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ADA Construction Certification Course

This full-day training will provide attendees with an understanding of how to construct pedestrian facilities that provide accessibility in the public right-of-way from initial surveys and layout through the final documentation of Compliance Checklists. The course covers the construction requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and MnDOT Standard Plans and Specifications.  

This course is designed to provide MnDOT Contract Administration Personnel, Contractors and Consultant Inspectors with a detailed understanding of the construction of accessible sidewalks, curb ramps, and signal systems. Training participants will be guided through MnDOT Special Provisions Prosecution of Work ADA (1804), Curb Ramp Standard Plan 5-297.250, Sidewalk and Driveway Standard Plan 5-297.254, Accessible Pedestrian Signals, and best practices from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Compliance documentation will also be covered during the class.

The course will be taught in a traditional classroom setting and will end with a 75 minute open book exam. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to pass. Course manual and lunch will be provided.

Dates and locations

The ADA Office will not be providing the ADA Construction Certification course or the Accessible Design in the Public Right-of-way straining this fall/winter of 2020-2021.

We are planning on resuming this training next fall/winter of 2021-2022 however, registration for training and the dates and locations will not be posted until we have been cleared to resume the ADA Construction Certification/ Recertification or the Accessible Design in the Public Right-of-way classroom training program.


  • $125 for consultants and contractors
  • MnDOT staff, students, county, city and government agencies – Free, but registration is required. MnDOT staff should register with their district training representative.


All non-MnDOT employees, will need to register for this class by downloading the ADA Construction Certification registration form and sending the completed form to Rich Haavisto. Your place in the class will be confirmed when payment is received.

Special requests

  • If you have a disability and require accommodation to fully participate in this activity, please contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us. Requests should be made immediately upon registering in order to accommodate your needs.

Topics covered

  • MnDOT Special Provisions Prosecution of Work ADA (1804)
  • Curb Ramp Standard Plan 5-297.250
  • Sidewalk and Driveway Standard Plan 5-297.254
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Best practices from MnDOT

Who should attend

This training will be required for a minimum of 1 contractor’s representative working on MnDOT projects containing ADA work, beginning in the spring of 2019.  Consultant  inspectors who are interested in MnDOT’s new prequalification work type, 11.8 ADA Construction Inspection, that will be created for construction inspection staff augmentation should also attend. All MnDOT Contract Administration Personnel should attend. Certification is valid for 3 years.

ADA Provisional Construction Certification List 2020

ADA Provisional Construction Certification List (PDF)

ADA Construction Certification List 2018-2020

ADA Construction Certification List (PDF)


  • Harvey Unruh, ADA Construction Specialist, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Tim Paul, District 3 Project Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Transportation


To the best of our knowledge, this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements for 7.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSAGID website.