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The Asphalt Institute partnered with Dr. Dave Anderson, a lead architect of the Superpave PG Binder system, to develop the prerequisite 2-day review course of the NBTC program that prepares the technician to take the certification exams. The review course covers in detail all of the standard AASHTO M320 tests and laboratory procedures.
Additionally, AI’s technical training coordinator and the instructor for the NBTC program, Mike Beavin, strongly encourages technicians to read the review course text, Asphalt Institute’s manual MS-25 Asphalt Binder Testing: Technician’s Manual for Specification Testing of Asphalt Binders in preparation for attending the course. MS-25 provides a detailed description of the AASHTO M320 tests and associated lab procedures.