The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has partnered with the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) to develop the ACI-ICT EN Standards Based Certification Program. It is the first ACI certification program using British Standards/European Norms. This program has the name ACI-ICT EN Standards Concrete Field Testing Technician.
The initiative began with the signing of an International Partnership agreement in 2016. Then, fueled by ACI’s subsequent decision to pursue the development of ACI certification programs based on non-U.S.-centric standards, both ACI and ICT began development of a program to address the need for ACI technician certification in the UK. In collaboration, both Institutes worked to redefine the Job Task Analysis of the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification program to align with EN Standards, write new exam questions, and assemble a new workbook.
“ICT recognized a need to certify individuals in concrete testing based on British Standards/European Norms. ICT then approached ACI to collaborate on modified programs initially for use in the UK,” said John W. Nehasil, ACI Managing Director, Certification. “As the initiative progressed, both ACI and ICT realized a wider opportunity exists to market the programs wherever European Norms are used.”
ACI and ICT officially announced the program at their respective conventions. The ACI anncounted it at ACI Concrete Convention in Québec City, QC, Canada, in March 2019. ICT announced it at the annual ICT Convention in Wembley, London, UK, in April, 2019.
To earn an ACI-ICT EN Standards Concrete Field Testing Technician certification, individuals must demonstrate 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. The program requires a passing grade on a written examination and successful completion of a performance examination.
To learn more about ACI Certification, visit ACICertification.org.
The American Concrete Institute is a leading global authority for the development, dissemination, and also adoption of its consensus-based standards. It also serves as a technical resource and offers educational, training and certification programs. The association began in 1904. Additionally, it has its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. It also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE. Additionally, the ACI has a resource center in Southern California. www.concrete.org