Course Descriptions

Ohio Concrete offers a variety of courses at convenient locations throughout the state of Ohio.

Our courses are affordable and taught by experts in the field including Ohio Concrete engineers and professionals within the concrete industry.

Course offerings include American Concrete Institute (ACI), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and Ohio Concrete accredited courses that implement the latest ASTM standards and requirements.

In addition, continuing professional development (CPD) hours are offered for course sessions as noted for fulfillment requirements for professional licensure. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon request.

Take the first step toward a rewarding career in the concrete industry, get certified today! For further information, contact the Association office at 614/891-0210.


COURSE OFFERINGS:

 


ACI-CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installation Certification  Program: Adhesive Anchor Installer (2-days) 6 CPD hrs.
An Adhesive Anchor Installer is an individual who has demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and  execute instructions to properly install adhesive anchors in  concrete. The Adhesive Anchor Installer must also demonstrate possession of the knowledge to properly assess ambient conditions, concrete condition, materials, equipment, and tools for installing adhesive anchors and determine when it is  appropriate to proceed with installation of an adhesive anchor or when additional guidance from a supervisor/foreman/project engineer is needed.

This program requires knowledge and ability in the following areas of adhesive anchor installation:

  • Understanding jobsite conditions relevant for correct selection of installation procedures in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions (e.g., concrete wetness, hole drilling method used, possible embedded obstructions, and air and concrete temperature)
  • Understanding the manufacturer’s instructions (pictograms, text) and using the proper procedures, sequence, and tools to clean the hole
  • Proper selection and assembly of the injection equipment
  • Awareness of the potential impact of storage conditions and verification of the expiration date on the cartridge
  • Rejection of the initial adhesive expressed from new cartridges as applicable and proper procedures followed for disposal of rejected/waste adhesive/used nozzles and cartridges
  • Injection of adhesive into holes at various orientations to the proper depth using proper technique and equipment that minimizes air voids
  • Correct assembly of anchor element in drill chuck and drill settings for capsule anchor installation
  • Recognition of time limits for installation and positioning of anchor element (i.e., gel time) depending on type of adhesive, ambient conditions, and size/depth of anchor hole
  • Installation of the anchor element in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions
  • Knowledge of proper measures for protection of anchor element threads from adhesive
  • Knowledge of measures to secure and protect the anchor element from load/movement during adhesive cure

Ohio Concrete Professional Engineers conduct the one-day review and administer the written and performance examinations. Examinations are graded by the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

ACI-CRSI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on both the written examination and performance examinations.

Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

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ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I
(2-days) 6 CPD hrs.

The ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I course will benefit all personnel involved in testing fresh concrete. ASTM C 31, C94, and ACI 301 all require that technicians making and curing concrete test specimens for acceptance be certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Technicians. A working knowledge of the following ASTM Standards is required for this certification program:

  • C-172 Sampling Freshly Mixed Concrete;
  • C-143 Slump of Hydraulic Cement Concrete;
  • C-138 Density (Unit Weight), Yield, & Air Content (Gravimetric) of Concrete;
  • C-231 Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by Pressure Method;
  • C-173 Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by Volumetric Method;
  • C-31 Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field;
  • C-1064 Temperature of Freshly Mixed Portland Cement Concrete.

Ohio Concrete Professional Engineers conduct the one-day review and administer the written and performance examinations. Examinations are graded by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Technicians successfully completing both the written and performance examinations will receive a certificate and wallet card from ACI certifying them as ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I (certification expires in 5 years).

For recertification, ACI requires successful completion of both the performance and written examinations. Individuals may register for “ Full Exam Only”, however it is recommended that they register for the “Accelerated Course,” when available, to review the current standards covered on the exam.

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Accelerated ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I (1-day) 3 CPD hrs.

This course is designed for the experienced technician or those looking to renew their current ACI Grade I certification. The course covers the same ASTM standards listed above for the 2-day course, however, the material is condensed into a half-day review followed by the written and performance examinations.

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ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician 
(2-days) 6 CPD hrs.

This course is designed to provide a basis for certifying experienced concrete finishers. It is intended to alleviate misunderstandings related to proper field practices, increase owner satisfaction with concrete construction and prepare the concrete industry for future specifications that require certification of flatwork finishers. Craftsmen who can  demonstrate their skills and credentials through ACI certification will increase their own opportunities as well as contribute to the advancement of the industry and the increased demand for quality concrete flatwork.

