ACI Programs

ACI Certification Programs


ACI offers certification programs designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed within the construction industry. Click on one of the program titles below for more information.

You can enroll for your education and certification programs online or by sending in an application. Certification exams are offered at one of our many locations around Florida. You may schedule to take any written portion of a certification program or retests any time at our facility in Apopka, Florida.

American Concrete Institute

Adhesive Anchor Installer


Certification Scope


This program requires knowledge and ability in the following areas of adhesive anchor installation:

  • Understanding jobsite conditions relevant for correct selection of installation procedures in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions (e.g., concrete wetness, hole drilling method used, possible embedded obstructions, and air and concrete temperature)

  • Understanding the manufacturer’s instructions (pictograms, text) and using the proper procedures, sequence, and tools to clean the hole

  • Proper selection and assembly of the injection equipment

  • Awareness of the potential impact of storage conditions and verification of the expiration date on the cartridge

  • Rejection of the initial adhesive expressed from new cartridges as applicable and proper procedures followed for disposal of rejected/waste adhesive/used nozzles and cartridges

  • Injection of adhesive into holes at various orientations to the proper depth using proper technique and equipment that minimizes air voids

  • Correct assembly of anchor element in drill chuck and drill settings for capsule anchor installation

  • Recognition of time limits for installation and positioning of anchor element (i.e., gel time) depending on type of adhesive, ambient conditions, and size/depth of anchor hole

  • Installation of the anchor element in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions

  • Knowledge of proper measures for protection of anchor element threads from adhesive

  • Knowledge of measures to secure and protect the anchor element from load/movement during adhesive cure

Certification Description


An Adhesive Anchor Installer is an individual who has demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and execute instructions to properly install adhesive anchors in concrete. The Adhesive Anchor Installer must also demonstrate possession of the knowledge to properly assess ambient conditions, concrete condition, materials, equipment, and tools for installing adhesive anchors and determine when it is appropriate to proceed with installation of an adhesive anchor or when additional guidance from a supervisor/foreman/project engineer is needed.

Certification Requirements


ACI-CRSI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on both the written examination and performance examinations. The 90-minute written examination is closed-book and consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. The performance examination consists of two parts, Part 1 (vertical down) and Part 2 (vertical up):

  • In Part 1 each examinee will be tasked with selecting, assembling, and using the proper tools, equipment and materials to drill and clean a vertical down hole in concrete, inject adhesive, and set an anchor to the proper depth and perpendicularity.

  • In Part 2 each examinee is required to inject two clear tubes with adhesive in a vertical up orientation behind a blind to simulate a drilled hole in concrete; one tube is injected using the retaining cap method, and the other tube is injected using the piston plug method.

The Examiner(s) will observe and evaluate the examinees’ performance for proper procedure during both parts. Following Part 1, the Examiner(s) will check the vertical down installation for proper depth and plumb; after the adhesive in the tubes injected in Part 2 has cured, the Examiner(s) will cross section them and evaluate the size and location of air voids to determine pass or fail. A set of instructions appropriate for the exam along with applicable Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be available for consultation by the examinee during both parts of the performance exam. Both Parts of the performance must be successfully completed within one year or the entire performance examination (both Parts) must be re-taken.

Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Aggregate Base Testing Technician


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of the following AASHTO and/or ASTM Standards:

  • T2 / D75 – Sampling Aggregates

  • T248 / C702 – Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size

  • R58 / D421* – Dry Preparation of Disturbed Soil and Soil Aggregate Samples for Test

  • T89 / D4318 – Determining the Liquid Limits of Soils

  • T90 / D4318 – Determining the Plastic Limit and Plasticity Index of Soils

  • T88 / D422 – Particle Size Analysis of Soils

  • T265 / D2216 – Laboratory Determination of Moisture Content of Soils

  • T180 / D1557- Moisture-Density Relations of Soils Using a 4.54-kg (10-lb) Rammer and a 457-mm (18-in.) Drop

