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.
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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 www.concrete.org, 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.