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 this course will be certified to perform Earthwork and Base Course Technician duties on SCDOT projects. The participants are 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.
To become certified, participants are required to attend a four-and-a-half (4½) 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 required field tests:
NEW FIELD TEST requirements (effective 7/23/18):
Topics covered in the course include:
Entry Requirements/What to Expect:
The first day of the Earthwork and Base Course Technician course involves nuclear gauge certification, which is conducted by a representative from Troxler. All participants attending the Earthwork and Base Course Technician Certification course must attend this portion of the course. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the required attendance for nuclear gauge certification, regardless of your current certification status.
Prerequisites for All Participants
Additional Prerequisites for SCDOT Participants Only
Electronic versions of the course materials are available below. However, course materials can be updated at any time, and these electronic materials may not be the most updated version. The most updated version of the course materials is distributed to all course registrants on the first day the course.
Section 1 - Pipe Installation
Section 2 - Geosynthetics
Section 3 - Standard Specification Slides
Section 4 - Problems
Section 5 - Sampling and Testing Slides
Section 6 - CMRB
Section 7 - Soil as a Construction Material
Other SCDOT Resources(*Note)
Note: Other materials in the manual for this course are not posted here because of periodic updates by SCDOT. Those materials include selected sections of the SCDOT Construction Manual, SCDOT Supplemental Specifications, SCDOT Test Procedures, and SCDOT Forms, and SCDOT QPLs. The most updated versions of all of those materials may be found on the SCDOT website (www.scdot.org).