2018 Online courses are now open for registration.  Classroom courses will begin again in 2019.

2019 courses will be held at the following Virginia Community College locations:

Germanna CC ‐ Fredericksburg Center for Advanced Technology (FREDCAT) | 1325 Central Park Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA. 22401 (540.891.3012)

Germanna CC ‐ Daniel Technology Center | 18121 Technology Dr., Culpeper, VA. 22701 (540.891.3000)

Paul D. Camp CC – Franklin Campus | 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, VA. 23851 (757.569.6050)

Virginia Western CC at Greenfield Education & Training Center | 57 S. Center Drive, Daleville, VA. 24083-3026 (540.966.3984)

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) | 3500 Transportation Research Plaza, Blacksburg, VA. 24061 (540.231.1500)

Registration for all VECAT courses must be completed online at www.germanna.edu. Credit card information must be provided at the time of registration.

WONDERING WHICH VECAT PARTNER TO CONTACT?

Important Information:

  • Class size is limited to 25 individuals per location, so make sure to register early to ensure a seat.
  • Enrollment of students must be completed by one student at a time (if there are multiple students needing enrollment) so that a unique Germanna ID can be assigned to each student. This ID will be used to access the courses on Germanna’s Blackboard system.
  • To make the sign-up process easier, companies can provide Germanna with credit card information to keep on file so that a credit card does not need to be in hand every time a student is enrolled. To set this auto payment option up, please contact Susan Brown at Germanna at 540‐891‐3012 for further information.

If you have additional questions about the course registration process or testing procedures, contact Judith Calvert, Germanna CC at (540) 937-6757. For all other questions, contact Carter Iseman, VAA Director of Training and Development at ciseman@vaasphalt.com or 804‐288‐3169.

VECAT Registration Information

UTILIZING FAST FORWARD PROGRAM (Previously Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) Funds)

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.

The grant is applicable to all MCS classes in the VECAT program.

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.

TESTING ELIGIBILITY

Students will be allowed a total of 2 attempts within a calendar year (2 attempts at written exam, 2 attempts at proficiency test if applicable) to successfully pass the requirements to obtain the desired certification. If the student is not successful within these two attempts, he/she is no longer eligible for that certification within that calendar year and must wait until the next calendar year to be eligible to try again.

CERTIFICATION EXPIRATION

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 become expired 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.

Please note that 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.

PROFICIENCY TESTING

Beginning in 2018, all proficiency testing will be managed by Germanna Community College. See below for course locations, dates and fees. Contact Judith Calvert at (540) 937-6757 to schedule a time and location for any proficiency testing that is required.

Proficiency CourseTesting DatesLocationCourse FeeProficiency
Plant I
(1 Hour)
As NeededCompleted virtually
$150
*One re-test available with additional fee
Sampling of Asphalt Concrete at the Plant
Reducing Samples of AC to Testing Size
Plant II
(4 Hours)
As NeededFREDVAT VTTI
$350
*One re-test available with additional fee
AASHTO T30: Mechanical Analysis of Extracted Aggregates
AASHTO T166: Bulk Specific Gravity
AASHTO T209: Maximum Specific Gravity
AASHTO T269: Percent Air Voids in Compacted Specimens
VTM 102: Ignition Method (no oven calibration)
AASHTO T312: Gyratory Compaction (pill only using gyro)
Mix Design
(8 Hours)
As NeededFREDCAT VTTI
$650
*One re-test available with additional fee
AASHTO T30: Mechanical Analysis of Extracted Aggregates
AASHTO T166: Bulk Specific Gravity
AASHTO T209: Maximum Specific Gravity (RICE)
AASHTO T269: Percent Air Voids in Compacted Specimens
VTM 102: Ignition Method
AASHTO T312: Gyratory Compaction
AASHTO T283: Tensile Strength Ratio
VTM-120: Test for Measurement of Permeability of Bituminous Paving Mixtures Using a Flexible Wall Permeameter
ASTM D4791: Flat & Elongated
ASTM D5821: Percentage of Fractured Particles - Coarse Agg.
AASHTO T176: Sand Equivalent
AASHTO T19: Unit Weight
AASHTO T304-11: Percent Air Voids in Compacted Specimens
AASHTO T84-13: Specific Gravity & Absorption of Fine Aggegate
AASHTO T85-13: Specific Gravity & Absorption of Coarse Aggregate

