PWSB

Iowa Public Works Service Bureau

Training and Educational Opportunities

Level I PCC Certification Class – September 6-8

This session will be September 6-8, 2022, at DMACC-Boone Campus. This is a 2 ½ day class and the schedule will be:

Tuesday, September 6         1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 7    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 8        9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enrollment is open in IOWADOT U. Step-by-step instructions are available at https://iowadot.gov/training/technical-training-and-certification-program

Iowa Streets and Roads Workshop and Conference – September 20-22

Registration for attendees and vendors is open for the 2022 Iowa Streets and Roads Workshop and Conference. The workshop/conference will be held September 20-22, 2022 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames. More information and registration can be found here.

APWA Iowa Chapter Winter Operations Training – October 5

Learn about new technology and operational methods to save money and protect the environment by effectively treating pavement.  Also learn about the importance of weather forecasting and the management of snow plow equipment. More information and registration can be found here.

APWA Iowa Chapter Fall Conference – October 5-7

Join us for our annual fall conference hosted in the home city of our chapter president – Sioux City.  Participate in the golf outing on October 5, followed by a one-of-a-kind welcome reception.  On October 6 and 7, participate in the conference for an opportunity to hear a wide range of public works-related presentations, network, elect officers, and recognize award winners.  Reduced hotel rate ends September 5 & early bird pricing ends September 1 – don’t wait, register today!

APWA Iowa Chapter Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Program – October 6

This program was designed to help agencies improve their winter maintenance programs, allowing them to be more efficient and effective.  It’s ideal for supervisors, foremen, crew leaders, and veteran operator personnel.  Attendees receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program. More information and registration can be found here.

APWA Iowa Chapter SPOT & Iowa State Roadeo – October 11-13

The Snow Plow Operator Training (SPOT) is a 2-day training session on October 11 and 12, designed for newer operators.  Topics range from pre-trip inspections to vehicle defect identification. A skills/road test is also included. Participate in the Roadeo event on October 13 and compete in one, two, or three courses: Single Axle Snow Plow Course, Skid Steer Course, and Loader Course. More information and registration can be found here.

Stormwater Sessions: Live Webinar Series – July 12 through October 11

Learn over lunch without leaving the office! The Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership is proud to announce our 2022 webinar series. We’ve compiled a panel of experts from across disciplines to share their knowledge on stormwater practices and research.   Webinars take place on the second Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:00pm. Get registered for $30 each, or $150 for all six webinars. Registration is free for all city and county staff.  

July 12 – Trash Free Waters National and State Campaigns – Layne Marshall, EPA, and Pat Sauer, ISWEP
August 9 – Working Water, Reinventing the Storm Drain – Bill Wenk, Wenk Associates
September 13 – Latest in Hydrodynamic Separators – Dr. John Sansalone, University of Florida
October 11 – Five Steps to Successful Prairie Establishment – Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery

Click here to register. Click here to view the event flyer.

Iowa DOT’s Technical Training and Certification Program (TTCP)

The Iowa DOT Technical Training and Certification Program provides training courses in the areas of construction and materials. The program includes certifications for agencies, industry, producers, and consultants for highway materials testing and inspection. Click here for more information about classes currently available.

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.

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.

Research

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.