As interest in performance-based specifications
grows, companies in the ready mixed concrete industry must be able
to provide confidence to design engineers that they have the
proficiency and operate at a high level of quality to take on the
responsibility to respond to these specifications. This
certification has evolved from the NRMCA P2P Initiative. However,
its use does not need restricted to this type of work. Establishing
and following a well-defined Quality Management System improves the
reputation of a concrete producer in the local market, improves its
profitability by the ability to optimize concrete mixtures and
deliver special types of concrete, and avoid quality and
specification compliance problems on projects.
The NRMCA Quality Certification Program has been developed and will
be maintained by the NRMCA’s Research Engineering and Standards
Committee. The Certification Criteria and overall Program has been
reviewed and approved by the NRMCA Board of Directors. The
development has followed an iterative process of discussions with
producer members, auditors and through a pilot program with two
companies. This program was first released in September 2013. It is
expected that certification criteria for this Quality Certification
Program will evolve with time.
The first requirement is for a company to develop and
manage a Quality Manual. A resource to concrete producers in
developing their Quality Manual is available at:
The NRMCA Quality Certification Program establishes minimum criteria
that should be covered in a Company’s Quality Manual. So producers
seeking this certification should ensure that their Quality Manual
covers the items in this Program. The Quality Manual typically
describes procedures as general statements with general assignment
of responsibilities to certain job functions.
The Applying Entity for certification can be:
The production facilities (plants) included in the Applying Entity
should be listed in the application for certification.
The premise of the NRMCA Quality Certification Program is that the
Company maintains a Quality Manual and the Applying Entity follows
the procedures stated in it. Section 1 of the submission requests
portions of the Company’s Quality Manual. Sections 2-6 request
specific procedures, documentation and names of personnel from the
Applying Entity to verify that the Quality Manual is being followed.
How to Obtain Certification
Download a copy of the NRMCA Certification Criteria Document.
Review the Company’s Quality Manual to ensure it covers all
aspects of the Certification.
Identify the production facilities to be included in the
Ensure that Applying Entity and each production facility maintains
the procedures required in the Certification Criteria – this may
need some changes to the Company’s Quality Manual.
Collect the information in the sequence of the Certification
Identify each portion of the submission with the Section number
Complete the application and submit the required documentation
along with the fee for Certification.
The submission is required in two formats:
The submission from the Applying Entity is audited by an independent
third party auditor selected by NRMCA. The selected auditors are
familiar with ready mixed concrete operations and quality processes.
The Audit is only of the documentation furnished with the
submission. There is no physical site visit by the Auditor. The
auditor may communicate with an individual at the Applying Entity
for clarifications and additional documentation.
Upon approval, the Applying Entity will be notified and a
Certificate of Conformance will be issued. The Certificate will list
the Production Facilities included in the Certified Entity.
The Certification will be valid for a period of 2 years from the
date of approval of the audit. The Company Executive with managerial
responsibility over the Applying Entity signs the certificate and
states that the Entity will maintain processes in conformance with
the Certification for the period of certification.
The following documents and forms are needed for the NRMCA Quality
Certification Program. Click on the documents to
NRMCA charges the following fees that cover the cost of the Auditors
fees and NRMCA’s service. Since additional documentation is required
for each production facility included with the Applying Entity, a
fixed additional fee is included for each production facility in the
Complete Submission that includes one (1) production facility +
fixed fee per additional plant.
The fee must accompany the completed submission. Processing will be
delayed until payment has been received. NRMCA accepts payment in
the form of credit card (American Express, MasterCard or Visa) or
check (made payable to NRMCA).
The turnaround time for processing a correctly completed submission
will vary depending on the organization and clarity of the
submission and the Auditors schedule. It is anticipated that review
and approval should be completed in 2-4 weeks for a well documented
submission. Approval will be delayed if the Auditor has to request
additional information from the Applying Entity. Requests for
certification are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
For Certification Status, Policy Questions and other
Send your inquiry by email to:
Shawnita Dickens: (240) 485–1154 |
For technical questions:
Vice President of Technical Services at NRMCA:
Vice President of Engineering at NRMCA: