National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)

Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I


Credential: Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I is an entry-level credential for field and laboratory technicians who test and inspect construction asphalts. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must pass an exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 6 months
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)

1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA  22314-2794

Phone: (888) 476-4238

Email: tech@nicet.org

Candidate must have at least six months of direct involvement in activities related to construction materials testing. Of this:

  • At least three months must be full-time work experience in testing asphalt mixes and components.
  • Up to three months may be in full-time experience in some combination of soils, concrete and/or other related construction materials testing.

Candidate who has earned a degree in an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering technology or engineering program (or equivalent) directly related to certification practice area may qualify to receive up to 18 months of credit towards the work experience requirement. See NICET website for Education Credit form.

The Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I credential has the following other requirements:

  • Supervisor (or outside verifier, if the candidate owns the company) must confirm that candidate meets eligibility requirements by initialing each performance measure on the certification description to indicate that he or she has witnessed candidate successfully perform required activities.

Written Exam

  • Personal and Worksite Safety
    • Determine and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Identify and report task-specific hazards
  • Plans and Specifications
    • Identify locations on site from locations on plans (5-15%)
  • Sampling of Asphalt Mixes and Components
    • Document sampling locations
    • Follow sampling procedures to obtain samples
    • Compare sampled material to product submittals
    • Label sample origin and material
    • Deliver samples to the laboratory
  • Asphalt Mix Sample Preparation
    • Reduce/split samples to test size
    • Condition the samples for testing by temperature
    • Label the prepared samples
  • Field and Laboratory Testing of Asphalt Mixes and Components
    • Perform field density tests of compacted asphalt mixes
    • Perform aggregate gradation tests
    • Perform asphalt content tests of asphalt mixes (e.g., extraction, ignition, and nuclear methods)
    • Determine the moisture content of asphalt mixes
    • Determine the moisture content of aggregates
    • Perform the maximum theoretical specific gravity and density tests of asphalt mixes
    • Perform the bulk specific gravity tests of compacted asphalt mixes
    • Perform the fractured face tests of aggregates
  • Communication of Results
    • Collect required test data for reports
    • Document field observations
    • Complete test forms and related reports
    • Report results to supervisor
    • Assess reasonableness of results
  • Equipment Calibration and Maintenance
    • Verify current calibration for Level I tests
    • Verify equipment operation for Level I tests

Practical Exam

  • Optional performance examination now available to complement the written exam. See the NICET webpage for more information.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders are required to earn at least 90 points of continuing professional development (CPD) activities during the three year certification period.
  • Certification holders may take a special recertification exam in order to earn 45 of the required 90 CPDs.

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