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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 completion of the Pavement Marking course, any student is eligible to become certified through the Mid-Atlantic Region Technician Certification Program (MARTCP). In order to become certified, a student must complete and pass a hands-on practical and written exam given by the State of Maryland. Students must contact Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) directly to register for the hands-on practical and exam.  Contact for MDSHA: Evan Howard (443-572-5020), [email protected]
There is a fee of $100 payable to Maryland SHA in order to take the practical and exam.  MUST call Evan Howard within 30 days after taking the Pavement Marking Online.   Any questions about MARTCP Certification, please see the MARTCP web site.

Pavement Marking Course Brochure


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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