California Department of Transportation

Training Course Descriptions

1. Accounting/Invoices

(Under development at this time.)

This course provides the basic information required by a project sponsor to obtain reimbursement from Caltrans for expenditures on local federal-aid and state funded projects. Most payments made to project sponsors are for expenditures paid by the project sponsor prior to claiming reimbursement from Caltrans. This course will discuss how to prepare an invoice, what is and is not eligible for reimbursement, and timelines for applying for reimbursement.

Instructors: Caltrans - DLA
Duration:5 hours


2. Audits (Pre-award and Indirect Costs)

Indirect Cost Reimbursement

Federal-aid and State rules have changed to allow local agencies to be reimbursed for overhead expenses. This training discusses the procedures local agencies must follow to receive reimbursement including development of Cost Allocation Plan and Rate. These procedures are outlined in Local Assistance Procedures Manual - Chapter 5 "Accounting/Invoices" - Section 5.4, Reimbursable Project Costs.

Pre-award audit requirements for consultant contracts.

Pre-award audit requirements apply to all consultant contracts when state or federal-aid highway funds participate in the contact. Training discusses requirements for pre-award audits for consultant contracts and different methods local agencies can use to meet the pre-award audit requirements.

Instructors: Caltrans Audits Office
Duration: 4 hours


3. Caltrans' Right of Way Academy

The Right of Way Academy is taught in four sections:

  • Principles of Real Estate Appraisal
  • Principles of Real Estate Law
  • Principles of Real Estate Negotiation
  • Principles of Real Estate Engineering

Principles of Real Estate Appraisal introduce the principles of real estate and real property valuation to the students:

  • The appraisal process
  • Market analysis
  • Area and site analysis
  • Highest and Best Use analysis
  • Sales Comparison Approach
  • Cost Approach
  • Income Approach
  • Reconciliation and Final Value Determination
  • Introduction to partial acquisitions

Principles of Real Estate Law provide students with practical applications of legal principles to the management and acquisition of real property.

Principles of Real Estate Negotiation are a unique blend of the legalities, practicalities, and communication skills associated with successful, real-world right of way negotiations, with an emphasis on the practical as opposed to the theoretical. Students begin the course with a broad view of Federal laws and regulations that apply to negotiators. Participants use these requirements as a framework within which to explore their negotiation skills, habits and styles; and learn practical approaches and tips to improve settlement rates for right of way acquisitions.

Principles of Real Estate Engineering are designed for the novice or new non-engineer. This module teaches students how to use engineering equipment such as an engineering scale or protractor, basic skills in reading and interpreting information contained on engineering plans; how to read, understand, and plot simple descriptions using the most common methods of property descriptions.

Instructors: Caltrans Staff
Duration: 10 Days


4. Completing the New HBRR Application Process

Class Objective:

Students will obtain skills needed in completing the new HBRR application. The new application, Exhibit 6-A, HBRR Guidelines, Chapter 6, is designed to provide a more detailed assessment of the existing structure and requires that additional maintenance information be provided in the application. This class is intended to help Local Agency staff without experience through the new process. Those who have experienced difficulty with the application or would like a stronger background are also encouraged to attend.

Class Summary:

Attendees will work through example applications individually and in groups. They will learn to locate and interpret maintenance information needed to complete the application. The class is meant to be hands-on and will include student worksheets and group presentations. Some additional topics include maintenance information on the SIA sheet, condition and appraisal ratings, sufficiency ratings and bridge status, and Element Level Inspection. A brief overview on structure type selection and creating a cost comparison will be provided.

Instructor: Rand Helde CT HQ
Duration: 4 hours


5. Construction Contract Administration-Refresher

This course is not being offered at this time.
Please contact your District Training Coordinator about the Federal-Aid series, Course V.


6. Consultant Evaluation Workshop

Course not available at this time.


7. Consultant Selection

This course will introduce you to the federal-aid requirements for Consultant Selection and Contract Management. Students will learn how a local agency may engage consultants to perform architectural, engineering and related services needed to develop a Federal-aid project. Local agencies requesting Federal funds to reimburse Architectural and Engineering consultants must follow the selection and contracting procedures detailed in the Local Assistance Procedures Manual.

Federal Legislation:

The provisions of the Brooks Bill (40 USC 541) requires local agencies to award federally funded engineering and design contracts on the basis of fair and open competitive negotiations, demonstrated competence, and professional qualifications (23 CFR, section 172).

