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ADA Training

Accessible Design in the Public Right-of-Way Certification Course

This full-day training will provide attendees with an understanding of how to provide accessibility in the public right-of-way from scoping through final design. The course covers the basic design requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how those needs relate to the broader concepts of designing facilities that are usable, constructable, and maintainable.

This course is designed to provide participants with a detailed understanding of the design of accessible sidewalks, curb ramps, signals, etc. and the relationship to project scope. Using examples based approach participants will be guided through a series of case studies to demonstrate the role of effective scoping, outside in design, context based design approaches, and best practices from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This course will provide the context for the role of compliance in the broader goal of accessibility.

The training is offered to MnDOT staff and consultants seeking certification for prequalification.  The content is being presented by MnDOT staff. Course dates by location are below. Lunch and course manuals are provided at all trainings.

Dates and locations

This training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) at the specified locations on the dates listed below.

Winter 2020-2021 class schedule will be posted soon.

This class was recorded in 2019. If you would like to view the recording, visit Minnesota LTAP.

Cost

  • Consultants - $150 - your place in the class will not be confirmed until payment is received.
  • MnDOT staff, students, county, city and government agencies – Free, but registration is required. MnDOT staff should register with their district training representative.

Registration

All non-MnDOT employees, will need to register for this class by downloading the 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

  • The Importance of ADA
  • MnDOT Standard Plans
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Outside-In Design
  • Project Scoping
  • Case Studies

Who should attend

This training is designed for MnDOT designers, project managers, and any personnel interested in learning more about ADA.  This class is recommended for both new employees as well as those who have experience working with ADA. 

Consultants on MnDOT’s Roadway Design Prequalification list will be required to have taken this certification class to be eligible to work on ADA designs.

Instructors

  • Todd Grugel, P.E., ADA Program Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Tim Hruska, P.E., L.S., Senior Associate and Civil Engineer/Municipal Team Leader, WHKS & Co.

More information

Contact Joe Zilka at 651-366-3311 or joseph.zilka@state.mn.us.

Credit

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.

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

This training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) at the specified locations on the dates listed below.

March 16, 2020 - CANCELLED
April 2, 2020 - CANCELLED

Our intention is to reschedule this training at the appropriate time and we will keep you updated in the coming weeks. It is our goal to see that all Contractors and Inspectors needing certification for the upcoming construction season will have the opportunity to do so. Thank you for your patience as our state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have not yet registered for the 2020 ADA Construction Certification Course and wish to register for future classes when they become available. Please send a completed registration form, do not send payment at this time any payments will be accepted at the start of class.

Cost

  • $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.

Registration

All non-MnDOT employees, will need to register for this class by downloading the 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)

Instructors

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

More information

Contact Harvey Unruh at 651-216-2912 or harvey.unruh@state.mn.us.

Credit

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.