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Concrete Durability Course

NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level IV Certification

April 15-17, Indianapolis




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For detailed registration and travel information, see the seminar's downloadable fax-back form.

request to retake NRMCA Durability Level IV Exam


This 2˝-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.




Day 1


Morning Session: 8 a.m. - Noon



•  Concrete Gone Wild - Interactive Introductory Session
•  The Nature of Concrete I: Hydration, pore structure and permeability
•  The Nature of Concrete II: Why Does it Crack?


Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


•  Corrosion Mechanisms - Chlorides, Carbonation & Permeability
•  Corrosion Protection Strategies
•  Service-Life Prediction Models: Life-365 and Beyond
•  Group Assignment: Design a Durable Concrete Mixture

Day 2


Morning Session: 8 a.m. - Noon



•  Alkali-Aggregate Reaction (AAR)
•  Sulfate-Related Durability Problems
•  Freeze-Thaw Durability and Deicer Salt Scaling


Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


•  Other Forms of Concrete Deterioration
•  Code and Specification Requirements
•  Taming the Wild - Interactive Wrap-Up Session

Day 3


Exam: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. (Optional)



The course concludes with a 2-hour exam that challenges attendees on concepts taught during the course. Persons who have or will obtain NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 3 certification will achieve NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 4 certification upon successful completion of the exam. Click here for details.





The seminar will be lead by Michael Thomas and Kevin Folliard (profiled below) as well as select NRMCA Engineering Division staff.

  • Michael Thomas  Ph.D., P.Eng.
    Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick

    Dr. Thomas, a professor at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and a registered Professional Engineer in the province of New Brunswick, has been working in the field of cement and concrete research since 1983. Prior to joining UNB in 2002 he had been on faculty at the University of Toronto since 1994 and previous to this he worked as concrete materials engineer with Ontario Hydro in Canada and as a research fellow with the Building Research Establishment in the UK.

    Dr. Thomas’s main research interests are concrete durability and the use of industrial by-products including pozzolans and slag. His studies on durability have included alkali-silica reaction, delayed ettringite formation, sulfate attack, deicer-salt scaling, carbonation, chloride ingress and embedded steel corrosion. He is also active in the area of service-life modeling, and in the repair and maintenance of concrete structures. He has authored more than 100 technical papers and reports on these subjects, and is a co-author of the service-life model, Life-365.

    Dr. Thomas is active on technical committees within the American Concrete Institute (ACI), ASTM, RILEM, and the Canadian Standards Association. He was a recipient of the ACI’s Wason Medal for Materials Research in 1997, the ACI Construction Practice Award in 2001, and was elected as a Fellow of the Institute in 2006


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

    In addition to being a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Folliard is also an Austin Industries Endowed Faculty Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to joining the University faculty in September 1999, Dr. Folliard was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, and previous to this, he worked for W.R. Grace & Co. in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a Research Associate Engineer. He was responsible for the research and development of various concrete admixtures. During his employment at W.R. Grace & Co., he received the prestigious Vision Award in 1996, as well as a Research Recognition Award in the same year.

    Dr. Folliard received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His research was primarily on the durability of high-performance concrete, with special emphasis on frost resistance and sulfate attack. Dr. Folliard received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Berkeley and his B.S. from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a member of ACI Committees 229 Controlled Low-Strength Material, 236 Materials Science of Concrete, and 544 Fiber-Reinforced Concrete. He is Chair of Committee 201 Durability of Concrete. He was awarded the prestigious ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of ACI in 2003. He has developed and presented a range of workshops and training courses for the concrete industry, state highway departments, and private industry


This course is part of NRMCA’s Seminars, Training and Education Programs (STEPS) and it provides credit toward earning one's CCPf designation in the Concrete Technology career track. CCPf, standing for Certified Concrete Professional, is the highest professional designation in the industry.

Upon successful completion of the Durability Course exam, those who have or will be obtaining NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 3 certification will achieve NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level 4 certification. Request to Retake NRMCA Durability Level IV Exam.

Concrete Technologist Level 3 certification is obtained at NRMCA's Technical Short Course. However, the Short Course is not a prerequisite for attending the Durability Course.




NRMCA Members: $850 | Non-Members: $1150




For additional course information, contact Karen Bean, NRMCA Engineering & Operations Manager: PHONE:  703-706-4868│EMAIL:




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