COVID-19 has caused disruptions in most areas of life, and the Materials Certification School program is no exception. On May 14, VDOT’s Jameo Pollock—VDOT’s Statewide Technical Training Manager, issued another extension. Initially, individuals with credentials that expired in 2020 would have until June 30, 2021, to re-certify in the given materials-related subject matter areas. Now, those individuals with credentials that expired in 2019, 2020, and 2021 have until January 31, 2022, to re-certify. While this extension provides another seven months, there is no need to wait until January—all ten VECAT classes are available online for credentialing. Most exams for the VECAT MCS classes can be taken online, but several 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, staffing resource limitations to provide proficiency exams, and closure of GCC for Winter break, some students will likely be unable to complete the proficiency exam by January 31. Students are encouraged to contact GCC and schedule their proficiency now. If your credential expired in 2019 or 2020, we ask you to schedule a proficiency exam now. Students will be scheduled on a first come first served basis at the end of the year.
If you have any questions regarding the VECAT program, please contact Mike Dudley.