Local Programs Workshop

Training for Localities

Transportation Project Management Institute (TPMI) Scholarships

The Transportation Project Management Institute will take place May 12-21, 2015 in Charlottesville, VA. To encourage local government participation in the TPMI, VDOT is partnering with the UVA Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) to offer five $2000 scholarships (half the cost of attendance) to eligible local governments for this May’s institute. Local staff must first apply to UVA CTS by March 6 for eligibility determination, and state on their application that they wish to be considered for the VDOT scholarship. Applicants will be notified of scholarship awards the week of March 16. Scholarship evaluation criteria include local government size, locality participation in VDOT-funded programs, and the applicant’s project management responsibilities. For more information, go to the UVA TPMI website at http://cts.virginia.edu/tpmi/index.htm. Additional questions regarding scholarships may be referred to Penny Forrest at 804-786-9810.


Other Training opportunities with reduced rates for Local Government attendees – (click on course title for registration information) 

Transportation Construction Quality Assurance - $64

February 26-27, 2015 Roanoke

The content covered in this course includes how quality assurance is featured in a transportation construction quality assurance program, quality assurance program elements, the evolution of quality assurance specifications, measuring quality, and the roles and responsibilities of both contractor and agency personnel. This course is particularly suited for practitioners associated with procurement, audit, and the administration of A/E contract

Essential Requirements of the Uniform Act Workshop - No cost – Limited to 25 attendees

March 3-4, 2015 Thornburg Training Center

This customized workshop begins with an introduction to the Federal-aid right-of-way process and the fundamentals of complying with the Uniform Act, Federal Highway regulations and any State laws, regulations or requirements. Then, participants will test what they have learned with hands-on activities to reinforce key course concepts. Participants will walk away with a strong understanding of the Uniform Act and a proven ability to appropriately apply core concepts within their States. This course is designed for Local government employees and consultants who work in the transportation decision making process and who acquire or manage real estate for federally funded transportation projects.

Construction Program Management and Inspection - $69

April 7-8, 2015 Thornburg Training Center

This 2-day training workshop highlights the FHWA roles and resources to assist the State in delivering a quality construction program. The training will assist the FHWA field engineers in maintaining and improving technical competence and in selecting a balanced program of construction management techniques.

Using the AASHTO Audit Guide for the Procurement and Administration of A/E contracts $35

May 13, 2015 Staunton

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the Federal and State laws, regulations, policies and procedures that relate to the procurement and administration of A/E contracts.
  • Explain how to use audit information in the procurement and administration of A/E contracts.
  • Identify and discuss concepts of direct and indirect, allowable and unallowable costs in A/E contracts.
  • Locate selected tools and resources to assist in the procurement and administration of A/E contracts.

This course is particularly suited for practitioners associated with procurement, audit, and the administration of A/E contracts.

Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies

Local public agencies now have a centralized hub for guidance, policies, procedures, and best practices for administering federal-aid projects. 

FHWA worked with state and local partners to create a library of videos covering key aspects of the project development and delivery process to help local governments get the information they need about the Federal-Aid Highway Program. 

The video library is accessible from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. 

The videos each focus on a single topic, are all less than 10 minutes long.

See them at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/federal-aidessentials/

Locally Administered Projects Core Curriculum:

 Web-based self-paced courses available from NHI 

Other Recommended web-based self-paced courses from NHI:

Local Technical Assistance Program

The Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program also known as the Transportation Training Academy, provides technical workshops, seminars, and short courses in the various transportation related topics.  These courses are available to local government staff at a minimal charge.  The schedule of upcoming workshops and information on registration are available on their website at http://ltap.cts.virginia.edu/index.php.

VDOT Project Coordinator Training Program

The Local Assistance Division with Assistance from the Local Partnership Team has prepared a short course that provides VDOT Project Coordinators with an overview of PC roles and responsibilities and the LAP Program.  This training was provided to VDOT staff in the fall of 2011 and is available for download here. (4.6MB)

For Additional Information

Contact Penny Forrest at 804-786-9810 or by e-mail at  Penny.Forrest@vdot.virginia.gov

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