ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Level 1 Certification

2020/2021 MCA Level 1 certification (new Cert & recert)


With the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCA has modified the way in which it will be delivering Level I certification classes for 2020/2021. A summary of the changes for the coming year are noted below.

  1. All classes will be held at the MCA Training Center located at 3130 Pine Tree, Lansing.
  2. The instruction format for both Level I Recert and New Cert classes will be the same so there will be many more opportunities to attend the class of your choice.
  3. The current format for classroom instruction (ASTM Field Tests and Michigan Fundamentals) will move from an in-person experience to virtual training. Lab practice and exam sessions will remain in person experiences.
  4. Virtual training classes will be limited to 48 attendees. Lab practice and exam sessions will be limited to groups of twelve (12). Attendees will be RANDOMLY ASSIGNED either Tuesday/Wednesday morning; Tuesday/Wednesday afternoon; Thursday/Friday morning; or Thursday/Friday afternoon.
  5. Student substitutions will be permitted. Switching class, however, will not be permitted unless the company is switching two students between classes.
  6. The MCA will be providing disposable masks and gloves to each student. Masks MUST be worn inside the facility. Hand sanitizing stations will be set-up throughout the building. Six foot social distancing will be strictly enforced. Students will have their temperature checked daily upon entry into the facility.
  7. Each student will receive their classroom materials including the ACI Technician workbook (CP-1), MCA Fundamentals binder, ACI e-learning license key and MCA Zoom webinar code at least a week before the virtual training begins.
  8. The student will study on their own the ACI/ASTM Field testing portion by logging on to the ACI e-learning site and entering their license key. The program thoroughly covers the seven ASTM field tests through interactive quizzes and videos. For New Level I students, this must be completed before the Michigan Fundamentals virtual class. A copy of the certificate(s) of completion must be presented upon arrival for your assigned lab practice session. Level I Recert students will have the option to opt out of taking the ACI e-learning program.
  9. The Michigan Fundamentals virtual training will be hosted through Zoom and will summarize and answer any questions related to the ACI e-learning material, review the Michigan Fundamentals binder, review the problem worksheets/practice quiz and summarize the requirements for exam day.
  10. Given the lab practice and exam day formats, lunch will not be provided. Pre-packaged snacks and beverages will be available.
  11. Registrations without a name (ex. TBDs) will not be allowed at this time because the ACI E-Learning ID Codes are non-refundable.

If you have questions please contact our office at 800.678.9622/517.347.7720 or email Lisa Clegg at LCLEGG@MICONCRETE.NET 

Please Click on a Class date below to register:

January 11-15, 2021

January 25-29, 2021

February 8-12, 2021

February 22-26, 2021

March 8-12, 2021

March 15-19, 2021

April 5-9, 2021

April 26-30, 2021

May 3-7, 2021

May 17-21, 2021

June 7-11, 2021




Level 1 Technicians conducting concrete testing for public and private projects must be certified as a Level I Concrete Field Testing Technician in accordance to Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), ASTM C94, ASTM C1077 and ACI specifications.

Course content for Level I is established by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and MDOT.

Students pursuing Level I certification will be trained through a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction covering the following ASTM test specifications:

Sampling (C172)  |  Temperature (C1064)  |  Slump (C143)  |  Density (C138)  |  Concrete Cylinders (C31)  |  Air content-volumetric (C173)  |  Air content-pressure (C231) 

In addition to these specifications, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of concrete including materials, curing, hot/cold weather concreting and water/cement ratio calculations.

The Level I course is 31/2 days in length, consisting of 2 1/2 days of instruction/laboratory training followed by an exam day. 


Technicians with little or no testing experience can prepare for attendance at a Level I class in one of two ways:
1. By reviewing an online video that demonstrates the procedures for performing the seven ASTM Level I field test.  

2. By completing ACI's e-learning program for Level I certification. The cost is $135.20 (ACI member rate) and is not included in the class registration cost. The ACI program provides a thorough review of the seven field tests through a combination of video demonstrations, interactive questions and post-training quizzes on each module. To register, visit the ACI website at, click the "Education" tab followed by "Online Learning" then scroll to "ACI certifications".


Participants must successfully complete the following examinations in order to become certified as a Level I Concrete Field Testing Technician:

1. Michigan Fundamentals Examination
A 90 minute, “open book” exam consisting of 50 multiple choice questions covering the fundamentals of concrete. Students must score 70% or higher to pass.

2. ACI written Examination
A one hour, “closed book” exam consisting of 55 multiple choice questions based on the seven field tests for concrete. Students must attain an overall score of 70% or higher and 60% or higher on each of the seven field tests to pass.

3. ACI Performance Examination
This exam consists of a verbal description of sampling procedures and a performance exam for the remaining six field tests. Students must successfully pass all seven performance tests.