ACI Technician certification qualifies for reimbursement per GI Bill

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. The ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification program has been approved for reimbursement under the Veteran’s Administration GI Bill. The provision applies to veterans who have participated in a Grade I certification session as of January 2020. It follows the agency’s implementation of an online ACI Certification application process, prepared…

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NPCA, PCI clarify product certification requirements

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued a joint document to alleviate confusion in the marketplace regarding certification programs for precast and prestressed concrete products. Posted here, the document allows specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or if either is allowable. The clarification ensures the accurate specification of certification programs, and that all appropriately certified plants can bid on a project.

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Geiger RM veteran spearheads premier ACI Resource Center

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The inaugural American Concrete Institute Resource Center will open next month in San Bernardino, Calif., tasked with coordinating ACI chapter or sponsoring group offerings of direct, on-demand access to all Institute certification and educational products. Managing the facility will be William “Rusty” Owens III. He previously served as quality control general manager for Kansas City-based Geiger Ready-Mix Co. and holds ACI, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and state department of transportation certifications, along with a University of Kansas bachelor’s degree in architecture.

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NPCA, PCI delineate plant certification requirements by product category

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago

The National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued Joint Concrete Products List (JCPL 11-19) to alleviate confusion regarding precast and prestressed concrete product certification programs and enable specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or whether either is allowable. The document ensures accurate specification of certification programs and that all appropriately certified plants are able to bid a project.

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App accelerates ACI technician, inspector certification checks

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmingon Hills, Mich.

The new Verify app allows users to quickly and easily confirm American Concrete Institute-certified individuals’ status by name or certification ID number. ACI has certified 400,000-plus concrete finishers, technicians, supervisors, inspectors and managers since the 1980s, and counts more than more than 123,000 active certifications across 25-plus programs worldwide.

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NRMCA affiliate launches Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau has finalized certification criteria aimed at building operator professionalism and providing proof of industry-specific knowledge. The Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification Program can be used to provide a career path while improving customer service skills, along with company and industry image.

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ACI launches decorative flatwork certifications

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The newest ACI certification program offerings are Decorative Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Decorative Concrete Flatwork Associate. Each requires candidates to complete a written exam and maintain appropriate ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher or Technician certification. Finisher candidates also need 1,500 hours of work experience.

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ACI assumes sole operation of Adhesive Anchor Installer certification

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

After working with the Concrete Reinforcement Steel Institute since 2011 as a founding cosponsor, ACI is exclusively overseeing Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) certification. Developed in response to a National Transportation Safety Board request following a Boston Central Artery/Tunnel precast panel anchor failure, the certification program is now available in 40-plus locations.

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Lafarge Canada plants log premier Responsibly Sourced Concrete certificates

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

Lafarge Canada’s Burlington, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, operations have obtained Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) bronze level certificates for Responsibly Sourced Concrete, indicating clear chain of custody for materials, zero waste water discharge attainment due to high recycled water use, plus strong health and safety programs.

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OSHA extends boom crane operator certification target to November 2018

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Occupational Safety & Health Administration

OSHA has issued a one-year extension, to November 18, 2018, for precast concrete or construction fleets bound by Standard 1926.1427 Operator Qualification and Certification. It requires operators of 2,000-lb. or higher capacity cranes to be 1) Qualified, where they are observed working safety and knowledgably, and have documentation on file; and, 2) Certified by passing written and practical exams administered through Crane Institute Certification, National Center for Construction Education & Research, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators or other accredited body.

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