Flatwork Finisher and Technician

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Definition:

Concrete Flatwork Finisher is a craftsman who has demonstrated knowledge about and the ability to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

Concrete Flatwork Technician is a person who is knowledgeable about proper procedures to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork, but who lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a Concrete Flatwork Finisher.


Scope and Knowledge:

The primary technical resource for this program is ACI's Concrete Craftsman Series, Slabs on Grade, CCS–1. The program requires knowledge in the following areas of concrete construction:

  • Planning for slab-on-ground placement

  • Concrete materials, mixture proportioning, and control tests

  • Preparation before placing concrete

  • Floor flatness and levelness

  • Placing equipment

  • Finishing tools and equipment

  • Procedures for finishing slabs-on-ground

  • Jointing

  • Curing and protection of concrete

  • Finishing problems and possible solutions


Certification Requirements:

For Concrete Flatwork Finisher: ACI will grant certification only to those candidates who obtain a passing grade on the written examination PLUS either:

  • Possess 1,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately one year of regular full-time work) AND successfully complete the performance examination**, OR

  • Possess 4,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately three years of regular full-time work).


The two-hour written examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions. The passing grade for the written examination is 70%. 

*Finishing experience includes concrete placement, consolidation, jointing, curing and protection, finishing, form setting, prep work, rubbing, patching, and saw cutting. Verification of the work experience by the candidate's employer(s) is required. 

**During the performance examination, each examinee must place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, begin curing, and provide initial protection for a concrete slab. The examiner will observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various individual procedures. A passing grade is defined as "no significant variation from proper procedure and no more than two variations from proper technique in the use of the tools." 

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


For Concrete Flatwork Technician:
 ACI will grant certification to those examinees who obtain a passing grade on the written examination. Individuals with Flatwork Technician certification can upgrade to full Flatwork Finisher status upon submittal and approval of sufficient work experience or successful completion of the ACI performance evaluation. 

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


Study Material:

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

CP–10(10): Craftsman Workbook for ACI Certification of Concrete Flatwork Technician & Flatwork Finisher

A study guide that orients the examinee to the certification program and contains directions on how to prepare for the written examination and performance evaluation. All technical information is included as well as practice/study questions. Reference information from ACI includes CCS-1, “Slabs on Grade,” and SP-1, “Concrete Primer.”

CP–10S(10): Spanish Language Version of Craftsman Workbook for ACI Certification of Concrete Flatwork Technician & Flatwork Finisher


Work Experience:


Program Policy:

Flatwork Finisher & Technician and Tradesman Policy

UPCOMING CLASSES

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 RegisterACI-IL@concretece.com 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.