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Technician Certification


The Technician Certification Program is part of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s effort to ensure quality control and quality assurance for the construction of transportation facilities.People in a classroom

This program is designed to develop and maintain a pool of well-trained technicians to perform material field tests for both QA and QC purposes.

All technician certification programs must be approved by the Certification Advisory Committee.

ODOT’s QA program requires all personnel and laboratories performing materials testing to be certified. This requirement applies to project personnel working as a technician for the state, contractors or consultants on such projects.

ODOT is a member of the Western Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction, which consists of 11 western states committed to the quality of our transportation system.

WAQTC has developed a technician training program comprised of instructional and student modules used to assist in the training process of material field-tested procedures. ODOT has adopted the training packages material testing certifications, except for ODOT-specific certifications or requirements, and those controlled by entities other than WAQTC such as:

  • Certified Asphalt Technician
  • Concrete Control Technician
  • Concrete Mix Design Technician
  • Quality Control Technician

For more information on the Technician Certification Program or test procedures used in Oregon, refer to the Manual of Field Test Procedures.

Technicians must pass a written and or a practical test to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how to perform specific tests required for the position. All tests are administered and assessed by evaluators approved by the Certification Advisory Committee Chair, or their designated representative.

Attend a Training

Interested parties may register for an approved training class, where the exam will be administered as part of the class, or submit an application to challenge the exam.

If an individual fails an exam after training, they will be allowed to retake the exam as outlined in the Manual of Field Test Procedures. If the individual fails the second time, the individual must retake training before they will be allowed to retake the exam.

Challenge Applications

The challenge applications will be submitted through the approved training program to facilitate scheduling. Appropriate fees will be charged for the challenge exams to cover scheduling, overhead and facility use. Applicants will be scheduled for examination through a cooperative effort between ODOT and the appropriate training program service provider.

If an individual fails a challenge exam, the individual must take training before they will be allowed to take another exam.

Technicians must recertify prior to the expiration date of an existing certification in order to maintain their credential. Recertification is obtained by passing the written and or practical test required for a given certification.

Technicians are responsible for scheduling their own recertification exam.

Should a technician fail to successfully complete a certification renewal in a specialty area, the technician will be considered disqualified in that area until the requirements for certification renewal have been successfully met.

All certifications shall be contingent upon the technicians signing a rights and responsibilities agreement.

This agreement details the expectations for technician conduct along with the consequences of the abuse and or neglect of these responsibilities. Signed agreements are due at the time a technician takes the certification exam.

Example Agreement

This document affirms that ____________________, hereinafter the Technician, desires to be certified by the Oregon Department of Transportation as a ____________________.

This certification carries inherent rights and responsibilities. These rights include being exclusively sanctioned along with others so certified by ODOT to perform sampling, testing, and reporting of test results for quality control and quality assurance programs. These responsibilities include performing and reporting tests with the accuracy and precision expected of the Technician in accordance with the required test procedures.

Abuse of these rights and responsibilities shall be penalized upon recommendation by the Certification Advisory Committee Chair. Penalties, as prescribed herein, may be assessed for abuse of the rights and prerogatives conferred upon the Technician by this certification. Abuse is defined as intentional deviations from approved procedures. A finding of abuse shall result in a one year suspension of certification. Any subsequent instance of abuse shall result in permanent revocation of certification. Permanent revocation of certification shall result in that person being ineligible for any ODOT certification at any level.

I, ____________________, have read, understand and agree to abide by the rights, responsibilities and penalties and affirm that this warrant expires no later than ____ (_) years from the date of execution.

(Date) _____________ (Signature) ____________________

Upon the successful completion of an examination, the technician will be added to the official registry of certified technicians for the appropriate certification. The official registry is maintained by ODOT.

It is anticipated that many technicians will hold multiple certifications. Each certified technician will receive a laminated wallet-size identification card, indicating all areas of certification, and official letter(s) indicating certification(s) held.

Contact the Construction Section

800 Airport Road SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-986-4336
Fax: 503-986-3096

Program Contacts

For general program questions:
Phone: 503-986-6631
Cell: 503-710-2562
For cards or certification database questions:
Phone: 503-986-3007

Technician Certifications

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