Short Course

Concrete Technologist Training and Certification “Short Course”

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NRMCA’s Concrete 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:

Click here to download the request form to retake level 2 & 3 exams.


Member Fee: $1,300 | Non-Member Fee: $1,600

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: Level 2 and Level 3 exams – typically end at 1 pm – schedule travel plans accordingly.

The “Short Course” is a 5-day program, with 4 days of training followed by certification exams. The course emphasizes nationally accepted standard procedures and practices by referencing ACI and ASTM documents for quality control and production of ready mixed concrete.

Topic sessions include:

  • Fundamentals of Quality Concrete
  • Aggregates for Use in Concrete
  • Aggregate Test Methods and Calculations
  • Portland and Blended Cement
  • Fly Ash and Natural Pozzolans
  • Slag Cement & Silica Fume
  • Chemical Admixtures
  • Batching, Mixing & Delivery and ASTM C94
  • Concrete in Extreme Weather
  • Basic Statistical Methods
  • ACI Requirements
  • Testing Hardened Concrete
  • Quality Control Procedures
  • Managing Returned Concrete
  • Handling, Placing and Finishing
  • Calculation Session – Level 3

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 skills, 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.

Registrant Responsibilities

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 their proficiency.

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.

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