The gold standard for excellence for the asphalt paving industry in California The California Asphalt Pavement Association, the voice of the asphalt industry in California since 1953, created and maintains a program to help project owners identify asphalt paving companies with a demonstrated commitment to industry-recognized standards of excellence. The “Quality Paving Certificate” designation is conferred to asphalt paving companies that meet strict standards for excellence recognized by the industry and independently verified by the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA), a respected statewide organization that has trained thousands of industry and agency asphalt professionals. Companies that achieve the CalAPA "Quality Paving Certificate" must first complete an application of qualifications and rigorous 100-question self-assessment questionnaire, pass a written exam with a passing score of 80% or higher, and provide proof of completion of a series of core-competency classes. Companies must also agree to abide by CalAPA’s “Code of Ethics” in all of their business operations. To ensure that companies stay abreast of the many changes in standards, technology and best practices, there are continuing education requirements and the certificate must be renewed every three years. The program, years in development, builds on CalAPA’s decades of experience in delivering high-quality technical and practical training via veteran instructors recognized as authorities by their peers statewide and nationally. CalAPA classes consistently earn high marks from public agencies and private industry participants, and are recognized nationally by the Registered Continuing Education Program for engineering instruction. Requirements to achieve the Quality Paving Certificate include submitting a completed application and $750 application fee (waived for CalAPA members) as well as self-assessment questionnaire and successful passage of an on-line exam. A designated representative from the company must also complete three core training classes plus one elective from CalAPA's menu of technical training classes. The core training classes, which are four-hours each, are: “Asphalt Pavement 101,” “Quality Asphalt Paving” and “Asphalt Forensics.” A fourth class, chosen from the CalAPA course catalog, must also be completed. Among the choices are classes such as “Essentials of Asphalt Pavement Smoothness & Best Practices” and “Troubleshooting HMA Plant Production.” The fourth class requirement can be waived for companies employing technicians who hold a current certification by Caltrans via the Caltrans-industry Joint Training & Certification Program. For more information on this program, contact CalAPA Regional Director Bill Knopf at (442) 400-9697, or send us an inquiry using our on-line web form HERE.