American Concrete Institute

Concrete Quality Technical Manager


In order to attain ACI Certification as a Concrete Quality Technical Manager, you must successfully complete both the ACI written and performance examinations.

Concrete Quality Technical Manager is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and experience necessary to supervise an effective concrete quality control/quality assurance program and perform duties on behalf of the Architect/Engineer in technical matters pertaining to the concrete used in a project.

An Associate Concrete Quality Technical Manager is an individual who is knowledgeable about concrete quality control/quality assurance, but does not have the experience required to qualify as a Concrete Quality Technical Manager.

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.

NOTE: This is NOT a training class, it is a written and performance exam only.


Typically, the agenda for the course follows this schedule:

8:00 AM
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 Quality Technical Manager 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 Quality Technical Manager

  1. Obtain a passing grade on the ACI written examination, and
  2. Obtain a passing grade on the ACI practical application examination, and
  3. Have passed at one time the written examinations for:
    • ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I, and
    • ACI Concrete Strength Testing Technician, and
    • ACI Concrete Flatwork Associate or Advanced Concrete Flatwork Finisher, and
  4. Possess at least one of the following qualifications:
    • Professional Engineer and 3 years applicable experience, or
    • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Math, Physics, or Construction Management and 4 years applicable experience, or
    • Associates Degree in Engineering, Math, Physics, or Construction Management and 5 years applicable experience, or
    • 6 years applicable experience.

The applicable experience for CQTM must include all of the following:

  • Decision making authority and responsibility
  • Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes
  • Knowledge in administration of a concrete QA/QC plan
  • Documentation and reporting of test results
  • Proficiency in preparation of concrete mix proportions
  • Proficiency in evaluation of concrete and concrete materials test reports and documents.

Verification of the amount and range of work experience by the applicant's employer(s) is required.

The four-hour written examination is open-book and consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. To pass the written examination, BOTH of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required test methods and practices; AND
  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The two-hour practical application examination is open-book and consists of approximately 25 multiple-choice questions. The minimum passing grade for the examination is 70%.

Associate Concrete Quality Technical Manager

ACI will grant Associate-level certification to those applicants who have passed both the written and practical CQTM examinations and at one time passed the ACI Field Technician, Strength Technician, and Flatwork Technician written examinations. Individuals with Associate certification can upgrade to full CQTM 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 either successful completion of the written and practical application examinations or fulfilling continuing education requirements as follows:

To maintain certification via continuing education, the CQTM or Associate CQTM must complete 40 Professional Development Hours (PDH) of concrete-related continuing education every 5 years. The CQTM or Associate CQTM is responsible for maintaining documentation of PDH activities and submitting the PDH summary form with the renewal form available through the links at the bottom of this page. PDH activity may be subject to audit with documentation maintained for a period of 6 years. PDH programs may include e-learning, seminars, convention sessions, concrete or engineering-related college or university-sponsored courses and certification programs.

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.