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
Handling, Placing & Finishing
Afternoon sessions include working groups
Calculationsin Concrete and
Aggregate moisture, relative density with weight to volume
relationships, aggregate gradations, concrete mixture proportioning,
statistical calculations and ACI requirements.
NRMCA Field Testing Technician Grade II
Certification. Instruction on the eight
standards that are included in this certification.
Demonstrations on aggregate sampling and test methods.
Who Should Attend
The NRMCA Short Course is intended for quality,
sales and other personnel with a technical role with ready mixed concrete
companies and suppliers to the industry. New hires in these roles can also
benefit from attending. A significant amount of technical content is covered
in 4 days that requires the attendees to have a basic concrete technology
background and at least a high-school level of math (to test your math
click here). Success on obtaining certification will depend on the
individual’s experience and ability to grasp the course content prior to the
exam. It is the responsibility of the registrant and his/her manager to
ensure that attendee has the requisite qualifications to attend this
technical course. NRMCA offers education programs for a wide range of job
functions within the industry with appropriate technical content:
Registrants, or their supervisors who decide to send individuals, should
ensure that attendees have the appropriate knowledge level and basic
proficiency in math to attend the short course. Registrants will receive a
pre-course study package before the course. Pre-course study is essential to
ensure that attendees maximize their opportunity to learn, participate in
discussions, and do well on the examinations. A set of pre-course practice
problems is provided with the package to registered individuals to evaluate
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; Summary
of standards and study guide for NRMCA Field Grade II certification.
NRMCA Members .............
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
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, 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
Testing Technician Grade II
This NRMCA certification was developed as a next step for field testing
technicians and concrete producers. It is an optional certification
offered at the Short Course and covers the following standards: C31
(making and curing beams); C42 (cores); C94 (ready mix spec); C803
(Windsor probe); C805 (rebound hammer); C1611 (slump flow for SCC);
C1688 (density of pervious); and C1702 (infiltration of pervious). This
certification requires ACI Field I certification as a pre-requisite
which is not offered at the Short Course.
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