State Legislation:

For this course, those private consulting firms providing architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, environmental, land surveying, or construction project management services are termed architectural and engineering (A&E) consultants. California law requires selection of A&E consultants on the basis of demonstrated competence and professional qualifications. Cost may not be used as a basis for selecting such consultants. Contracts must be negotiated in order of the most qualified consultant at prices determined to be fair and reasonable to the local agency.

(Government Code, Chapter 10, Sections 4525 through 4529.5).

Consultants other than A&E consultants are selected using cost as one of the selection criteria. This course does not detail specific requirements for selecting these consultants; however, the procedures outlined in this course could be modified for selecting non-A&E consultants by adding a cost bid to the proposal.

Instructors: Caltrans Staff
Duration: 6 hours


8. Context Sensitive Solutions

Under the direction of Caltrans CSS training contract coordinator, the Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program proposes to develop and deliver a hands-on, 3.5 day training program in locations to be determined. This class is under development.

This training program will be delivered in District 4 (Oakland), District 7 (Pasadena), District 6 (Fresno), and one other location to be determined.

Classes are planned for approximately 30 Caltrans staff and 30 local agency or transportation consultants in each location. Additional locations for training will be identified by Caltrans during the course of this project. Training will use new and existing instructional materials available to the Technology Transfer Program, but customized to address the specific and unique interests and needs of California public employees. Modules in the training series will be delivered and must be taken by each student consecutively.

The CSS training program will consists of 3 modules, to be delivered over 3.5 days:

  • Module1: "Setting the Context for Context Sensitive Solutions: The Place-making workshop" (one day)
  • Module 2: "Managing Intra-agency and Stakeholder Relations" (one day)
  • Module 3: "Implementing Context Sensitive Solutions in the Real World: Issues of Design Flexibility and Liability Management" (one and a half days)

Instructors: Caltrans Staff
Duration: 6 hours


9. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) - Construction Contract Monitoring

Introduction to the new DBE requirements on Construction Contracts. Discuss the new DBE Contract special provisions.Students will learn how to administer construction contracts for DBE compliance and become familiar with the required paperwork that needs to be completed by the Contractor and administering agency to assure DBE contract compliance.

Note! This Course is usually taught along with Labor Compliance Workshop and Construction Contract Administration Requirement as the Construction Contract Administration refresher Workshop. (See Construction Contract Administration-Refresher Above)

Instructors: Caltrans Staff
Duration: 1.5 hours


10. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)-Goal Methodology

Please contact your District DBE Coordinator.


11. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) - Goal Setting Workshop

This course addresses the Federal requirements contained in Part 26 of Title 49 of Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It covers the new Caltrans DBE guidance, reporting bidders' requirements and resources available in the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM). Timelines for implementation of the Local Agency's DBE program as well as examples of the different methodologies acceptable for the calculation of the Local Agency's annual overall goal and individual contract goals are covered.

Instructors: Caltrans Staff
Duration: One Day


12. Emergency Relief

When a disaster hits the State of California, the FHWA, under the provisions of Title 23, makes funds available to local agencies to restore/replace their roads and bridges located on the Federal-aid Highway system provided that the State has depleted their emergency funds, and the Governor has certified that the Emergency Plan has been implemented. This course explains the rules and procedures the local agencies need to follow to apply for and receive FHWA Emergency Relief Funds.

Reference Documents:

Title 23 USC, Section 125

A special program from the Highway Trust Fund for the repair or the reconstruction of federal aid highways and roads on federal lands which have suffered serious damage as a result of

  • natural disasters or
  • catastrophic failures from an external cause

Emergency Relief Manual (FHWA) September 1998

Provides information to States and agencies requesting, obtaining and administering ER funds

Local Assistance Program Guidelines Manual

  • Federal-aid Routes Functional Classifications, Chapter 3
  • Disaster Assistance, Chapter 11 provides detailed discussions, policies, procedures, and forms related to ER funds.

Instructors: FHWA/Caltrans
Duration: Half Day


13. Environmental Justice (EJ)

Environmental Justice (EJ) is more than a set of legal and regulatory obligations. Properly implemented, EJ principles and procedures improve all levels of transportation decision making. The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transportation Administration engage in several types of technical assistance and training to promote the integration of EJ principles into all programs, plans, and activities. Activities include:

  • Conducting training course and "train the trainer" workshops. Participation in national, regional, or local conferences and workshops. Provision of technical assistance at field conferences and meetings. Sponsoring and monitoring research activities. Dissemination of status information on recent activities and major upcoming events. Preparing presentations for use in EJ training.
  • Maintaining a list of contacts for EJ matters.

