NAPA Offers Continuing Education Opportunities

NAPA Offers Continuing Education Opportunities

NAPA offers a variety of webinars throughout the year on various topics related to the asphalt industry. These topics range from newly released industry regulations to innovative processes and technology that can benefit your company. The NAPA webinar program will deliver the information you need to the comfort of your home or office.

Participation in NAPA webinars may earn you Professional Development Hours (PDHs). PDHs are educational units used to fulfill continuing education requirements for licensure or certification. In most cases, 1 hour of participation in a webinar equals 1 PDH. Some states and certifying bodies require pre-approval of professional development hours and documentation requirements also vary, so be sure to check with your appropriate agency. You are responsible for maintaining the documentation for your PDHs. You can request a certificate of completion after you attend any of the webinars to keep for your records.


Back to Basics Series: Paving — Thursday, July 6

Placing a smooth, uniform asphalt pavement begins with proper operation of the paving machine. This webinar highlights the different parts of a paver, as well as paver set-up and operation, and how it all contributes to ensuring a pavement with a high level of drivability.

Back to Basics Series: Compaction – Monday, July 10

Compaction rollers are used to achieve the density a pavement needs to ensure performance and longevity, as well as to create a well-finished surface. This webinar will discuss different types of rollers, their use, and how to determine proper compaction and coverage.

Key Takeaways:

  • 4 elements of compaction
  • Roller types and where to use them
  • Roller design specs affecting compaction
  • External factors affecting compaction
Train-the-Trainer: Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Educational Course — Thursday, July 13

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) is an evaluation of the total economic worth of a usable pavement segment that analyzes initial costs and discounted future costs over the life of a project segment. The National Center for Asphalt Technology under the guidance of the Best Quality and Competitiveness Task Group of the Pavement Economics Committee has put together three modules covering basic concepts, steps, and inputs; common LCCA concepts promoted by other industries; and an example of LCCA. Learn more about LCCA, the tools available to NAPA members and State Asphalt Pavement Association that educate partners, and about national LCCA activities in this hour and fifteen minute webinar.

HR Series: Injury and Illness Record Keeping — August (Date TBD)

OSHA updated Workplace Injury and Illness Rule went into effect in January 2017. This webinar will review the new requirements for reporting injuries and illness, along with OSHA’s long-standing Medial Recordkeeping Rule requirements.

Back to Basics Series: Quality Assurance — Wednesday, August 23

Working to ensure a quality product is less expensive than being ordered to remove and replace a faulty pavement. Quality Assurance is critical to ensuring mixture quality and, ultimately, contractor pay. This webinar outlines the basic components required for developing and maintaining a solid Quality Assurance program, as well as discusses common mistakes that can influence QA results.

HR Series: Employee Wellness – September (Date TBD)

An increasing number of companies are implementing employee wellness programs. These programs often lead to employees taking fewer sick-days and reductions in accidents and injuries that result in lost work days. Learn how to implement a wellness program at your company.

Back to Basics Series: Tack Coats – Thursday, September 7

A strong layered pavement system owes much to the bond between layers, and a good tack coat allows two independent pavement layers to act as a single unit. This webinar will outline what materials are available for tack coats, as well as how to recognize and avoid common distresses and problems associated with improper tacking. Participants will also learn how to differentiate between acceptable and poor tack coats.

HR Series: Suicide Prevention – October (Date TBD)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is among the top nine occupations with the highest risk for suicide. Understand some of the risk factors and warning signs for construction industry workers and learn about recommendations for effective suicide prevention programs.

Back to Basics Series: Pavement Design — October (Date TBD)

Flexible pavement design has undergone numerous changes since the AASHO Road Test a half-century ago. This webinar will detail how flexible pavements work to carry traffic and how this impacts design considerations. Some details on mechanistic-empirical design will be covered, too, but the primary purpose of this webinar is to provide a basic understanding of the AASHTO 93 Design Guide and how to apply it.

HR Series: Drug Testing Program Protocol – November (Date TBD)

Drug testing has gone from a non-existent practice to widespread acceptance in the construction industry over the past couple of decades. Drug testing is about maintaining a safe work environment and ensuring the safety and security of your employees. Learn what is needed to implement and maintain an effective and compliant drug testing program, as well as challenges associated with changes in the legal status of some drugs.

Back to Basics Series: Forensics – November (Date TBD)

A successful overlay starts with identifying and correcting deficiencies in the existing pavement surface and structure. This webinar will demonstrate how to recognize different types and severities of pavement distresses through the use of the LTPP distress identification manual, as well as explain how to conduct pavement forensic analyses to determine why pavement distresses have occurred so they can be corrected.

Back to Basics Series: Maintenance and Rehabilitation – November (Date TBD)

To ensure drivability and performance, aging infrastructure requires periodic maintenance and rehabilitation. Smart, effective, economic strategies for pavement preservation and maintenance exist, but have not always been deployed at the right time or manner. This webinar investigates different options available for maintaining asphalt pavements and why maintenance and rehabilitation are important for the industry.

HR Series: Attracting the Next Generation of Employees – December (Date TBD)

In many areas, the asphalt industry faces a shortage of qualified and motivated workers. How can companies attract and retain the next generation of employees for all levels of operations? How can we encourage young people to consider a career in the asphalt pavement industry? Hear from industry peers about what your company can do now to attract quality employees.

Back to Basics Series: Funding — December (Date TBD)

Good roads cost money; bad roads cost more. This is true at the federal, state, and local levels. The quality and performance of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure are directly connected to available funding. This webinar will explore the history of highway funding, how it has changed over time, and the current factors that have an impact on infrastructure spending in 2018.

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