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Concrete Construction Special Inspector


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Definition:
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.

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.


Scope and Knowledge:
The programs require a knowledge of concrete construction, including plan reading, formwork installation and removal, reinforcements, embedments, sampling and testing freshly mixed concrete, conveying, placing, consolidation, finishing, jointing, curing, and protection. The technical resource materials used in these programs include the following:

ACI PUBLICATIONS

  • ACI Concrete Terminology
  • 117—Specification for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials
  • 213R—Guide for Structural Lightweight-Aggregate Concrete
  • 301—Specifications for Structural Concrete
  • 302.1R—Guide to Concrete Floor and Slab Construction
  • 304R—Guide for Measuring, Mixing, Transporting, and Placing Concrete
  • 304.2R—Placing Concrete by Pumping Methods
  • 305R—Guide to Hot Weather Concreting
  • 306R—Guide to Cold Weather Concreting
  • 308R—Guide to Curing Concrete
  • 309R—Guide to Consolidation of Concrete
  • 318—Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete
  • 347R—Guide to Formwork for Concrete
  • SP–2—Manual of Concrete Inspection

ICC PUBLICATIONS
  • IBC—International Building Code

CRSI PUBLICATIONS
  • Manual of Standard Practice (MSP)

Job Task Analysis (JTA) for ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector Certification


Certification Requirements:
For Concrete Construction Special Inspector: ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:

  1. Obtain a passing grade on the written inspection examination; and
  2. Obtain a passing grade on the written plans reading examination; and
  3. 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
    • OR
    • Have been certified as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I at one time
    • AND
    • Pass the current ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I written exam within one year of passing the Inspector exam.

    • If the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I requirement is not held at the time of testing for Concrete Construction Special Inspector, the requisite ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I certification or validation of prior ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I certification with successful completion of the current ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I written examination must be obtained within one year of the first examination passed for Inspector. Otherwise, the written inspection and plans reading examinations must be retaken in their entireties.
  4. 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.

Verification of the amount and range of work experience by the applicant's employer(s) is required. The three-hour written inspection examination is open-book and 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. The minimum passing grade for each examination is 70%.

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.


For Associate 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.

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.


Study Material:
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CP–21: Construction Inspector Reference Package (Inch-Pound Units)

This package contains all of the resource materials needed to properly prepare for certification as an ACI Concrete Construction Inspector. The ring binder contains the following materials: Inspector Workbook (includes program information, study aids, work experience forms and instructions); reprints of ACI and ICC documents (including ACI's Manual of Concrete Inspection, SP–2 and ICC's IBC); and CRSI's Manual of Standard Practice.


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