Performance Graded Binder Technician

Liquid asphalt binder being poured by lab technician


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This is a four-and-a-half-day workshop that provides the attendee with practical classroom sessions and hands-on laboratory testing that will reinforce the experienced technician's skills and also develop the knowledge and testing ability necessary for new technicians. The course will provide background information on the development of binder grading systems and test procedures and present step-by-step descriptions of test methods used in the performance graded binder system.

The attendee will learn how to analyze test results and determine specification compliance for performance graded (PG) binders. Each attendee will have the opportunity to operate the test equipment while conducting tests on samples they have prepared. Equipment such as the rotational viscometer, dynamic shear rheometer (DSR), and bending beam rheometer (BBR) will be used in the course.

Topics discussed during the course include:

  • - Overview and history of binder grading systems
  • - The PG system and LTPP Bind software
  • - Performance graded binder test procedures such as rotational viscosity, DSR, BBR, and pressure aging vessel (PAV)
  • - Conventional test procedures such as softening point, kinematic viscosity, specific gravity, and elastic recovery
  • - Specifications and evaluation of binder data
  • - Discussion of other procedures such as multiple stress creep recovery

Who Should Attend

Engineers and technicians responsible for asphalt testing to assure and certify materials to meet specification requirements. Other technicians, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and materials engineers who want to improve their knowledge of performance graded binder tests and requirements will also benefit. A background in asphalt testing is helpful, but the course is taught at an introductory level so that even the inexperienced will be able to understand the course materials.

Fees, Refunds, & Deadline

The registration fee of $1,250 includes a course notebook of presentations and handouts, a copy of the Asphalt Institute MS-25 Manual, a certification exam, and all break refreshments. Costs for housing, food and transportation are the responsibility of each participant. Cancellations received at least ten days prior to the course start date will result in a full refund. No refunds will be provided for course cancellations after that date; however, substitutions will be accepted.

Certification Exam

At the completion of the course, students will be given a certification exam. The certification exam is a written test that will be given on the final morning between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon.

Continuing Education

The course will provide 2.8 CEUs or 28 professional development hours.


This course will be conducted at NCAT's research facility at 277 Technology Parkway in Auburn, Alabama. Hotel accommodations are close by.

To obtain more information, please contact Stacie Hunter.