Concrete Construction Special Inspector

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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.

For more information, please contact the Illinois Chapter Office at 773-775-7558, or at [email protected], and one of our chapter members will assist you.

The technical resource materials used in these programs include the following:


  • SP-2 - Manual of Concrete Inspection

  • 116R - Cement and Concrete Terminology

  • 117 - Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials

  • 301 - Specifications for Structural Concrete

  • 302.1R - Floor and Slab Construction

  • 304R - Measuring, Mixing, Transporting and Placing Concrete

  • 304.2R - Placing Concrete by Pumping Methods

  • 304.5R - Batching, Mixing, and Job Control of Lightweight Concrete

  • 305R - Hot Weather Concreting

  • 306R - Cold Weather Concreting

  • 308 - Curing Concrete

  • 309R - Consolidation of Concrete

  • 311.4R - Guide for Concrete Inspection

  • 318 - Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete

  • 347R - Formwork for Concrete


  • C 29 - Unit Weight and Voids in Aggregates

  • C 94 - Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete

  • E 329 - Evaluation of Testing and Inspection Agencies


  • MSP-1 - Manual of Standard Practice, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

  • EB001 - Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, Portland Cement Assoc.

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:

  1. Hold current certification as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I;

  2. Obtain a passing grade on the written inspection examination;

  3. Obtain a passing grade on the written plans reading examination;

  4. Possess at least one of the following qualifications:

  5. A Minimum of two years of college or technical school, earning at least 60 credit hours, plus two years of satisfactory work experience, or

B) A high school diploma, or equivalent, plus a minimum of three years of satisfactory work experience, or

C) Five years of satisfactory work experience.

The work experience must include:

  1. Decision making authority and responsibility

  2. Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes

  3. Evaluation of concrete construction in the field

  4. Documentation and reporting of inspection results

  5. 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%.

Associate Concrete Construction Special Inspector

ACI will grant certification to those applicants who meet the Field Technician prerequisite 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 (5) years, and requires successful completion of the written examinations.

Go to the ACI Bookstore on this website to order and/or obtain current pricing on any items listed below.

Order Code: CP21PACK

Title: Inspector Reference Package

Description: 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, lesson plan, study aids, work experience forms and instructions); reprints of ACI documents (including ACI's Manual of Concrete Inspection, SP-2); reprints of ASTM documents; PCA's Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, and CRSI's Manual of Standard Practice.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I register?

You can register online and complete the registration form and email or fax it in.

2. What forms of payment do you accept?

You can pay your registration fees with a check, money order, Visa, Discover or MasterCard.

3. How and when do I get my study guide?

You will receive your study guide the first day of class. It can be mailed to you in advance at an additional cost of $18.95.

4. Where do the testing and review sessions take place?

The testing and review sessions are at the location noted on the schedule.

5. What is your cancellation policy?

The latest you can cancel your registration for a full refund is 5 business days prior to the start of class. Cancellations less than 5 days forfeits your registration fee.

6. Do I have to attend the procedure review session?

No, the review session is optional, however we strongly recommend it for all first-time certification attendees. It could be optional for those renewing their certification. If you need additional clarification, please contact us at 773-775-7558 or [email protected] and someone will assist you.

7. What time do classes start?

All sessions will start at 8:00 am unless otherwise noted. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow for check-in.

8. What do I need to bring with me to class?

Calculator (Cellphones NOT Allowed), pencil, highlighter, safety shoes, safety glasses, and ACI study guide if you received it in advance.

9. When will I receive test results?

Results will be sent to you by ACI national via U.S. mail within 2 to 4 weeks from test date. Do not contact us about availability of your test results. The Illinois Chapter does not grade the exams.

10. What if I fail the written exam?

You will need to retest on the written exam if you would like to be ACI certified. A good idea might be to read over the sections and standards you did not pass the first time around. Then, you will need to register again by completing and sending the registration form.

11. What if I fail the performance exam?

You will need to re-register with us to take it again. You can register online and complete the registration form and email or fax it in.