MES collaborated with the State Highway Administration Office of Materials Testing to develop an 8-hour Refresher Training for the National Highway Institute (NHI) Subsurface Investigation Qualification Certification. On Monday, August 3, the course was presented at our new training facility in Millersville.
This new course allowed those who are already certified to complete a one-day training in order to maintain their five-year certification. Before the development of the course, employees needed to repeat a three-day training to maintain certification.
MES and SHA coordinated this effort in conjunction with the National Drilling Association (NDA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter in an effort to meet Governor Hogan’s important initiative of State Fiscal Responsibility. The NDA actively posted and advertised this new initiative on their website and both MES and SHA OMT staff began outreach to contractors and consultants involved in field exploration tasks for the State of Maryland.
The first session of this new certification course was extremely well received. So many attendees registered from SHA, MES and consulting firms that the course was filled to capacity. In response, SHA and MES have set a fall date of Monday, October 26 for a second session to ensure that all interested participants receive their recertification.
In states with no one-day refresher, the requirement to maintain the NHI certification is a retake of the 3-Day Certification Course, with an average cost of $825 each, plus travel expenses. MES and SHA developed and offered the one-day refresher for just $125 per participant. MES and SHA look forward to continuing to work together on future opportunities to continue actively training those involved in State Highway field exploration projects, and to find cost effective means to keep certifications current.