College of Engineering JTCP Courses Soils & Aggregates


Soils & Aggregates

The Joint Training and Certification Program (JTCP) includes a certification program in Soils and Aggregates testing for construction materials lab technicians. To help reduce conflict and delay on construction projects within the state, Caltrans, in partnership with CSULB, has developed a series of joint training and certification programs.

Participants in Soils and Aggregates will receive training and certification in various CTM and ASTM methods pertaining to Soils and Aggregates testing in the field.

Who Should Attend

This course has been developed for anyone seeking a basic understanding of soils and aggregates.

Completing the Prerequisite

To complete the prerequisite students must review provided resource material, view course videos, and pass an assessment quiz. Students must successfully pass the prerequisite course before registering in the Training & Lab course.

Completing the Program

This certificate program consists of completing an online prerequisite, in-class training, and a lab.

The medium of instruction and language of the course will be English.

The timely delivery of transportation improvement projects requires highly skilled, knowledgeable materials sampling and testing technicians. To help reduce conflict and delay on construction projects within the state, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with CSULB, has developed a joint training and certification program in Soils and Aggregates testing for construction materials lab technicians.

The goal of this program is to ensure that all materials testers — both in the public and private sector — possess equal knowledge and skill in performing lab tests. This will, in turn, help ensure consistent testing, promote quality improvement, and foster positive working relationships between public and private sector employees.Participants in this program will receive training and certification in various California Test Methods (CTM) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) methods pertaining to Soils and Aggregates testing in the field.

Note: In accordance with the IA Manual Amendment, “Testers must attend all training days for the HMA I, HMA II, and/or S&A modules prior to receiving a JTCP Certificate of Training Completion for the module(s) and taking the associated exams.”

Topics Include

  • CT 105: Calculations Pertaining to Gradings and Specific Gravities
  • CT 201: Method of Test for Soil and Aggregate Preparation
  • CT 125: Method of Test for Sampling Highway Materials and Products Used in the Roadway Structural Sections
  • CT 202: Method of Test for Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregate
  • CT 226: Method of Test for Determination of Moisture Content of Soils and Aggregates by Oven Drying
  • CT 205 : Method of Test for Determining Percentage of Crushed Particles
  • CT 216: Method of Test for Relative Compaction of Untreated and Treated Soils and Aggregate
  • CT 217: Method of Test for Sand Equivalent
  • CT 227: Method of Test for Evaluating Cleanness of Coarse Aggregate
  • CT 229: Method of Test for Durability Index

Upon Completion of this Training, Participants will Be Able to

  • Prepare specimens for testing
  • Select the appropriate test method
  • Identify equipment and materials used to run the tests
  • Learn the precautions taken during the tests
  • Describe the safety requirements during running the tests
  • Explain common testing errors and how to avoid them
As well as:
  • Discuss the reasons for performing grading adjustments, select the appropriate adjustment for a given sample, and describe the procedure involved
  • Divide a sample in coarse and fine fractions, pulverize clods and remove coatings from coarse aggregate, and reduce samples to representative test specimens
  • Sample aggregates, soil, lime, hot mix asphalt, and bituminous materials
  • Run the sieve analysis test for both fine and coarse aggregate
  • Calculate and adjust the percentage passing from each sieve
  • Define wet weight and constant weight, understand methods to reduce drying time, and calculate and report moisture content
  • Realize the difference between fractured surface and non-fractured surface
  • Determine the percentage of crushed particles in an aggregate sample
  • Calculate dry density and unit weight and molding water content
  • Create a compaction curve and evaluate the modified maximum dry unit weight and optimum molding water content
  • Perform Sand Equivalent (SE) tests on various types of construction materials, calculate SE results and apply correction factors if necessary
  • Test, calculate and report Cleanness Value (CV)
  • Perform the Durability Index (DI) test on various aggregates, calculate and report DI.

Re-Certification Classes for 2021

  • For the first recertification to any JTCP module (3 years after the initial training), you may opt out of the associated module training days (this excludes the PCC module) provided you enroll in a session that occurs before your certification expiration date. To opt out of training, please enroll into a regular training session for the associated module, then choose the option that states, “I am registering for RECERTIFICATION ONLY and will opt out of the training.” You can then attend on examination day only. If you have enrolled in RECERTIFICATION ONLY and wish to receive the latest Student Handbook, please mark your choice while enrolling in the class. You will need to include a valid mailing or shipping address with your request. For RECERTIFICATION ONLY enrollees, exams will be administered on the associated training module’s exam day (Thursday for HMA II, Friday for HMA I and Soils & Agg) under the following schedule:
    Written exams: 8 AM to Noon
    Practical exams: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, administered on a
    first-come/first-served basis