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Pavement Marking

Length: Approximately 6 hours.


This online version of Maryland’s Pavement Marking Student Manual focuses on three areas. The first section introduces students to pavement marking standard practices and defines the functions and characteristics of longitudinal and transverse markings. In the second part of the course students are presented with a large array of pavement marking materials including reflective glass beads, traffic paint, thermoplastic, epoxy resin, polyester resin, preformed tape and pavement markers. Manufacturing, application, and evaluation methods are provided for each of the materials addressed. The third section of the course reviews three main aspects of pavement marking installation, namely: installation procedures and quality control, equipment necessary for proper installation, and eradication of obsolete markings. Additional resources include a short bibliography, contacts for information on state specifications, and links to six video demonstrations of pavement marking installation.

*MARTCP Certification*  After successful completion of this Pavement Marking course, a student is eligible to become certified through the Mid-Atlantic Region Technician Certification Program (MARTCP).

Steps to Earn the MARTCP Certification:

  1. Successfully complete the Pavement Marking online course through the University of Maryland CITE program
    • Register for Pavement Marking course
    • Complete the online course materials
    • Complete the online final exam in the course with a grade 70% or higher
    • Complete the online course survey
    • Email Karen Swick when you are finished with everything
    • Receive Completion Certificate via email from Karen Swick. You will need to email this certificate Saprina Lavoil-Stafford at MDSHA in order to participate in the practical.
  2. Contact Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) to complete a practical demonstration for testing Pavement Markings using the Maryland Standard Method of Test (MSMT -729)
    • Send an email to MDSHA Contact, Saprina Lavoil-Stafford, 443-572-5040, [email protected] (Must be done within 30 days after completion of CITE’s Pavement Marking online course.)
    • Attach your CITE Pavement Marking course Completion Certificate to the email to Saprina Lavoil-Stafford.
    • Pay a $100 fee to Maryland SHA to participate in the practical.

Any questions about the MARTCP Certification, please visit the MARTCP web site.


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

  • Explain the concepts of retroreflectivity, refraction, refractive index of glass, and assessment of reflectivity
  • Discuss the properties, evaluation, and application of reflective glass beads
  • Describe various aspects (components, characteristics, and application process) of pavement marking materials such as traffic paint, liquid and preformed thermoplastics, epoxy and polyester resins, and preformed tape
  • Compare the characteristics and installation constraints of the three most common types of raised pavement markers
  • List items that must be monitored closely through application
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of long-liners and hand-liners
  • Recall the recommended procedure for pre-application inspection
  • Discuss several aspects of quality control
  • Describe several methods of eradication and some of their potentially undesirable side effects

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