The California Asphalt Pavement Association
Representing the asphalt pavement industry in California since 1953
Technical Training & Education
CalAPA's classes and forums share best-practices in asphalt
At the heart of CalAPA's mission is the widespread dissemination of accurate, timely and beneficial knowledge to the construction industry, public owners and others. The association achieves this through a variety of means, including conferences, classes and seminars that feature knowlegeable presenters and access to the highest quality information available to the industry today. Watch the CalAPA website or the Asphalt Insider newsetter for announcements on upcoming educational opportunities, or call CalAPA at (916) 791-5044. NEW! CalAPA's interactive calendar of current classes and events is HERE. We can come to you! Contact Ritha Nhorn of CalAPA at (916) 791-5044 for details how we can bring a class to your facility. For more information, view our "hosted" training flier.
HALF-DAY CLASS: UNDERSTANDING THE JOB MIX FORMULA
A half-day seminar focusing on the critically important Job Mix Formula process for asphalt pavements. This class has been developed by the CalAPA Education Committee and reviewed and approved by Caltrans. Those who should attend include engineers, designers, contractors, testing labs and city and county public works officials.
Other classes may be held at various dates and locations around California. The dates, times and locations will be posted here as soon as the registration period opens. Want to host a class? Contact CalAPA at (916) 791-5044 for details. Click HERE to be added to our electronic newsletter mailing list to receive notifications of upcoming classes. The calendar link at the top of our main page is to our on-line calendar of classes and events, which lists all future classes.
DISCLAIMER: The material contained in these classes (verbal and written) is meant for educational purposes only and in no way is a substitute or amendment for the specifications and contract requirements language on a public works project, nor is it intended to replace sound engineering judgment on the part of public officials or private industry. Further, no warranties are made, express or implied, by this educational information and the authors emphasize that it is the responsibility of the specific parties to a public works contract to ensure that all legal and technical requirements of the contract are met.
HALF-DAY CLASS: 'ASPHALT PAVEMENT 101'
A half-day seminar focusing on the basic information that paving workers and technicians should know to put everything in context. This interactive event will be led by Roger Smith, an asphalt pavement consultant and former engineer with the Asphalt Institute and Caltrans. His broad experience and training skills bring a valuable perspective to this timely seminar. All attendees will receive valuable handouts to take away for future reference. Click HERE for flier.
ASPHALT 101 TRAINING
Instructor Roger Smith (right) talks with Aaron Jeffrey with the City of Manteca Public Works Department during a break in a popular "Asphalt Pavement 101" class.
HALF-DAY CLASS: 'QUALITY ASPHALT PAVING'
A half-day seminar focusing on the critical "do's and don'ts" of asphalt paving, from materials, trucking, paving, rolling & compaction and testing. A must for paving crews, supervisors, inspectors and others who care about a quality pavement job. Instructor Skip Brown, owner of Delta Construction and Asphalt Consulting Services, is a second-generation paving contractor who has personally supervised the placement of more than 4 million tons of asphalt on public and provate projects in California. All attendees will receive valuable handouts to take away for future reference. Click HERE to download the flier.
QUALITY ASPHALT PAVING
Instructor Skip Brown (RIGHT), a noted expert on asphalt pavements with decades of practical experience, teaches the interactive "Quality Asphalt Paving" class.
PRAISE FOR THE CLASS
"This was a great class for our street maintenance workers, engineers and construction inspectors. This class appealed to all these groups and will help them all do their jobs better. "
-- Jim Stone, Deputy Public Works Director, City of Manteca
BONUS! GREAT TAKE-AWAYS!
Each class includes an impressive reference book that you'll use again and again, as well as a certificate of course completion.
PRAISE FOR A CLASS TAUGHT BY PAUL CURREN
"I recently attended the CalAPA 'Critical Changes to Caltrans Section 39 Hot Mix Asphalt Specifications' half day training session. I appreciate the wealth of experience and knowledge the instructor (Paul Curren) brought to the training. I thought the presentation of the material, which is complex, was succinct and thorough. I am amending and strengthening my Agency's pavement specifications, based on some of the material provided by CalAPA. Overall, I would recommend this training for all pavement professionals -- engineers, consultants, estimators, contractors, inspectors, suppliers, etc."
-- Tawfic N. Halaby, P.E., Associate Civil Engineer, City of Richmond
HALF-DAY CLASS: 'HAMBURG WHEEL TRACK TEST (AASHTO T-324)'
A half-day seminar focusing on AASHTO T-324 -- a criticially important component of the national "Superpave" asphalt pavement standard that Caltrans plans to adopt in 2014. The class will feature an overview of the test, discuss new specification language, the time and money required to adopt the test, understanding the test results, factors affecting the test results and step-by-step procedures. There will also be an up-close "live" demonstration of a Hamburg test.
HAMBURG WHEEL TRACK CLASS
Instructor Toni Carroll (RIGHT) is the director of quality for CalAPA member Graniterock, and the author of the popular "Quality in California" materials blog.
HALF-DAY CLASS: CRITICAL CHANGES TO CALTRANS SECTION 39 HMA SPECS & SUPERPAVE
A half-day seminar focusing on the many recent changes to Caltrans Section 39 Hot Mix Asphalt specifications, including the incorporation of new pavement-smoothness, testing and acceptance criteria to move toward the national 'Superpave' initiative. What you don't know could cost you! The class curriculum was developed by the CalAPA Technical Advisory Committee of pavement experts and reviewed by Caltrans. Click HERE for class flier.
PAUL CURREN, P.E.
Instructor Paul Curren, P.E., (right) is a noted pavement expert, former local agency official and longtime consultant. He has loads of practical experience in mix design, testing and acceptance.
HALF-DAY CLASS: ESSENTIALS OF PAVEMENT SMOOTHNESS
A half-day seminar focusing on the many different elements that come in to play, from mix design to plant to the pavement operation, that may impact pavement smoothness. New Caltrans specifications incorporate new pavement smoothness standards and technology. Our instructor will cover all the changes, including "intelligent compaction," the pavement smoothness software and more. The class curriculum has been reviewed by Caltrans, as well as the CalAPA Technical Advisory Committee. Click HERE for class flier.
MIKE ROBINSON, P.E.
Instructor Mike Robinson, P.E., (left) is a noted pavement expert and former agency official who has also worked for many years in the asphalt pavement industry. His varied, real-world experience and examples highlight the many do's and don'ts you'll be glad to know.