Embankment and Base Course

Qualifies inspectors to perform complete inspection and acceptance on embankment and base course projects, excluding base courses constructed of hot mix or pcc.
Topics tested include:
  • Specifications
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Construction Layout'
  • Traffic Control
  • Sampling Procedures
    • Pulverization
    • Optimum Moisture and Maximum Density
    • Percent Cement
    • Percent Density
    • Gradation
    • Measuring Thickness, Width, Grade, and Cross Slope
  • Clearing and Grubbing
  • Environmental Concerns and Erosion Control
  • Visual Inspection of Soil Cement and Aggregate Base Course
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Troubleshooting
  • Determination of Percent Pay
  • Documentation

Asphaltic Concrete Plant

Qualifies technicians and inspectors to design mixes and perform QC/QA operations at an Asphaltic Concrete Plant. Is currently based on Marshall Mix Design.
Topics tested include:
  • Specifications
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Sampling Procedures
  • Mix Design
  • Testing Procedures
    • Marshall Properties
    • Determination of Optimum AC
    • Determination of Percent Anti-Strip
    • Gradation
    • Determination of Percent AC
    • Water Susceptibility (Lottman)
  • Plant Inspection
  • Aggregate Handling
  • Stockpile Building and Handling
  • Bin Percentages
  • 0.45 Power Curve
  • Theoretical Yield
  • Determination of Batch Weights
  • Determination of VMA
  • Troubleshooting
  • Determination of Percent Pay
  • Documentation

Asphaltic Concrete Paving

Qualifies inspectors to perform complete inspection and acceptance on asphaltic concrete paving projects.
Topics tested include:
  • Specifications
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Traffic Control
  • Sampling Procedures
  • Testing Procedures
    • Mat Thickness
    • Joint Smoothness
    • Rideability
  • Visual Inspection of Material at Delivery and In-place
  • Yield - Theoretical and Actual
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Troubleshooting
  • Determination of Percent Pay
  • Documentation

PCC Paving

Qualifies inspectors to perform complete inspection and acceptance on PCC paving projects.
Topics tested include:
  • Specifications
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Traffic Control
  • Sampling Procedures
  • Testing Procedures
    • Slump
    • Yield
    • Air
    • Temperature of Concrete
    • Tine Finish
  • Inspecting Reinforcing Bars and Load Transfer Devices at Delivery and In-place
  • Checking Elevations and Cross Slopes
  • Joint Placement and Inspection
  • Concrete Placement
  • Rate of Pour
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Concrete Truck Mixed Inspection
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Curing Compound
  • Basic Concrete Plant Inspection
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lot Layout
  • Basics of Mix Design (Absolute Volume Method)
  • Basics of Concrete Materials Properties
  • Determination of Percent Pay
  • Documentation

Structural Concrete

Qualifies inspectors to perform complete inspection and acceptance on structural projects using concrete as the prime building material.
Topics tested include:
  • Specifications
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Traffic Control
  • Box Culvert Construction
  • Pile Driving
  • Subsurface Soil Strata with Reference to Pile Driving
  • Erosion Control
  • Lot Establishment
  • Sampling Procedures
  • Testing Procedures
    • Slump
    • Air
    • Compressive Strength Cylinders
    • Temperature of Concrete
    • Tine Finish
  • Inspecting Reinforcing at Delivery and In-place
  • Inspecting Concrete Piles at Delivery and In-place
  • Checking Elevations and Camber
  • Equipment Inspection
  • Concrete Truck Mixer Inspection
  • Pumping Concrete
  • Tremie Use
  • Vertical Curves
  • Rate of Pour
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Curing Compound
  • Basic Concrete Plant Inspection
  • Troubleshooting
  • Basics of Mix Design (Absolute Volume Method)
  • Basics of Concrete Materials Properties
  • Determination of Percent Pay
  • Documentation

PCC Technician - Non Department Only

Qualifies technicians to design mixes and perform QC operations at a Portland Cement Concrete Plant.

Topics tested include:

  • Specifications
  • Department Policies and Procedures
  • Sampling Procedures
  • Mix Design - Absolute Volume Method
  • Testing Procedures
    • Slump
    • Yield
    • Air
    • Compressive Strength Cylinders
    • Gradation
    • Moisture Content of Aggregate
    • Unit Weight
  • Aggregate Handling
  • Stockpile Building and Handling
  • Plant Inspection
  • Determination of Batch Weights
  • Adding Water at Job Site
  • Troubleshooting
  • Determination of Percent Pay
  • Documentation

District Lab Operations

Specifically designed for DOTD district laboratory technicians. Prerequisites include successful demonstration of the ability to perform all laboratory tests. This certification is aimed at laboratory technicians who function as lead workers or unit supervisors.
Topics tested include:
  • Interpreting Test Results
  • Interpreting Test Reports
  • Identifying Errors
  • Troubleshooting
  • Communication
  • Documentation

Profilograph Operator

Qualifies a technician or inspector to perform rideability testing using a 25-foot, California Type profilograph.
Topics tested include:
  • How to Handle and Transport the Device
  • How to Assemble the Device
  • How to Operate the Device for LA DOTD Projects

Profilograph Evaluator

Qualifies a technician or inspector to perform rideability testing using a 25-foot, California Type profilograph and to interpret the resulting trace in accordance with LA DOTD specifications. Includes Profilograph Operator Authorization.
Topics tested include:
  • How to Handle and Transport the Device
  • How to Assemble the Device
  • How to Operate the Device for LA DOTD projects
  • How to Determine the Profile Index in Accordance with LA DOTD specifications
  • How to Determine Payment for Rideability in Accordance with LA DOTD Specifications for HMAC or PCC Pavements

PCC Field Tester - Non Department Only

Qualifies technicians to perform QC testing for PCC materials. Is reasonably equivalent to ACI - Level 1.
Topics tested include:
  • Sampling Plastic Concrete
  • Testing Procedures
    • Slump
    • Air
    • Compressive Strength Cylinders
    • Temperature of Concrete
  • Adding Water at Job Site
  • Documentation