NICET Soil 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 Soil 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 purpose of soil testing for construction is to determine the suitability of the soil for the type of construction to be done. NICET Certification levels outline a career path for advancement from entry to senior level. Level I is for technicians who perform routine inspection and testing tasks under general daily supervision. Level II is for technicians who need to work more independently. These certifications enable the technicians to determine sampling frequencies and procedures, collect samples, conduct a variety of soil tests, observe soil construction operations, follow safe work practices, apply job hazard analyses, perform equipment calibration, and report test results and observations to engineers.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Develop a broad knowledge and understanding of means and methods employed in construction and the significance of soil's role
  • Identify issues and propose mitigation measures
  • Inspect to ensure the suitability of the material
  • Determine the quality of materials being used through testing
  • Recognize an inspector's duties for providing quality and safe products


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


Saturdays and Sundays
May 4 - 26, 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.

NICET-certified professionals undergo extensive training to identify and remedy deficiencies in the construction process quickly. NICET Level I & II certifications mean that any person certified in Construction Material Testing is guaranteed to have the qualifications necessary to fulfill industry needs. It means that the quality of work—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 inspection, documentation, testing, work management, and safety.

Certification in Soil Testing helps students understand changing trends in the field of 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:

  • Conduct a PPE assessment to identify hazards,
  • Conduct a PPE assessment to identify hazards,
  • Determine what PPE is appropriate, and
  • Provide training to ensure correct use and maintenance.
  • Examples of PPE
  • Rules
  • Hazardous conditions at the job site
  • Safety mitigation plan
  • Enforcement

Plans & Specifications:

  • Relate plans to the field
  • Plans and contract documents.
  • Boring logs and their significance

Sampling of Soil:

  • Soil Sampling techniques
  • Field data collection
  • Documentation and sample
  • Interpretation of data

Soil Sample Preparation:

  • Reduce sample to test size.
  • Equipment used for soil gradation.
  • Sieve analysis
  • Soil properties
  • Interpretation of test results
  • Surface Dry & Saturated Surface Dry Conditions

Field Density Testing:

  • Identify where to take the test.
  • Determine the number of tests.
  • Identify the type of material.
  • Document test location.
  • Document results.
  • Document limitations
  • Perform assigned field density test

Lab Testing of Soil, Field Observation of Soils:

  • Perform Atterberg limits.
  • Perform Proctor tests.
  • Perform sieve analysis.
  • Perform Washed -No. 200 sieves.
  • Perform moisture content test
  • Observe basic fill placement operations
  • Observe basic shallow foundations installation.
  • Observe basic installation of deep foundations
  • Observe soil stabilization
  • Observe proof - rolling



Contact Information

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