GCC staff can create a company profile to be stored in their Workforce database for easy class purchase. Company staff (Management, Admin Assistant etc.) or employee can then create a student profile which requires name, date of birth, address, phone number and working email address. The company then signs on using the company password and username to complete purchase. Please note that payment by credit card will include a service charge.
Company to enroll the student:
To create a student profile:
**For additional help on how a company representative can enroll a student for VECAT classes or to create a student profile for the student, please see the Company Registration Tutorial Links below**
Whether the student is registering themselves or a company administrator is handling this step, students must be registered one at a time so that payment for that individual can be recorded and a student profile can be created, thus giving the student a unique identifier code which links him or her to the proper account in Germanna’s system (See below for more information on registering a student and creating the required student profile).
A class must have at least fifteen (15) students registered for the class to be held. If this number is not reached, that class will likely be merged with one of the classes being held at either of Germanna’s home locations (Culpeper and Fredericksburg), this requiring students in the canceled class to travel. Germanna usually makes this determination a week in advance of a class and will notify students who are affected by the change.
An alternate student cannot be sent to class without prior communication to Germanna. In order for any student to attend class, they must have a student account and individual ID set up PRIOR to class day. If a student shows up to class without this information completed, it is Germanna’s decision as to whether that student can stay to attend class. Regardless, he or she will not be able to complete the exam at the conclusion of the class due to no student account in the system.
VECAT classes, regardless of their hosting location, follow the policy of that particular location. Should inclement weather be an issue at any point during a class, the student should adhere to the decision of that location to stay open of close. Most colleges will have a notice about their intention to open or close listed on their website. Should this be the case at any location, the VECAT instructor for that class will let students know what makeup days will apply (note: usually, if a half-day or one day are missed due to inclement weather, the class will pick up later in the day or the following day. If more than one day is missed, the class will likely be re-scheduled at another time).
If you don’t have a computer in your home and also do not have access to one at your place of employment, you can access your Blackboard account from any location that has internet access. Most people in this position use the computers available at their county library or other public facilities in their area. With some prior planning, arrangements can be made to use a computer at a local community college.
Courses are also available on YouTube under the search topic VECAT if you want to watch the videos from class outside of Blackboard. You may use a smartphone or other type of technology to view this way; however, course credit cannot be obtained from watching the courses on YouTube. You MUST complete the courses in Blackboard if you want course credit and plan to complete the exam for certification purposes.
Yes. A student must be registered and have a student profile already created in Germanna’s system to be allowed to sit through class.
Both, with the exception of Mix Design which is only available as a classroom course.
Germanna Community College – Main Campus (Fredericksburg)
Workforce Development Center
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Germanna Community College – Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology (FredCAT)
1325 Central Park Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA. 22401
Germanna Community College – Daniel Technology Center (Culpeper)
18121 Technology Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701
Paul D. Camp Community College – Franklin Campus – Workforce Development Center
100 North College Drive
Franklin, VA 23851
Virginia Western Community College – Greenfield Education & Training Center
57 S. Center Drive
Daleville, VA 24083-3026
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 (Mix Design Class Only)
These costs were developed by VDOT, Germanna, and VAA.
The online class is structured around the physical class timeframe to include actual video footage of the instructors. Some students have completed it in less time.
You can determine if the desired class has seats available by locating the course on the Germanna website and looking for either the Add to Cart or Filled indicators on the course page. If the course still has seats available, it will display “Add to Cart” and you can proceed with the registration process.
Enrollment for online classes is “open”, so the student may enroll at any time during the year. It is important to remember, however, that the class year ends on December 15th, 2018, meaning all classes and exams must be completed by this date to count for the year. Failure to complete both this timeframe could result in the student having to start over in 2019.
|Asphalt Field I||Day 1||8:00am to 5:00pm|
|Day 2||8:00am to Noon|
|Asphalt Field II||Day 1||11:00am to 5:00pm|
|Day 2||8:00am to 4:00pm|
|Asphalt Plant I||Day 1||8:00am to 5:00pm|
|Day 2||8:00am to Noon|
|Asphalt Plant II||Day 1||1:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Day 2||8:00am to 5:00pm|
|Slurry Surface||8:00am to 4:30pm|
|Surface Treatment||8:00am to 4:00pm|
|Mix Design||Day 1||1:00pm to 5:00pm|
|Day 2||8:00am to 5:00pm|
|Day 3||8:00am to 5:00pm|
|Day 4||8:00am to 5:00pm|
|Day 5||8:00am to 1:00pm|
The online class manual is online, broken down by chapter within the course and available for download or printing. A hard copy will be provided in class for the classroom classes.
