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Training and Outreach

One of the most important duties of the Commercial Vehicle Section is educating transportation professionals, other law enforcement officers, and the motoring public about the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles. In addition to ensuring up-to-date training for the State Patrol, commercial vehicle training staff facilitates classes and presentations covering a variety of topics from very general commercial vehicle information to specific topics like hazardous materials, inspection procedure, load securement, CSA, and other topics unique to commercial vehicle safety.

To request a presentation, please fill out a Request for Presentation Form and fax it to (651) 405-6199 or email it to

Request for Presentation (MS Word)

Request for Presentation (PDF) (Must be printed, then faxed or scanned)

For answers to your commercial motor vehicle questions, contact

Training Opportunities

Basic Size & Weight Enforcement Course

The State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section will host Basic Size & Weight Enforcement classes at various locations throughout the state during 2014. Minnesota Statute 169.85 requires personnel conducting weight enforcement activities to be trained by the Department of Public Safety. This 8-hour POST accredited course satisfies that requirement. The course includes an overview of state statutes relating to motor vehicle size and weight, as well as instruction on the proper use of wheelload scales and discussion regarding enforcement policies and procedures. The course is open to all peace officers and other personnel who weigh vehicles under the direction of peace officers.

Please check this page frequently as more dates may be added. See the list below for scheduled class dates and locations. To register for any of the classes, complete a Training Application and email it to For further information, contact CVI Sgt. Jay Sletten at 651-405-6198.

All classes are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.

April 22 - Isanti County LEC, Cambridge

April 25 - Department of Transportation, St. Cloud

April 30 - Mendota Corporate Center, Mendota Heights

April 30 - Steele County LEC, Owatonna - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

June 9 - Clay County Highway Department, Moorhead

June 12 - Pennington County Highway Department, Thief River Falls

June 25 - Maple Grove Public Works, Maple Grove

July 16 - Department of Transportation, Mankato

August 13 - Department of Transportation, Marshall


Pilot/Escort Vehicle Driver Training

In 2012, the State of Minnesota passed new laws mandating operators of vehicles escorting over-dimensional loads to be certified by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. All operators are required to carry this certification effective January 1, 2014.
Classes are available in both open enrollment and contract options. The cost of certification is $180 per person. For more information, contact Customized Training Services at Hennepin Technical College, 952-995-1330, or