Training Courses:

EJ training and workshop materials are being prepared in a series of "modules." The modules will be added in phases to incorporate additional information on effective practices and case studies. The goal will be to disseminate information on the EJ opportunities as well as responsibilities. Instructional materials will reinforce the message that, properly implemented, EJ principles and procedures improve all levels of transportation decision making. The training materials will feature important data collection, analysis and monitoring methods, funding programs and partnering strategies, as well as effective examples of public involvement. The materials will distill key "lessons learned" from noteworthy projects and operations and will be targeted at FHWA Division Offices, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Regional Offices, Caltrans, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs), transit providers and other stakeholders.


14. Field Review Workshop

Half-day course in purpose and need for project Field Reviews. Includes who, what, when, where and why of the transportation project field review. Class under development.


15. Flood Plain Training

Course Description:

This training addresses the FHWA regulations, policies and procedures on floodplain encroachments as stated in Part 23 of CFR 650, with which all states and local agencies must comply on all federal aid projects. This includes environmental procedures and documentation. In addition, this training will provide State and local agency staff with a good understanding of floodplain encroachments so that they understand the risks associated with the encroachment and design and can locate their projects in such a way as to avoid or minimize impacts to the floodplain and risks to surrounding property.

Instructors: DLA
Duration: 4 hours


16. FormsPLUS

Caltrans Division of Local Assistance - Office of Procedures Development & Training developed FormsPLUS to assist local agencies with the completion of forms necessary to secure state and federal funding for transportation projects. FormsPLUS is a database containing most of the forms that a local agency might have to complete to secure state and federal funds from Caltrans. This course demonstrates how to use the FormsPLUS application and complete forms.

Instructors: DLA
Duration: 2 hours


17. Foundation Investigations and Reports

This course provides guidelines for typical structure foundation investigations, and foundation reports prepared by local agencies, consultants, and Caltrans.Caltrans Office of Geotechnical Support (OGS), Division of Structural Foundations (DSF), and Engineering Service Center (ESC) will provide geotechnical oversight of these foundation investigations and reports.

A foundation investigation is required for all new structures (bridges, tunnels, retaining walls, sounds walls, tieback walls, overhead signs, maintenance stations, culverts, pumping plants/stations, toll plazas, etc.) or when widening, retrofit, or modifications to existing structures are proposed. A Foundations Report is required to summarize the findings of the investigations and to provide recommendations for the structure design and construction.

Instructors: Caltrans-OGS
Duration: 2 hours


18. HBRR Hydraulics Reports

This course will show you ways to prepare hydraulic reports for Highway Bridge Rehabilitation or Replacement projects (HBRR). Also, the course will make you aware of Scour Critical Bridge Evaluation as well as of Scour countermeasures, which include Hydraulic, Structural and Monitoring measures.Hydraulic reports can include:

  • An estimate of the discharge, velocity and hydraluic stage of the discharge.What horizontal and vertical driftways are required.Pier, contraction degradation, and abutment and scour estimates.The pier type and location, and the bridge skew.Any special rail considerations.
  • Any special false work considerations.

Instructors: Caltrans-OGS
Duration: 2 hours



Topics covered include :

  • HBRR funding & other programs HBRR guidelines & temporary guidelines Project selection & eligibility criteria
  • Services provided by SLA

Discussion of Type of Projects including:

  • Replacement and rehabilitation Painting projects Low water crossings Barrier rail replacement projects
  • Emergency relief

Instructors: DLA/SLA
Duration: 2 Hours


20. HBRR Program Workshop

A two-day course in applying the HBRR Guidelines as required in accordance with the revised chapter six of the Local Assistance Guidelines Manual. Class under development


21. Inspecting for Water Pollution Control on Construction Sites

Caltrans and the Storm Water Task Force are offering a course to Resident Engineers, Assistant Resident Engineers, Structures Reps, Water Pollution Control Inspectors, new hires, and similar individuals to provide knowledge necessary to improve their capabilities as water pollution control inspectors on Caltrans construction sites.

Learn more about:

  • Why water pollution control is necessary
  • Why regulatory fines are real
  • Which documents govern on Caltrans construction sites
  • What has changed in the new WPC Standard Special Provisions
  • What is in the new Nov. 2000 BMP and SWPPP Preparation Manuals
  • What are correct and incorrect BMP installations
  • How to prepare for and conduct water pollution control inspections
  • What to expect and do during regulatory inspections
  • How to handle paperwork


22. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Federal Aid Procedures for Local Agency Projects

Contact your Local Assistance District Training Coordinator or District Local Assistance Engineer.


23. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

This delivery is part of a series of free courses on ITS. This two-day course is taught in a computer lab. It is an interactive workshop demonstrating how to apply the National ITS Architecture tools and methodologies when developing regional and project ITS architecture. Participants each receive their own personal copy of the National ITS Architecture on CD-ROM.

Learning objectives:

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

  • Use the National ITS Architecture as a tool to develop regional and project ITS architectures
  • Identify integration opportunities while developing regional projects
  • Use the National ITS Architecture CD-ROM to find definitions
  • Identify the difference between a user service and the user service requirements; describe how these relate to the National ITS Architecture
  • Identify the types of projects that must comply with US DOT policies regarding consistency with ITS Architecture and standards; describe the key requirements for compliance
  • Define the systems engineering process, as it is used with the National ITS Architecture


24. Local Assistance Academy

This five day academy is geared toward new Caltrans Local Assistance staff; however, local agency staff are accepted on a space-available basis. The content generally mirrors the content of the Local Assistance Procedures Manual and the Local Assistance Program Guidelines. The Academy is held in the Spring, prior to construction season.

Instructors: Caltrans staff
Duration: 5 Days


25. Local Assistance Environmental Presentation


Instructors: Julie Myrah CT D10 environmental and Jackie Wait, CT D10 environmental
Duration: 3 Hours


26. Maintenance Equipment Training Academy (META)

This two-week course provides familiarization with the most commonly used Caltrans maintenance equipment. Topics include operator's responsibilities for preventive maintenance inspections, minor repairs, and safe operation. The course uses classroom, laboratory, and field modules to cover lubrication, air induction systems, batteries, cooling system, brakes, transmissions, and hands-on instruction and orientation to equipment operation. Students will receive a reference manual. Course is Mandatory for CT permanent entry level maintenance employees.


27. NEPA Workshop

Public Involvement in NEPA and the Transportation Decision-Making Process

This workshop provides information on and practical application of, required public involvement processes and techniques. With the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) as a backdrop, in addition to related laws, regulations, and policies. Classroom exercises provide participants with opportunities to design public education, public involvement, advisory and joint planning activities.

Instructors: FHWA/Caltrans
Duration: 1 Day


28. Project Funding (Programming)

Basic Federal and State transportation programming requirements are explained. Discuss FTIP/FSTIPs, STIP, various federal-aid programs, and RTPA/local agency programming requirements. This class is given jointly with an MPO/RTPA. The audience is mostly cities, counties, and project sponsors within that MPO/RTPA's jurisdiction. The course is designed for those who want just a basic understanding of how transportation projects are funded in California and in their county.

Instructors: Caltrans Programming, District Local Assistance Engineer and Metropolitan Planning Organization/Regional Transportation Planning Authority.
Duration: 4 hours


29. R/W Workshop

The R/W Workshop Objectives:

  • Review federal and state regulations, policies and guidelines.
  • Work in tandem with local agencies to ensure that they comply with all federal and state policies and regulations.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Caltrans R/W, which is to participate in project field meetings, and assist in the consultant selection process.
  • Pre-qualify local agencies to perform R/W functions, and provide training and oversight to the end that local agencies have the ability to perform as much of their own R/W work as possible.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the local agencies, which ensure that federal and state regulations are implemented in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Review the basis of federal and state policy - "The Uniform Act," which will be explained in detail.
  • Develop a greater understanding of the right of way process including appraisals and the appraisal process, combined appraisal and acquisition functions.
  • Acquisition responsibilities including just compensation and condemnations.
  • Relocation Assistance Program (RAP); utility relocations, verifications, conflict resolutions, liability issues, the utility certification, railroad issues.
  • Who can perform R/W work with various funding sources, and the R/W certifications process and when to use the various types of certifications.
  • Discuss training and assistance needs and what Caltrans can do to help the local agencies.

