Concrete Durability Course

NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level IV Certification

Next Class TBA

Course Location:
Tennessee Concrete Association, 3026 Owen Drive, Ste 101, Antioch, TN 37013

Course Parking:
Complimentary parking is available at the Tennessee Concrete Association.

Hotel & Travel Information:
NRMCA has NOT contracted a block of rooms for this event but suggest the hotels below:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Smyrna, 2631 Highwood Blvd, Smyrna, TN 37167
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Smyrna, 2573 Highwood Blvd, Smyrna, TN 37167
  • Home2Suites by Hilton Smyrna Nashville, 960 Colonnade Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167
  • Tru by Hilton Smyrna Nashville, 950 Colonnade Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167

The closest airport is the Nashville International Airport (BNA) located 12 miles/25 minutes from the Tennessee Concrete Association.

Please check with your hotel of choice to see if shuttle service is available. Transportation to/from the course location will not be provided by NRMCA and is the responsibility of the registrant.

Dress Code:
Business casual.

Cancellation Policy:
Full cancellation refunds, less a $125 administration fee, will be extended until Monday, April 24, 2023. All cancellations after Monday, April 24, 2023, will not be refunded. Fee cancellations cannot be transferred to a future class. Substitutions can be made at any time with no penalty. Registration cancellations must be made in writing to: [email protected].

Confirmation of Event:
A class confirmation, confirming the course will run as scheduled, will be sent via email no later than COB, Monday, April 24, 2023. It is advisable not to make travel arrangements until you receive the class confirmation.

Important/Class Confirmation:
NRMCA reserves the right to cancel this event. Class confirmations will be sent to registrants via email no later than COB, Monday, April 24, 2023. In the unlikely event the class is cancelled, NRMCA will refund the entire registration fee, but is not responsible for airline and hotel reservation fees. You are responsible for making and paying for your own hotel and travel arrangements.


request to retake NRMCA Durability Level IV Exam

REGISTRATION FEE: NRMCA Members: $850 | Non-Members: $1,150

This 2½-day course covers fundamental mechanisms that impact concrete durability. Recognize symptoms and learn methods to evaluate deterioration of concrete; understand the causes of durability problems and methods to prevent them; learn about durability test methods and their limitations; and understand the code and specification criteria for durable concrete structures.

Topics will cover the concrete microstructure, cracking, corrosion mechanisms, freeze-thaw resistance, sulfate resistance, alkali aggregate reactions (AAR), and other durability-related distress. The course will be taught by instructors who are at the forefront of current research on the diagnosis of concrete durability.


The seminar will be led by Kevin Folliard and Anton Schindler.

  • Kevin Folliard, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Kevin J. Folliard is the Warren S. Bellows Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been on the faculty since 1999. Prior to this, Dr. Folliard was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware from 1997-1999 and a Senior Research Engineer at W.R. Grace & Co. from 1995-1997. Dr. Folliard received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. His main research interest is in the area of the durability of portland cement concrete and he teaches courses related to civil engineering materials, concrete technology, and concrete durability. Dr. Folliard is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and he received the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement in 2003 and the ACI Wason Medal for Materials Research in 2010 and 2015. Dr. Folliard received the Ervin S. Perry Student Appreciation Award four times (2001, 2002, 2003, 2009) while at the University of Texas at Austin, and he also received the College of Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor in 2004. In 2013, Dr. Folliard was honored with the highest teaching award given by the University of Texas System, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2018, Dr. Folliard received the University of Texas at Austin Graduate Teaching Award, which is given to one faculty member across the University in recognition of graduate student teaching and mentoring.

Dr. Folliard has been the Principal Investigator on over $20 million in research projects while on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, primarily in the area of concrete durability (especially alkali-silica reaction) and in more recent years on the use of alternative binders for rapid repair applications and ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) in accelerated bridge construction applications. Dr. Folliard has authored or co-authored over 150 technical publications in his career, including more than 85 refereed journal papers. He has developed and presented a range of workshops and training courses for the concrete industry, state highway departments, and private industry.

  • Anton Schindler, Ph.D., P.E.
    Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Auburn University

Dr. Anton Schindler is the Director of the Highway Research Center and Mountain Spirit Professor at Auburn University (AU) where he teaches courses in engineering mechanics, structural design, and concrete materials in the Department of Civil Engineering. He received his M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.  He received his B.S. from The University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to starting graduate school, he worked as a structural design engineer for nearly four years.  He is currently a licensed professional engineer in the State of Alabama.

Dr. Schindler is a member of the ACI Board of Direction and a voting member of ACI’s Technical Activities Committee (TAC). He is also past chair of ACI 237 (Self-Consolidating Concrete) and ACI 231 (Concrete Properties at Early Ages). He is also the current chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee AKM50 (Advanced Concrete Materials and Characterization). Dr. Schindler received ACI’s Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award in 2021, ACI’s Cedric Willson Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Award in 2017, and ACI’s Wason Medal for concrete materials research in 2006 and 2011. Dr. Schindler also received a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to research and develop durable concrete infrastructure for the long-term storage of waste nuclear fuel.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in 2013 and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2019. He has developed and presented many workshops and training courses for the concrete industry, state departments of transportation, and private industry.

For additional course information, contact Shawnita Dickens, Manager, Certification Programs, Phone: 703-706-4854