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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-11-015
Date: July 2011

FOCUS on Training—Pipe Installation, Inspection, and Quality: What You Need to Know

Find out what you need to know and look for when installing and inspecting pipes on highway construction projects with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) free Web-based course, TCCC Pipe Installation, Inspection, and Quality (Course No. FHWA-NHI-134105). Developed by the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) in partnership with State transportation agency personnel, the course is available through FHWA’s National Highway Institute (NHI).

The self-paced, 7-hour course is designed for field personnel involved in all aspects of highway construction, from engineers to technicians. The guidance will also be useful for project managers or resident engineers. Course modules focus on the three basic pipe materials: concrete, metal, and plastic. Included is information on foundation work, bedding selection, placement, joint sealants, backfilling, and documentation for all three types of pipe. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify basic types of pipe.
  • Understand proper foundation and bedding requirements for pipes.
  • Link different types of pipe with their required specifications for installation.
  • Identify common errors to avoid when dealing with pipe placement, joints, and backfilling.
  • Understand the importance of accurate records and reporting.

“This course will help transportation professionals improve their understanding of the factors that contribute to high-quality pipe installations. The instructional materials and guidance highlight best practices from various agencies,” said Christopher Newman of FHWA.

Launched in 2000, the TCCC is a partnership that includes representatives from FHWA, NHI, regional State training and certification groups, several American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials subcommittees, and industry associations. More than 100 Web training courses developed by the TCCC are available from NHI.

To register for TCCC Pipe Installation, Inspection, and Quality or for more information on other available TCCC training opportunities, visit Information is also available by contacting Christopher Newman at FHWA, 202-366-2023 (email:

Updated: 07/28/2011

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