NICET Level 1 Certification (Preparatory Course)

NICET Level 1 Certification (Preparatory Course)

No Prerequisites Required
Total Hours: 32
8 Days, 4 hours a day

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This course prepares students for the National Institute of Certified Engineers and Technicians (NICET) Level 1 Certification, a nationally recognized and industry-wide accepted program in the field of Highway Construction Inspection. The NICET Certifications are most required by local and state jurisdictions, and by federal agencies.


NICET Certification Information

NICET Certification is one of the most prestigious, and extensive, vocational tests conducted across the United States of America for professionals in the Highway Construction Industry. Certification often influences hiring, retention, promotion, and contracting decisions. It is equally beneficial for employers as it is for the employees.

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers, promotes excellence in engineering technologies via certification services. To meet the required qualifications for the evolving changes in construction, it is necessary that construction management professionals are equipped with the tools to help them successfully meet the technical areas involved in modern construction trends. In general, NICET certification creates a pool of multiple opportunities and high-paying jobs at higher designations for technicians in different areas of expertise like Highway construction and many others.

The National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians (NICET) offers certifications in multiple areas at a different level of academic/experience levels related to a Civil Engineering Technology Program; The following are the major work areas where certification programs are offered:

  • Construction Materials Testing:
    • Asphalt, Concrete & Soils
  • Transportation Construction Inspection:
    • Highway Construction Inspection

NICET Certified Technicians are defined as “hands-on” members of the engineering team who work under the direction of Engineers, Scientists, and Technologists. They have knowledge of the components, operating characteristics, and limitations of engineering systems and processes particular to their area of specialization.


Training and Course Objectives

We recognize that training comes in many forms, companies and agencies have different resources, and individuals have different learning styles. This prep program will help in measuring the competency of and layout career paths for engineering technicians and supply industries and employers with a more highly skilled workforce. The intent of this prep program is to equip students with the understanding and skills needed to achieve the NICET Certification in the field of Highway Construction.

This course will help students in envisioning the understanding of the safety, sustainability, and environmental aspects of today’s modern construction.

The course bridges the existing gap between theoretical knowledge and field realities. It analyzes and discusses the construction industry's needs and responds to the challenges the industry faces by designing and maintaining certification programs to promote the necessary technical skills and knowledge through a fast-track schedule.

Due to continuous evolving trends in the construction industry, the market demands high-quality skilled and knowledgeable technicians. To meet the market’s high demand, this course provides students an option of meeting this high market demand. The certification course includes teaching students in the following area of expertise:

  1. Plans and Specifications
    • Recognize and use standard construction terminology.
    • Identify the purposes and roles of various project documents.
    • Match locations on plans to locations on the site.
    • Locate and understand information on project drawings.
    • Identify project documents that specify types of project work.
    • Locate information in agency/owner standards and specifications.
  2. Measurement and Surveys
    • Identify and use U.S. Customary and Metric units of measure for length, area, volume, weight, mass, temperature, pressure, and strength, and convert one U.S. Customary unit to another, or one Metric unit to another.
    • Perform arithmetic calculations, and calculate areas and volumes of simple geometric shapes, including maintaining the correct precision.
    • Measure dimensions and compare with plans and specifications.
    • Identify survey stakes and makers and interpret notation.
    • Use drawing scales to determine distances.
  3. Tools and Equipment
    • Identify tools and equipment used by inspectors for inspections, testing, and reporting.
    • Identify tools and equipment used by surveyors.
    • Identify tools and equipment used in construction.
  4. Personal Safety
    • Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the construction site.
    • Identify and report potential safety hazards.
    • Identify sources of safety information and requirements.
  5. Site Operations
    • Identify components of work zone traffic control.
    • Identify construction activities.
    • Identify, and verify the pressure of erosion and sediment control components.
    • Identify, and verify the pressure of, types of utility markings.


Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Upon successful course completion, students will be able to: 

  1. Develop basic knowledge and concepts related to inspection of Highway Construction.
  2. Identify the problems and their causes.
  3. Apply mitigation techniques and newly developed procedures and practices.
  4. Recognize the duties of an inspector for the provision of quality and safe roadways.

Class material and case study will help to achieve the above listed objectives.


Detailed Outline of Topics

Lecture Topic
Orientation, description of course intent, schedule, expectation from students.

Plans and Specification
Understand and interpret plans and drawings, common construction terminologies, documents required for construction, scope statement, schedule, budget, requirements, quality criteria, project resources, stakeholder list, communication plan.

Construction Standards AASHTO, ASTM, ACI, OSHA

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
1, 2

Measurement and Surveys
Units and their conversions, arithmetic calculations involve length, area, volume weight, mass, temperature, pressure, strength.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
2, 3, 4

Tools and Equipment
Identify tools and equipment used by inspectors testing and reporting, tools and equipment used by surveyors, tools & equipment used in construction.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Personal Safety
Use of PPE for the construction site, Identify and report potential safety hazards, Identify sources of safety information and requirements.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Site Operations
Identify components of work zone traffic control, Identify construction activities.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
2, 3

Environmental Issues
Identify, and verify the presence of, erosion and sediment control components.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
1, 2

Identification, types, their layouts and markings, the process before you dig.

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Course Review and Test

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
1, 2, 3, 4


Contact Information

Department of Continuing Education
161 Newkirk Street, Room E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4224