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CREATEs Soil and Aggregate Certification Program

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The Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs) at Rowan University is offering a soil and aggregate technician certification program that will comply with AASHTO R-25, Technician Training and Qualification Programs. The program aligns perfectly with CREATEs mission, “to conduct cutting edge, applied, and readily implementable research in transportation engineering. We seek to ensure a diverse working environment that educates and trains the next generation of professionals, and enhances the skill sets of the current workforce that can meet the engineering demands of the 21st century.”

The laboratory facilities at South Jersey Technology Park, where CREATEs is housed, include an asphalt binder and mixtures as well as soil and aggregate laboratories. These labs are managed by highly qualified staff capable of performing relevant tests using state-of-the-art specialized binder/mixture, soils, and aggregate material characterization equipment. The center is equipped and staffed to support training activities, pavements and materials-related research and development, complimented by test equipment that includes a Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD), Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS), Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT), etc. The center is AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) accredited and is; therefore, capable of performing standard American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and agency specified testing. It houses conventional construction material test equipment as well as advanced testing systems and sophisticated one-of-a-kind research instrumentation. This document provides information about CREATEs’ soil certification program; its purpose, advisory committee, training schedule, certification requirements, and fee associated with the program.

Important Note: Basic reading comprehension skills as well as basic math skills including algebra, ratio/proportions, and understanding of basic statistics (i.e. mean/mode/median, standard deviation etc.) are prerequisites for this program.


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires that all sampling and testing data used in acceptance decisions on National Highway System projects be conducted by qualified personnel. This certification program is intended to meet the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, 23 CFR, Part 637, Quality Assurance (QA) Procedures for Construction, issued June 29, 1995. The regulation states, “All sampling and testing data to be used in the acceptance decision or the independent assurance program will be executed by qualified sampling and testing personnel”.

Through certification, minimum or 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. In certain occasions, disputes may arise between owners and contractors due to differences in testing results. Certified technicians with the same training put both sides on level grounds so instead of arguments focused on technicians and test equipment, the dispute will be more on other sources of variability; such as variability of the material itself.

This course will qualify the technician or inspector to properly sample and test soils and aggregates in accordance with the test methods specified by agencies/owners. There is a need to establish this certification program because it is not currently offered within the State of New Jersey. Certification Programs already exist in New Jersey for HMA mix design and construction (i.e. by New Jersey Society of Asphalt Technologists (NJSAT)) and several concrete certifications are available through American Concrete Institute (ACI) given at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) in Jersey City. Please note that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) provides in-house soil and aggregate training for its employees; however, technicians and inspectors in local government agencies, consultants and material suppliers must currently travel out of state for several days to obtain this type of certification. The unavailability of this certification in the state of NJ presents hardship for the employer and employee that can be avoided by establishing a soils and aggregate certification center at Rowan CREATEs.

Program’s Agenda

Day 1 of CREATEs’ Certification Program
Scheduled Time1 Test(s) Covered or Session Description Session Type
8:00AM–9:30AM ASTM D2488; D3665; and AASHTO T 2 or ASTM D75-03 Lecture
9:45AM–11:45AM AASHTO T 248; T 11; T 27 Demo/Hands-On
12:15PM–1:30PM AASHTO T 88; and T 311 Lecture (Mehta)
1:45PM–4:00PM AASHTO T 84; and T 85 Demo/Hands-On
Day 2 of CREATEs’ Certification Program
Scheduled Time1 Test(s) Covered or Session Description Session Type
8:00AM–9:30AM AASHTO T 96; T 104; and T 21 Lecture
9:45AM–11:45AM AASHTO T 265; T 90 Demo/Hands-On
12:15PM–1:30PM AASHTO T 176; T 99/180; and T 272 Lecture
1:45PM–4:00PM AASHTO T 310; T 191; DCP; and T 304 Demo/Hands-On
Day 3 of CREATEs’ Certification Program
Scheduled Time1 Test(s) Covered or Session Description Session Type
8:00AM–9:30AM Construction and Compaction Best Practices Lecture
9:45AM–11:45AM General Review Lecture
12:15PM–1:30PM Written Exam
1:45PM–4:00PM Practical Exam

1 Lunch will be served at starting at 11:45AM until 12:15PM every day.

Program’s Schedule

The certification program will be held based upon demand. Two programs be offered annually; one in the January-February period and the second is in the November-December period of the year. For the year 2018, CREATEs will offer the first Soils and Aggregates Certification program on 29 – 31st January, 2018.

Certification Requirements

Participants in the program are required to pass a written test and a hands-on practical exam in order to become certified. The exam will be held after completion of 2 ½ days of training; on the third day of the program.

Fees Schedule

  • Consultants:
    • Early Bird by December 31st: $1,250
    • After December 31st: $1,500
  • The program will be offered free of charge for government employees. Contact Ms. Kristine Allouchery for more information.

Cancellation Policy: In order to get fee-refund, a written notice must be submitted by participant(s) intending to cancel their registration 3 days prior to the program’s start date. A fee of $150 will be charged to cover administrative costs.


The program will be held at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University (107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062). For accommodations, attendees may opt-in reserving a room in the on-campus hotel (Courtyard Marriott). This hotel is located 1.5 miles from the South Jersey Tech Park. For more information about the hotel, please visit Glassboro Marriott.


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Contact Person

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Ms. Kristine Allouchery at (or at or 856-256-5395).

Pavement Design Methodologies: From Fundamentals to Design through Case Studies

Workshop learning objectives

Upon completion of a two-day workshop, the attendees will be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the philosophy of the current empirical design guide.
  2. Define the primary failures in flexible and rigid pavements and establish their primary cause.
  3. Conduct stress-strain analysis under single and multiple layered systems for flexible and rigid pavement systems.
  4. Conduct sensitivity analysis of stiffness and thickness on stress/strain response and understand its implications on design.
  5. Understand the concept of Equivalent Single Axle Load (ESAL) and how to calculate ESALs for pavement design.
  6. Understand the different criteria for designing a drainage layer for the pavement sections.
  7. Conduct mechanistic-empirical (Asphalt Institute) and empirical (AASHTO) flexible pavement design.
  8. Define the different types of rigid pavement systems and understand their applications.
  9. Conduct mechanistic-empirical (PCA) and empirical (AASHTO) rigid pavement design.
  10. Understand the basis of pavement design using Pavement ME Software of flexible and rigid pavement (demo only)


April 30 – May 1, 2018.   Contact us for more information about the program as well as a tentative agenda and schedule.  To sign up for the program, please visit the Rowan Marketplace.