Inspector Training “Boot Camp”

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has a training program for the Local Public Agency (LPA) staff to be able to inspect their own federally funded local transportation projects. The training program consists of 3 levels. Completion of level 1 and level 2 will allow eligibility for LPA inspectors to test materials and authorize the candidate to advance to level 3 for on the-job-training. See the details below for further information.

Student working at desks during Boot Camp

LPA Level I ( LPA Material Testing)

Classes requiring certifications (inspectors must register for these themselves):

When level I requirements are completed, the LPA testing technician will be certified to perform field material testing on LPA projects under the supervision of the project resident engineer. Once you have completed your training or if you have already completed any of the training in Level I within the past 4 years and your status is current, please send your certificates to: [email protected] in order to receive the credit on your ADOT transcript. Level I does not need to be completed prior to beginning Level II

LPA Level II (LPA inspection)

4-day in-person class held at an ADOT facility in Phoenix (fee: $300.00 to ADOT) 
Lunch and Breakfast Not Provided.
Download registration form.

Required ADOT “Boot Camp” classes:

  A. 4-day in-person class held at an ADOT facility in Phoenix:

   1. Integrating Requirements

The course help to understand where to locate the sources of requirements and information, make the appropriate connections among correlating documents, and understand how to read the Standard Specifications and the project Special Provisions.

   2. Bituminous 305-Asphalt Paving:

The class reviews the components and characteristics of bituminous mixes, basic types of bituminous pavement courses, equipment, alignment and control, contract documents, pre-paving activity meeting, and inspecting finished pavement, in accordance with Sections 406, 407, 408, 409, 413, 414, 416 and 417 of the Standard Specifications.

   3. 102-Earthwork Excavation & Embankment:

One in a series of earthwork training courses on inspection and quality control for earthwork excavation, embankment, and incidentals construction.

   4. 103-Earthwork Pipe Placement:

One in a series of earthwork training courses on inspection and quality control for pipe placement.

   5. 202-Incidental Concrete Structures:

Class covers preparations and basic concrete construction inspection procedures for incidental concrete structures, such as sidewalk, curb and gutter, box culverts etc.

   6. 203-PCCP Paving:

Aimed at transportation professionals involved in highway construction and provides techniques and strategies for those individuals directly involved in the implementation of PCCP operations. Focuses heavily on resources and solutions, and how those solutions can produce a high quality concrete paving project.

   7. Pay Item Daily Diary Documentation

One in a series of earthwork training courses on inspection and quality control for earthwork excavation, embankment, and incidentals construction.

   8. Pen Base 4.0 System (Version 5.0 to be released soon)

Demonstrates how to access and complete documentation reports that are maintained in PEN. It also demonstrates how to navigate throughout PEN and to correctly and accurately fill in the fields of the tabs and buttons.

   9. Force Account Documentation for Inspectors

Course provides procedures and guidelines that are to be included in the inspector's daily diary Force Accounts documentations

  B. Online classes (1 hour each):

   1. TCCC Daily Diary (FHWA-NHI-134071)- Register (Fee is $25)

This training is intended to assist you with proper documentation on a construction or maintenance project. It is important that the information in the daily diary kept for projects are accurate, correct, and factual to ensure proper payment and to avoid lawsuits.

   2. Quantlists for Inspectors - (Free but required)

This online training requires Internet Explorer with compatibility settings turned off in order to print the required completion certificate. Selecting landscape orientation prior to printing is also suggested.

When the level II requirements are completed, the LPA inspector will be qualified to performed project inspection on LPA projects under the supervision of the project resident engineer. Again, once you have completed your training, please send your certificates to: [email protected] in order to receive the credit on your ADOT transcript.

Both Level I certification and Level II training modules are good for 4 years from the completion of training.

ADOT reserves the right to remove LPA testing technicians and inspectors for non- performance.

LPA Level III (On-the-job Training)

On-the-job Training (Hands-on Field Training): When all the classes are completed, the LPA inspector will be placed on their own ADOT- administered project to work with the ADOT inspectors under the supervision of the Resident Engineer (RE) within their own ADOT District. The RE will observe and evaluate the LPA inspector on the job. With a positive evaluation and under ADOT administration guidance, the LPA inspector will be allowed to inspect their federally funded projects for their agency. 

Cost Summary for Inspector Training “Boot Camp”

LPAs Inspector Training Boot Camp Cost














LTAP-ATSSA classes



ADOT (Boot Camp)

Nine classes



On-line class




Hands-on in field training






Frequently Asked Questions

What does the LPA Boot Camp Inspector Training consist of?

The boot camp consists of 3 levels which are as follows:

  • Level I: to register, sign up directly with the providers (ACI, ATTI, ATSSA and NHI) using the link to their website. Online classes sign up directly using their website.
  • Level II: to register, fill out the LPA Boot Camp Registration Form and send it to ADOT for invoicing at [email protected]. Breakfast and lunches are on your own.
  • Level III: There is no charge for this level however it is required if you want your inspector to work on your ADOT federally administered projects.

Who can register for the Boot Camp?

Currently, the training is for local public agency (City, County, Town, and Tribal nation) staff only. In the future, it may be offered to others.

If I am certified ACI, ATTI, and ATSSA, do I have to re-take Level I?

No. But you must submit your current certificate to [email protected] in order to get credit on your transcript.

Is the boot camp mandatory?

No, but it is recommended because it could save your agency money on your federally funded projects.

Can an agency’s inspector bill time to their federally funded project that ADOT is administering?

Yes, you are required to complete the boot camp training, so you can be on the project to do so. This will allow you to invoice your inspector time to the project while working under the direction of an ADOT Resident Engineer (RE) that is administering construction of the federally funded project.

Is the Boot Camp required for the Certification Acceptance (CA) Agencies?

No, but if the CA wants to enhance their inspectors experience and knowledge, they can sign up for the boot camp.

Will the Boot Camp be offered again?

Yes. It is intended to be offered on a yearly basis pending availability of resources.

Can the location of the Boot Camp move to a different area other than Phoenix?

No, not at this time. This is the first time the boot camp is being offered. ADOT will consider other locations later on depending on feasibility.

How does the Level III (Hands-on in the field) work?

The candidate’s supervisor must contact the ADOT District Office for their  agency (see ADOT District Boundaries map) identify the candidate as a boot camp student, and request the candidate to be assigned to their own ADOT-administered project to complete level III of the boot camp. If an LPA project is unavailable at the time, coordinate with the ADOT District Office to see if LPA inspector services can be utilized on other projects.

Activities and duration to complete Level III depends on the project itself as each project is unique in nature.  For example; urban projects could be lengthy and involve many activities such as, AC and PCCP paving, bridges, retaining walls, box culverts, pipes, traffic phasing, etc.  On the other hand, rural projects could be shorter in duration and limited to AC paving, installation of pipes, sidewalks, curb and gutter, seeding, etc.

The Resident Engineer (RE) will rotate the candidates through most of the inspection activities of the project, including testing and sampling materials. The RE will evaluate the candidate on criteria of understanding, initiative and attendance. The RE will use evaluation form under the "Forms" tab.

Level I and II must be completed prior to coordinating with the District Office to begin Level III.

Do I have to take level I, Level II, and then Level III in that order?

All Levels are required to complete the training program. Level I and Level II can be taken concurrently, and they must be completed before you move into Level III as per Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): CFR § 637.207 – Quality assurance program, and § 637.209 – Laboratory and sampling and testing personnel qualifications.

Additional Information

For more information contact LTAP at: [email protected].