American Concrete Institute

Concrete Flatwork Associate, Finisher, and Advanced Finisher

Overview

In order to attain ACI Certification as a Concrete Flatwork Associate, Finisher, and Advanced Finisher, you must successfully complete both the ACI written and performance examinations.

Concrete Flatwork Associate (formerly Concrete Flatwork Technician) is a person who has demonstrated knowledge (via a written examination) on proper procedures to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

Concrete Flatwork Finisher (formerly Concrete Flatwork Tradesman) is a craftsman who has demonstrated the skills (via a hands-on performance exam) necessary to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

An Advanced Concrete Flatwork Finisher (formerly Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Technician) is a craftsman who has demonstrated the knowledge AND skills and/or experiences necessary to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

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

The JTA is a detailed list of specific points of knowledge and/or skills 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.

JTA for ACI Certification of Concrete Flatwork Associate, Finisher, and Advanced Finisher

The primary technical resource for these programs is ACI “Concrete Craftsman Series” CCS-1, Slabs on Ground.

These programs require the demonstration of knowledge and/or hands-on skills in the following areas of concrete construction and as listed on the Job Task Analysis (JTA):

  • Planning for slab-on-ground placement
  • Concrete materials, mixture proportioning, and control tests
  • Preparation before placing concrete
  • Floor flatness and levelness
  • Placing equipment
  • Finishing tools and equipment
  • Procedures for finishing slabs-on-ground
  • Jointing
  • Curing and protection of concrete
  • Finishing problems and possible solutions

Certification Requirements

Concrete Flatwork Associate

ACI will grant certification to those candidates who obtain a passing grade on the written examination.

The two-hour written examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions. The passing grade for the written examination is 70%.

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

Recertification requires successful completion of a written examination OR 10 hours documented continuing education from an approved source. Individuals with Concrete Flatwork Associate certification can upgrade to Advanced Finisher status upon submittal and approval of sufficient work experience or combination of sufficient work experience and passing the ACI performance examination. Certification at the Advanced Finisher level is valid for the remainder of the original Associate certification period.

Concrete Flatwork Finisher

ACI will grant certification to those candidates who:

  • Possess 1,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately one year of regular full-time work) AND
  • Successfully pass the performance examination**

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

Recertification requires successful completion of either a performance examination OR a combination of 10 hours documented continuing education from an approved source and 1500 additional hours of verified continuing work experience attained within the previous 5 years. Individuals with Concrete Flatwork Finisher certification can upgrade to Advanced Finisher status upon successful completion of the written examination. Certification at the Advanced Finisher level is valid for the remainder of the original Finisher certification period.

Advanced Concrete Flatwork Finisher

ACI will grant certification to those candidates who obtain a passing grade on the written examination PLUS either:

  • Possess 1,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately one year of regular full-time work) AND successfully complete the performance examination**, OR
  • Possess 4,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately three years of regular full-time work)

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

Recertification requires successful completion of either a written examination, or a combination of 10 hours documented continuing education from an approved source and 4500 hours of verified continuing work experience attained within the previous 5 years.

*Finishing experience includes concrete placement, consolidation, jointing, curing and protection, finishing, form setting, prep work, rubbing, patching, and saw cutting. Verification of the work experience by the candidate's employer(s) is required.

**During the performance examination, each examinee must place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, begin curing, and provide initial protection for a concrete slab. The examiner will observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various individual procedures.

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.