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Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Operations

Consultant Prequalification from MDOT Construction Manual, November 2016:

A five year expiration date is being phased into the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) (Bituminous) Paving and Michigan Hot Mix Asphalt (Bituminous) Paving Operations certifications.

In the past, there was not an expiration date for MDOT HMA (Bituminous) Paving and Michigan HMA (Bituminous) Paving Operations certifications. Beginning in 2017, Paving and Paving Operations certificates will have a five year expiration date phased in according to the following schedule:

Construction Year Acceptable Certificate Dates









Anyone that has previously completed the HMA Paving Operations course will be allowed to register and complete the HMA Paving Operations recertification training.

MDOT HMA (Bituminous) Paving or Michigan HMA (Bituminous) Paving Operations certification is a requirement for the prequalification category of Construction Inspection: HMA Pavement. No extensions will be allowed beyond the certification dates noted above.

End entry from MDOT Construction Manual

HMA PAVING OPERATIONS Training and Certification

This four-day course is designed to provide a basic and uniform understanding of the inspection and evaluation of HMA Paving Operations. Attention is given to providing participants with an introduction to the basic principles of pavement construction and quality control. Information will be provided to help ensure a better riding surface and a reduction in maintenance costs.

Who should attend

The course is open to individuals from both the private and public sectors who perform regular inspections and evaluations of bituminous paving, and for those who expect to become street inspectors in the bituminous paving industry.

Application requirements

Basic math skills in the use of fractions, decimals, ratios, and percentages are required


A written examination will be given the last day of class to evaluate the level of learning achieved by the participant.

HMA Paving Operations

This course is designed to give candidates the skills and knowledge necessary to inspect a HMA Paving Operation in the field.

Course Topics include:

  • Paving equipment
  • Base preparation
  • Traffic control
  • Paving operations
  • Rolling operations
  • Surface treatments
  • Special bituminous
  • Construction field testing