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Online Courses

Public Works Specialist Certificate Program

To earn the Public Works Specialist certificate you must complete 12 of the classes offered (or 6 of the classes for "Public Works Technician"). Upcoming session: Registration opens April 22, 2024 through May 10, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST, with classes starting the week of May 27, 2024.

Public Works Specialist Certificate Program
Public Works Specialist Certificate Program

When & How

Registration opens April 22, 2024.

Online Courses

About the Event

Information for the upcoming session:  Registration opens April 22, 2024 through May 10, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST, with classes starting the week of May 27, 2024.  Registrations must be received before 5:00 PM on May 20, 2024 (registration received after 5PM PST will not be accepted).  The Instructor name, time and days the classes are being conducted are listed for you below next to each class name. When you register for the class(es) of your choice, it is your responsibility to avoid conflict in the timing. (Click here to download current schedule or view below).

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MSA offers online courses to promote affordable education and information. The program has 14 difference courses. 

The successful completion of 6 courses is needed to obtain the Public Works Technician Certificate.

The successful completion of 12 courses is needed to obtain the Public Works Specialist Certificate

 

Each student is required to complete and sign a Scholastic Ethics and Syllabus Acknowledgment form.

 

Tuition is $150 for each course, this includes tuition, credit card processing fee and all necessary material. The 12-week program consists of weekly modules (lesson plan) discussed during online meetings with your instructor and classmates. Your assigned MSA instructor will contact you with program information and link to the online meeting.  Tuition must be paid before class is assigned.  If paying by check, make payable to MSA and mail to:  MSA c/o Lory Warren, Education Director, PO Box 35951, Tuscon, AZ 85740.  

 

If you are a new student, it is necessary to take the “Introduction to Public Works” course first. After that you may take any of the courses offered in any order. There are normally three semesters a year and you can take multiple classes if class timings do not conflict.

 

Class size is a minimum of 4 students. After the registration period, students are assigned an instructor who sets the online meeting dates/times. 

 

Below are the courses with a brief description:

 

Introduction to Public Works 

(Training Day and Time:  Mondays at 5:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Lory Warren - msaclass@outlook.com)

  • This class is the prerequisite to all other courses offered. The reasoning behind that is because this class touches on a broad variety of topics relevant to the Public Works industry. From the history of roads to traffic control and stormwater. From supervision to inspections as well as safety, quantity calculations, sweeping, drainage, concrete and asphalt. This course will hopefully spark an interest in a specific area of training that you are looking for. 

Asphalt and Portland Cement 

(Training Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 5:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Richard Smiderle - rsmiderle@uplandca.gov)  

  • This class covers design, construction, placement compaction and identification of defects and corrective measures. We also cover safety as it applies to delivering and placing these materials. 

Concrete Structures & Inspections 

(Training Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 6:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Richard Smiderle - rsmiderle@uplandca.gov)

  • This is an advanced class covering the construction of concrete structures and the inspection of bridges, culverts from site preparation to steel placement, excavation, falsework, and the technology associated with them. 

Contract Administration

(Training Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 5:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Blair Wayte - blairwayte@yahoo.com)

  • This course will enable you to identify terms, concepts and principles related to the contract administration process. It will give you skills to identify, prevent and correct contractual problems, issues and risks.

Construction Math and Cost Estimating

(Training Day and Time:  This class is not available for the Summer 2024 session)

  • This course will provide you with the skills to put together estimates and calculated quantities.  You will learn how to estimate time, materials, labor, and equipment needed to successfully complete Public  Works Projects.

Inspections 

(Training Day and Time:  Thursdays at 5:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Ed Nylund - ednylund@gmail.com)

  • A course in Inspections is vital to a future as a Public Works Inspector. We cover the role of the Inspector and the relationship between the Inspector and the Contractor. We get into the specifics of plans, special provisions, standards, and contract specifications. This course also covers the topics of change orders, documentation and recordkeeping, prosecution of the work, and acceptance of contract work. 

Municipal and Urban Trees 

(Training Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 5:30 PM PST:  Instructor:  George Bradley - msacerts@gmail.com)

  • Specific skills needed to work with trees within the right-of-way. This course covers the anatomy & psychology of trees, as well as cabling, soils management, root structure and its effects on infrastructure. We teach you about irrigation, pruning, and fertalizing. This course will prepare you for the Tree Workers Certification Exam.

NPDES

(Training Day and Time: Wednesdays at 5:30 PM PST -  Instructor:  Jerry Dankbar - dankbarjerry@gmail.com)

  • Overview of stormwater environmental issues in Public Works. Topics include Clean Water Act, EPA, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, watershed management and effect on water runoff.  Construction Impact, Low Impact Designs, Maintenance Impacts, Enforcement Regulatory Authorities, and related issues.

