Iowa Public Works Service Bureau

Training and Educational Opportunities

Iowa Pavement Management Program End of Year Meeting – December 6

The Iowa Local Agency Pavement Management 2022 End of Year Workshop will be Tuesday December 6 , 2022 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. Click here to register.

This workshop will feature practical and relevant presentations on data-driven pavement preservation practices, GIS’ role in pavement inventory, pavement management integration challenges, and success stories from city, county, and MPO/RPA perspectives, as well as networking opportunities.

Appia Training – December 8

The Iowa DOT Local Systems Bureau will host an Appia training session on Thursday, December 8 at the Corning Community Center Community Room. It will be held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and will include a lunch break.

Appia is a web-based application used to facilitate the administration and documentation of construction projects.  This training is designed for all local agency and consultant staff who are involved in the construction inspection and administration process.  The class will include an overview of the application, a demonstration of the application, and a hands-on training exercise.

Participants will be required to bring their own wireless-capable electronic device, such as a tablet or laptop.  A phone is not suitable for this training.

Use for cities is optional now but will be required at a later date.  All local agency personnel are encouraged to attend if they have not attended an Appia training within the last year as there are numerous updates. Register on IDOTU for this session. Click here for instructions on how to register.

Iowa DOT’s Technical Training & Certification Program (TTCP) Training – registration now open!

Online enrollment for the 2022-2023 Technical Training & Certification Program (TTCP) training season is open. Detailed instructions on how to enroll are available here.

Recertification classes this training season will be held in-person with the review and examination on the same day. Most recertification classes will be held in December 2022 and January 2023 so be sure to enroll early.

There is also a test only day option available. More information on all dates and options is available in the registration book.

Traffic Calming Overview – December 5-6

Iowa LTAP is pleased to announce registration is now open for the “Traffic Calming Overview” virtual workshop. This free workshop will be held via webinar on December 5 and 6, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Workshop information and registration can be found here.

Federal-aid Overview Seminars – Jan 18-19, Jan 25-26, Feb 8-9

The Iowa DOT Local Systems Bureau is hosting Federal-aid Overview Seminars in early 2023.   Information can be found on the Local Systems Training website.

The dates and locations of the training are as follows:

  • January 18-19 in Boone (Central Region)
  • January 25-26 in Hiawatha (Eastern Region)
  • February 8-9 in Denison (Western Region)

Day 1 is Project Development through the Letting.  Day 2 is Construction Inspection and Contract Administration.  Attendees may attend Day 1, or Day 2, or both. 

Please encourage ALL of your staff who work on Federal-aid projects to attend, at least for one day depending on their job duties.  

To register, please go to Iowa DOT U by following the instructions here.

CDL Training for Maintenance Equipment Operators

Under a new federal rule, all providers (individual locations) of entry-level commercial driver’s license (CDL) training must be listed on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be listed on the TPR, the lead trainer at each location must certify that the location meets these requirements:

  1. Follows a training curriculum that meets specific criteria for theory and behind-the-wheel training.
  2. Utilizes facilities, vehicles, and instructors meeting federal requirements.
  3. Meets federal record-keeping requirements.
  4. Complies with any applicable state laws and regulations.

For a complete overview, please click here.

Additional resources:

Iowa’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

The Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program is dedicated to providing technical and management assistance to Iowa’s local governments. And to accomplish their mission—of improving traffic safety through locally coordinated multidisciplinary efforts built on trusted relationships—the Iowa LTAP offers a variety of programs and resources aimed toward assisting local agencies with the ever-growing demands on the roads, streets, bridges, and public transportation of Iowa. Click here for a current list of LTAP events.

Institute for Transportation (InTrans)

The Institute for Transportation is a hub of local, regional, and national transportation-focused research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer. InTrans administers 15 centers and programs, and several other distinct research specialties, and a variety of technology transfer and professional education initiatives. Click here for a current list of InTrans events.


Check out the latest research publications from the Iowa Highway Research Board. Information related to research activities including project highlights and successes, requests for proposal, unique collaborations, and more are available through the News section of the DOT’s Research Ideas site.