VDOT MCS Guidance & VECAT Class Guidance

We are going through challenging times and are making daily, if not hourly, adjustments. VDOT is as well. Below is an email received on Monday, March 23, from their Workforce Development Section. Please note, Germanna Community College has been in contact with VDOT and the following applies to VECAT Classes:

1. VECAT is currently working on other technology to complete the MCS written exams online.
Once these technologies are evaluated, updates will be made available.
2. All MCS asphalt courses can be completed online and will continue to be offered. VECAT
offers 7 courses to meet the VDOT credentialing requirements.
3. Plant Level I proficiencies will continue to be offered virtually.
4. Plant Level II and Mix design proficiencies will be put on hold until a future date.

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VDOT EMAIL
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, VDOT is initiating the following revisions to the Materials Certification Schools guidelines:

• If you have never held a certification, you will be allowed to work under the direct supervision of a certified individual. The uncertified individual is “required” to complete the pertinent self-study or online course for a knowledge base prior to starting work.
• Those who held certifications as of December 31, 2019, but their certifications have expired in 2020 will have their certifications extended until June 30, 2020, or until new guidance is
issued.

Currently, all written examinations and proficiency examinations will be unavailable. VDOT continues to work with both the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) and Germanna Community College (GCC) to explore alternative training and testing methods. This guideline will be in place until June 30, 2020, or until new guidance is issued. As conditions and guidance on the pandemic changes, these guidelines will be updated. Please go to the Materials Certification Schools webpage on the VDOT website for the most current information. http://www.virginiadot.org/business/matschools.asp

Respectfully,
Jameo D. Pollock, Ed.D.
Statewide Technical Training Manager
VDOT l Human Resources Division l Workforce Development

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Please feel free to contact Judith Calvert at GCC with any class and exam related questions. (jcalvert@germanna.edu).

Thanks, and STAY SAFE!
Trenton M. Clark, P.E.

March 17-18 Asphalt Field I & II Postponed

Germanna Community College has Postponed the Asphalt Field I & II classes at all locations.  A new time will we announced when decided.

March Mix Design Class Has Been Cancelled

Classes at Germanna Community College have been canceled for the week of March 23.  This means that the Mix Design class is canceled.
We are sorry for this inconvenience.  The Mix Design class is available online.  Contact Judith Calvert for further information.

MCS Recycling Classes Have Been Postponed

Cold Recycle Plant, Cold Recycle Field, and Full Depth Reclamation classes scheduled for March 31-April 2 have been postponed.  The rescheduled dates are still to be determined. VECAT is waiting for the recycle specifications to be completed before these classes are held.  Students that are currently registered will be notified of the new dates once they are chosen.

Continuing Education Credits Through VECAT

Effective October 1, 2019, you can earn continuing education credits (CEC’s) through VECAT. Online classes ranging from 2 to 4 CEC’s are available through the Germanna Community College website. The classes are Basics of Asphalt Paving (4 CEC’s), Asphalt Paving Inspection and Acceptance (4 CEC’s), Basics of Asphalt Production (3.5 CEC’s), Asphalt Mixture Testing and Acceptance (3 CEC’s), Basics of Slurry Surfacing (4 CEC’s) and Basics of Surface Treatment (2 CEC’s). Each course follows the requirements for working in Virginia.

For more information see VECAT CEC’s on the right-hand side of this page.

Online Mix Design Class Now Available

The online mix design class is now available for registration. The online class is open to first time and repeat certifications.

IMPORTANT:  The Mix Design certification requires the completion of the class modules, final exam, and proficiency testing.  All three components must be completed in full before the end of the year to receive certification.  It is highly recommended that any student wishing to become certified complete their online class and exam no later than November 1 to allow ample time for the scheduling and completion of proficiency testing.  Proficiency testing usually becomes challenging to schedule as the year ends because many students have not completed this component and are trying to squeeze in before the deadline.  There is a small handful of instructors overseeing this testing and limited lab space available.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact Germanna to schedule his or her proficiency testing and complete it before December 15 when Germanna closes for the holiday.  Failure to complete this step will not be Germanna’s responsibility.  Should this scenario happen to a student, he or she will have to wait until the following year to start the process over.  If you have questions about the class or proficiency testing contact Judith Calvert at jcalvert@germanna.edu or Dave Laraway at dlaraway@germanna.edu.

Proficiency Testing

If you have taken Plant I, II or Mix Design in 2020, please remember that you also have proficiency testing to complete to become fully certified.  This may be done at any time up until NOVEMBER 30th.  Please contact Judith Calvert at Germanna CC at (540) 937-6757 to schedule your testing session. Testing for Plant I will be done virtually, while Testing for Plant II and Mix Design will be held at the FredCAT and VTTI facilities.  Cost for testing is as follows:

Plant I: $175.00
Plant II: $350.00
Mix Design: $650.00

Please remember that registering for proficiency testing is the student’s responsibility. No exceptions will be made.

To register for your proficiency test, you will need to log on to Germanna’s website at www.germanna.edu and select the proficiency testing that you are required to complete (this process is the same as signing up for a class).  Germanna will then contact you to set a date, time and location for your testing.  For questions about the testing or process for registering, you can contact Judith Calvert at Germanna at jcalvert@germanna.edu or at (540) 937-6757.