Occupational Safety & Health for Public Works

(Training Day and Time:  Wednesdays at 6:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Jerry Dankbar - dankbarjerry@gmail.com)

  • This course covers topics relevant to Public Works, such as excavation, trenches, tunnels, rock drilling, equipment, flammable vapors, and toxic substances. We also go into detail about the relationship between the employer and the employee as it relates to safety on the job. 

Pavement Preservation

(Training Day and Time:  Wednesday at 5:30 PM PST Instructor:  George Bradley - msacerts@gmail.com)

  • This course is an introdutory overview of the many different types of pavement preservation strategies.  Topics include Pavement Designs, Pavement Management Systems (PMS, Fogs Seals, Crack Seals, Slurry & Micro Seals, Chips Seals, Cape Seals, Bonded Wearing Courses, Interlayers & Crumb Rubber.

Plans Interpretation

(Training Day and Time:  Mondays at 5:30 PM PST; Instructor:  George Bradley - msacerts@gmail.com)

  • This course will provide you with the information you need to be able to read and interpret plans for roadways, drainage ways, and related structures.

Street Construction & Maintenance

(Training Day and Tiime:  Wednesdays at 6:30 PM PST:  Instructor:  Richard Smiderle - rsmiderle@uplandca.gov)

  • This course covers asphalt and concrete pavement construction and maintenance as well as budgeting, safety, and codes. 

Supervision

(Training Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 6:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Lory Warren - msaclass@outlook.com)

  • This course teaches you specific skills in how to lead. It teaches you skills in communications both written and oral, scheduling, training, corrective action, evaluations, and more. 

Traffic Control Standards, Practices & Policies

(Training Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 6:30 PM PST; Instructor:  Blair Wayte - blairwayte@yahoo.com)

  • This course will give you a great awareness and appreciation for the design and implementation of devices that protect the worker and the traveling public. 

Other courses coming soon:

Environmental Management - Coming Soon

  • Water quality, watershed management, waste management, air pollution control, and regulatory compliance are all items covered under this course. 

Green Infrastructure Construction and Stormwater Management - Coming Soon

  • Under this topic you will learn alternative methods for Stormwater management. These practices will enable you to maintain healthy waters, provide environmental benefits and support sustainable communities while providing flood mitigation energy use reduction and air quality management. 

Public Administration  - Coming Soon

  • In the Public Works Sector, upper management positions require specific knowledge planning, financing and tools to build a model Public Works Organization. This course will also discuss the new advancements being made in technology within our industry. 

Soils Trenching and Grading - Coming Soon

  • The course will cover the identification and classification of soils: the soils suitable for pavements, the various soil tests, and the application of these tests in the construction and maintenance of public works projects to achieve the desired outcome. 

RSVP Tickets

  • Introduction to Public Works

    This course is a prerequisite to Public Works Specialist Certificate program. Course Objectives: This course is a very brief thumbnail sketch of the many aspects to Public Works.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Asphalt and Portland Cement

    This class covers design, construction, placement compaction and identification of defects and corrective measures.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Concrete Structures & Insp.

    This is an advanced class covering the construction of concrete structures and the inspection of bridges, culverts from site preparation to steel placement, excavation, falsework, and the technology associated with them.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Contract Administration

    This course will enable you to identify terms, concepts and principles related to the contract administration process. It will give you skills to identify, prevent and correct contractual problems, issues and risks.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Inspections

    A course in Inspections is vital to a future as a Public Works Inspector. We cover the role of the Inspector and the relationship between the Inspector and the Contractor. We get into the specifics of plans, special provisions, standards, and contract specifications. This course also covers the topics of change orders, documentation and record keeping, prosecution of the work, and acceptance of contract work.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Municipal and Urban Trees

    This course covers the anatomy & physiology of trees, as well as cabling, soils management, root structure, and its effects on infrastructure. We teach you about irrigation, pruning, and fertilizing. This course will prepare you for the Tree Workers Certification Exam.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • NPDES

    A course in overview of stormwater environmental issues in Public Works. Topics include Clean Water Act, EPA, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, watershed management and effect on water runoff. Construction Impact, Low Impact Designs, Maintenance Impacts, Enforcement Regulatory Authorities, and related issues.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • OSHA for Public Works

    This course covers topics relevant to Public Works, such as excavation, trenches, tunnels, rock drilling, equipment, flammable vapors, and toxic substances. We also go into detail about the relationship between the employer and the employee as it relates to safety on the job.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Pavement Preservation

    This course is an introductory overview of the many different types of pavement preservation strategies.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Plans Interpretation

    This course will provide you with the information you need to be able to read and interpret plans for roadways, drainage ways, and related structures.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Street Construction & Maint.

    This course covers asphalt and concrete pavement construction and maintenance as well as budgeting, safety, and codes.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Supervision

    This course teaches you specific skills in how to lead. It teaches you skills in communications both written and oral, scheduling, training, corrective action, evaluations, and more.

    $150.00
    Sale ended
  • Traffic Control Standards

    This course will give you a great awareness and appreciation for the design and implementation of devices that protect the worker and the traveling public.

    $150.00
    Sale ended

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