  • T99 / D698 – Moisture-Density Relations of Soils Using a 2.5-kg (5.5-lb) Rammer and a 305-mm (12-in.) Drop

* Written exam only

Certification Description


An Aggregate Base Testing Technician is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of basic field and laboratory procedures for aggregates and soils.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination, and

  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The two-hour written examination is “open book” and consists of approximately 100 multiple choice questions. There are 8 to 12 questions on each of the Standards. To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required standards, and

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is “closed book” and requires actual demonstration of the required Standards. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform or describe all of the required procedures for each standard. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Aggregate Testing Technician - Level 1


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of the following AASHTO/ASTM Standards:

  • T2 / D75 – Sampling Aggregates

  • T248 / C702 – Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size

  • T11 / C117 – Materials Finer Than 75-µm (No. 200) Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing

  • T27 / C136 – Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates

  • T85 / C127 – Specific Gravity and Absorption of Coarse Aggregate

  • T84 / C128 – Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine Aggregate

  • T255 / C566 – Total Moisture Content of Aggregate by Drying

  • T21 / C40 – Organic Impurities in Fine Aggregate for Concrete

Certification Description


An Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of basic field and laboratory procedures for aggregates.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination, and
  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The two-hour written examination is “open book” and consists of approximately 100 multiple choice questions. There are 8 to 12 questions on each of the Standards. To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required standards, and

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is closed-book and requires actual demonstration of the required Standards. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform or describe all of the required procedures for each standard. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Aggregate Testing Technician - Level 2


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of the following AASHTO and/or ASTM Standards:

  • T96-02* – Resistance to Degradation of Small-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles Machine

  • C131/C131M – Resistance to Degradation of Small-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles Machine

  • C535 – Resistance to Degradation of Large-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles Machine

  • T112-00 – Clay Lumps and Friable Particles in Aggregate

  • C142-97 – Clay Lumps and Friable Particles in Aggregate

  • D4791-10 – Flat Particles, Elongated Particles or Flat and Elongated Particles in Coarse Aggregate

  • T19M/T19 – Bulk Density (Unit Weight) and Voids in Aggregate

  • C29/C29M – Bulk Density (Unit Weight) and Voids in Aggregate

  • T104-99* – Soundness of Aggregates by Use of Sodium Sulfate or Magnesium Sulfate

  • C88-13* – Soundness of Aggregates by Use of Sodium Sulfate or Magnesium Sulfate

  • T113-06 – Lightweight Pieces in Aggregate

  • C123-04 – Lightweight Pieces in Aggregate

  • T176-08 – Plastic Fines in Graded Aggregates and Soils by Use of the Sand Equivalent Test

  • D2419 – Plastic Fines in Graded Aggregates and Soils by Use of the Sand Equivalent Test

  • T304-11 – Uncompacted Void Content of Fine Aggregate

  • C1252 – Uncompacted Void Content of Fine Aggregate

  • D5821-01 – Determining the Percentage of Fractured Particles in Coarse Aggregate

  • T2 / D75 – Sampling Aggregates

  • T248 / C702 – Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size

  • T11 / C117 – Materials Finer Than 75-µm (No. 200) Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing

  • T27 / C136 – Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates

  • T85 / C127 – Specific Gravity and Absorption of Coarse Aggregate

  • T84 / C128 – Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine Aggregate

  • T255 / C566 – Total Moisture Content of Aggregate by Drying

  • T21 / C40 – Organic Impurities in Fine Aggregate for Concrete

Certification Description


An Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 2 is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of basic field and laboratory procedures for aggregates.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. Hold current certification as an ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1, and
  2. Obtain a passing grade on the ACI written examination, and
  3. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The two-hour written examination is open-book and consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. There are eight to 12 questions on each of the standards. To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required standards, and

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is closed-book and requires actual demonstration of the required standards. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform or describe all of the required procedures for each standard. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Concrete Construction Special Inspector