Class Material will include many samples and exhibits and a binder full of valuable information.

Instructors: District R/W
Duration: 1 day


30. R/W-R/R's Requirements

This module is an overview of how to identify and acquire necessary rights from a Railroad (RR) agency for a transportation project. At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key individuals, their roles and responsibilities.
  • Understand the difference between various RR agreements.
  • Know when the Public Utilities Commission's (PUC) approval is required.

Instructors: Caltrans Staff/Douglas Link
Duration: Half a Day


31. Roadside Safety Practices (Formerly Guardrail short course)

FHWA policy requires that all roadside appurtenances such as traffic barriers, barrier terminals, crash cushions, bridge railings, sign and light pole supports, and work zone hardware used on federal-aid project meet the performance criteria contained in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Report 350 recommended procedures for the safety performance evaluation of highway features.

This training course covers the basics of safe roadside practices that involve shielding roadside obstacles. Covered first is the "Clear Zone" concept. The general idea, how to determine the zone, and the applying the zone to the real world are covered in this topic. Next the criteria of the NCHRP is covered (nationally set standards for guardrail). Details are given on what the criteria is, what guardrail systems meet the criteria and the show various systems available. Crash test videos of guardrail systems are used to show how specific guardrail systems react when hit by various types of vehicles. Both pass and fail tests are shown. Finally, the "Length of Need" concept is covered. This concept is used to determine how many guardrails are needed to shield an object.

Instructors: FHWA Division Staff
Duration: 4 Hours.


32. Section 4(f) Workshop

The workshop will go over the applicability criteria for Programmatic Section 4(f) evaluations.Programmatic Section 4(f) evaluations are prepared for projects which improve existing highways and use minor amounts of land (including non-historic improvements thereon) from historic sites that are adjacent to existing highways. Programmatic Section 4(f) evaluation satisfies the requirements of Section (f) for all projects that meet the applicability criteria listed below. No individual Section 4(f) evaluations need be prepared for such projects (Note a similar Programmatic Section 4(f) evaluation has been prepared for projects which use minor amounts of publicly own public parks, recreation lands, wildlife and waterfowl refuges). Applicability

This Programmatic Section 4(f) evaluation may be applied by FHWA only to projects meeting the following meeting the following criteria:

  • The proposed project is designed to improve on essentially the same alignment, the operational characteristics, safety, and/or physical condition of existing highway facilities.
  • The historic site involved is located adjacent to the existing highway.
  • The project does not require the removal or alteration of historic buildings, structures or objects on the historic site

Instructors: FHWA/Caltrans Staff
Duration: One Day


33. STIP Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to present an overview of the STIP programming process for local agency projects. Information will be presented by Caltrans, RTPA, and CTC staff involved in the programming and implementation of the STIP Program. The relationships between California Transportation Commission, Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, Caltrans Districts and Headquarters, and local agency project sponsors in the delivery of STIP projects. The steps a local agency must follow to program and implement a STIP project. Discuss STIP amendments and extensions, how to request, and the approval process. Reporting requirements for local agencies and Caltrans on STIP projects will also be discussed.

Instructors: RTPA and Caltran
Duration: 6 hours


34. Structures Bridge Design Academy

Structures Bridge Design Academy teaches the basics of bridge design. The students work through sections on bridge layouts, bridge loads, reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete, bent/column, structural steel, substructure design, seismic design, scour, estimating and aesthetics. Only one slot is available for local agency participation in each academy. Attendees will be expected to attend entire 8-week academy. Admittance requires a nomination from the local agency's District Local Assistance Engineer and Structure Area Engineer. Final selection will be made by Caltrans Division Local Assistance, HQ. The Academy is located in Sacramento.

Note: Caltrans does not pay perdiem, travel, or other expenses incurred by the Local Agency participants.

Instructors: Caltrans - Structure
Duration: 8 weeks


35. Structures Local Assistance Workshop

This workshop will include a presentation on the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program and Structures Local Assistance services. There will be a second presentation on Structures Maintenance Investigations and Local Assistance.

Instructors: ESC/SLA
Duration: 2 hours



Topic include:

  • Sufficiency Ratings and Structure Status
  • Explanation of terms including SR, SD, FO
  • Where do the numbers come from?
  • Discussion of Bridge Maintenance Ratings
  • What are these numbers used for?
  • HBRR Program Eligibility
  • Where to find information

Instructors: ESC/SLA
Duration: 2 hours


37. Traffic Signal Timing Workshop

Not Available at this time.


