This practice provides a guide for evaluation and certification
procedures for personnel engaged in testing soil and rock in
accordance with ASTM test methods and is intended for use by
independent organizations providing certification services.
Qualifications for certification candidates, qualifications of
those administering the certification examinations, methods of
administering the certification tests, and certain certification
organization operating requirements are given.
Certification is specific to a single ASTM test method. A
monitored written examination and a monitored performance
examination are normally required.
NOTE 1—Personnel certification may be an important aspect of a
quality system as described in Practice D3740. Certification of
personnel is one means of meeting personnel qualifications given in
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety
concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility
of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and
health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory
limitations prior to use.
This practice offers a set of instructions for performing
one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace
education or experience and should be used in conjunction with
professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be
applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended
to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy
of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this
document be applied without consideration of a project's many
unique aspects. The word "Standard" in the title of this document
means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM
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