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Asphalt Roadway Technician

Asphalt Roadway Technician 

The Asphalt Roadway Technician (ART) Course is intended to assure competency in proper testing procedures and everyday field tasks. Individuals who complete this course will be certified to perform Asphalt Roadway Technician duties on SCDOT projects. The participants are required to perform mathematical problems that occur while working as a roadway technician. The learning experience is dependent on the level of prior experience and may differ between participants. However, the goal is the same: to establish a consistent understanding of roadway inspection. The instructors for the course are made up of knowledgeable asphalt industry consultants, equipment manufacturers, academia, contractors and SCDOT representatives.

Course Outline:
Participants are required to attend a two-and-a-half (2 ½) day course and pass a written exam with a score of 80% or higher to become certified. The exam is open notes and open book. Topics covered include:

  • Responsibilities of an ART
  • Materials Overview
  • Equipment Overview
  • Plant Operations and Mix Design Overview
  • Paving Preparation
  • Mix Placement
  • Mix Compaction
  • Density and Control Strips
  • SCDOT Specifications
  • SCDOT Testing Procedures
  • Industry-Specific Math Problems:
  • Tack Rate
  • Asphalt Mix Rate
  • Control Strips
  • Core Locations
  • Nuclear Gauge Shot Locations
  • Density
  • Pavement Slope

Entry Requirements/What to Expect:

Prerequisites for All Participants

  • Experience form signed by either a certified HMA Level 3 QC Manager or a certified Asphalt Roadway Technician confirming:
    • EITHER 6 months of related experience in asphalt roadway construction
    • OR successful completion of the Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician: Asphalt Roadway and Earthwork training course (offered through Tri-County Technical CCE Division) plus 1 month of related work experience.
  • NOTE: In the case of successful completion of the Pre-Highway Construction Inspector course, participants will be allowed to attempt certification as part of that course without attending a separate certification course.

Course Materials: 
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 are distributed to all course registrants on the first day the course.   

Section 1 - Responsibilities
Section 2 - Materials
Section 3 - Pavement Evaluation
Section 4 - Preparation for Paving
Section 5 - Effect of Mix Design and Plant Production
Section 6 - Placement
Section 7 - Compaction
Section 8 - Control Strips and Target Density
Section 9 - Segregation
Section 10 - Longitudinal Joints
Section 11 - SMA and OGFC
Section 12 - Preventative Maintenance Thin Lift Surface
Section 13 - Problems
Section 14 - Nuclear Gauge
Section 15 - SCDOT Standard Specification SLIDES
Section 16 - SCDOT QA Specification SLIDES

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 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 (


For more information, call (864) 646-1700 or toll free 866-269-5677, Ext 1700 (within the 864 area code) or e-mail