This is a four hour total examination starting promptly at 9:00 AM. The three-hour written inspection examination consists of approximately 80 multiple-choice questions. The one-hour plans reading examination consists of approximately 20 questions and is designed to test the examinee's ability to read and understand engineering drawings.
A Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person qualified to inspect and record the results of concrete construction inspection based on codes and job specifications. The program covers inspection during preplacement, placement, and post-placement operations. Verification of the amount and range of work experience by the applicant's employer(s) is required. Form can be found here and can be uploaded with your registration.
An Associate Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person who is knowledgeable about inspection procedures for concrete construction, including preplacement, placement, and post-placement operations; but does not have the experience required to qualify as an ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector. ACI will grant certification to those applicants who meet the Field Testing Technician requirements and pass both written examinations. Individuals with Associate certification can upgrade to full Inspector status upon submittal and approval of sufficient education/work experience (submitted directly to ACI).
Scope and Knowledge:
This program requires demonstration of the knowledge covered on the Job Task Analysis (JTA):
JTA for ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector Certification
The JTA is a detailed list of specific points of knowledge that may be included in the examinations for this ACI Certification program. ACI urges candidates to use the JTA to prepare for the certification exams.
ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:
- Obtain a passing grade on the written examination; and
- Obtain a passing grade on the plans-reading examination; and
Fulfill the requirements in ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I as follows:
- Be currently certified as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I
- Have been certified as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I at one time
- Pass the current ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I written exam within one year of passing the Inspector exam*.
Possess at least one of the following qualifications:
- A B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering or Construction Engineering Technology from a program accredited by ABET (aka Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), including courses in concrete materials, design or construction), PLUS six months satisfactory work experience; or
- A B.S. degree in an engineering program PLUS one year of satisfactory work experience; or
- A minimum of two years of college or technical school, earning at least 60 credit hours, PLUS two years of satisfactory work experience; or
- A high school diploma, or equivalent, PLUS a minimum of three years of satisfactory work experience; or
- Five years of satisfactory work experience.
The work experience must include:
- Decision-making authority and responsibility;
- Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes;
- Evaluation of concrete construction in the field;
- Documentation and reporting of inspection results; and
- Proficiency in appropriate areas of concrete construction inspection.
Recertification is necessary every five years and requires fulfillment of the Field Testing Technician requirements and successful completion of the inspection and plans reading examinations.