38. Water Pollution Control Compliance on Construction Sites for Resident Engineers

This course will address the roles and responsibilities of the Resident Engineer and the construction inspector for storm water pollution control on construction projects. Topics include:

  • Method of reducing environmental and human health impacts from construction projects
  • How to comply with Federal and State laws concerning storm water pollution
  • Why fines have been leveled against Caltrans and Local agencies for violations of Federal and State storm water pollution control requirements.
  • Examples of the right and wrong ways for contractors to mitigate effects of storm water on construction sites.
  • Recommended inspection procedures.
  • Information available in Caltrans Storm Water manuals.
  • Requirements in the contract specifications pertaining to storm water control.


39. Water Quality Sampling and Analysis on Construction Sites

Caltrans is providing this course to Seniors, Resident Engineers, Assistant Resident Engineers, Structures Reps, Water Pollution Control Inspectors, new hires and similar individuals. This class will provide knowledge necessary to improve their understanding of sampling and analysis requirements on Caltrans construction sites.

Learn more about:

  • Why is water quality sampling and analysis required on construction projects
  • The pollutants of concern
  • The modification to the General Construction Permit
  • Caltrans' new requirements for water quality sampling and analysis
  • Using the pollutant Testing Guidance Table
  • How to review a contractor submitted water quality Sampling and Analysis plan
  • Field sampling methods and techniques


Other Trainings

1. Overview of Federal-Aid Process (Federal-Aid Series, Course I )

For course description, please visit:

Instructors: Satish Chander, Rich Monroe (Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineers, Retired)
Duration: One Day


2. Environmental Analysis (Federal-Aid Series, Course II )

For course description, please visit:

Instructors: Jones & Stokes, Environmental Consultants
Duration: One Day


3. Procedures for Right-of-Way Acquisition (Federal-Aid Series, Course III )

For course description, please visit:

Instructors: Caltrans Right of Way staff
Duration: One Day


4. Project Development (Federal-Aid Series, Course IV )

For course description, please visit:

Instructors: Satish Chander, Rich Monroe (Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineers, Retired)
Duration: One Day


5. Contract Administration and Project Completion (Federal-Aid Series, Course V )

For course description, please visit:

Instructors: Satish Chander, Rich Monroe (Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineers, Retired)
Duration: One Day


6. FHWA Finance

This course is being modified in light of SAFE TEA LU and should be available in Summer, 2006.

This course covers the various aspects of Federal-aid highway financing unique to the FHWA program. Topics include, but are not limited to the content and policy implication of authorizing and appropriating legislation. The way Federal-aid highway funds are distributed to the States including discussion of contract authority, apportionment and allocation, deductions, earmarking, transferability, and obligation. The effect of policy and budget considerations on the use of Federal-aid funds, especially as manifested through obligation limitations. The operation of the highway trust fund and its significance to the funding level for the Federal-Aid Highway Program.


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

  • Describe the flow of Federal financing from authorization to reimbursement, including the apportionment and allocation processes, deductions, earmarking, and obligations.
  • Use correct terminology to describe the financing process.
  • Discuss the impact contract authority and the obligation limitation has on the use of federal funds.
  • Interpret how the Federal budgetary process applies to the Federal-Aid Highway Program.
  • Describe the significance of the Highway Trust Fund to the funding levels for the Federal-Aid Highway Program.

Instructors: FHWA and Caltrans staff
Duration: TBA


7. Resident Engineer Academy

This course is for local agency Resident Engineers in lead positions representing local government agencies on federal-aid construction projects. Trainees should be newly appointed or soon-to-be appointed Resident Engineers or Assistant Resident Engineers working on local assistance projects. Trainees need not be Registered Civil Engineers to attend. Academy will cover: Resident Engineer's Roles and Responsibilities, Federal-aid Project Records & Accounting, Control of Materials, Quality Assurance Programs, Control/Scope of Work, Legal Relations and Responsibilities, Prosecution and Progress, Labor Compliance and Equal Opportunity, Disadvantage Business Enterprises, Labor Compliance, Claims and Claims Avoidance, and Tort Liability. People wanting to attend must be nominated by their Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineer.

Instructors: ITS-UCB and Caltrans
Duration: Three and one-half days



Last updated on 03/29/06 at 1:20 p.m.