COVID-19 has caused disruptions in most areas of life, and the Materials Certification School program is no exception. VDOT’s Training Section has again extended the date for those individuals whose credentials expired in 2019 and 2020, along with those expiring in 2021, to January 31, 2022.
According to an email sent by VDOT’s Statewide Technical Training Manager, Jameo Pollock, “We made this decision after careful consideration. This includes anecdotal feedback from the industry, colleges, and VDOT, and the new date reflects the following factors:
- Respectful of the high demands of the heavy construction season,
- Offers a nine-month window to complete required certifications,
- Considers both summer leave and December slow-downs,
- Embedded off-peak time to complete requirements, and
- Takes into account CDC guidelines and vaccination trends.”
All ten VECAT classes are available online for credentialing. Most exams for the VECAT MCS classes can be taken online, but some must still be taken in person at one of the designated testing sites. A list of the testing sites can be found on the VAA and GCC websites. GCC staff will assist you in scheduling a testing date and location.
For the Asphalt Plant Level 1, Asphalt Plant Level 2, and Asphalt Mix Design, a proficiency exam must be completed once the written exam is passed. Due to the number of individuals needing a credential and staffing resource limitations to provide proficiency exams, students waiting until December or January may not complete the proficiency exam by January 31. Therefore, students are encouraged to contact GCC and schedule their proficiency now.
If you have any questions regarding the VECAT program, please contact Mike Dudley.