Certification Scope


The programs require a knowledge of concrete construction, including plans reading, formwork installation and removal, reinforcements, embedments, sampling and testing freshly mixed concrete, conveying, placing, consolidation, finishing, jointing curing, and protection. The technical resource materials used in these programs include the following:

ACI PUBLICATIONS

  • SP-2 – Manual of Concrete Inspection

  • ACI Concrete Terminology

  • 117 – Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials

  • 213R – Guide for Structural Lightweight-Aggregate Concrete

  • 301 – Specifications for Structural Concrete

  • 302.1R – Floor and Slab Construction

  • 304R – Measuring, Mixing, Transporting and Placing Concrete

  • 304.2R – Placing Concrete by Pumping Methods

  • 305R – Hot Weather Concreting

  • 306R – Cold Weather Concreting

  • 308R – Curing Concrete

  • 309R – Consolidation of Concrete

  • 318 – Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete

  • 347 – Formwork for Concrete

CRSI PUBLICATIONS

  • Manual of Standard Practice (MSP)

Certification Description


A Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person qualified to inspect and record the results of concrete construction inspection based on codes and job specifications. The program covers inspection during preplacement, placement, and post-placement operations. An Associate Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person who is knowledgeable about inspection procedures for concrete construction, including preplacement, placement, and post-placement operations; but does not have the experience required to qualify as an ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector.

Certification Requirements


For Concrete Construction Special Inspector: ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:

  1. Hold current certification as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I, and

  2. Obtain a passing grade on the written inspection examination, and

  3. Obtain a passing grade on the written plans reading examination, and

  4. Possess at least one of the following qualifications:

    • A B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering or Construction Engineering Technology from a program accredited by ABET (aka Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), including courses in concrete materials, design or construction), PLUS six months satisfactory work experience, or

    • A B.S. degree in an engineering program PLUS one year of satisfactory work experience, or

    •  A Minimum of two years of college or technical school, earning at least 60 credit hours, PLUS two years of satisfactory work experience, or

    • A high school diploma, or equivalent, PLUS a minimum of three years of satisfactory work experience, or

    • Five years of satisfactory work experience.

The work experience must include:

  1. Decision making authority and responsibility

  2. Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes

  3. Evaluation of concrete construction in the field

  4. Documentation and reporting of inspection results

  5. Proficiency in appropriate areas of concrete construction inspection

The three-hour written inspection examination is open-book and consists of approximately 80 multiple choice questions. The one-hour plans reading examination consists of approximately 20 questions and is designed to test the examinee’s ability to read and understand engineering drawings. The minimum passing grade for each examination is 70%. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of the written examinations.

For Associate Concrete Construction Special Inspector:

  • ACI will grant certification to those applicants who meet the Field Technician prerequisite and pass both written examinations. Individuals with Associate certification can upgrade to full Inspector status upon submittal and approval of sufficient education/work experience. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of the written examinations.

Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade 1


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of the following ASTM test methods and practices:

  • C1064/C1064M – Temperature of Freshly Mixed Hydraulic-Cement Concrete

  • C172/172M – Sampling Freshly Mixed Concrete

  • C143/C143M – Slump of Hydraulic-Cement Concrete

  • C138/C138M – Density (Unit Weight), Yield, and Air Content (Gravimetric) of Concrete

  • C231/231M – Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the Pressure Method

  • C173/C173M – Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the Volumetric Method

  • C31/C31M – Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field

Certification Description


A Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform and record the results of seven basic field tests on freshly mixed concrete.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination; AND

  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The one-hour written examination is “closed book” and consists of fifty-five multiple choice questions. There are between five and ten questions on each of the ASTM test methods and practices. To pass the written examination, BOTH of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required test methods and practices; AND

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is also “closed book” and requires actual demonstration of six of the required test methods and practices plus a verbal description of Practice C172 (sampling). The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform (or describe, where allowed) all of the required steps for each procedure. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Concrete Flatwork Finisher


Certification Scope


The primary technical resource for this program is ACI’s Concrete Craftsman Series, Slabs on Grade, CCS-1. The program requires knowledge in the following areas of concrete construction:

  • Planning for slab-on-ground placement

  • Concrete materials, mixture proportioning, and control tests

  • Preparation before placing concrete

  • Floor flatness and levelness

  • Placing equipment

  • Finishing tools and equipment

  • Procedures for finishing slabs-on-ground

  • Jointing

  • Curing and protection of concrete

  • Finishing problems and possible solutions

Certification Description


A Concrete Flatwork Finisher is a craftsman who has demonstrated knowledge about and the ability to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork. A Concrete Flatwork Technician is a person who is knowledgeable about proper procedures to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork, but who lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a Concrete Flatwork Finisher.

Certification Requirements


For Concrete Flatwork Finisher:

ACI will grant certification only to those candidates who obtain a passing grade on the written examination PLUS either:

  1. Possess 1,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately one year of regular full-time work) AND successfully complete the performance examination**, OR

  2. Possess 4,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately three years of regular full-time work).

The two-hour written examination is “closed book” and consists of approximately fifty multiple-choice questions. The passing grade for the written examination is 70%.

Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of a written examination.

For Concrete Flatwork Technician:

  • ACI will grant certification to those examinees who obtain a passing grade on the written examination. Individuals with Flatwork Technician certification can upgrade to full Flatwork Finisher status upon submittal and approval of sufficient work experience or successful completion of the ACI performance evaluation. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of a written examination.

*NOTE: Finishing experience includes concrete placement, consolidation, jointing, curing and protection, finishing, form setting, prep work, rubbing, patching, and saw cutting. Verification of the work experience by the candidate’s employer(s) is required.

**NOTE: During the performance examination each examinee must place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, begin curing and provide initial protection for a concrete slab. The examiner will observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various individual procedures. A passing grade is defined as “no significant variation from proper procedure and no more than two variations from proper technique in the use of the tools.”

Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician - Level 2


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of the following ACI and ASTM documents:

  • ACI 214 – Evaluation of Strength Test Results of Concrete *

  • ACI 211.1 – Selecting Proportions for Concrete *

  • ASTM C192/C192M – Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Laboratory [This standard also requires the knowledge and ability to perform ASTM C143 (Slump), C173 and C231 (Air Content), C138 (Unit Weight), and C1064 (Temperature).]

  • ASTM C470/C470M – Molds for Forming Concrete Test Cylinders Vertically *

  • ASTM C496/C496M – Splitting Tensile Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens *

  • ASTM C42/C42M – Obtaining and Testing Drilled Cores and Sawed Beams *

  • ASTM C157/C157M – Standard Test Method for Length Change of Hardened Hydraulic-Cement Mortar and Concrete

* Written exam only

Certification Description


A Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician—Level 2 is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of advanced laboratory procedures for aggregates and concrete.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have at least one year (2000 hours) of approved work experience or a combination of work experience and education, AND

  2. Hold current certification as an ACI Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician—Level 1, and

  3. Obtain a passing grade on the ACI written examination, AND

  4. Successfully complete the ACI performance examination.

The two-hour written examination is open-book and consists of approximately 75 multiple choice questions. There are between eight and twelve questions on each of the documents. To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required standards, AND

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is closed-book and requires actual demonstration of ASTM Practices C192/C192M and C157/C157M. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform all of the required steps for each standard procedure. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Concrete Strength Testing Technician


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of the following ASTM practices and test methods:

  • C617/C617M – Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens
  • C1231/C1231M – Unbonded Caps for Concrete Cylinders
  • C39/C39M – Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens
  • C78/C78M – Flexural Strength of Concrete

Certification Description


A Concrete Strength Testing Technician is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of four basic laboratory procedures related to the determination of concrete compressive and flexural strength.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination, and
  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The one-hour written examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 40 multiple choice questions. There are at least 8 questions on each of the practices and test methods. To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required practices and test methods, and
  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is also closed-book and requires actual demonstration of the required practices and test methods. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform all of the required steps for each procedure. Recertification is necessary every five years*, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

*NOTE: Certifications initiated prior to January 1, 2008 were granted certification for six years. Due to a policy change, however, individuals initiating the certification process January 1, 2008 and later will be certified for five years.

