Certification Programs

Aggregate/Soils Base Testing Technician


Definition:
An Aggregate Base Testing Technician is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of basic field and laboratory procedures for aggregates and soils.


Scope and Knowledge:

This program requires demonstration of the knowledge covered on the Job Task Analysis (JTA):

JTA for ACI Aggregate Base Testing Technician 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.


The program requires a working knowledge of the following AASHTO and/or ASTM standards:

  • AASHTO T 2-91(2010)/ASTM D75 – 03—Sampling Aggregates
  • AASHTO T 248-11/ASTM C702 – 98(2003)—Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size
  • AASHTO R 58-11/ASTM D421 – 85(2007)*—Dry Preparation of Disturbed Soil and Soil-Aggregate Samples for Test
  • AASHTO T 89-13/ASTM D4318 – 10e1—Determining the Liquid Limits of Soils
  • AASHTO T 90-00(2008)/D4318– 10e1—Determining the Plastic Limit and Plasticity Index of Soils
  • AASHTO T 88-13/ASTM D422 – 63(2007)e2—Particle Size Analysis of Soils
  • AASHTO T 265-12/ASTM D2216 – 10—Laboratory Determination of Moisture Content of Soils
  • AASHTO T 180-10/ASTM D1557 – 12e1—Moisture-Density Relations of Soils Using a 4.54-kg (10-lb) Rammer and a 457-mm (18-in.) Drop
  • AASHTO T 99-10/ASTM D698 – 12e2—Moisture-Density Relations of Soils Using a 2.5-kg (5.5-lb) Rammer and a 305-mm (12-in.) Drop

*Written exam only.


Certification Requirements:
ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements:

  1. A passing grade on the ACI written examination, and
  2. Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

The two-hour written examination is open-book and consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. There are 8 to 12 questions on each of the standards.

To pass the written examination, both of the following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 60% correct for each of the required standards, and
  2. A minimum score of 70% overall.

The performance examination is closed-book and requires actual demonstration of the required standards. The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform or describe all of the required procedures for each standard.

Certification is valid for a period of five years from the date of successfully completing all requirements.

Recertification requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.


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Study Material:
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CP–43(14): Technician Workbook for ACI Certification of Aggregate Base Testing Technician

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE AT THIS TIME - Expected replacement available late September/early October 2020

This workbook contains information about the ACI Aggregate Base Testing Technician (ABTT) certification program, performance checklists, and reprints of all of the resource materials referenced by the certification examinations.



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