Individuals successfully completing the examination requirements will achieve certification from the American Concrete Institute as an ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher. Individuals who pass the written examination, but have not satisfied the performance (work experience) evaluation requirement, will be granted certification as an ACI Concrete Flatwork Technician. Certification as a Concrete Flatwork Finisher or Concrete Flatwork Technician is valid for 5 years.

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ACI Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician – Level 1

Certification granted with successful completion of ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 and ACI Concrete Strength Testing Technician certification within two (2) years of each other.



ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level 1 
(2 days) 4 CPD hrs.

This course is of interest to those involved in testing concrete in the laboratory and pursuing certification as ACI Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician – Level 1. Ohio Concrete will conduct a  one day review class on laboratory procedures for concrete aggregates, as a supplement to the recommended self-study, to prepare for the examinations required for certification. The written and performance examinations will be given on the second day of the course.

The program requires working knowledge of the following ASTM standards:

  • D75 Sampling Aggregates
  • C702 Reducing Samples of Aggregate to Testing Size
  • C117 Materials Finer Than 75-µm (No. 200) Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing
  • C136 Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates
  • C127 Specific Gravity and Absorption of Coarse Aggregate
  • C128 Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine Aggregate
  • C566 Total Moisture Content of Aggregate by Drying
  • C40 Organic Impurities in Fine Aggregate for Concrete

Certification Requirements: ACI will grant certification to those applicants who meet both of the following requirements: 1) A passing grade on the ACI written; and 2) Successful completion of the ACI performance examination.

Recertification is necessary every five (5) years; and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

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ACI Concrete Strength Testing Technician
(1-day Review) 3 CPD hrs.

This course is also for those involved in testing concrete in the laboratory. Ohio Concrete will conduct a half-day review for the Strength Testing Technician. The review will provide the examinee with the information and resources necessary to pass the examination required for certification. Ohio Concrete will give instruction on laboratory procedures for determination of compressive and flexural strength. The written and performance examinations will be given on the second day of the course.

The program requires a working knowledge of the following ASTM Standards:

  • C-617 Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens;
  • C-1231 Unbonded Caps for Concrete Cylinders;
  • C-39 Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens;
  • C-78 Flexural Strength of Concrete

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. Recertification is necessary every five (5) years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.

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Concrete Technologist Certification

Take your concrete career to the next level with the Concrete Technologist Certification. The Concrete Technologist demonstrates a superior level of knowledge and understanding of the latest materials and methods available in concrete mix design.

This certification is acquired by successfully completing the Concrete Technician Level 1 and 2 courses.

Concrete Technician Level 1 – (5 days) 30 CPD hrs

Designed by the Rhodes State College Division of Engineering and Industrial Technology and the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, in cooperation with Ohio Concrete, this course is for those who are interested in advancing their knowledge and skills as a concrete technician. This course is designed on the high school graduate or college level as an introduction into civil engineering technology and concrete construction techniques.

The curriculum includes 5 days of instruction including quizzes and written examinations. A certificate will be issued with successful completion of the course as a Concrete Technician Level 1.

The full course is divided into the two following sections:

Concrete Materials & Additives – To function as a concrete technician, one must have an understanding of the materials and additives used in concrete. Topics to be covered include aggregates, cement, chemical admixtures, mineral admixtures, and fibers. The course will focus on how various ingredients are used in a concrete mixture.

Construction of Rigid Pavements & Structures – This course is designed to give students a foundation in concrete construction. Topics to be covered include placing and finishing concrete; hot and cold weather concreting operations; volume changes of concrete; concrete plant operations; and concrete paving operations.

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Concrete Technician Level 2 – (4 days) 24 CPD hrs

This is one of the most comprehensive short courses for concrete technicians available today. This course gives an in-depth study of designing mixes through the ACI 211 procedure utilizing the latest materials and methods available. The course also includes concrete materials, mix adjustment calculations, mixing and transporting, testing, and specifications related to concrete.

This is a four day class review on mix design procedures and the curriculum is designed for the high school graduate level and requires a basic understanding of math concepts. Certification for Concrete Technician Level 2 requires successful completion (70% or above) of a 3 1/2 hour, two-part, written exam, given on the Friday of the following week.

A group of concrete professionals conduct the class review and Ohio Concrete Engineers administer the exams. The certificate for Concrete Technician Level 2 will be issued by the Ohio Concrete and does not expire.

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Residential Concrete Flatwork Certification
(1/2 day) 3 CPD

The Residential Concrete Flatwork Finisher Certification course is available on a private contract basis. Firms interested in arranging a private course for 10 or more, can contact Ohio Concrete at 614/891-0210 for details.

