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A two day course providing a detailed technical introduction to the theory and practice of surface dressing, approved for CPD hours by the CIHT and IHE.

The RSTA Silver Certificate is the only Certificate of Competence to show continuing CPD and is a mandatory requirement of National Highways Sector Scheme 13. (NHSS 13)

Surface dressing is a long established and proven highway maintenance technique involving the spray application of an emulsion bituminous binder onto a prepared road surface prior to the immediate application of aggregate chippings to ‘dress’ the binder.



RSTA Silver Certificate CPD courses are for Contract Managers, Contract Supervisors and Technicians to demonstrate they have received regular up-skill training every 5 years.

Course cost at £530 + VAT (Discounts for members of the RSTA, IHE, CIHT and IAT)

Course overview

Day 1

09:15 Welcome and Introduction
09:30 Site Selection - When to Surface Dress
10:00 Surface Preparation, Patching and Aftercare
10:45 Break
11:00 Selecting the Correct Type of Surface Dressing
11:30 Materials - Aggregates and Binders
12:15 Standards, Guidance and QC Testing
13:00 Lunch (provided)
13:45 Road Note 39 - Introduction to Design
14:30 Design - Worked Examples
15:00 Break
15:15 Practicing Design and Open Forum
16:00 Close

Day 2

09:15 Working Group Exercise on Site Selection
10:00 Benefits ofSurface Dressing
10:30 Failures - Causes and Remedial Actions
11:00 Break
11:15 Innovations
11:45 Hot Topics - Group Discussion
12:15 Lunch (provided)
13:00 Practicing Design and Open Forum
14:15 Multiple Choice test
15:00 Close

Competency and CPD certificates will be made available to attendees. In addition to learning about managing the skid resistance of the road network attendees will be provided with information about the RSTA highway sectors and the free to download Codes of Practice and other Guidance Documents available from the RSTA website, to provide them with the information they need to be an informed client.

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