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FAQ’s

What is IPMA Academy?  IPMA Academy™ is a comprehensive online 21 week Accredited Pavement Management Course . Seventy-Five total Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits are awarded to the learner upon completion of the 20-week series.

Who is this course for ?This course is designed for state and local transportation agency engineers and other agency personnel who are responsible for pavement management, evaluation, selecting, designing, and/or constructing the agency’s asphalt pavement resurfacing, rehabilitation, reconstruction and preservation alternatives. The course will particularly benefit those individuals responsible for selecting and designing asphalt in-place recycling and preservation projects, for writing effective specifications, or for inspecting asphalt in-place recycling and preservation projects during their construction. Contractors, consulting engineers, and industry representatives involved in pavement management, evaluation, asphalt pavement in-place recycling and pavement preservation will benefit from the course as well.

How much time will this take each week?  Each weekly lesson takes approximately 3-5 hours to complete. You can watch the videos online or you can download them to watch or listen to on your computer or mobile device.

What is the premise?
 Most agencies can save 30% to 40% of their annual road budget by implementing a solid pavement management plan, which uses eco efficient in-place asphalt recycling (i.e. hot in place, cold in place, full depth reclamation) and pavement preservation techniques (i.e. crack sealing, chip seals, slurry & microsurfacing, thin asphalt overlays etc.). If you want to stretch your agency’s SPLOST, LMIG, LARP. FHWA Grants, etc. funds as far as possible each year, this APM™ Certificate program can provide the necessary expert education, deliverables and guidance for your journey to become a Pavement Management RockSTAR!

What will I learn?
 The goal of the training is to educate the learner, whether an agency person, consultant, academia, or otherwise, cost effective ways to implement a successful program which combines pavement management, recycling and preservation.

How is IPMA Academy’s Online APM course delivered? And what if I’m not “tech-savvy?”  
You don’t have to be techie at all to learn from this course. If you can open your email and click a link you’ve got it! Course curriculum is delivered via the internet or digital downloads that you watch to at your own pace each week. There are worksheets and exercises with each video that you may download and print out.

What does the Pavement Management Certification course cost?
  This product retails for $1997 USD for the series whatever that translates to for you in your area of the world. (Conversion rates are translated on purchase).

Will I have to buy anything else?
 Various Technical Specifications, ARRA, ISSA brochures, DVDs and Technical Specifications, StreetSaver® information as well as the FHWA Distress Evaluation Manual will be mentioned during the course periodically, however the only text required for the APM™ Certificate Course is the BARM, and IPMA™ is providing this to you at no cost when you provide mailing address to us.  Upon completion of the 21 weeks of your APM™ Curriculum, you can apply to the IMPA™ Advisory Board to receive your certificate and credentials (note: a nominal $75 application fee will be required to cover the Advisory Board review time). The Advisory Board will look at your quiz scores as well as your contribution and participation in phone calls and online discussions.

Is this course tax deductible?
  We can’t legally give tax advice, so check your local laws. But this is professional development training, so it’s very likely the entire cost of the subscription is deductible as an expense.

What if I don’t like it?
  We are confident that you’ll LOVE it and that you’ll see measurable results and return on your investment. But if for any reason at all you are not satisfied, we have a 30 day full money back guarantee. We want you to succeed, and we want you to be happy, so we make our guarantees very transparent and easy.


Curriculum

What will I learn in IPMA Academy the Asphalt Pavement Management, In-Place Asphalt Recycling & Preservation Online APM™ Certification Course? This 21 week online APM™ Certification Course is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of pavement management and distress evaluation system, the three major asphalt pavement in-place recycling techniques (i.e. Hot in Place Recycling, HIR, Cold in Place Recycling, CIR, Full Depth Reclamation, FDR and their respective sub disciplines), and all of the major pavement preservation techniques available to local agencies.The course is divided into 3 modules:

Module One – Pavement Evaluation, Management, Recycling & Preservation Overview (Weeks One through Seven)

  • Identify common means and methods for evaluating pavement condition.
  • Describe situations in which common methods of assessing pavement condition might be used.
  • Identify common asphalt pavement distress types and severities. Distinguish between types of pavement management software (PMS) that is available and widely used by agencies in USA.
  • Describe specific types of asphalt distress and how they are measured in the field.
  • Summarize the importance of proactively managing pavements.
  • Select appropriate PMS software for their agency.
  • Recognize how to perform some of the individual pavement distress evaluations in the field.
  • Explain the interaction of the Geographical Information System (GIS) and the PMS

 

Module Two – Pavement Preservation Techniques  (Weeks Eight through Thirteen)

  • Distinguish between distinctive types of pavement preservation techniques for flexible (hot mixed asphalt pavement) and rigid (Portland cement concrete) pavements that are widely used by agencies in USA.  Note that the emphasis will be placed on flexible pavements and their respective preventive treatments.
  • Describe how specific types of pavement preservation treatments correlate with their respective pavement distresses and how they are applied in the field.
  • Summarize the importance of a successful pavement preservation program as it is tied to the Pavement Management System employed by that agency.
  • Select the appropriate pavement preservation techniques and be able to put the work out for bid, know where to get help for additional information, and have a strong idea of where to learn more about QC and QA.
  • Define what pavement preservation techniques work best on their agency roads.
  • Explain the interaction of the PMS and the pavement preservation program.

