American Concrete Institute

Concrete Construction Special Inspector

Overview

In order to attain ACI Certification as a Concrete Construction Special Inspector, you must successfully complete both the ACI written and performance examinations.

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.

Who Should Attend

This program is for anyone who tests concrete in the field; testing lab technicians, contractor quality control personnel, architect/engineer inspectors and ready mixed concrete personnel. The examinee must be familiar with test procedures, come prepared to demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform these tests and be dressed for working with concrete.

Agenda

Typically, the agenda for the course follows this schedule:

8:00 AM
Registration
8:30 AM
Written Exam

Scope and Knowledge

This program requires demonstration of the knowledge covered on the Job Task Analysis (JTA):

JTA for ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector Certification

The JTA is a detailed list of specific points of knowledge that may be included in the examinations for this ACI Certification program. ACI urges candidates to use the JTA to prepare for the certification exams.

Certification Requirements

Concrete Construction Special Inspector

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:

  1. Obtain a passing grade on the written examination; and
  2. Obtain a passing grade on the plans-reading examination; and
  3. Fulfill the requirements in ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I as follows:
    • Be currently certified as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I
      OR
    • Have been certified as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I at one time
      AND
    • Pass the current ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I written exam within one year of passing the Inspector exam*.
  1. 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.

*Note: If the written exam and plans-reading exam are passed on separate dates, the one year period for passing the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I written exam begins on the date of the first exam passed.

The work experience must include:

  • Decision-making authority and responsibility;
  • Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes;
  • Evaluation of concrete construction in the field;
  • Documentation and reporting of inspection results; and
  • 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%.

Certification is valid for a period of five years from the date of successfully completing all requirements.

Recertification requires fulfillment of the Field Testing Technician requirements and successful completion of the inspection and plans reading examinations.

Associate Concrete Construction Special Inspector

ACI will grant certification to those applicants who meet the Field Testing Technician requirements and pass both written examinations. Individuals with Associate certification can upgrade to full Inspector status upon submittal and approval of sufficient education/work experience.

Certification is valid for a period of five years from the date of successfully completing all requirements.

Recertification requires fulfillment of the Field Testing Technician requirements and successful completion of the inspection and plans reading examinations.

Registrant Responsibilities

A picture ID is required to attend the course.

Registrants are advised to bring pencils and a calculator.

Safety gear is required: steel-toe shoes, and safety glasses.

Bring water and dress appropriately for the weather.

Mobile devices are not allowed during the test.

Course and Test Management

The ACI Certification Program is conducted by a local sponsoring group. This group is the Oklahoma Ready Mix Concrete Association and is responsible for scheduling and conducting all review courses and examination sessions, payment of all bills and establishment and collection of all registration fees. The ACI Certification Department assists the local sponsoring group in setting up the program and manages the daily operation of the program. This includes the publication and distribution of all books and exams, grading, maintenance of certification records and issuance of a certification to successful candidates.

Study materials will be sent upon receipt of registration and payment of fees. You will not be considered registered until payment is received.

Cancellations and Rescheduling

If a registrant is unable to attend, retests must be scheduled for one of the next two sessions. Reschedules must be received two weeks prior to the test date for the registrant to reschedule at no penalty.  If less than 2 weeks notice is given, a $100 administrative fee will be charged and must be paid before reschedule is processed.

No Call, No Show to the exam will forfeit the entire exam registration fee.

Registrant Substitutions can be made at any time without penalty.

If a test is canceled by ORMCA due to weather, illness, or other reason, ORMCA's responsibility will be limited to the return of registration fees only or reschedule at no penalty to the registrant.