Certification

PROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, DEMONSTRATE YOUR SKILL AND EARN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED CONCRETE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION

Individuals
Becoming certified is an investment in your profession, your education, and your success. Since many local, national and international building codes require certified personnel on the jobsite, your value increases.

Employers
Certification can help build your reputation with clients and specifiers and offers potential to become eligible for more projects. Investing in your team is an investment in your business. As a business, you need certified employees to get accredited and to get work in the lab and field.

Specifiers
Mandating the involvement of certified personnel will ensure qualified people on the jobsite doing the work correctly. Proper performance of test procedures improves the reliability of test results and aids in the quality control of the concrete. Most importantly, proper testing assures accurate and timely verification of concrete that meets design specifications and identifies concrete that is substandard; this can minimize job site problems and costly delays. In the event of a dispute, the certified technician's complete and accurate test records become essential.

CERTIFICATION PROGRAMMES

ACI-ICT EN Standards Concrete Field Testing Technician (link-A)
Jointly accredited and administered by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), this programme offers candidates the opportunity to gain internationally-recognised certification in relation to concrete field testing.

PREVIOUS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Certification programmes have been undertaken as shown in Figure 1and results are given in Table 1.

Figure 1 Certification programmes since 2018
Figure 1 Certification programmes since 2018
Year Candidates Resits Passes
2018 44 0 16
2019 56 42 54
2020 41 02 38
Total 141 44 108
Pass rate     77%

The pass mark is 70% overall, with at least 60% required for each of the seven sections and a pass in both the practical and written exams.

UPCOMING CERTIFICATION EVENTS

Certification may be arranged as an in-house event for employees or as a public session open to all. Upcoming public certification sessions: Certification programmes will resume once Covid 19 restrictions are removed.

To enquire about an in-house session, please e-mail ICT's Executive Officer, Edwin Trout, for further information.

DEFINITION OF ACI-ICT CONCRETE FIELD TEST TECHNICIAN

An ACI-ICT EN Standards Concrete Field Testing Technician 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, as prescribed by EN Standards.

SCOPE AND KNOWLEDGE

The programme requires a working knowledge of the following European standards:

  • EN 12350-1, Testing Fresh Concrete Part 1: Sampling
  • EN 12350-2, Testing Fresh Concrete Part 2: Slump Test
  • EN 12350-5, Testing Fresh Concrete Part 5: Flow Table Test
  • EN 12350-6, Testing Fresh Concrete Part 6: Density
  • EN 12350-7, Testing Fresh Concrete Part 7: Air Content - Pressure Methods
  • EN 12350-8, Testing Fresh Concrete Part 8: Self-Consolidating Concrete / Slump-Flow Test
  • EN 12390-2, Testing Hardened Concrete Part 2: Making and Curing Specimens for Strength Tests

A detailed list of specific points of knowledge and skills that may be included in the examinations for this certification programme is given in the following document:
Job Task Analysis (JTA) for ACI-ICT EN Standards Concrete Field Testing Technician

ACI and ICT urge candidates to use the JTA to prepare for the certification exams.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • A passing grade on the ACI-ICT written examination; AND
  • Successful completion of the ACI-ICT performance examination.

The 90-minute written examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 70 multiple-choice questions. There are ten [10] questions on each EN standard considered.
Successful completion of the written examination shall require the examinee to:

  • Score sixty percent [60%] or higher on each individual section; AND
  • Score a minimum of seventy percent [70%] for the overall examination

The performance examination is also closed-book and requires actual demonstration of seven EN Standard Procedures. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform or describe all of the required procedures.

Re-certification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

STUDY MATERIAL

Once registered, candidates will receive a dedicated ‘EN Standard Concrete Field Test Technician workbook’ This workbook describes the operation of the certification programme and provides technical materials and directions necessary to prepare or the written and practical examinations.

The workbook will also serve as an excellent ongoing reference document for certified technicians.

PROOF OF CERTIFIED STATUS

All certified ACI-ICT Concrete Field Test Technicians will receive a certificate and wallet-sized certification card, both valid for five-years from the date of passing the written and performance exams

Live lists of certified personnel are also available via:

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