This is the third in loveBet爱博’s series of blog posts on earning technical certifications in different areas of construction materials testing. This post is geared to certifications for asphalt technicians. Stakeholders in the paving industry know that certified asphalt professionals have a higher level of expertise and experience, 和一个 broader understanding of related standards and regulations at state and national levels. Those who award contracts for asphalt paving projects may require that the successful bidder provide workers who hold specific certifications. State Departments of Transportation often post-certification requirements for industry professionals involved with their projects.
This post provides specifics on some of the different asphalt 技术人员认证s available through the 沥青研究所 (AI), National Center for 沥青 Technology (NCAT), National Institute for 认证 in Engineering Technologies (NICET). 的se are the three widely-used national agencies that test for 和一个ward certifications in asphalt. While many state DOTs also offer various asphalt 技术人员认证s, keep in mind that the certification may only be valid in that state. We’ll share some links as a guide for what to search for in your own state DOT. 同样的,你的 State 沥青 Pavement Association or other agencies may offer 研讨会, 研讨会, and courses that help prepare for a specific asphalt 技术人员认证 examination – and even award the certification too.
Types of 沥青 Technician 认证s
AI, NCAT, 和NICET all provide training programs that include examination and certification in basic areas of asphalt mix design and testing.
的se agencies or state DOTs may also offer higher-level certifications reflecting elevated levels of knowledge and responsibility needed for mix design, 材料控制, 质量控制, 现场主管, 实验室技术员, Superpave binder technician, 和更多的.
的 table below highlights some basic asphalt certifications available through the AI, NCAT, 和NICET.
|沥青研究所||Certified Binder Technician||Work experience with testing of asphalt binders in compliance with AASHTO M 320 PG specification. Also, 6 months or 60 days experience working directly under an NBTC or NETTCP 认证的技术人员.||Must first apply, and will be advised if qualified. 必须通过两个书面的 & laboratory proficiency examination.||每五年|
|NCAT||沥青粘结剂技术||A 回来ground in asphalt is useful, but not required for this introductory course.||必须通过两个书面的 and proficiency examination.||Determined by the state the technician works in.|
|NICET||Level I: Technician Trainee||Has experience, knowledge, and basic skills for working in asphalt. Designed for individuals involved in the testing and inspection of construction materials.||Successfully passing the required examination(s).||每三年|
的se three agencies also offer other types and levels of 技术人员认证s, and may additionally have study courses and programs in preparation for taking a technician examination. Some options are explored below.
的 沥青研究所 presents other education programs and training materials through its 沥青 Academy with a 清单和日历 of upcoming training classes, certification examinations, and locations posted online. 的y offer numerous basic technician training sessions for asphalt binder, 乳状液, 和混合料配合比设计测试. 其中一个是 Mix Design Technology 认证, covering the Superpave mix design process, Reclaimed 沥青 Pavement (RAP) mix design, 专业沥青混合, the full range of activities surrounding the design of asphalt mixtures, 和更多的. It is a certification-optional course, with an examination on the last day. 的 Institute states that although several specifying agencies accept this certification in whole or part as meeting their requirements, applicants should verify this with their local agency. Check the institute's upcoming training schedule to learn when this course is offered.
National Center for 沥青 Technology 提供了大量 asphalt industry training courses 和一个 技术人员认证 program for testing performance graded binders. 其他 education and training programs serve industry professionals to increase knowledge and maintain continuing education units (CEUs). NCAT also presents a handful of other asphalt 技术人员认证 programs, some of which provide certification through the Alabama DOT. It is recommended that participants check with their own state DOT or other agency to confirm acceptance of this certification in their home state.
的 National Institute for 认证 in Engineering Technologies provides 技术人员认证 programs/examinations for asphalt construction professionals at varying levels of expertise and skill.
除了 一级见习技术员 certification listed earlier, there are three other asphalt certification training programs within NICET's Construction Materials Testing 沥青. Each offers a progression of skills-based certification levels in the following designations:
While no formal education is required, NICET does state “Program content at II级 和一个bove assumes knowledge and skills based on work and/or educational experiences (college, 自学, 函授课程, 研讨会, 或字段赋值, 等.) that develop knowledge equivalent to courses in construction or civil engineering technology or a closely related Associate Degree program coupled with internships.” Additional information on pre-requisites and prior work experience can be found in the asphalt technician profile within the Construction Materials Testing 沥青, 混凝土, 土壤 Program Detail Manual. This information is subject to change by year’s end (explained below).
需求 for NICET 技术人员认证 include passing required exams (Levels I-IV), work experience (Levels I-IV), performance measures (Levels I-IV), personal recommendation (Levels III and IV), and major project write-up (第四级别). It is important to note that this information is also subject to change by year’s end based on modifications to NICET’s testing structure.
NICET transitioning to the new testing format
NICET changed its Work Element (WE) certification format to a standard model Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and phased out the WE on 12月 31, 2017. Applicants now test only through the CBT model. Additional information is available online. NICET’s CBT certification exams are administered at Pearson Vue考试中心 located throughout the country.
Look to others for certification programs
如前所述, state DOTs or asphalt associations can be resources for 技术人员认证 programs. For instance, Ohio DOT offers 培训和认证 through Flexible Pavements of Ohio. 类似地, 沥青 Pavement Association of Oregon holds asphalt and mix design 技术人员认证 training and examinations several times during the year, 和其他研讨会一起.
Once you earn the certification, make sure your name is included in your state DOT’s online list of certified industry professionals, 或者其他相关的列表.
换发新证 through AI is every five years, while NICET recertifies every three years. Those holding an NCAT 沥青 Binder 认证 should check with their state DOT for recertification guidelines. Keep the following in mind when recertifying:
- What is the recertification policy and criteria, including the renewal date?
- How much Continuing Professional Development is required?
- What happens if the certification has lapsed?
最后, there are other good resources to use as you prepare for 和一个chieve that asphalt 技术人员认证. Check out the links below for more information.
- Mix Design Methods, Practical Guide Book
- Construction of Hot-Mix 沥青 Pavements, Paper回来 Book
- National 沥青 Pavement Association Back to Basics Webinar Series or 在线培训课程
- Check local colleges and state universities; e.g., Ferris State University in Michigan offers asphalt certification courses, as does Penn State University in conjunction with PennDOT