Technologist Training and Certification “Short Course” provides
intensive training and certification on the fundamentals of
concrete, aggregates and concrete mixture materials. Since 1964,
several thousand attendees of this course have obtained one or more of
the following certifications:
The “Short Course”
is a 5-day program, with 4 days of training and the last day for
certification exams. The course emphasizes nationally accepted
standard procedures and practices by referencing ACI and ASTM
documents. It is held twice a year – in Maryland every fall, and at
a regional location in the U.S. each winter.
Sessions are reserved for
classroom instruction and discussion on the following topics:
Fundamentals of Concrete
Ready Mixed Concrete & ASTM C 94
Slag & Silica Fume
ACI Code & Specification
Testing Hardened Concrete
Concreting in Extreme Weather
Managing Returned Concrete
Quality Control Procedures
Innovative Concrete Applications
Handling, Placing & Finishing
Afternoon sessions include working groups
Calculationsin Concrete and
Aggregate moisture, specific gravity, gradations, mixture proportioning,
statistical calculations and ACI requirements.
Concrete Laboratory: Demonstrations and
hands-on practice on fresh concrete tests for the
ACI Field Testing Certification.
Demonstrations and video on aggregate sampling and test methods.
The NRMCA Short Course covers a significant amount of technical material in
4 days, including basic mathematical and statistical calculations (for a
quick quiz to test your math skills,click here).
Persons attempting the exams on Friday will be responsible for grasping this
information. It is the responsibility of the registrant and his/her manager
to ensure that the attendee has the requisite qualifications and level of
education to attend the course.
Registrants will receive a pre-course study
package before the course. Pre-course study is highly recommended to ensure
that attendees maximize their opportunity to learn, participate in
discussions and successfully attempt the examinations.
Click here for a list of additional
resources that are recommended to enhance your learning.
Course Texts and References
Short Course participants receive NRMCA publications, comprehensive notes on
each topic and practice problems sets, Compilation of ASTM Standards,
American Concrete Institute (ACI) educational publications, and Portland
Cement Association's (PCA) Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures.
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Questions about the course? Need registration assistance?
The Short Course is a 5-day program, with 4 days devoted to training and the
last day reserved for certification exams.
The course is part of NRMCA’s Seminar, Training and Education
Programs (STEPS™), and it is required for the
Concrete Technology career track. Attendees
earn 32 credits toward
CCPf certification, which is the highest
professional designation in the industry.
Upon completion of the Short Course training,
attendees may test for one of the following NRMCA Concrete Technologist
NRMCA Certified Concrete Technologist, Level 2
Students must pass the ACI Grade I Field Testing Technician or have a
valid ACI card. The applicant must pass an additional 1˝-hour
examination consisting of questions on concrete materials and production
practices plus basic mixture proportioning methods and data evaluation
procedures. An exam score of at least 75% is required to receive
certification. Approximately 60% of those who take the exam pass. NRMCA
Level 2 certification expires five years from the date of the exam. See
policy for those who obtained
certification prior to 2000.
The training for Concrete Technologist Level 2 Certification can be conducted
locally by third parties such as state ready mixed concrete associations, local ACI
chapters and individual companies. The exam will be administered by NRMCA. Only
upon passing the exam will the certification be awarded by NRMCA.
NRMCA Certified Concrete Technologist,
Qualification for Concrete Technologist Level 3 includes
successful completion of the NRMCA Level 2 examination and the
prerequisite ACI Grade I certification previously described, plus
passing an additional two-hour written examination on advanced concrete
technology including absolute volume mix proportioning methods, basic
statistics as it applies to ACI 318, and quality control, and
troubleshooting. An exam score of at least 75% is required to receive
certification. Approximately 50% of those who take the exam pass.
According to current policy, NRMCA Level 3 certification does not
How do I get my Level 4
Concrete Technologist Level 4, the highest certification, is awarded
upon successful completion of NRMCA's
Durability Course exam. However, although
Concrete Technologist Level 3 certification must be obtained in order to
achieve Level 4, the Technical Short
Course is not a prerequisite for attending the Durability Course.
Therefore, if one has already attended and passed the Durability Course,
then successful completion of the Level 3 exam at the end of the Short
Course will provide Level 4 Concrete Technologist Certification.
to learn more about NRMCA's
Durability Course, which covers the fundamental mechanisms that impact
In addition to the NRMCA certifications described above, the following ACI
certification exams are administered at the end of the Technical Short
ACI Grade I Field Testing Technician
NRMCA was the first
organization to provide a Field Testing Technician certification, and it
is now offered by ACI.
Certification requires passing a performance and written test on seven
ASTM test methods and practices for fresh concrete evaluation.
ACI Flatwork Technician
Requires passing a 2-hour exam, the content of which is covered in ACI publication CCS-1
Concrete Craftsman Series – "Slabs on Grade."
administration of one ACI exam per attendee is included in the Short Course
registration fee. If time permits, the second ACI exam may be taken for an
additional fee of $100.