There are no extra costs.
Asphalt Plant I, Asphalt Plant II, and Mix Design. Beginning in 2018, all proficiency testing will be managed by Germanna Community College. See the 2018 MCS Certification brochure also on the VECAT homepage for testing locations, dates and fees. Contact Cartha Branham at (540) 891-3070 to schedule a time and location for any proficiency testing that is required.
Answer: Asphalt Field Level II requires passing the Level I Exam with a 70 or higher
Asphalt Plant Level II requires passing the Level I Exam with a 70 or higher.
Mix Design requires a full Asphalt Plant II certification (having passed the certification exam & proficiency exam) with at least one year’s experience.
Full Depth Reclamation requires passing the Field Level I and II exam with a 70 or higher.
Cold Asphalt Recycling: Field requires passing the Field Level I and II exam with a 70 or higher.
Cold Asphalt Recycling: Plant requires passing the Field Level I and II exam with a 70 or higher.
You make take the final exam at any one of Virginia’s 23 community college locations after first scheduling Germanna’s VECAT Program Coordinator. Click here to find the Virginia Community College that is nearest to you or work with the coordinator to determine which location is most ideal.
As of the 2018 class year, students now have the option to either take their exam at the end of class, or they can wait and take it. Please note that the exam must be completed within 90 days of the class date. If the student opts to wait and take the exam at a later time, he or she is responsible for contacting Germanna to set up the time and location for the exam. A higher level exam can not be completed until the pre-requisite course and exam are completed (i.e. a student will not be allowed to take the Field II exam until the Field I course and exam are completed/passed).
The exam is covered by the registration fee for the course.
A final exam must be completed within 90 days from the date that the course is started. This applies to both classroom (if the student opts not to complete the exam at the end of the class) and online courses.
It depends on the testing center of choice. Some require an appointment while others allow walk-ins during normal testing hours. However, both require prior setup.
If a student does not pass a final exam on the first attempt, her or she is allowed one additional attempt. Failure to pass the exam after the second attempt will result in the student having to wait until the following class year where he/she must attend the classroom class.
Yes. An exam cannot be completed without first completing the course. You can select whether you take the course online or in the classroom.
You must bring a calculator with you to the exam. Cell phones are under no circumstances allowed into the exam room. This must be left in your vehicle or a personal bag/backpack in the classroom.
Pre-requisite courses for a higher-level course (i.e. Plant I and II for Mix Design) do not need to be completed prior to that course if those certifications are active. This means that you do not need to take Plant I or II before taking Mix Design if your Mix Design certification is coming due but your Plant I and II certifications are still active.
Beginning in 2018, all proficiency testing will be managed by Germanna Community College. See the 2018 MCS Certification brochure also on the VECAT homepage for testing locations, dates and fees. Contact Cartha Branham at (540) 891-3070 to schedule a time and location for any proficiency testing that is required.
Beginning in 2018, all VDOT materials certifications will have an active lifecycle of five (5) years. At the end of this timeframe, the certification will expire and its holder will be required to complete the same requirements as for a new certification to re-activate the certification. This includes the full course (classroom or online options are open to individual choice and/or availability), written exam, applicable proficiency exams and any prerequisite certifications.
The Fast Forward program is a continuation of the Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) that was launched in 2017 to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking the skills they need to obtain good‐paying jobs in high‐demand fields. In late 2017, the program exhausted all of its funds for training and development, causing a brief hiatus in its availability. Those funds have now been replenished and will be available beginning July 1, 2018. Virginia residents seeking educational opportunities through the Virginia Community College network will automatically qualify for these grant funds upon registration for a Fast Forward-eligible course.
Please note: if you are NOT a Virginia resident but still want to sign up for one of VECAT’s Asphalt courses, you will need to contact Germanna to complete a required Opt-Out form.
Any questions about Fast Forward program guidelines can be direct to Germanna Community College at 540-891-3012.
The Fast Forward Program is applicable to all MCS classes in the VECAT program. A student must be a Virginia resident to take advantage of these funds. If you are NOT a Virginia resident but still want to sign up for a VECAT course, you will need to contact Germanna to complete a required Opt-Out form. Any questions about Fast Forward program guidelines can be direct to the Germanna Community College main office at 540-891-3012.