BITUMINOUS LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION and TRAINING
This four day course is designed for the technician inspecting bituminous plants for local
government agencies not using Superpave and/or Quality Control/Quality Assurance
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.
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. Previous experience may qualify an applicant to take a waiver exam without attending
the classroom and laboratory sessions. Individuals interested in this option are
required to submit a resume of experience and to contact the Institute for Construction
Education and Training for prior approval.
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, and the calculations
required for testing and documentation.
Part 2 - Practical examination
The practical exam is monitored for competency in completion of the actual
quartering, extraction and documentation for a bituminous mixture.
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 for labor and materials costs associated with re-examination.
Bituminous TechnicianTraining 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.
Upon successful completion of this four day course the technician will achieve these learning outcomes:
Cost: $790 each session
BITUMINOUS LEVEL 1 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. Bituminous Recertification does not
require current status as a Michigan Certified Aggregate Laboratory Technician.
Bituminous Level 1 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: $440 each session