This 1/2 day course is intended for the residential concrete contractor, project superintendent/foreman, and building officials to educate and promote proper flatwork placements.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Concrete fundamentals
  • Base preparation and forming
  • How/what mix to order
  • Placing and finishing interior concrete
  • Placing and finishing exterior concrete
  • Jointing
  • Curing
  • Sealing
  • Defects and repair techniques

The course is conducted by registered professional engineers on  staff at Ohio Concrete. Upon passing a written examination, participants will receive reference materials specific to residential concrete, and a 5-year certification.

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NRMCA Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification
(1 day) 2 CPD

This course is scheduled on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in scheduling or attending an upcoming course, contact the OC office at 614/891-0210 or email ormca@ohioconcrete.org

This program is designed to educate, train and certify concrete finishers in pervious concrete placement. Per ACI Standard Contractor Qualification (ACI 522.1-13), the contractor shall employ no less than; 3 NRMCA certified Pervious Concrete Installers or 1 NRMCA certified Pervious Concrete Craftsman – as members of each placement crew.

Ohio Concrete engineers will provide the half day classroom training necessary for the knowledge in pervious concrete materials and proper placement procedures.

NRMCA provides certification on these following three (3) levels:

A Pervious Concrete Technician is a person who has demonstrated knowledge about proper procedures to place, compact, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect pervious concrete pavements, but who lacks the requisite field experience to qualify as a pervious concrete Installer or Craftsman.

A Pervious Concrete Installer is a person who has demonstrated the ability to place, compact, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect pervious concrete pavements and has documented a limited project-based field experience in placing pervious concrete. Ohio Concrete must verify that the NRMCA certified Pervious Concrete Technician has successfully installed a minimum of three projects with a total area exceeding 10,000 SF of pervious concrete.

A Pervious Concrete Craftsman is a person who has demonstrated the ability to place, compact, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect pervious concrete pavements and has documented a higher level of field time based experience in placing pervious concrete. In addition to the above Installer requirements, the Craftsman must either provide documentation of 3000 hours of pervious concrete experience or complete the performance evaluation and document 1500 hours of experience. The Craftsman must possess a current ACI Flatwork Finisher Technician or Craftsman certification at the time of application.

Certification Requirements:

Following the training, a written examination is administered and consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions. The passing grade for the written examination is 75%. During the
performance evaluation, each examinee must demonstrate procedures for placing, compacting, finishing, edging, jointing and beginning curing a pervious concrete slab. The examiner will
observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various procedures.

Recertification is required every five years and requires successful completion of a written examination.

 

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Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver Certification
(3 days)

This program is designed to provide a basis for certifying ready mixed concrete truck drivers. It is intended to alleviate misunderstandings related to proper field practices, increase owner satisfaction with concrete construction and prepare the driver for employment in the ready mix industry. Drivers who can demonstrate their knowledge and credentials through the Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver Certification will increase their own opportunities as well as contribute to the promotion of their company, advancement of the industry and the increased demand for concrete construction.

This course is divided into three sections. On day one there is a classroom portion consisting of Concrete Basics, Customer Relations & Legalities for Drivers. On day two and three there  is a classroom portion consisting of Regulatory Overview, Safety Responsibilities, Pre-Trip Inspection, Loading and Wash Out, Over the Road, Lock Out/Tag Out and a Defensive Driving Course.
In addition, we provide the Highway Patrol’s portable scale team.

Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver Certification Requirements: Individuals successfully completing classroom and practical exercises and passing the written examination with a score of 70% or above will be granted certification and will receive a certificate and hard hat sticker.

In addition to this certification, we have teamed up with Lorain County Community College to present a short course to train Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Drivers who hold a current CDL Class B minimum with no air brake restrictions license to operate Ready Mix Concrete Trucks. Drivers who successfully complete the program receive a certificate from Lorain County Community College and Ohio Concrete. Graduates are also provided employment assistance through Ohio Concrete and Lorain County Community College. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

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OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

Ohio Concrete is approved to administer the following examinations:

ACI Aggregate Base Testing Technician, ACI  Aggregate Testing Technician Level 2, ACI Commercial/Industrial Flatwork Technician, ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector  & Inspector-in-Training, ACI Concrete Laboratory Testing  Technician Level 2, ACI Transportation Construction Inspector & Inspector-in-Training.

To request examinations listed above, call 614/891-0210.

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