Frequently Asked Questions
Who Should Attend This Program? What is the Purpose
of This Program? What Should I Expect from This Program?
What is the Streamlined Program? How Much Does it Cost?
How Long Does the Certification Last? When Can I Take the
Where Can I Register For The Exam? What If I Do Not Pass
the Exam the First Time? How Can I Reschedule or Cancel My Registration?
Where Can I Take the Exam?
How Can I Get a Copy of My Certificate?
Who Should Attend
Engineering Technicians and Engineers
responsible for sampling, testing and inspection for quality control of soils and
What is the
Purpose of This Program?
The Federal Government set
a deadline of June 29, 2000 that requires any person performing QA/QC on State or
Federally funded transportation projects to be “qualified”. As a result,
CDOT, in conjunction with GROUND Engineering Consultants, Inc. and Kumar & Associates
have implemented the WAQTC soils qualification program.
The purpose of this program is to
meet the federal requirements and ensure that individuals responsible for the QA/QC
aspects of highway transportation projects are qualified to perform soils test procedures
in accordance with the applicable test methods and consistent test procedures.
As of January 2005, CDOT will provide
technicians with a qualification for inspection of soils. This will be included
in the WAQTC qualification.
I Expect from This Program?
The WAQTC Qualification Program
is both a written and performance based examination. The Soils Inspection qualification
is a written exam only and is included with WAQTC. The Soils Inspection course (Excavation
& Embankment) will now be 1.5 hrs of instruction followed by a 30 question, open
book exam for inspectors. Participants may elect to take only the Soils Inspector
portion of the certification to become inspectors, however CDOT does require that
any individual certifying for WAQTC Embankment and Base must also pass the Soils
Inspection portion of the exam. The exam is separated into the following four sections:
- 7:30am - WAQTC Introduction/Review
- 8:30am - WAQTC Written Exam
- 9:15am - Soils Inspection Course
Review (Arrive by 9:00am if taking this section only)
- 10:15am - Soils Inspection Review/Exam
(open book written exam)
- 12:00pm - WAQTC Performance
Exam (in lab)
All times are approximate, and may vary due to class participation.
Prior to arriving at the examination,
you should download and review the WAQTC Embankment &
Base/In-Place Density manual (download
manual, pdf format, 1.84mb).
The manual will provide you with
the WAQTC field operating procedures based on AASHTO test methods. These field operating
procedures provide you with the necessary information to equip yourself to pass
both the written and performance aspects of the examination. It will also include
the Soils Inspection Manual.
Although not a training session,
approximately 3 hours will be set aside when you arrive to answer any questions
about the test methods.
What is the
- Streamlined sessions take the
place of regular classes on that date
- There is no review of materials
prior to testing
- Light breakfast and beverages
are served in place of lunch
- No retesting will be allowed,
participants who fail any portion of the exam will be required to enroll for another
course at full cost
- Although exam times will vary
based on the number of participants, we expect the exam to be over before noon
Because there is no review or retesting
allowed in the streamlined program, it is strongly suggested that only those who
are very experienced with soils and are re-certifying with WAQTC enroll in the streamlined
How Much Does it Cost?
In order to cover the cost of the
Colorado portion of the WAQTC Pooled Fund, the cost of the complete exam (Embankment
& Base and Soils Inspection) for 2012 will be $200.00 for courses held in Denver,
and $250.00 for courses held elsewhere. There is no cost difference for the Soils
Inspection certification if taken alone. Each exam requires a minimum of 10 participants
and is registered on a first come basis, with preference given to companies providing
proctors. Payment is due at the time of registration. While we do allow substitution of participants at any time without notification or additional cost, no refunds will be issued for enrollment, retake or reschedule fees for any reason.
How Long Does the
Currently, initial certification
is for three years, and subsequent certifications last five years. Certifications
issued prior to 2008 may have been issued for a different duration, so depending
on when you took the exam, your certification may be for a different length of time.
Please check your certificate for your expiration date.
When Can I Take the
Courses are offered on a monthly basis.
Please continue to the Course Registration Form for a list of available dates.
Where Can I Register
For The Exam?
Click the link below to register. You will be required to pay the course fee at
the time of enrollment by credit card or PayPal account (CDOT Employees will not
be required to pay at the time of enrollment).
Course Registration Form
How Can I Reschedule
or Cancel My Registration?
Click the link below to reschedule
your registration. Please note that reschedules cannot be made within 48 hours of
the course, and no refunds or credits will be made for no-shows. If your reschedule
request is submitted online at least 48 hours prior to the exam date there will
be a $25 charge. You will be required to pay the reschedule fee
at the time of enrollment by credit card or PayPal account (CDOT Employees will
not be required to pay at the time of enrollment).
Course cancellation is not available,
but your company may substitute a current registration with an alternate participant at no additional
charge. No notification of the substitution is necessary. You may simply send the alternate
participant to the exam.
Course Reschedule Form
What If I Do Not Pass
the Exam the First Time?
If the participant does not pass
the written exam, he/she may retake the written exam the same day at no additional
charge (first time retest only). Failing participants need to return to a future
scheduled class at full charge.
If the participant passes the written
portion, but does not complete or pass the practical portion on the date of the
exam, he/she may return to one future exam for a $50 charge to retake the practical
portion. Retakes will be administered at the CDOT Materials Lab at 11:30AM on the
date of the exam. Click the link below to sign up to retake the practical portion.
You will be required to pay the registration fee at the time of enrollment by credit
card or PayPal account (CDOT Employees will not be required to pay at the time of
Where Can I Take the
The exam is given at the CDOT Materials
Lab Training Room, located at: 4670 Holly Street, Denver, CO 80216-6408. Click here for a map & directions provided by MapQuest™.
How Can I Get a Copy of My Certificate?
Use the following link to request a duplicate copy of your certificate. A duplicate copy of the certificate will be sent within 2 weeks.