Earthwork & Base Course Technician Re-Certification

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SCDOT

Course Description
The Earthwork and Base Course Technician course is intended to assure an understanding of SCDOT requirements for Earthwork and Base Course construction and competency at performing the proper SCDOT testing procedures needed to monitor this construction.  Individuals who complete the course will be re-certified to perform Earthwork and Base Course Technician duties on SCDOT projects.  The re-certification course contains a general overview as well as a review of all specification and procedural changes that may have occurred.  The participants are also required to perform mathematical problems that occur while working as an earthwork and base course technician.  The instructors for the course are made up of knowledgeable industry consultants, equipment manufacturers, academia, and SCDOT representatives.

Course Outline
To become re-certified, participants are required to attend a three-and-a-half (3 ½) day course, pass a written exam (open book and open notes) with a score of 80% or higher, and individually demonstrate proficiency (closed book and closed notes) in the following required field tests:

  • Stockpile Sampling of Aggregate (SC-T-1 and 2)
  • Moisture Content with Speedy Moisture Tester (SC-T-22)
  • One-Point Proctor (SC-T-29)
  • Density with Nuclear Gauge (SC-T-31)

Participants must score 80% or higher on each individual test during the field demonstration portion. 

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Nuclear Density Gauge Handling and Transportation
  • Pipe Construction
  • Soil as a Construction Material
  • Compaction Theory
  • Sediment and Erosion Control
  • Types of Samples and Tests
  • SCDOT Sampling and Testing Procedures
    • Stockpile Sampling of Aggregate (SC-T-1 and 2)
    • Moisture Content with Speedy Moisture Tester (SC-T-22)
    • One-Point Proctor (SC-T-29)
    • Density with Nuclear Gauge (SC-T-31)
  • SCDOT Specifications
  • SCDOT Forms and Related Calculations

Entry Requirements/What to Expect
Prerequisites

  • Current Earthwork and Base Course Technician Certification

Frequency of Re-certification
The certification period is five years. An individual will be informed, by way of a letter mailed to the technician's last address of record, when the certification period is nearing the expiration date. If the technician was last registered for certification by his/her employer, the last address of record may be the employer's address. However, it is the responsibility of the individual to keep Tri-County Technical College and the Technician Certification Board advised of his/her current address. The individual is also responsible for registering for the re-certification course, attending the re-certification course, passing the written exam with a score of 80% or higher, and passing each individual field test with a score of 80% or higher.

Re-certification Date Policy (as of June 2005)
The SCDOT Technician Certification Board hereby requests that the certification expiration dates for re-certifications obtained within one year prior to the technician's original date of expiration be issued based on the original expiration date. For example, if a technician's certification expires April 2006, and that technician passes a re-certification exam in April 2005, his/her certification will be extended five years from the original April 2006 date to April 2011. However, if that technician chooses to attend a re-certification course in March 2005 and passes the exam, the re-certification will be valid from March 2005 to March 2010 (because the technician passed the exam outside of the one-year window). If that technician does not obtain the re-certification before April 2006, then his/her certification expires on that date.

 

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(864) 646-1700
Toll-free (within the 864 Area Code) at 1-866-269-5677, ext. 1700
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Pendleton Campus
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: Hours vary weekly

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Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: Hours vary weekly

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Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: Hours vary weekly

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