Paving Inspector

The Paving Inspector Certification Course is designed for those individuals responsible for the inspecting, sampling and testing of hot mix asphalt in the field. Suggested participants would include contractor and supplier quality control personnel, consultants, testing firms and agency inspectors responsible for the quality and placement of hot mix asphalt.

 Certification Process

  1. Meet the prerequisites below for taking the Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Inspector Certification Course.
  2. Select a course and register online.
  3. Attend the Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Inspector Course in its entirety.
  4. Successfully pass the written examination.

Course Prerequisites

  1. High School Diploma, G.E.D. or prior approval from NETTCP
  2. It is strongly recommended that the candidate have at least six (6) months experience working on asphalt paving projects covering the topics that the candidate will be examined on at the course.
  3. The registration form must be signed by a NETTCP certified HMA Paving Inspector or the candidate’s supervisor that indicates they are aware of the experience recommendations.

Course Outline

AASHTO Process Recommended
Quality Assurance Elements NO W
Materials and HMA Mixtures NO W
Production Facilities NO W
Surface Preparation YES W
Mixture Delivery and Placement YES W
Temperature Measurements YES W
Joint Construction YES W
Compacting the Mat YES W
ASTM D 3665 Random Sampling NO W
T 168 Field Sampling NO W
Mat Troubleshooting NO W
T 166 Bulk Specific Gravity of Compacted Bituminous Mixtures using Saturated Surface Dry Specimens NO W
T 209 Maximum Specific Gravity of Bituminous Paving Mixtures NO W
T 269 Thickness of Compacted Paving Specimens NO W
Non-Nuclear Density Equipment NO W
ASTM D 2950 Density of Bituminous Concrete in Place by Nuclear Methods YES W


Course Exam

  1. Written Examination For New Certification and Re-certification
    • Closed book examination
    • The exam is divided into four sections
      • Materials & Facilities (20 points)
      • Surface Preparation and Hot Mix Asphalt Placement (50 points)
      • Compaction and Testing (50 points)
      • Troubleshooting and Segregation (20 points)
    • Written examination must be completed within ninety (90) minutes.
  1. Passing Grades for New Certification and Re-certification
    • Certification or re-certification will be granted to a candidate who achieves a minimum grade of 60% in each of the four sections in the examination with an overall minimum grade of 70% for the entire examination.
  1. Re-examination Policies
    • A candidate failing the written examination will be required to retake the examination.
    • Only one (1) re-examination will be allowed.
    • Candidates failing the re-examination will be required to retake the entire certification course and examination at full cost.
    • The cost for a re-examination is $100.00 and re-examinations must be completed within six (6) months of the candidate’s initial examination date.


Required course and examination for continued certification as a Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Inspector. The course will include a review of important topics and instruction on changes in the industry, equipment, specifications and test procedures.
  • Cost:             Visit our Website
  • Course:         Two days classroom
  • Class Size:    15 - 30
  • Examination: Written

Re-Certification Process

  1. NETTCP Certified Paving Inspectors wanting to maintain their certification are required to attend a re-certification course in its entirety and successfully pass the written examination. Select a course and register online
  2. Any candidate who fails the re-certification exam and subsequent re-test is required to attend a new full certification course and pass the examination.