NICET now offers performance examinations to complement its certification programs in Construction Materials Testing (CMT) for Asphalt, Concrete, and Soils.
While NICET currently has over 5,000 CMT certifications, with certificants in every state and Washington D.C., many technicians were having to get NICET certification and possibly another performance-based assessment or choose another option altogether to meet the performance examination requirements. These new NICET performance examinations will simplify the process for technicians and help improve the consistency of qualifications nationwide while ensuring certificants are able to meet any federal, state, and/or industry laboratory accreditation and personnel qualification requirements.
Applicants can choose from 70-plus specific and applicable ASTM and/or AASHTO testing methods for Asphalt, Concrete, Soils, and Aggregate. Performance examinations will address testing methods, calculations, equipment, criteria, and content of the relevant ASTM and/or AASHTO testing methods. NICET is responsible for establishing the content, administration policies, and procedures for all performance examinations, and recognized performance examination administrators will use an evaluation checklist to conduct the performance examination for each ASTM and/or AASHTO testing method. The contents of the performance examination checklists are derived directly from the applicable ASTM and/or AASHTO testing method. NICET will recognize and maintain a candidate’s record of the successful completion of each performance examination.
Performance exams are optional and conducted by third-party NICET-recognized performance examination administrators. The initial phase will be a pilot provided exclusively by recognized performance examination administrator Caliber Consulting Services LLC.
The exam administrator has already completed assessments for over 30 different test methods being used for AASHTO, ISO and ASTM quality compliance requirements and received inquiries from over 10 states.
“The NICET performance assessment program has and will continue to help provide an essential need for organizations looking to meet compliance requirements regarding accreditation or other audit requirements.” said John W. Quidley, President of Caliber Consulting Services LLC. “The goal is always to improve the industry and help organizations and their technicians meet the specified training requirements. This is a win/ win situation for the industry.”
Caliber Consulting Services LLC based in Houston TX, specializes in quality consulting for the civil engineering industry.
Interested individuals, companies, and organizations can find additional information and apply at: https://www.nicet.org/certification-programs/civil-engineering/asphalt-concrete-soils/performance-exams/