • Bridge Construction Inspector (Formerly Bridge Construction)
  • Bridge Construction Inspector Recertification (Formerly Bridge Construction Recertification)
Bridge Construction Inspector: (Formerly Bridge Construction)
This advanced two-week course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to serve as an Inspector on bridge projects and other types of structural construction. Topics include bridge staking, excavation and embankment, foundations, steel reinforcement, substructures, structural steel, forms and false-work, pre-stressed beams, deck expansion joints, superstructures, deck drainage, bridge utilities, deck overlays, special structures, slope protection, documentation, approach panels, reconstruction and widening, and safety practices.

Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exams. (Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.)


Prerequisite: Aggregate Production Tester, Concrete Field Tester & Inspector, Grading and Base Tester. 

 The following eLearning is also required:
The following AASHTO eLearning is strongly recommended: Register for AASHTO Prerequisite Classes

Bridge Construction Inspector Recertification: (Formerly Bridge Construction Recertification)
As a prerequisite for the recertification course, Grading and Base Tester, Concrete Field Tester, and Concrete Field Inspector certifications must be current.

This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures. Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.

 

Concrete Field Course Options:

  • Concrete Field Tester (Formerly Concrete Field 1)
  • Concrete Field Inspector (Formerly Concrete Field 2)
  • Concrete Field Tester/Inspector Recertification (Formerly Concrete Field 1 & 2 Recert)

Concrete Field Tester: (Formerly Concrete Field 1This 1-day class (plus lab) focuses on fundamental information about plastic concrete materials and the key methods used to sample, conduct test procedures, and document test results to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, practice activities, and hands-on lab experiences with the testing procedures. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written and lab-based performance exams. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

Prerequisites: None

Concrete Field Inspector: (Formerly Concrete Field 2) This advanced 3-day course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to serve as an Inspector on concrete projects, working to ensure concrete materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements. Topics include Inspector roles and responsibilities; concrete material properties; materials technology and construction techniques required by MnDOT specifications; concrete paving, forming, and curing; and joint reconstruction.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

Prerequisites: Concrete Field Tester (Formerly Concrete Field 1)

Concrete Field Tester/Inspector Recertification (Formerly Concrete Field 1 & 2 Recert)In order to maintain an ACI Concrete Field 1 certification, students must retake the full ACI Concrete Tester (Concrete Field 1) certification class.  Students who only need MnDOT certification must successfully complete the 1-day MnDOT Concrete Field Tester/Inspector Recertification class and will receive credit for the MnDOT Concrete Field Tester and/or Concrete Field Inspector certification only.
This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.

Concrete Plant Tester Course Options:

  • Concrete Plant Tester (Formerly Concrete Plant 1)
  • Concrete Plant Tester Recertification (Formerly Concrete Plant 1 Recert)
*Level 2 was eliminated when MnDOT switched from MnDOT Mixes to Contractor Mix Designs for concrete in 2016.

Concrete Plant Tester: (Formerly Concrete Plant 1)
This 2-day introductory course focuses on fundamental information about concrete and the key methods used to sample, conduct test procedures, and document test results to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.  [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.] 

Prerequisites: Aggregate Production Tester


Concrete Plant Tester Recertification: (Formerly Concrete Plant 1 Recert)
This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.

Concrete Strength Tester (Formerly Concrete Strength):
The Concrete Strength Tester Certification is required for anyone who performs testing for concrete compressive strength. This includes procedures such as curing, sample preparation, and capping and breaking cylinders. (See course objectives for a complete and detailed list of test procedures.)
Note: In lieu of MnDOT Concrete Strength Testing Technician Certification, MnDOT will accept personnel who hold a current ACI Strength Testing Technician Certification or Wisconsin Concrete Strength Certification.


This 1-day class (plus lab) focuses on fundamental information about preparation and testing of concrete strength specimens and the key methods used to sample, conduct test procedures, and document test results to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements. Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, practice activities, and hands-on lab experiences with the testing procedures. Course resources and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam and the performance exam.  [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

Prerequisites: None

Grading and Base Course Options:

  • Grading and Base Tester (Formerly Grading and Base 1)
  • Grading and Base Inspector (Formerly Grading and Base 2)
  • Grading and Base Tester/Inspector Recertification (Formerly Grading and Base 1 & 2 Recert)
Grading and Base Tester: (Formerly Grading and Base 1)
This introductory 2-day course (plus 1 day of lab) focuses on fundamental information about grading and base materials (the soil, sand, and rocks used in roadway and bridge construction) and the key methods used to sample, conduct test procedures, and document test results to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, practice activities, and hands-on lab experiences with the testing procedures. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written and lab-based performance exams. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

Prerequisites: Aggregate Production Tester (Formerly Aggregate Production)


Grading and Base Inspector: (Formerly Grading and Base 2)
This advanced 3-day course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to serve as an Inspector on grading and base projects, working to ensure these materials meet roadway and bridge construction quality requirements. Topics include Inspector roles and responsibilities, subgrade soils and soils identification, excavation and embankment construction, base construction, cold mix asphalt, pavement reclamation, turf establishment, geosynthetic applications, and compliance with labor laws.
Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam. [Note: Depending on participants’ prior knowledge and experience, they may want to do additional practice and review before taking the class and/or the exam.]

Prerequisites: Grading and Base Tester (Formerly Grading and Base 1)


Grading and Base Tester/Inspector Recertification: (Formerly Grading and Base 1 & 2 Recert)
This 1-day recertification course reviews core knowledge and skills from the initial certification course and provides information on any recent changes to the relevant specifications and test procedures. Instruction includes lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practice activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss lessons learned in the field. Quizzes, course resources, and content reviews are included to help participants prepare for the written exam.