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The Highway Technician Certification Program, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the highway construction industries, is pleased to announce the Assistant Certified Technician (ACT) Program.
The following Assistant Certified Technician (ACT) courses are available:
- Assistant Certified Technician, Aggregate Course
- Assistant Certified Technician, Hot Mix Asphalt Course, (Prerequisite: ACT Aggregate Course)
- Assistant Certified Technician, Portland Cement Concrete Course
- Assistant Certified Technician, Nuclear Density Gauge Operator Course
- Assistant Certified Technician, Concrete Strength Course
- Assistant Certified Technician, Grading Course
- Assistant Certified Technician, Profiler Course
What function does the ACT Program serve?
It is important to review and understand the intent of the Assistant Certified Technician (ACT) program. A candidate for the ACT program must acquire a minimum level of skills from on-the-job-training prior to this course. That minimum level of skills should be enough to successfully complete the course and pass the final exam conducted by a certified technician mentor. The course and exam are used to document that the candidate has completed a formal training program, and has demonstrated skills to become certified in the ACT program. The four-hour nominal time period for the course is primarily for the candidate to demonstrate required laboratory techniques. The written exam (approximately 2 hours) will indicate understanding of the fundamentals of the program.
The ACT course candidate will be taught and tested by a Certified Technician I, II or III in the subject area. The on-the-job-training, course, and exam will take place at the employee's place of employment. Once the candidate is certified, he/she may work as an Assistant Certified Technician for any Certified Technician I, II or III at any location in Wisconsin. Sampling or testing must be performed under the supervision of a certified technician. The ACT certification period will be valid from the date that the exam is received by HTCP and all requirements are successfully met to the end of the current calendar year. Field data obtained by the ACT will be signed and submitted by the supervising certified technician as if it were his/her own. If a certified technician becomes dissatisfied with the performance of the ACT working for him/her, the certified technician may request the ACT be relieved from his/her position. With proper documentation the ACT may be decertified.
- Participation of an Assistant Certified Technician (ACT) is limited to three (3) terms.
- No more than one ACT reports to an individual certified technician.
How do you obtain ACT Certification?
HTCP will issue a manual for use by the instructor and the student. It is intended to be an instructional tool, not a text. The instructor has completed the certified technician program through HTCP. The student is expected to have some experience in the aggregate/asphalt industry before completing the ACT program. The material in the written exam and the student exam scores are confidential. To maintain credibility of the program, the written test material is not to be discussed, published, or made available to any unauthorized individual (i.e., students, potential students or the public).
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Raymond G. Spellman, P.E., M.S.Ed.
Director, Highway Technician Certification Program
Office Operations Associate
Highway Technician Certification Program
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
49 Ottensman Hall
Platteville, WI 53818-3099