CLASSROOM POLICIES

A valid Photo ID must be presented to take all examinations. These certification courses are not introductory programs. It is advised that applicants have some knowledge of road construction practices. Applicants must have basic reading comprehension skills as well as knowledge of basic math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law protecting the privacy of student education records, grades may only be released to the attendee of the certification course regardless of the payer. Additionally, a release form must be signed by the attendee giving Germanna CC permission to release the grades to VDOT for display in the VDOTU system.

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY

Class will be held at its scheduled location unless fewer than fifteen (15) students have registered. If this is the case, Germanna will notify affected students and class will be moved to one of Germanna’s home campuses ( either DTC/Culpeper Campus or FredCAT/Fredericksburg). Germanna maintains the right to cancel a class if registration numbers do not support holding the class.

VECAT Course Descriptions

ASPHALT FIELD ‐ LEVEL I ($350)

Course topics: Introduction to Hot Mix Asphalt placement, compaction, and joints. Intended audience IS field personnel that have an impact on quality of asphalt mix placement. The class is suggested for Roller Operators, Paver Operators, Crew Foremen, Superintendents, Density Technicians, Construction Inspectors, Senior Construction Inspectors, Consultant Construction Inspectors, Senior Consultant Construction Inspectors and Materials IA & QA personnel and Permit Inspectors. Exam required for certification. No proficiency required.

THIS COURSE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR ASPHALT FIELD LEVEL II, FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION, COLD ASPHALT RECYCLING (FIELD) AND COLD ASPHALT RECYCLING (PLANT) AND MAY BE TAKEN CONSECUTIVELY WITH THE ASPHALT FIELD LEVEL II CLASS.”

ASPHALT FIELD – LEVEL II ($350)

Prerequisite: Asphalt Field Level 1 course
Course topics: Specifications and QC/QA testing. The intended audience is field personnel directly responsible for control, placement and testing of asphalt as well as Construction Inspectors, Senior Construction Inspectors, Consultant Construction Inspectors, Senior Consultant Construction Inspectors, Materials IA & QA personnel and Permit Inspectors. The class will be mandatory for the Paving Superintendents and Density technicians. CALCULATOR REQUIRED. Exam required for certification. No proficiency required.

COURSE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION, COLD ASPHALT RECYCLING (FIELD) AND COLD ASPHALT RECYCLING (PLANT) AND MAY BE TAKEN CONSECUTIVELY WITH THE ASPHALT FIELD LEVEL I CLASS.”

ASPHALT PLANT – LEVEL I ($350)

Course topics: Introduction to components of asphalt, plant operations, sampling, aggregate proportioning, and job mix formulas. The intended audience is plant personnel that have an impact on quality of asphalt mix produced and Materials QA personnel. The class is suggested for loader operators, plant operators, and ground crew. The class is mandatory for any plant person that will perform sampling. Exam and proficiency required for certification.

THIS COURSE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR ASPHALT PLANT LEVEL II AND MAY BE TAKEN CONSECUTIVELY WITH THE ASPHALT PLANT LEVEL II CLASS.

ASPHALT PLANT – LEVEL II ($350)

Prerequisite: Asphalt Plant Level 1 course
Course topics: Specifications and QC/QA testing. The intended audience is plant personnel that have an impact on quality of asphalt mix produced and will be performing sampling and testing for acceptance, as well as Materials QA and Materials Lab testing personnel. The class is mandatory for any plant person that will perform Laboratory testing. The class is a combination of classroom and lab instruction. CALCULATOR, SAFETY GLASSES, AND SAFETY SHOES REQUIRED. Exam and proficiency required for certification. This certification will be required for contractor personnel performing sampling and testing for acceptance.

