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Constructing Quality PCC Pavement Preservation Treatments: The Five-Course Series

PROGRAM AREA: Construction and Maintenance
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
13.5 Hours
0 Units
$0 Per Participant


NOTES:These web-based trainings are available in both English and Spanish! Please note that you need to complete all five of these training modules to earn a certificate and credit for taking the course. If you are only interested in receiving credit for one or two of the preservation technique trainings, NHI suggests you register only for the one(s) you need. See the individual course numbers in the description below.


Pavement preservation is a proactive approach to protecting and maintaining existing pavements. NHI offers this five-course series that focuses on different pavement preservation techniques that may be performed on Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) pavements.

All the courses in the series provide detailed, how-to instruction covering the full scope of tasks involved in successfully completing each preservation technique. The Web-based trainings use short, focused, task-based lessons with creative instruction that make the lessons directly applicable to your work in the field. You'll find checklists, visual aids and graphics, and videos that reinforce the content so you can apply new knowledge right away.

Enrolling in this series gives you access to the following courses; each highlights a specific preservation technique:

-How to Construct Durable Full-Depth Repairs in Concrete Pavements (FHWA-NHI-134207A)

-How to Construct Durable Partial-Depth Repairs in Concrete Pavements (FHWA-NHI-134207B)

-Proper Diamond Grinding Techniques for Pavement Preservation (FHWA-NHI-134207C)

-Proper Construction Techniques for Dowel Bar Retrofit (DBR) and Cross-Stitching (FHWA-NHI-134207D)

-Proper Joint Sealing Techniques for Pavement Preservation (FHWA-NHI-134207E)

Whether you work for a contractor or a transportation agency (Federal, State, or local), take this series to increase your knowledge about constructing durable, quality PCC pavement projects using specific pavement preservation treatments. Learn how to employ successful practices and techniques on concrete pavement preservation projects. Specifically, you will focus on these questions:

1. Why is the technique an important part of concrete pavement preservation?

2. What options are available for performing the construction processes and procedures? Which options provide the best opportunities for success?

3. What materials are involved in the techniques?

4. What are the proper techniques for mixing, placing, and curing?

5. What are the specific, sequential tasks required to properly perform each of the techniques?

Each of the Web-based training products is also available as a standalone course that can be accessed by registering for the individual course number listed above.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to prepare for a full-depth repair project (specification review, equipment and materials, and sequencing)
  • Describe the best practice for installing dowel bars
  • List the criteria for determining whether full-depth repairs are of sufficient quality
  • List important safety considerations in performing full-depth repairs
  • Explain what a partial-depth repair is, and when it is performed
  • Explain proper preparation steps for a partial-depth repair project, including project specification and design plan review, and planning the sequence and timing of operations
  • List important safety considerations in performing partial-depth repairs
  • Explain what diamond grinding, diamond grooving, and NGCS are, and when they are performed
  • Describe recommended techniques for conventional diamond grinding, diamond grooving, and NGCS
  • List important safety considerations when performing diamond grinding, diamond grooving, and NGCS operations
  • Explain what DBR and cross-stitching are, and when they can be performed
  • Explain how to prepare for DBR and cross-stitching
  • List important safety considerations when working on DBR and cross-stitching projects
  • Explain what joint or crack sealing is, and when it should be performed
  • List important safety considerations when working on joint sealing projects
  • Explain how to prepare for joint sealing
  • Describe recommended materials and equipment used in joint sealing
  • Describe recommended construction procedures and process steps for joint sealing
  • Describe recommend procedures for repairing cracks
  • List the criteria for determining whether joint sealing results are of sufficient quality
  • Identify typical problems encountered and how to avoid or resolve these issues


This course provides support and instruction for individuals involved in construction projects using concrete pavement preservation techniques. Participants may have some awareness and past involvement with paving processes, but the training is appropriate for learners regardless of experience level with the techniques. This course will appeal to individuals in the following roles: agency inspectors and construction managers; construction supervisors, workers, and technicians; and engineers.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


There are no formal prerequisites for this course. The level of instruction assumes the participant has some awareness and involvement with paving processes, but the training is appropriate for participants regardless of past experiences with the techniques. Some instruction on how each technique fits into the broader context of pavement preservation is necessary in order to emphasize why a worker should follow best practices; however, most training content is focused on the how-to.


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