CPD Certificate in the Design and Lifecycle of Road Pavements


4-day course

CPD Credit: 28 hours, C1 / C2

This programme is delivered in collaboration with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Arup Consulting Engineers



The CPD Certificate in the Design and Lifecycle of Road Pavements programme is accredited by TU Dublin at Level 9, 5 ECTS

TU Dublin

Course Overview

This module encompasses the lifecycle of a road pavement from initial design and construction to the evaluation and rehabilitation of pavements in service. It concentrates on the key objective for a sustainable road pavement of being fit for its intended purpose and durable for its expected life. The influences within each lifecycle stage on a pavement achieving this objective are examined.

The engineering properties of pavement constituent materials are considered in detail, emphasising the importance of the material characteristics in counteracting the loads applied and the subsequent effect on pavement performance and durability. The various inputs into a pavement design such as traffic analysis and the procedures for calculating and assessing pavement loading are presented along with the environmental influences that affect pavement performance and durability. Flexible pavement design using a mechanistic-empirical design approach is then presented.

Manufacture, laying and compaction considerations and their influence on the pavement being fit for its intended purpose and durable for its expected life are detailed. The procedures for evaluation of performance and quality control of asphalt products as they exist within the framework of Harmonised European Specifications is also explained in line with the Construction Products Regulation. The consideration of mix composition and design together with quality assurance is also discussed. The permitted surface course types in Ireland and their comparative characteristics and benefits are discussed.

Causes of failure in mature pavements are presented and the various methods for evaluation and assessment of such pavements to inform the rehabilitation and improvement of existing roads are described. The design procedure for rehabilitation works is presented along with the principles of Pavement Network Management Systems.

Other aspects covered include broader sustainability issues such as recycling techniques and alternative pavement materials. The pavement types considered throughout are flexible and flexible-composite pavements only i.e., rigid pavements are not covered within this module.

Course Duration

This programme will consist of 4 training days across a three-week period followed by an assessment day approximately 2 weeks later. The assessment day will consist of a morning examination and an afternoon workshop for the project outline. Delegates will have 6 weeks to complete their assigned project. Further CPD hours can be recorded for study hours.

Delegates who attend the 4 training days, pass the exam and successfully complete the 6-week assignment will be awarded with TU Dublin certification.


This programme is accredited by the Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin) as a Level 9 programme on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and has accredit value of 5 ECTS Credits.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the relevant engineering properties of pavement constituent materials and analyse their influence on pavement performance and durability.
  • Identify the failure mechanisms applicable to flexible pavements.
  • Assess the effect of environmental conditions on the durability/performance of a pavement over its lifecycle.
  • Calculate design traffic/loading type and the associated reactions within a pavement structure.
  • Develop a pavement design using the principles of Mechanistic-Empirical pavement design.
  • Prescribe a suitable testing regime to certify a pavement product.
  • Critically analyse construction methodologies for flexible pavement materials to identify what construction errors may lead to deficient pavements.
  • Specify an appropriate method of evaluating the performance/ condition of an existing pavement for network and project levels of assessment.
  • Evaluate the capacity of a pavement based on monitoring data and specify an appropriate intervention.
  • Calculate the costs and benefits relating to a road pavement during its lifecycle.


  • Thomas Casey, Transport Infrastructure Ireland
  • Edward Winterlich, Transport Infrastructure Ireland
  • Sean Cassidy, Quality Asphalt Ltd
  • Alan Lowe, Roadstone Ltd
  • Alan Kavanagh, Colas Ireland
  • Peter Adams, Arup Consulting Engineers
  • Alan Lynch, Arup Consulting Engineers
  • Dr Eric R Farrell, AGL Consulting
  • Dr Kieran Feighan, PMS Pavement Management Services Ltd
  • Stephen Smyth, Transport Infrastructure Ireland


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  • “Interesting content, well presented”
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  • “I found the workshops an excellent learning platform”
  • “Hands-on workshops [were] very valuable. Visual examples in presentations also useful.”
  • “Workshops very useful to get a sense of practical applications”
  • “Videos and workshops were absolutely excellent. Everything else very good too. Completely exceeded my expectations”

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Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email cpdtraining@engineersireland.ie