NICET Asphalt Testing Certificate Preparatory Course

NSF Advanced Technical Education Award

HCCC is proud to announce the Construction Management program has received an Advanced Technology Education grant award of $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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This course prepares students for the National Institute of Certified Engineers and Technicians (NICET) Level I & II Certifications, a nationally recognized and industry-wide accepted program in the field of Asphalt Testing. The NICET Certifications are most required by local and state jurisdictions, and by federal agencies. The National Institute of Certified Engineers and Technicians has recognized our institution as an official training provider for NICET Certifications.


The prep course is designed for the inspectors, consultants, and contractors responsible for project inspection, quality control, quality assurance, and management of asphalt pavement operation. Certification provides in-depth knowledge of asphalt construction procedures and field inspection. Students will learn sampling, aggregate types and their behavior, asphalt mix design, and the latest field practices.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Develop a broad knowledge and understanding of means and methods employed in asphalt construction and significance of inspection
  • Identify issues and propose mitigation measures
  • Inspect to ensure the suitability of material
  • Determine the quality of materials & equipment being used through testing
  • Recognize the duties of an inspector for the provision of the quality and safe product


NICET Level 1 & 2 Certifications (Preparatory Course)
No Prerequisites Required
Total Hours: 32
8 Days, 4 hours a day


Saturdays and Sundays
July 6 - 28, 2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

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For more information and registration, please email Chastity Farrell at cfarrellFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.


NICET Certification Information

NICET Certification is one of the most prestigious and extensive vocational tests conducted across the United States of America for professionals in the Construction Industry. Certification often influences hiring, retention, promotion, and contracting decisions. It is equally beneficial for employers as it is for employees.

The construction of high-quality asphalt is the goal of the construction industry. Effective inspection is key in achieving that goal. A high-quality oversight is a difference between poor and excellent-performing pavement. NICET Certification in Asphalt Testing plays a pivotal role in providing qualified and experienced inspectors to fulfill industry demand. NICET Level I & II certifications mean that any person certified in Asphalt Testing attains credentials to provide a high quality of oversight — and ultimately the quality of products and services—will be of the highest standards. The value of a NICET certification lies in what it says about the professionalism of the certification holder. The certifications also cover areas including inspection, documentation, testing, work management, and safety.

Certification in Asphalt Construction helps students in achieving an understanding of changing trends in the field of asphalt inspection, testing, safety, and environmental aspects of today’s modern construction.

The National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians (NICET) offers certifications in multiple areas at a different level of academic/experience levels related to a Civil Engineering Technology Program; The following are the major work areas where certification programs are offered:

Construction Materials Testing:

Asphalt, Concrete & Soils

Transportation Construction Inspection:

Highway Construction Inspection

NICET Certified Technicians are defined as “hands-on” members of the engineering team who work under the direction of Engineers, Scientists, and Technologists. They have knowledge of the components, operating characteristics, and limitations of engineering systems and processes particular to their area of specialization.

Training and Course Objectives:

Personal and Worksite Safety:

  • Determine and wear personal protective equipment (PPE), and identify & report task-specific hazards
  • Apply job hazards analysis
  • Review safety data sheets (SDS)

Plans & Specifications:

  • Identify locations on-site from locations on plans
  • Determine what testing is needed on samples
  • Determine sampling frequencies

Sampling of Asphalt Mixes & Components:

  • Document sampling locations and follow sampling procedures to obtain samples
  • Compare sampled material to product submittals
  • Determine sampling locations
  • Label sample origin & material and deliver samples to the laboratory
  • Establishing sampling procedures

Asphalt Mix Sample Preparation & Aggregate Testing for Asphalt Components:

  • Reduce/Split samples to test size, Condition the samples for testing by temperature, and label the prepared samples
  • Perform unit weight tests, coarse aggregate specific gravity, fine aggregate specific gravity, sand equivalent, and sieve analyses of mineral fillers
  • Perform (run, calculate, report) flat and elongated particle tests, LA abrasion, clay lumps & friable particles, fine aggregate angularity, sulphate soundness, durability index, and micro-Deval tests.

Field & Laboratory Testing of Asphalt & Components, Asphalt Mix Testing:

  • Perform field density tests of compacted asphalt mixes, aggregate gradation tests, and asphalt content tests of asphalt mixes
  • Determine the moisture content of asphalt mixes and the moisture content of aggregates
  • Perform the maximum theoretical specific gravity & density tests of asphalt mixes
  • Perform the bulk-specific gravity tests of compacted asphalt mixes and fractured face tests of aggregate
  • Determine void contents and height of compacted asphalt samples
  • Perform gyratory compaction
  • Perform Marshall compactions and calculate asphalt mix volumetrics
  • Perform Marshall stability and flow tests, Hveem stability tests, Hveem compactions, and drain down tests

Asphalt Mix Production & Placement:

  • Identify issues in mix placements, mix productions
  • Establish roller patterns, and monitor asphalt plant productions
  • Identify asphalt paving equipment

Communication of Results:

  • Collect required test data for reports, document field observations, and complete test forms related reports
  • Report results to supervisor and assesses reasonableness of results
  • Prepare lab or field test data for reports
  • Verbally report preliminary test results to clients or contractors

Equipment Calibration & Maintenance:

  • Verify current calibration for level I tests
  • Verify equipment operation for level I tests
  • Maintain test equipment, perform equipment verifications, verify equipment maintenance, and perform equipment calibration



Contact Information

Office of Continuing Education
161 Newkirk Street, Room E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4224