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Technical Certification


About the program

The Mn DOT Technical Certification program (TCP) is a federally mandated program FHA Code of Federal Regulations (PDF) administered by MnDOT Office of Materials and Road Research, Technical Certification Unit located in Maplewood, MN.

In order to receive Federal Highway and Bridge Funds, MnDOT must execute a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program to ensure certified technicians are qualified to test and inspect materials incorporated into projects.

MnDOT TCP Unit trains, certifies and re-certifies approximately 4,500 technicians annually from Minnesota and our neighboring states. See the FHA Code of Federal Regulations.

How it works

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Construction and lab technicians become certified to work on Federal Aid, State Aid and state highway construction projects by attending a 2-3 day MnDOT Technical Certification Course and successfully completing a written exam.

Some classes will require successfully completing a hands-on performance evaluation.

Register for classes

Once registered, you can return at any time to see class histories, class scores, certification status and print a certification card.

Common questions

Do I still need MnDOT certification when I am certified in another state?

Yes, to work on a Minnesota funded project , you will need MnDOT technical certification.

Do I need to be certified when I am a registered engineer?

All people who perform field or laboratory materials sampling or testing, or concrete or bituminous mix designs on Federal Aid, State Aid and state highway projects, must be certified.

This includes registered, professional engineers.

A registered engineer may exercise the test-out option for certification. The years extensive training received by degreed engineers of experience will be considered requirements for the test out process. For more information on the test out process, see the Technical Certification Handbook and the test out application and instructions.

How do I find out when my certification expires?

This office makes available through the portal, a certification card to each individual with a certification number. This card shows the date each certification expires. to each individual with a certification number. This card shows the date each certification expires. Certifications marked with an asterisk(*) must be renewed the next training season. If you need assistance please contact a Technical Certification member.

Can I take a recertification course to regain my expired certifications?

No, you must repeat the original courses or test-out to regain certification. Both options require appropriate course fees; while, courses requiring lab review will have additional fees.

All fees must be paid in full for successful certification.