Fundamentals of Construction Inspection Online Course

Worker standing in a trench with construction equipment on each side

Are you relatively new to the field of construction inspection or considering a career in that role? Will you be working on county or municipal construction projects? This course is intended for you!

This online course introduces new inspectors to the components and considerations for success. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of inspectors, discusses required documentation, helps you practice communication skills, and assists you in understanding project documents, which include both plan drawings and written specifications.


Topics Covered

  • Inspector roles and responsibilities
  • Introduction to site safety
  • Communication and documentation
  • Contract documents
  • Tracking construction progress
  • Understanding plans and specifications
  • Ethics and behavior

Who Should Take This Course

This course is intended for new inspectors (0–5 years of experience) or those interested in becoming an inspector on county or municipal construction projects that involve roads and bridges.

Accessing the Course

This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.

If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at for assistance.

Technical Requirements

Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.

If you’re new to Canvas, see tips and resources for using the platform.



This training is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, presented by Minnesota LTAP, and instructed by PE Services.