COURSE MAY BE TAKEN CONSECUTIVELY WITH THE ASPHALT PLANT LEVEL I CLASS AND IS A PREREQUISITE FOR ASPHALT PLANT MIX DESIGN.

SLURRY SURFACING ($275)

Course topics: Introduction to equipment, materials, placement procedures, and specifications.  The intended audience is field personnel that have an impact on the quality of slurry surface application.  The class is suggested for Roller Operators, Paver Operators, Crew Foremen, Superintendents, Density Technicians, Construction Inspectors, Senior Construction Inspectors, Consultant Construction Inspectors, Senior Consultant Construction Inspectors and Materials IA & QA personnel and Permit Inspectors.  Exam required for certification. No proficiency required.

SURFACE TREATMENT ($275)

Course topics: Introduction to equipment, materials, construction, placement procedures, specifications, and calculations. The intended audience is field personnel that have an impact on the quality of surface treatment application. The class is suggested for Roller Operators, Paver Operators, Crew Foremen, Superintendents, Density Technicians, Construction Inspectors, Senior Construction Inspectors, Consultant Construction Inspectors, Senior Consultant Construction Inspectors and Materials IA & QA personnel and Permit Inspectors. CALCULATOR REQUIRED. Exam required for certification. No proficiency required.

ASPHALT PLANT MIX DESIGN ($650)

Prerequisite: Asphalt Plant Level II course
Course topics: SuperPave and Stone Matrix Asphalt mix design, materials selection, test methods and specifications. This class is a combination of classroom and lab instruction. The intended audience is plant lab personnel responsible for the control of asphalt plant mix and laboratory testing at the plant. The class is suggested for experienced plant person (several years of experience). This person will be responsible for asphalt mixture, testing, sampling and certifying lab results to VDOT. This person will also sign off on technicians with Level II certification. VDOT materials QA personnel, Materials Asphalt Lab Supervisor and Materials person responsible for mix design approval should attend. CALCULATOR, SAFETY GLASSES, AND SAFETY SHOES REQUIRED. Exam and proficiency required for certification.

VDOT recommends holding a Plant Level II certification for at least 12 months prior to taking Mix Design.

FULL DEPTH RECLAMATION (FDR) ($275)

Prerequisite: Asphalt Field Levels I and II courses
Course topics: This course covers project communication and safety, basics of FDR, mix design and construction techniques. The class will also cover test methods and specifications, and inspection and quality assurance. The intended audience is contractor personnel directly responsible for construction and testing of FDR materials, as well as Project Inspectors, Construction Managers, Area Construction Engineers, and VDOT Materials personnel. Passing a final exam is required for successful completion of the class.

COLD ASPHALT RECYCLING – FIELD ($275)

Prerequisite: Asphalt Field School ‐ Levels I and II. This course also includes a math section, therefore students attending the class must have a basic understanding of math calculations.

The intended audience is contractor personnel directly responsible for paving and testing of CIR or CCPR materials, as well as Project Inspectors, Construction Managers, Area Construction Engineers, and VDOT Materials personnel.

Course topics: Project communication and safety, Cold In-Place Recycling equipment, Central cold pavement recycling (CCPR) asphalt paving equipment and construction techniques, Inspection and quality assurance, Density testing, and acceptance

Passing a final exam is required for successful completion of the class.

COLD ASPHALT RECYCLING – PLANT ($275)

Prerequisite: Asphalt Plant School ‐ Levels I and II. This course also includes a math section, therefore students attending the class must have a basic understanding of math calculations.

The intended audience is contractor personnel directly responsible for paving and testing of CIR or CCPR materials, as well as Project Inspectors, Construction Managers, Area Construction Engineers, and VDOT Materials personnel.

Course topics: Project communication and safety, Cold In-Place Recycling equipment, Central cold pavement recycling (CCPR) asphalt paving equipment and construction techniques, Inspection and quality assurance, Density testing, and acceptance

Passing a final exam is required for successful completion of class.