Policies & Procedures
The 2021 HTCP season has additional COVID-19 guidelines and protocols layered in to ensure everyone’s safety:
- HTCP has taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, other technicians and our own HTCP staff. You must follow all posted instructions while attending one of the HTCP classes. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By registering for our HTCP classes, you voluntarily assume all risk related to exposures to COVID-19.
- Masks must be worn at all times in the building/classroom/lab area. You may bring your own mask, HTCP will also provide disposable masks for each class/day. If masks are not worn, the technician will be removed from class and no refunds will be given. There will be no exceptions.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided for each classroom/lab area.
- There will be reduced classroom sizes, following CDC and social distancing rules/protocols at each location.
- Because of this, class offerings are for new technicians only, who currently do not hold the 3-year certification.
- If technician was ACT certified in 2020, s/he would need to complete the class offering in 2021 for 3-year certification.
- Technicians needing to recertify will need to do this via a recertification exam that is at a comprehensive exam locations only.
- In the laboratory, safety glasses and disposable gloves will continue to be available and strongly suggested to use during laboratory sessions.
- In the laboratory, HTCP will provide disinfectant cleaning products (spray bottles) that will need to be used to clean equipment after one of the group members has used it. The new group member will also take precautionary measures to wipe down equipment before they use equipment as well.
Who Must Be Certified
Persons must be certified if they work in the following technical areas: work on Quality Management Program contracts (QC/QA projects); sample and test aggregates, asphalt mixes, or Portland cement concrete mixes; perform compaction testing; perform profiler operations; and design asphalt mixes.
This requirement applies to project personnel working as materials technicians for the state, county, contractors, or consultants on such projects. This provision also applies to all persons working with materials sampling and testing, including professional engineers, geologists, and limited-term employees working on such projects.
All written examinations are "open book and notes" and consist of true/false, multiple choice questions, and word problems. The written exams have time limits. The laboratory practical exam is “closed book and notes” that requires a verbal description or demonstration of the prescribed AASHTO/ASTM/WisDOT Construction Materials Manual procedures. The class participant is judged on his or her ability to describe correctly or demonstrate all of the required procedures for each test method. The class participant will be allowed two attempts to successfully satisfy the requirements for the practical laboratory examination.
In the case of unethical review in the examination process, the director will use his or her best judgment in deciding on the appropriate course of action. In particular, the director may assign a failing grade to a certification candidate, and therefore refuse to award certification, in the event of cheating or similar unethical reviews.
Documentation of Certification
Upon the successful completion of the examination(s) given at the conclusion of any certification training program, the participant’s name, home address, and company affiliation will be registered in the official registry of certified highway technicians for the appropriate certification level. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Highway Technician Certification Program (HTCP) maintains the official registry housed in the HTCP Certification Feed. It is anticipated that many workers will hold multiple certifications. Each certified technician will be given a wallet-size I.D. card that covers all areas of certification sent out annually, after the completion of a season (approximately August timeframe).
Renewing certifications is necessary every three years. The Highway Technician Certification Program (HTCP) will email a recertification notice to the certified technician at his or her last known email address, and to the firm or agency of employment, prior to the expiration date of the highest level of certification obtained. A certified technician is responsible for obtaining recertification and must register for recertification before the expiration date of the highest certification level obtained.
a) Three-year classroom certifications will expire on July 31st of the third and final year of the certification. The Materials Coordinator’s Training (MCT) three-year online certifications will expire three years from the date the technician passes the online examination. The certification I.D. card will showcase the expiration date on the back of the card. This will allow HTCP to maintain training records and bridge any certification gaps in the third and final year of certification.
Recertification may be obtained in one of the following four (4) ways:
Complete Next Level Certification Course. A certified technician can obtain recertification by enrolling and successfully completing the next level certification course.
NOTE: Transportation Materials Sampling Technician (TMS), formerly Aggregate Sampling Technician, is not a prerequisite for AGGTEC-I; however, if you have the AGGTEC-I certification, you also have the TMS certification.
- Comprehensive Recertification Exam at a class site. A technician may attend the last day of any relevant certification course offered on the course schedule and take the comprehensive recertification examination with the class. To achieve the best results, the technician is encouraged to review the manual prior to the test date, tabbing and highlighting key topics, and getting to the exam site early.
- Comprehensive Recertification Exam at a remote site: This method of recertification examination is available to certified technicians at seven different sites throughout the state on specified dates. Arrangements can also be made to take exams at UW-Platteville on any pre-arranged date.
- Class at a reduced fee: A technician who wants to come through a class setting to recertify, can take the course at a reduced rate provided the certification has not lapsed. As of 2020, certifications must be renewed prior to the expiration date; otherwise, the technician will be required to complete the class again at the full rate.
Revocation of Certification
Certification is deemed to be a privilege. This privilege may be revoked if the certified technician has committed acts that are detrimental to the integrity of HTCP or the construction industry in general.
Acts that could result in revocation of certification privileges:
- Failure of a certification holder to renew the certification prior to the regular expiration.
- Falsification of field or quality control test results or records.
- Cheating on certification examinations.
- Submittal of false information on certification applications.
- Termination of an individual due to job incompetence.
- Criminal action by an individual while engaged in construction activities.
- Failure to follow specification prescribed sampling or testing methods.
- Failure to pass a reexamination of written and practical skills.
- Failure to pay HTCP certification course tuition fees.
- Falsification of HTCP certificates or I.D. cards.
Any individual, firm, agency or contractor associated with HTCP may report a deficiency by a certified technician. The first response must be a written letter to the director of HTCP. The director of the HTCP will follow the current adopted revocation of certification policy with consultation by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Chief Materials Engineer.
Students with Disabilities
Registrants with a disability and those who have special needs should notify the director of HTCP at the time of registration so that appropriate accommodations can be made.
No registrant may be denied certification, or have certification revoked, because of the registrant's age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest record or conviction record.
Certification of an individual by HTCP indicates only that the individual has demonstrated a certain level of competence in a written or practical examination in a selected field of activity. WisDOT may require this certification of individuals performing activities specified in work contracts or other activities. WisDOT, HTCP, and UW-Platteville make no claims regarding the abilities or competence of certified individuals.
Each individual or organization utilizing certified individuals must make their own independent judgment of the competence of certified individuals. WisDOT, HTCP, and UW-Platteville specifically disclaim any responsibility for the actions, or the failure to act, of individuals who have been certified through HTCP.
Requirements for Registration
Please check for any prerequisite or work experience required for a course at HTCP’s website under the “Course Info” tab. Registration is available online through the HTCP office. The size of each class will be limited.
- A $30 payment by credit card will be required per cancellation, substitution, or reschedule if it is requested more than 10 working days before a beginning course date.
- A $100 late drop fee will be charged to a registrant for canceling a course within 10 working days of a beginning course date.
- No registration fees will be refunded within five (5) working days of the beginning course date.
- The fee for Comprehensive Recertification Exams, Materials Coordinator’s Training (MCT), and the Assistant Certified Technician (ACT) Program will not be refunded.
Please note that classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment or severe weather conditions.