 

Module Three – Asphalt Pavement Recycling Technology  (Weeks Fourteen through Twenty)

  • Distinguish between the two uniquely distinctive types (HIR and CIR) of partial depth in place asphalt recycling techniques for flexible pavements that are widely used by agencies in USA.
  • Identify the differences in field procedures for the in-place versus conventional mill and inlay efforts.
  • Describe what types of pavement distresses are treated effectively using in place recycling in the form of hot in place and/or cold in place recycling.
  • Summarize the importance of proper roadway candidate selection and how an agency may go about obtaining the required data to ensure that they have selected the right treatment for the right road.
  • Select the appropriate in place partial depth technique and most appropriate sub discipline of that selected technique.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge to confidently put the work out for bid, know where to get help for additional information, and have a strong idea of where to learn more about QC and QA.
  • Define what partial depth in place asphalt recycling techniques work best on their agency roads.
  • Explain the interaction of a PMS, pavement preservation plan and an in-place asphalt reclamation program in the Module 3 curriculum. Distinguish between the two uniquely distinctive types (FDR and Soil Stabilization) techniques used for flexible pavements by agencies in USA.
  • Identify the differences in field procedures for the in-place asphalt and recycling and soil stabilization procedures versus conventional total remove and replace methods.
  • Describe what types of pavement distresses are eliminated by using FDR and Soil Stabilization.
  • Select the appropriate stabilizing agent for the FDR technique and most appropriate set up equipment and compactive effort.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge to confidently put the work out for bid, know where to get help for additional information, and have a strong idea of where to learn more about QC and QA.
  • Define what FDR and Soil Stabilization techniques work best on their agency roads.
  • Explain the interaction of a PMS, pavement preservation plan and an in-place asphalt reclamation program in the Module 3 curriculum.

About Blair

Blair Barnhardt is an award winning National Highway Institute Certified Instructor for Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), National Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Trainer, MTC StreetSaver® Pavement Management Software Tech Transfer Trainer in the San Francisco Bay, California, United States area, and an American Public Works Association (APWA) Carl Vinson Institute Instructor. He is also prequalified for MicroPAVER™ Pavement Management consulting work for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in California, United States.

Mr. Barnhardt is a published author in every major industry trade publication including FHWA Public Roads, Asphalt Contractor, Better Roads, Army Engineer, Roads & Bridges and World Highways. Most recently he designed and delivered two comprehensive online certificate programs for Auburn University and University of Kansas. He is also currently designing and delivering instructor led training for the Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC), a non-profit organization in Washington State as well as and a series of online webinars for UC Berkeley ITS Tech Transfer.

Mr. Barnhardt is one of the few individuals in this nation with direct experience orchestrating the work for all three sub-disciplines in the FHWA/ARRA (Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association) Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual (BARM) textbook. In addition to being one of the writers and contributing editors for the BARM 2012 textbook revision with the Pavement Recycling and Reclaiming Center at Cal Poly California, he also served as a subject matter expert for the NHI In-Place Recycling Technologies course revisions for Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and AP Tech with Katie Zimmerman. (Mr. Barnhardt has taught each and every delivery of the original version of this NHI Workshop since it’s inception many years ago)

With over 30 years of heavy civil construction background, with the latter 17 years of that spent training owner agencies and graduate students at university level technical training programs, Mr. Barnhardt is also a former officer of an Atlanta based asphalt in-place asphalt reclamation firm. While at that firm he routinely bid upwards of 50 million dollars in-place asphalt recycling and pavement preservation work per year. What makes Mr. Barnhardt unique to the International Pavement Management Association is his ability to juggle three distinct hats all at the same time, academia, contracting and consulting.

When not in the classroom teaching other agencies how to perform the work, his crews can also be found training agency personnel on how to implement the Three Legged Stool approach to pavement management and/or providing expert pavement management services with his own firm, The Barnhardt Group. In this capacity they provide expert pavement management with all of the most popular pavement management products including MTC StreetSaver®, US Army Corp of Engineers/APWA MicroPAVER™ across America. Further, his firm helps agencies to select the most cost effective eco-efficient rehabilitation strategies based on their budgets, decision tree and pavement coring results from his firm.

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