Concrete Transportation Construction Inspector


Certification Scope


The program requires a knowledge of concrete construction, including plans reading, soil-cement, piling installations, formwork installation and removal, reinforcements, embedments, sampling and testing freshly mixed concrete, conveying, placing, consolidation, finishing, jointing curing, and protection. The technical resource materials used in these programs include the following:

ACI PUBLICATIONS

  • SP-2 – Manual of Concrete Inspection

  • ACI Concrete Terminology

  • 117 – Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials

  • 213R – Guide for Structural Lightweight-Aggregate Concrete

  • 301 – Specifications for Structural Concrete

  • 304R – Measuring, Mixing, Transporting and Placing Concrete

  • 304.2R – Placing Concrete by Pumping Methods

  • 305R – Hot Weather Concreting

  • 306R – Cold Weather Concreting

  • 308 – Curing Concrete

  • 309R – Consolidation of Concrete

  • 318 – Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete

  • 325.9R – Construction of Pavements and Bases

  • 325.10R – Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements

  • 336.3R – Construction of Drilled Piers

  • 345R – Highway Bridge Deck Construction

  • 347 – Formwork for Concrete

  • 543R – Design, Manufacture and Installation of Concrete Piles

PCA PUBLICATIONS

  • Soil-Cement Construction Handbook

  • Soil-Cement Inspector’s Manual

CRSI PUBLICATIONS

  • Manual of Standard Practice (MSP)

Certification Description


A Concrete Transportation Construction Inspector is a person who has demonstrated proficiency in concrete inspection methods for transportation projects, including preplacement, placement, and post-placement operations. A Concrete Transportation Construction Inspector-in-Training is a person who has demonstrated knowledge in concrete inspection methods for transportation projects, but does not have the experience required to qualify as an ACI Concrete Transportation Construction Inspector.

Certification Requirements


For Concrete Transportation Construction Inspector: ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:

  1. Hold current certification as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I;

  2. Obtain a passing grade on the written inspection examination;

  3. Obtain a passing grade on the written plans reading examination;

  4. Possess at least one of the following qualifications:

    • A Minimum of two years of college or technical school, earning at least 60 credit hours, PLUS two years of satisfactory work experience, or

    • A high school diploma, or equivalent, PLUS a minimum of three years of satisfactory work experience, or

    • Five years of satisfactory work experience.

The work experience must include:

  1. Decision making authority and responsibility

  2. Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes

  3. Evaluation of concrete construction in the field

  4. Documentation and reporting of inspection results

  5. Proficiency in appropriate areas of concrete construction inspection

Verification of the amount and range of work experience by the applicant’s employer(s) is required. The three-hour written inspection examination is open-book and consists of approximately 80 multiple choice questions. The one-hour plans reading examination consists of approximately 20 questions and is designed to test the examinee’s ability to read and understand engineering drawings. The minimum passing grade for each examination is 70%. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires current Field Technician certification and successful completion of the inspection and plans reading examinations.

For Concrete Transportation Construction Inspector-in-Training:

ACI will grant certification to those applicants who meet the Field Technician prerequisite and pass both written examinations. Individuals with Inspector-in-Training certification can upgrade to full Inspector status upon submittal and approval of sufficient education/work experience. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires current Field Technician certification and successful completion of the inspection and plans reading examinations.

