Have a credential expiring in 2020? Want to seek a credential to work in the asphalt industry? Fortunately, the Virginia Education Center for Asphalt Technology (VECAT) is available for renewing or obtaining a credential in the areas related to asphalt. Currently, VECAT offers seven different credentialing classes required by VDOT related to asphalt technologies:
- Asphalt Field Level I
- Asphalt Field Level II
- Asphalt Plant Level I
- Asphalt Plant Level II
- Asphalt Mix Design
- Slurry Surfacing
- Surface Treatment
By late spring or early summer, VECAT will offer three more courses on pavement recycling.
VECAT offers all classes in an online format using a learning management system (LMS). Once a student registers, pays for the class, and is established in Canvas (LMS), they can complete the course (note: it takes 24-48 hours for a course to load in Canvas). Course content includes videos, study guides, and knowledge checks.
Due to Executive Orders 53 and 55, all testing centers are closed and not able to offer exams. However, on April 3, VECAT partner Germanna Community College received approval from VDOT to administer exams remotely. With the proper computer hardware and software, students can take their exams (initial attempt only) in the office or at another approved location. All VECAT exams except Asphalt Plant Level II, Asphalt Field Level II, and Asphalt Mix Design can be taken remotely at this time.
Plant Level I Proficiencies will continue to be offered virtually. Plant Level II and Mix Design Proficiencies are on hold. VECAT staff are working on processes to provide Plant Level II Proficiency Exams virtually.
To learn more about VECAT and register for classes, visit the VAA website. Take advantage of this opportunity to become credentialed. Remember, Virginia residents for most VECAT classes only pay one-third of the price through the FastForward program! If you have any questions, please contact Mike Dudley, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Judith Calvert, email@example.com.