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Identification of Distress Conditions in Traffic Pavements

COURSE NO: C08-007
Identification of Distress Conditions in Traffic Pavements
Course Highlights

The online engineering PDH course follows the manual, focusing on three particular types of pavements: (1) asphalt concrete-surface, (2) jointed portland cement concrete, and (3) continuously reinforced portland cement concrete. Various distress conditions are described and illustrated using diagrams and pictures.  Methods of detection and measurements are defined. Detailed guidance is provided to the reader on how to conduct a distress survey and how to identify severity levels for various distressed pavement conditions.


The Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) developed a Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program to provide a consistent, uniform basis for collecting distress data for pavement performance.  This course provides guidance to improve communications within the pavement community by fostering more uniform and consistent definitions of pavement distress. Highway agencies, airports, parking facilities, transportation engineers, and others with significant investment in pavements will benefit from adopting a standard distress language. It also serves as a valuable training tool for highway agencies.


This 8 PDH online course is applicable to civil, structural and geotechnical engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved with the inspection, design and repair of traffic pavements.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Visual depictions for identifying pavement conditions
  • How to evaluate a section of roadway and determine the type and severity of distress
  • Methods for evaluating and measuring distress in pavement
  • Tools for conducting a pavement distress survey  
  • Uniform and consistent definitions of pavement distress
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Publication FHWA-RD-03-031, "Distress Identification Manual for the Long-Term Pavement Performance Program (Fourth Revised Edition), June 2003".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Identification of Distress Conditions in Traffic Pavements (2.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to obtain 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this FHWA publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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