CREATEs recently hosted its 2nd Annual Soil and Aggregate Certification Workshop on January 30, 2019 at the South Jersey Tech Park. The course was attended by federal, state and municipal engineers and technicians, and industry engineers. Over the course of the day, the attendees participated in hands-on laboratory demonstrations, guided by the CREATEs staff, Post-Doc Fellows and Graduate Students. Upon conclusion of the program, all attendees were tested on their knowledge of the coursework and were required to demonstrate their ability to execute the field tests demonstrated. Coursework was based on AASHTO R-25 standards and aligned perfectly with the CREATEs mission “to conduct cutting edge, applied and readily implementable research in transportation engineering.”
Through this type of certification, benchmark levels of qualifications are established for both industry and agency personnel. In addition, the number of qualified technicians and their abilities can be increased at the same time. The need to establish this certification program was borne of the fact that it is not currently offered within the State of New Jersey.