Airfield Asphalt Certification Program

Airfield Asphalt Pavement QC Manager Certification


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Airfield asphalt pavements present unique performance challenges as compared to highway pavements. Airfield pavements are subjected to significantly heavier loadings, higher tire pressures, and overall require a higher level of performance as compared to a highway pavement. Due to these differences, construction requirements for airfield asphalt pavement projects can be quite different than those of highway pavement projects, and consequently their quality control, specifications and materials requirements are also different. This course is designed for staff who are involved in overseeing the quality portion of the production and placement of asphalt pavements on airfield paving projects.

Program Content

This course consists of interactive lectures related to the production and placement requirements for asphalt pavement construction on an airfield project, including requirements for testing, mix design approval, plant production, paving and compaction, QC, acceptance, and payment. The course will provide engineers, technicians, and inspectors with an overall understanding of the quality requirements associated with asphalt mixture production and construction on an airfield paving project.


    • Overview of Course
    • Quality Control Program
    • Overview of UFGS Specifications for Airfields
    • Mix Design Review, Approval, and Modifications
    • Plant Production, Inspection and Trouble Shooting
    • Surface Preparation
    • Placement
    • Compaction

Goals and Objectives

This 2 1/2 day course will provide a detailed understanding of the production and placement requirements for asphalt pavement construction on an airfield project, including requirements for QC and acceptance. This course will provide a thorough review of the Unified Facility Guide Specifications (UFGS) Section 32 12 15.13, “Asphalt Paving for Airfields”, and will also review typical construction operations associated with asphalt airfields.


Each participant will be provided a book of the instructional materials.


In order to obtain a certification as an Airfield Asphalt Pavement QC Manager, each participant must take a three hour exam and obtain a minimum score of 80%. Certifications are valid for four years.


In order to attend the QC Manager Certification course, applicants must have either 1) four years of asphalt-related (laboratory or field) experience or 2) a two-year engineering-related education and two years of asphalt-related experience (laboratory or field). Applicants must provide documentation that these requirements are met prior to attending the course. Applicants must also possess either an Airfield Asphalt Laboratory Technician Certification or an Airfield Asphalt Pavement Inspector Certification from the AACP to keep the certification or to attend this course.

Fees, Refunds, and Deadline

The registration fee of $1300 includes the training program and all course materials. Costs for housing, food and transportation are the responsibility of each participant. Payment and registration must be received no later than ten days prior to the start date of the course. Cancellations received at least ten days prior to the course start date will result in a full refund. No refunds will be provided for course cancellations after that date; however, substitutions will be accepted.

Continuing Education Credits

The course will provide 1.6 CEUs or 16 Professional Development Hours.


This course will be located at the National Center for Asphalt Technology's main research facility in Auburn, Alabama.

Written and Practical Exams

  • A written exam will be required for each course.
  • A practical exam will supplement the Airfield Asphalt Laboratory Technician course.
  • Each course shall require a 3-hour exam.
  • Course attendees must score a minimum of 80% to pass the exam. Individuals who do not pass the course exam must retake the exam after 7-days but before 30-days from the original exam date.
  • For more information on re-examinations, visit the Exam Procedures and Retake Policy for Airfield Asphalt Laboratory Certifications page.