Adhesive Anchor Installation

This program is for personnel involved in the installation of adhesive anchors in concrete.

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

For more information, please contact the Illinois Chapter Office at 847-635-1390, or at, and one of our chapter members will assist you.


ACI/CRSI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both criteria:

  • A passing grade on the Written Examination; and
  • Successful completion of the Performance Examination


The ninety minute written examination is “closed book” and consists of approximately 75 multiple choice questions. The performance exam, which is also "closed book," requires you to perform or describe all of the required procedures for the vertical down installation and the vertical overhead installation using both piston plug and retaining cap methods.


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

Certification registration fees include the current ACI Study Guide, procedure review session, and written and performance exams. The suggested procedure review session consists of a power point presentation including video clips and general discussion followed by actual hands-on practice time with adhesive anchors. THIS IS NOT A TRAINING COURSE!