CTAP—the Circuit Training and Assistance Program—provides training in the latest transportation-related tools and technologies to maintenance personnel from townships, cities, counties, and the state.

With support from the Center for Transportation Studies, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, CTAP is the mobile arm of the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). It uses a fully equipped van to provide on-site technical assistance and training throughout Minnesota—at or near your place of work.

Participants receive down-to-earth, practical training and hands-on demonstrations of new equipment, materials, and techniques. The classes also give workers an opportunity to share their own maintenance ideas and innovations with peers.

In addition, students can obtain a variety of resources from the CTAP van, which serves as a mobile library. It is stocked with research reports, technical bulletins, catalogs, newsletters, articles, demonstration equipment, DVDs, videos, and interactive CDs.


CTAP workshops can be held anywhere with enough space for displays and demonstrations, providing the site is reasonably quiet and comfortable. The CTAP workshops are informal and usually hands-on—in fact, many are held in or adjacent to maintenance facilities. The CTAP van is fully equipped for training, so sites with easy access to the van are preferred. Current CTAP training courses and special presentations:

To schedule a class, contact the CTAP instructor at 651-366-3575, Kathleen.Schaefer@state.mn.us.


One goal of a CTAP on-site training visit is to include as many participants as possible. The host agency is encouraged to invite maintenance personnel from neighboring agencies to their CTAP training session. The host agency is responsible for arranging meeting accommodations and fee payments. In addition, the agency requesting CTAP training has full discretion over the participation of neighboring agencies.

The ideal class size, per session, is between 25 to 30 participants. However, as few as 8 to 10 and up to 40 participants may be accepted. The CTAP instructor and the host agency determine actual class size and potential attendance limits

Though CTAP receives a program funding subsidy and in-kind services to maintain statewide availability, CTAP also requires registration fees for its on-site, high-quality, and, often, specialized or agency-tailored training sessions.


  • $250.00—8 to 10 participants
  • $350.00—11 to 40 participants

The fees are for a two- to four-hour CTAP training workshop. Special instructional materials may require minimal additional fees.


Kathy Schaefer
CTAP Instructor
395 John Ireland Blvd., MS 722
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-366-3575, Kathleen.Schaefer@state.mn.us

Minnesota LTAP
Center for Transportation Studies
University of Minnesota
511 Washington Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-1077, mnltap@umn.edu