Masonry Field Testing Technician


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of field procedures selected from the following ASTM test methods and practices:

  • ASTM C67 – Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Brick and Structural Clay Tile

  • ASTM C90 – Loadbearing Concrete Masonry Units

  • ASTM C140/C140M – Sampling and Testing Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units

  • ASTM C270 – Mortar for Unit Masonry

  • ASTM C780 – Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry

  • ASTM C780 – Annex Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry

  • ASTM C1019 – Sampling and Testing Grout

  • ASTM C1314 – Compressive Strength of Masonry Prisms

  • ASTM C1552 – Capping Concrete Masonry Units, Related Units and Masonry Prisms for Compression Testing

Certification Description


A Masonry Field Testing Technician is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to perform field procedures required for preparation and testing of masonry construction-related materials including brick, structural clay tile, concrete masonry units, prisms, mortars, and grouts.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination; AND

  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The one-hour written examination is “closed book” and consists of approximately sixty multiple choice questions. There are between eight and twelve questions on each of the ASTM test methods and practices. To pass the written examination, BOTH of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required test methods and practices; AND

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is also “closed book” and requires actual demonstration of select field procedures described in ASTM test methods C140, C780, and C1019. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform (or describe, where allowed) required steps for each procedure.

Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician


Certification Scope


The program requires a working knowledge of laboratory procedures selected from the following ASTM test methods and practices:

  • ASTM C90 Standard Specification for Loadbearing Concrete Masonry Units

  • ASTM C140 Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units

  • ASTM C780 Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry

  • ASTM C780 – Annex Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry

  • ASTM C1552 Standard Practice for Capping Concrete Masonry Units, Related Units and Masonry Prisms for Compression Testing

  • ASTM C1314 Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Masonry Prisms

  • ASTM C1019 Standard Test Method for Sampling and Testing Grout

  • ASTM C270 Standard Specification for Mortar for Unit Masonry

Certification Description


A Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to perform laboratory procedures required for preparation and testing of masonry construction-related materials including brick, structural clay tile, concrete masonry units, prisms, mortars, and grouts.

Certification Requirements


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination; AND

  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The one-and-a-half hour written examination is “open book” and consists of approximately seventy multiple choice questions. There are between eight and twelve questions on each of the ASTM test methods and practices. To pass the written examination, BOTH of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required test methods and practices; AND

  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is “closed book” and requires actual demonstration of select field procedures described in ASTM test methods C140, C780, C1314, C1552, and C1019. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform (or describe, where allowed) required steps for each procedure.

Tilt Up Inspector


Certification Scope


The primary technical resources for this program are as follows:

  • TCA Tilt-Up Construction and Engineering Manual

  • ACI 551.1R, Tilt-Up Construction Guide

  • TCA Guideline for Temporary Wind Bracing of Tilt-Up Concrete Panels

The program requires knowledge in the following areas of tilt-up construction:

  • Safety

  • Plan reading

  • Scheduling

  • Site preparation and foundations

  • Slabs on grade

  • Layout

  • Forming

  • Concrete properties and placement

  • Erection

  • Structural Systems

Certification Description


A Tilt-Up Supervisor is a person who has demonstrated proficiency in and an understanding of overall on-site administrative and technical management for producing tilt-up projects by passing the ACI written examination and meeting work experience requirements. A Tilt-Up Technician is a person who has an understanding of overall on-site administrative and technical management for producing tilt-up projects by passing the ACI written examination, but who lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a tilt-up supervisor.

Certification Requirements


For Tilt-Up Supervisor:

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on the written examination, possess five years (7500 hours) of verifiable construction experience, three years (4500 hours) of which must be experience in tilt-up construction. Of those 4500 hours of tilt-up work experience, 2000 hours must be supervisory experience in the following ten specific areas; the number of hours required in each category is shown beside in parentheses:

  1. Safety (400)

  2. Plan reading (50)

  3. Scheduling (100)

  4. Site preparation and foundations (50)

  5. Slabs on grade (50)

  6. Layout (300)

  7. Forming (400)

  8. Concrete properties and placement (200)

  9. Erection (400)

  10. Structural Systems (50)

RECERTIFICATION is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of either:

A) The then-current written examination, OR

B) Submission and verification of records reflecting work-experience and continuing-education during the previous five-year period as enumerated below: NOTE! Individuals who have allowed their certification to lapse by two years or more are not eligible to re-certify by this method. If your certification expired two or more years ago, you will need to retest on the current written examination.

