Concrete Certified Technician

Concrete Certified Technician

No Prerequisites Required
Total Hours: 32

This course prepares students for the Concrete Certified Technician Certification, a nationally recognized and industry-wide accepted program in the field of Construction Management. Students who take this course will be prepared to take the ACI Certification exam. This course will also be instrumental for the students in their preparations for the NICET Certification exam.

The intent of this certification is to demonstrate students/professionals theoretical and practical understanding of concrete construction to ensure production of high-quality work. This course will provide in-depth knowledge of concrete construction procedures and field inspections. This certificate course will be a learning tool for personnel who intend to become involved or are already involved in the supervision of concrete construction. 

Concrete is one of the most challenging aspects of design, construction, and operation of the building. To meet the required qualifications for the evolving changes in the concrete construction, students and professionals must be equipped with the tools to help them successfully meet the technical areas involved in modern concrete construction. The certification course will bring the students/professionals up to the speed with the current research and technological changes with prevailing regulations.

Modern trends, along with safety requirements, have changed the entire old construction concepts. Construction, with speed and quality, is the real demand of the modern market. Safety is the prime consideration in the construction industry. This course will provide students and professionals theoretical/practical handling of concrete and teach participants how to examine the structures’ stability. To ensure stability, this course provides students a better understanding of concrete construction since concrete construction is more durable, better aesthetic, safe, and environmentally friendly.

The certification course includes teaching students/professionals, working knowledge of all aspects of concrete construction, mathematical calculations to determine the work quantities, characteristics of the material used in concrete construction, and an understanding knowledge of the concrete plant.


Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon successful course completion, students will be able to: 

  1. Understand the basic concepts involved during concrete construction.
  2. Evaluate the problems and their causes.
  3. Apply mitigation techniques and newly develop procedures and practices.
  4. Role play as inspector for the provision of the quality and safe construction.

Class material and case studies will help to achieve the above listed objectives.


Detailed Outline of Topics

Orientation, description of course intent, schedule, expectation from students

Concrete Construction

  • Introduction.
  • Identify types of concrete aggregates, Cement, Pozzolans, Concrete mixes, and Concrete admixtures.
  • Determine theoretical proportions of concrete, Grout, Fibers, Mortar and Verify performance of concrete mix design.
  • Concrete properties i.e. Workability, Time of setting, Heat of hydration, Strength and Durability, Resistance to freezing and thawing, Permeability and other properties (curing and protection, water cement ratio, post tensioning, pre-stress and precast).
  • Common problems with concrete i.e. Honey combing, Segregation, Cracking, Bleeding.
  • Types of cements used for different purposes in concrete placement.
  • Purpose and Types of concrete joints in construction.
  • Concrete crack types and its repair.
  • Placement of concrete (Ready mix and concrete pump).

Contact Hours (Theory/Lab)
8 (Theory/-)

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
1, 2

Concrete Inspections

  • How to perform concrete inspection.
  • Perform concrete post-tensioning inspections.
  • Perform concrete pre-cast inspections.
  • Perform structural masonry inspections.

Technical Section/Laboratory

  • Standard test method for temperature of freshly mixed hydraulic cement concrete (ASTM C1064/C1064 M).
  • Standard practice for sampling freshly mixed concrete (ASTM C172/ 172 M).

Contact Hours (Theory/Lab)
8 (Theory 4/Lab 4)

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
2, 3, 4

Technical Section/Laboratory

  • Standard test method for slump of hydraulic cement concrete (ASTM C143/ C 143 M).
  • Standard test method for density (Unit weight), yield, and air content (Gravimetric) of concrete (ASTM C138/ C138 M).
  • Standard test method for air content of freshly mixed concrete by the pressure method (ASTM C231/ C231 M).
  • Standard test method for air content of freshly mixed concrete by the volumetric method (ASTM C173/ C173 M).

Contact Hours (Theory/Lab)
8 (-/Lab)

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
2, 3, 4

Technical Section/Laboratory

  • Standard practice for making and curing concrete test specimens in the field (ASTM C31/ C31 M).
  • Perform ground penetrating radar tests.
  • Perform pulse Echo tests.
  • Verify thermal tube placement.
  • Perform cross hole sonic logging (CSL) tests.
  • Test based on the delivered lecture.

Contact Hours (Theory/Lab)
6 (-/Lab) + 2 Test

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
2, 3, 4


Contact Information

Department of Continuing Education
161 Newkirk Street, Room E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4224