Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall/Winter 2022

12 /The Road Ahead WWW.CO-ASPHALT.COM LabCAT – Celebrating 25 Years of Asphalt Certification 2022 marked the 25th Year of operation for the Laboratory for Certified Asphalt Technicians (LabCAT) and an anniversary celebration was held on July 22. It was great to see many friends and those who have had a role in the success of the program. LabCAT is truly a program to celebrate, and we are so very proud of our partnership with CDOT and all the people involved including Program Manager/Instructor Tom Clayton, Instructor Cindy Rutkoski, Training Coordinator Diane Hammond, and all the proctors, committee members, etc. Consider the following: • CAPA is one of only three asphalt industry trade organizations that administer the state required certification program (Texas and Oregon being the others). • We have surpassed the 5,000 certified technician and over 600 technicians and inspectors will be certified in 2022. • Over 95% of the attendees evaluate the benefit of the certification and the quality of the program as either Good or Excellent. • We are completing our 5th 5-year agreement with CDOT and the partnership has expanded to include ACEC, CAGE, FHWA, CARSE, CSU Construction Management, APWA Colorado chapter and others as stakeholders. Here’s to another 25 years of advancing the use and quality of asphalt pavements through a high-quality technician and inspector certification program - LabCAT!