  1. Participation in at least 10 hours of approved continuing education. Courses shall be from listings pre-approved by the ACI C 650 Committee and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association from offerings at conventions, exhibitions, or similar venues; PLUS

  2. Tilt-Up supervisory experience on three tilt-up projects (or fewer, with a required minimum of 100 panels).

For Tilt-Up Technician

  • ACI will grant certification to those applicants who pass the written examination but do not possess the necessary work experience to be granted full Tilt-Up Supervisor certification.

RECERTIFICATION is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of either: A) The then-current written examination, OR B) Submission and verification of records reflecting a minimum of 10 hours of approved continuing-education during the previous five-year period. Courses shall be from listings pre-approved by the ACI C 650 Committee and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association from offerings at conventions, exhibitions, or similar venues. NOTE! Individuals who have allowed their certification to lapse by two years or more are not eligible to re-certify by this method. If your certification expired two or more years ago, you will need to retest on the current written examination.

Tilt Up Supervisor


Certification Scope


The primary technical resources for this program are as follows:

  • TCA Tilt-Up Construction and Engineering Manual

  • ACI 551.1R, Tilt-Up Construction Guide

  • TCA Guideline for Temporary Wind Bracing of Tilt-Up Concrete Panels

The program requires knowledge in the following areas of tilt-up construction:

  • Safety

  • Plan reading

  • Scheduling

  • Site preparation and foundations

  • Slabs on grade

  • Layout

  • Forming

  • Concrete properties and placement

  • Erection

  • Structural Systems

Certification Description


A Tilt-Up Supervisor is a person who has demonstrated proficiency in and an understanding of overall on-site administrative and technical management for producing tilt-up projects by passing the ACI written examination and meeting work experience requirements. A Tilt-Up Technician is a person who has an understanding of overall on-site administrative and technical management for producing tilt-up projects by passing the ACI written examination, but who lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a tilt-up supervisor.

Certification Requirements


For Tilt-Up Supervisor:

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on the written examination, possess five years (7500 hours) of verifiable construction experience, three years (4500 hours) of which must be experience in tilt-up construction. Of those 4500 hours of tilt-up work experience, 2000 hours must be supervisory experience in the following ten specific areas; the number of hours required in each category is shown beside in parentheses:

  1. Safety (400)

  2. Plan reading (50)

  3. Scheduling (100)

  4. Site preparation and foundations (50)

  5. Slabs on grade (50)

  6. Layout (300)

  7. Forming (400)

  8. Concrete properties and placement (200)

  9. Erection (400)

  10. Structural Systems (50)

RECERTIFICATION is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of either:

A) The then-current written examination, OR

B) Submission and verification of records reflecting work-experience and continuing-education during the previous five-year period as enumerated below: NOTE! Individuals who have allowed their certification to lapse by two years or more are not eligible to re-certify by this method. If your certification expired two or more years ago, you will need to retest on the current written examination.

  1. Participation in at least 10 hours of approved continuing education. Courses shall be from listings pre-approved by the ACI C 650 Committee and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association from offerings at conventions, exhibitions, or similar venues; PLUS

  2. Tilt-Up supervisory experience on three tilt-up projects (or fewer, with a required minimum of 100 panels).

For Tilt-Up Technician

ACI will grant certification to those applicants who pass the written examination but do not possess the necessary work experience to be granted full Tilt-Up Supervisor certification.

RECERTIFICATION is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of either: A) The then-current written examination, OR B) Submission and verification of records reflecting a minimum of 10 hours of approved continuing-education during the previous five-year period. Courses shall be from listings pre-approved by the ACI C 650 Committee and the Tilt-Up Concrete Association from offerings at conventions, exhibitions, or similar venues. NOTE! Individuals who have allowed their certification to lapse by two years or more are not eligible to re-certify by this method. If your certification expired two or more years ago, you will need to retest on the current written examination.

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