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The Certificate of Technical Studies in Highway Engineering Technology is specifically designed to meet the entry-level employment needs of the state of Louisiana’s engineering and construction community.  This program of study is not designed for college transfer.  It provides a general education and the work skills needed for employment.  Students have the opportunity to tailor the program of study by emphasizing one or more courses in the following areas:  asphaltic concrete plant inspection, asphaltic concrete paving inspection, structural concrete inspection, Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) inspection, and embankment and base course inspection.  Upon successful completion of the program students can take the tests required for certification in one or more of these areas.


To receive this certificate, the student must

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better in all credit hours that are to be used towards the degree.
  • Earn a “C” or better in required courses, ENGL 101, and in courses that are prerequisites  for other courses.
  • Take at least 12 hours at the 200 level.
  • Complete the coursework listed below.


In order to become a certified inspector, a student must:

  • Successfully complete the requirements for the certificate.
  • Perform six months of work in the field supervised by a certified inspector.
  • Score a passing percentage on a Specialty Area Certification Exam.
  • Score a passing percentage on a field performance evaluation conducted by a certified inspector.


More than one area of certification can be completed simultaneously.