In 2015 VDOT launched a critical skills initiative, identifying Construction Inspection as one of the focus areas requiring a secure “pipeline” for entry into the profession. In response to this identified need, VDOT entered into an agreement with the Department of Labor & Industries (DOLI) to add the Highway Construction Inspector certification to their Apprenticeship Program. Participants of this program will receive a nationally recognized credential.
This credential will ensure that new VDOT and Industry Inspectors have the same base core knowledge in six foundational areas (Plan Reading & Basic Math, SiteManager Training, Basic Survey, Roadway & Drainage, Documentation & Record Keeping, and Structures & Bridges) plus all required VDOT certifications.You can learn more about the DOLI's apprenticeship program here.
With a majority of inspectors being provided to VDOT by consultant engineering firms, VDOT plans to require Inspector Trainees utilized on State projects to be enrolled in the Department of Labor & Industries (DOLI) Highway Construction Inspector Apprenticeship Program. To enroll your employees in this program, please contact Shannon Crooks at the DOLI.
New Classroom Time Options Now Available
Moving forward, VDOT inspector coursework will also be taught at various community colleges throughout the state through the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA). These courses are open to those enrolled in the DOLI Apprenticeship Program and are another avenue available to obtain your required classroom time. A website portal is being built and is expected to be available in April to register for courses online. In the meantime, please review the following attachment for available courses and e-mail the CCWA's Apprenticeship Coordinator, John McGarry to sign up for classes. *Prices listed my vary.*
If you have questions about the Apprenticeship Program, please contact Shannon Crooks at the DOLI.