Hot Mix Asphalt Density Inspector Certification Program

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AGC of New York State
HMA Density Testing Inspector
Certification Program 2019

Program Information

In order to provide the highest level of quality for transportation facilities, most state agencies along with AASHTO, FHWA and NAPA have adopted quality assurance specifications. Part of this process includes using qualified personnel for sampling and testing.

According to federal regulations “all sampling and testing data to be used in acceptance decision or the IA program will be executed by qualified sampling and testing personnel.” (Federal Regulation 23 CRF 637) HMA Density Inspector Certification Program is intended to provide qualification of personnel performing density testing on Hot Mix Asphalt in New York State.

Certification is valid for five years and is based on attending the two-day program and successfully passing the written examination.

The examination includes the following:

  • Chapter 2 Density and Pavement Performance
  • Chapter 3 Determining the Density of HMA Pavements
  • Chapter 4 Controlling the Variables that Influence the Compaction of HMA
  • Chapter 5 NYS Density Testing Inspector Roles and Responsibilities
  • Chapter 6 Use of Density as a Quality Characteristic in NYS

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Written Exam

Participants are able to use their manual during the exam. Examinees must receive at least 70% per section and an 80% overall for the entire exam. Failing of the section or of the overall examination will require a written retest. The exam will be 100 multiple choice and true/false questions. Some questions may include calculations.

The breakdown by chapter is approximately:

  • Chapter 2 = 10 questions
  • Chapter 3 = 15 questions
  • Chapter 4 = 20 questions
  • Chapter 5 = 30 questions
  • Chapter 6 = 25 questions

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Full Program (Class and Exam)

Cost • Includes manual and exam
AGC NYS, LLC Members $605
NYSDOT and NYSTA Staff $605
Non-AGC Members $905

The fee is nonrefundable and due upon confirmation of program date. Your program date is secured ONLY by payment of the program fee.

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Recertification (Exam Only)

Recertification requirements are as follows:

  • Technicians must hold an active certificate in order to perform work on projects
  • Certification expires after 5 years
  • Recertification must be achieved within 60 days of expiration
  • Recertification exams will be held at any of the scheduled courses – schedules are subject to change based upon preregistrations
  • Technicians may also register for the exam only at any of the scheduled courses – schedules are subject to change based upon pre-registrations
  • Technicians who do not pass the recertification exam MUST take the full training course and sit for a second exam
Cost • Includes manual and exam
Recertification $330

This fee is nonrefundable and due upon confirmation of program date. Your program date is secured ONLY by payment of the program fee.

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Retest Opportunity

Cost • Exam only
Retest $105

Opportunities for taking a written certification retest if the written test is failed can be made by contacting the CCET office at 607-587-4015 or sending an email to CCET.

A failed exam can be taken up to two (2) times from within the original date of testing. The cost is for each retest attempt.

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Testing Dates and Locations

Date Location
April 25 • 26 Wellsville, NY
May 30 • 31 Newburgh, NY
August 12 • 13 Newburgh, NY

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Payment

Payment is to be made by check, payable to the Research Foundation. Send the check to the address below:

CCET
Alfred State College
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

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