Plant Manager Certification Course

Upcoming Dates

December 10 – 13, 2024 | Charleston, SC | SOLD OUT

This course is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist and/or to receive information on the next course offering once it becomes available, please send your request to the meetings dept.


Course Venue Details: Courtyard Charleston Historic District, 125 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-805-7900
Website: Courtyard Charleston Historic District

Meeting Room Location: Cypress South (subject to change).

Parking Information: On-site parking fee is $39/night. Parking rates are subject to change.

Hotel Information: NRMCA has contracted a discounted room rate of $199/night plus applicable taxes. The cut-off date for the discounted room rate is Monday, November 18, 2024, or whenever the room block sells out, whichever occurs first.

Travel Information

Nearest Airport: The closest airport is the Charleston International Airport (CHS) located 11 miles from the Courtyard Charleston Historic District hotel.

Transportation Options

Airport to Hotel: The hotel does NOT offer complimentary airport shuttle service. A taxi will cost approximately $40 each way from CHS to the host hotel. To schedule SuperShuttle or shared ride transportation, please contact SuperShuttle directly at 1-800-258-3826.

Rental Car: Enterprise and National are extending special rates to NRMCA Members. As rental car pricing continues to fluctuate, NRMCA has negotiated a special Member rate through our partners at National/Enterprise Car Rental. The NRMCA Member Rate may be used for any scenario – personal travel, work travel – any time you need a vehicle. Register for a FREE Emerald Club account to skip the lines at the airport and go straight to your car!

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Cancellation Policy: Full cancellation refunds, less a $125 administrative fee, will be extended until Monday, November 18, 2024. All cancellations after Monday, November 18, 2024, 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 and substitutions must be made in writing to: [email protected].

NRMCA reserves the right to cancel this event. A class confirmation, confirming the course will run as scheduled, will be sent via email no later than COB, Monday, November 18, 2024. It is advisable not to book your airfare (unless it’s fully refundable) until you receive the class confirmation. In the unlikely event the class is cancelled, NRMCA will refund the entire registration fee, but is not responsible for airline or hotel reservation fees. You are responsible for making and paying for your own hotel and travel arrangements.


Course Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, Exam Only: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Please note: Lunch will be provided on days 1-3.

Registration Fees

$1,200 NRMCA Members | $1,600 Non-Members

NRMCA Members Only Group Incentives
Please submit separate forms for ALL attendees together to receive group discount 10% (3-5 members) 15% (+6 members).

concrete plant

With over 90% of a producer’s expenses tied to materials management, operations, and production at the plant level, it is essential every concrete plant manager understand the essential aspects of product knowledge, safety, environmental compliance, operations as tied to profit and loss, as well as supervisory principles.  A plant manager is the heart of the ready mixed concrete production facility. Every plant has one and duties differ only slightly from plant-to-plant. This challenging, ready mixed concrete-specific course is the only one that helps them walk-their-walk.

The three-day curriculum and the two certification exams on Day 4 are designed to not only reinforce these specific skill levels, but also incorporates many job requirement skills found in specifications for Army Corps of Engineers’ projects, as well as state and local DOTs.

Course instruction covers and tests on five individual modules:

  • Plant Safety
  • Operations
  • Production Knowledge
  • Environmental
  • Business Concepts

Class Agenda


  • Introduction
  • Course Overview

Module I… Product Knowledge

  • Cementitious Materials
  • Concrete Materials – Aggregates
  • Admixtures
  • Mixing Water
  • Concrete Proportions
  • Aggregate Moisture and Batching Arithmetic
  • Fresh Concrete Properties & Test Methods
  • Hardened Concrete Properties
  • Homework


Module II… Operations

  • Concrete Plant Design, Equipment & Operation
  • Plant Maintenance and Trouble Shooting
  • Drivers … Professionals on Wheels
  • The Science of Dispatching Ready Mixed Concrete
  • Materials Management
  • Calculating Volumes & Inventory
  • Production of Concrete Paving Mixtures
  • Homework

Module III… Safety

  • Safety Regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Lock Out/Tag Out
  • Machine Guarding and Safe Operating Procedures
  • Hazard Communications
  • Confined Space
  • Homework


Module IV… Environmental

  • Environmental Stewardship and Community Relations
  • Water Quality Management
  • Solids Management and Recycling Solids
  • Materials Storage, Hazardous Materials & Chemicals
  • Plant Environmental Management
  • Homework

Module V… Business Principles

  • Basic Business Principals
  • Manage the Plant – Lead the Staff
  • Plant Inventory and Site Risk Management
  • Benchmarking and Productivity Exercises


  • Exams
  • Exam 1 – Product Knowledge & Production Technology
  • Exam 2 –Operations, Safety, Environmental, and Business Principles


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