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One of the key components of representing the industry well is MITA’s relationship with MDOT. We view our relationship with MDOT as a dynamic and positive working partnership.

MITA members know that MDOT’s doors are always open to us, as we host joint meetings between the industry and the department to discuss key issues on a regular basis. At the same time, MDOT knows that MITA speaks for the vast majority of highway contractors in the state, and the department constantly seeks our input first as policies are developed that will impact contractors.

CQP

Quality. Vision. Goals.

The CQP Charter is built of eight agencies with one vision…

“the status quo is not acceptable… if better is possible, good is not enough”

Unlike other traditional quality efforts that tend to focus primarily on materials, the Michigan CQP initiative will focus on skills development and the process strings from project scoping to post-construction feedback. Training people and developing a skilled workforce that maintains a quality focus and a commitment to continuous improvement is the first objective. Ultimately, mandatory personnel and corporate certifications will ensure everyone in the industry (owners, consultants, contractors), in all disciplines and at all levels, attains and maintains the knowledge, skill sets, and commitment needed to deliver the quality transportation products our customers demand.

This CQP initiative involves a significant paradigm shift as it involves a move in focus from end-product inspections and the imposing of post-construction warranties to continual quality process control at all stages (scoping, design, bidding, construction) by all participants involved in the process (MDOT, consultants, contractors).

THE CQP TRAINING WEB PORTAL IS NOW OPERATIONAL

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Construction Quality Partnership (CQP) Training Web Portal is now operational, and we are requesting your assistance to help make it a success.

In order to access the training, MDOT will need to know who in your company can be designated as your CQP Champion, and the primary coordinator for your staff’s training histories.  This person will have access to review employees’ training records and will have authority to maintain the company profile within the web portal.  MDOT will also ask them to be the point of contact for sharing information regarding the program with your staff, and will encourage them to register on the CQP web portal.  You can identify more than one person for this role.

Please email MDOT-MICQP@michigan.gov to identify your CQP Champion(s), including the company name, person(s) name, title, email, and phone number.

MDOT will send that person(s) a login and instructions for both the website portal and staff access instructions.

What is CQP and the web portal?
In 2004, MDOT, ACEC, APAM, CRAM, FHWA, MCPA, MITA and MRPA joined forces to create a construction quality partnership.  One of the driving forces was to enhance product quality through joint training and skill development.  The program area teams looked at various transportation industry training opportunities and selected a core curriculum of courses they believe have joint training value for the public and private sector partners.

The curriculum is comprised of traditional classroom-based courses, FHWA-required certification courses and online courses on the CQP web portal. Five program areas within transportation are covered: Concrete, HMA, Preventative Maintenance, Design, Contract Administration & Miscellaneous.

Training histories are stored on the web portal for access.  Employees can view their individual training histories, companies can view their employees training histories and certain MDOT and local government staff can view everyone’s training histories and confirm certification status that may be a contract requirement.

MITA AND SEVEN INDUSTRY PARTNERS SIGN CQP CHARTER

Saturday, January 1, 2005

At the State Transportation Commission meeting today, MITA President, Steve Mancini, joined with seven other association presidents and agency representatives in signing the Michigan Construction Quality Partnership (CQP) charter. Signing the CQP charter in the presence of the State Transportation Commission, the state’s transportation policy body, was a significant public demonstration of the commitment the eight industry partners maintain to the quality vision and goals of the CQP initiative. The eight industry partners signatory to the CQP charter are:

American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC-M)

Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan (APAM)

County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Michigan Concrete Paving Association (MCPA)

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA)

Michigan Road Preservation Association (MRPA)

MITA has been on this CQP journey for well over a year now so everyone should know that the goal of CQP is total and continuous quality process improvement throughout all elements, within all disciplines, and at all corporate and agency levels within the transportation industry. The journey to that goal will involve the implementation of a comprehensive training and skill development initiative that will ultimately affect every aspect of our industry. However, CQP is not just contractor quality; CQP is “construction” quality involving the owner agencies, the contractors, and the consulting engineer community who perform as owner representatives in the industry.

Unlike other traditional quality efforts that tend to focus primarily on materials, the Michigan CQP initiative will focus on skills development and the process strings from project scoping to post-construction feedback. Training people and developing a skilled workforce that maintains a quality focus and a commitment to continuous improvement is the first objective. Ultimately, mandatory personnel and corporate certifications will ensure everyone in the industry (owners, consultants, contractors), in all disciplines and at all levels, attains and maintains the knowledge, skill sets, and commitment needed to deliver the quality transportation products our customers demand.

This CQP initiative involves a significant paradigm shift as it involves a move in focus from end-product inspections and the imposing of post-construction warranties to continual quality process control at all stages (scoping, design, bidding, construction) by all participants involved in the process (MDOT, consultants, contractors).

If you have any questions about the CQP initiative contact Glenn Bukoski at ​glennbukoski@thinkmita.org, or call him at the MITA office at 517-347-8336.

Charter

Industry Partners