Qualifications in concrete technology & construction

The Institute of Concrete Technology administers an up-to-date, industry-endorsed four-stage qualification framework which is directly linked to its professional grades of membership. Institute membership status is internationally recognised and highly valued, with its attainment widely viewed as a significant personal achievement and a benchmark of competence and professional standing.

Please refer to the Grades of membership page for guidance on how each qualification relates to ICT membership status.

The Institute currently recognizes four stages of formal professional qualification.

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All qualifications are designed around detailed lists of learning objectives prepared by the Institute's Technical and Education committee. Learning objectives are continually reviewed and updated to reflect industry needs and advancements.

ICT Certificate in Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 1

Learning objectives for Concrete Practice

The ICT has re-introduced an entry-level qualification Concrete Practice that was formerly administered by City & Guilds of London Institute. This scheme enables technicians, operatives, batch plant supervisors and concrete mixer operators/drivers to achieve a formal certificate in recognition of their success in mastering the basic objectives of activities in the concrete industry. It also serves as the first step for new recruits heading for management in the technology of concrete production. Successful candidates are eligible for membership of the ICT as Technician Members and are entitled to use the designatory letters TechICT after their names.

ICT Certificate in Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 2

Learning objectives for General Principles

The first step in the process of obtaining a recognized qualification in concrete for candidates with some previous experience is the ICT course Concrete Technology and Construction: Stage 2 - General Principles. On completion of the course, candidates' knowledge of the essential principles of concrete is assessed, currently by a 3-hour closed-book examination. Successful candidates are eligible for membership of the ICT as Affiliate Members and are entitled to use the designatory letters AffICT after their names.

ICT Certificate in Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 3

Learning objective for Practical Applications

Success at Stage 2 is normally required for enrolment on the next stage, Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 3 - Practical Applications. This course provides training in the application of the principles of concrete technology to the processes of production and construction techniques. On completion of the course, candidates' knowledge of the essential principles of concrete is assessed, currently by a 3-hour closed-book examination. Successful candidates are eligible for membership of the ICT as Associate Members and are entitled to use the designatory letters AMICT after their names.

Success at Stage 3, combined with a reasonable length of service and experience at a suitable level of responsibility, are the usual prerequisites for application to enrol on the Advanced Concrete Technology course.

ICT Certificate in Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 3b

Aggregate in Construction

Complimentary to Concrete Technology & Construction, this is a free-standing ICT qualification at Stage 3 that specialises in the use of aggregates for a range of construction applications. The learning objectives range from an understanding of geological characteristics and extraction, to processing and testing, applied to concrete, mortar, unbound material, bituminous mixtures and specialist products. At the end of a course of study, the candidates' knowledge is assessed by a three-hour closed-book examination. Successful candidates are eligible for Associate Membership of the ICT, subject to appropriate experience, and the designatory letters AMICT.

Introduction published in Concrete, vol 55, issue 5, Concrete Society, Camberley, June 2021 p36

Learning objective for Aggregates in Construction

ICT Diploma in Concrete Technology & Construction: Stage 4

The Diploma in Advanced Concrete Technology has world-wide acceptance as the leading qualification in concrete technology.

The aim of the course is to provide a teaching and learning experience for participants such that they obtain an in-depth knowledge at an advanced level of a wide variety of topics within the field of concrete technology. The course fully prepares candidates for two 3-hour examinations for the Diploma in Advanced Concrete Technology. Between the start of the course and the final examinations the candidate is required to carry out either an individual project or a number of individual assignments which are assessed by the ICT examiners.

Learning objective for Diploma in Concrete Technology & Construction

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Candidates who are successful in both examinations and who submit a satisfactory individual project or individual assignments are eligible for membership of the ICT as Corporate Members. They are entitled to use the designatory letters MICT after their names.

There are currently three course providers who deliver educational courses leading to The Institute of Concrete Technology Diploma examinations in Advanced Concrete Technology:

Go Academy

Concrete Institute South Africa

Australian ACT course

There is also an MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology awarded by the University of Leeds, accredited by the ICT and based on the Institutes learning objectives

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