Institute for Construction Education and Training

Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Level One Certification and Training

 

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This four day course is designed for the technician inspecting bituminous mix for roadways on local
government agency projects not using Contractor Quality Control/Quality Assurance
specifications.

Who should attend
The Michigan Department of Transportation regulations require that public or private entities
involved in road construction projects on the National Highway System roads which
are not QC/QA projects must have a “Michigan Certified Bituminous Laboratory Technician
Level 1” conduct the acceptance tests.

Application requirements
An applicant must be a Michigan Certified Aggregate Technician Level 1 before enrolling in this
course. A simple calculator able to compute basic math functions should be brought to
class. 


Examination
The Board of Examiners shall administer the examination for certification. The examination
is composed of two parts:

Part 1 - Written examination
The written exam is an open book exam that tests for a basic knowledge of the
characteristics of bituminous materials, bituminous plant operations, the calculations
required for testing and documentation, and methods used for testing Bituminous Material 

Part 2 - Practical examination

The HMA lab technician must demonstrate proper test procedures to complete:

  1. Sampling of Bituminous mixtures and reducing samples for testing
  2. The Determination of asphalt content by vacuum extraction methods with calculations and reports
  3. The Theoretical Maximum Density Test with calculations and reports
  4. The Marshall Bulk Specific Gravity Test with calculations and reports
  5. Calculate volumetric properties, Pb, VMA, VFA, Va. 

Applicants failing any part of the exam will be allowed to retake that portion of the exam,
written or practical. However, if an applicant fails a second time, the entire course will
need to be repeated. Options for retaking exams will be explained at the notification of
failure. All retests must be completed within thirty days and participants will be responsible to pay $150 for a wirtten retest and $350 for a practical retest.

Hot Mix Asphalt Technician Training Course and Certification
This technician training course is a four-day course. This course is designed to give candidates the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the Michigan Certified Bituminous Laboratory Technician Level 1 Test. The course is composed of both classroom and laboratory instruction, with over half the course devoted to developing laboratory testing skills. Students can expect homework assignments.

Cost: $895.00 each session

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Hot Mix Asphalt Level One Recertification

Recertification is required every four years. It is the responsibility of the practicing

technician to maintain an active certification. For recertification, the technician must
pass a written and practical examination, similar in format to the original certification
test. Failure to achieve a passing score will require the candidate to retake the exam.
Failure to pass the second time will require the candidate to attend the entire certification
course. If a Michigan Certified Bituminous Laboratory Technician Level 1 fails to
become recertified within one calendar year from the date of certificate expiration, at a
minimum, the full training course must be taken. 



Hot Mix Asphalt Level One Refresher Course & Recertification Test
The refresher course includes a one day workshop and written examination followed on the second day by the practical examination described above. The refresher course does not allow sufficient time for the technician to practice test methods. If a technician has not been performing test methods on a regular basis, the technician should enroll in the entire four day training course. The four day course does allow sufficient time for technicians to practice current test methods before completing the practical examination.

Cost: $515.00 each session

 

Hot Mix Asphalt Coring and Sampling

This one-day training course is intended to educate contractors, consultants, and quality control technicians that are involved in Sampling Hot Mix Asphalt for quality control and quality acceptance on Local Agency Projects and Michigan DOT Projects.

 

HMA Sampling Course Outcomes include:  

  1. Identify proper procedures and equipment to sample HMA Paving Mixtures according to Michigan Test Method 313
  2. Identify proper procedures and equipment to sample HMA Paving Mixtures Behind the Paver according to Michigan Test Method 324
  3. Identify proper procedures and perform mathematical calculations for HMA Random Sampling on QC/QA Projects including the use of random numbers to determine the location and frequency of HMA Core Samples and HMA Acceptance Samples
  4. Updated information on current MDOT Coring and Sampling specifications including longitudinal joint density
  5. Identify MDOT work zone safety requirements and personal protection safety equipment needed to perform HMA sampling on the project in a safe and efficient manner

 

Course Duration: One Day (starting at 9am)

 

Technicians scoring 80% or higher on the HMA Sampling Examination will be qualified to complete the HMA Sampling Practical Examination that is required for technicians that are sampling HMA on Contractor QC/QA Projects.  

Note: If you are already enrolled in the HMA QC/QA Training Course, it is NOT necessary to enroll in this course. The information presented in this course is included in the HMA QC/QA Certification Course.

Cost: $265.00 each session (Big Rapids Campus)