Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Trainings & Workshops

FHWA Work Zone Design Considerations

  • Wednesday - Thursday, November 15-16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m (Wednesday) and 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Thursday) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This 2-day course will look at key work zone design considerations to improve safety and mobility, include multi-modal users, and improve incident management.

Cost: No cost

For more information and to register to the FHWA Work Zone Design Considerations announcement (Word, 50 KB).

Guide Sign Design

  • Wednesday - Thursday, November 1-2 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This two day course provides participants with the necessary guide sign design skills to design guide signs used on conventional roads, expressways and freeways. Participants will acquire the basic design skills needed in order to design traffic guide signs. The SignCAD software will be used to demonstrate sign design elements for as many traffic guide sign examples as time permits. The course materials and examples are based on MnDOT guide sign practices for all types of roadways including conventional roads, expressways and freeways. All participants will receive a MnDOT Traffic Guide Sign manual, but will NOT receive a copy of the SignCAD software or user manual.

Cost: $200 government employees, $300 non-government

For more information and to register to the Guide Sign Design announcement (Word, 55 KB).

Signal and Lighting Certification

  • January 17-18 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 13-14 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 24-25 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This two day course includes review of contract documents, components, and the construction of traffic control signal and lighting systems. This course is designed to educate participants on MnDOT construction standards, procedures, and specifications for traffic control signal and lighting systems and obtain MnDOT Signal and Lighting certification up to five years. The course will be taught in a traditional classroom setting and will end with a 90 minute open book exam. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to pass.

Cost: $350

For more information and to register, see the certification registration form (Word, 55 KB)

Signal and Lighting Recertification

  • January 19 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 15 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 26 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This abbreviated single day course is to review and stay up to date on the latest changes in technology, components, contract documents, and construction procedures of MnDOT traffic control signals and lighting systems. The course is designed for those whose MnDOT Signal and Lighting certification is still valid but near expiration and allows them to maintain their certification for an additional five years. The course will be taught in a traditional classroom setting and will end with a 60 minute open book exam. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to pass.

Cost: $250

For more information and to register, see the recertification registration form (Word, 55 KB)

Sign Maintenance and Management for Local Agencies

This online distance-learning course was created to provide a concise, cohesive set of sign maintenance and management materials to employees of cities, counties, and municipalities. The development of this course stemmed from the realization that no consistent sign training is available locally and that many key maintenance staff are retiring without transferring their knowledge to younger staff. In addition, it is often challenging for maintenance staff to attend workshops and training in person, since their schedules change frequently and are often weather-dependent.

This course will help maintenance staff better understand sign materials, placement, installation, and retroreflectivity, as well as general maintenance and management practices. In addition, students will learn how to use and navigate the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MN MUTCD) and understand new federal requirements related to sign maintenance and management.

The course consists of 10 lessons, each containing a narrated presentation, video clips, and a quiz. Participants can complete the course, which will take about 10 hours, at their own pace.

Course Lessons

  • General overview
  • Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Sign policy
  • Sign materials
  • Safety
  • Sign placement
  • Sign installation
  • Sign retroreflectivity
  • Sign maintenance and management
  • Addressing and street name signs

Cost: $65 ($75 to register for a Continuing Education Credit)

For further details and to register, visit http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/traffic/onlinesign/index.html.