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Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI)
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.
Scope and Knowledge:
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
ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on both the written examination and performance examinations.
- In Part 1, each examinee will be tasked with selecting, assembling, and using the proper tools, equipment and materials to drill and clean a vertical down hole in concrete, inject adhesive, and set an anchor to the proper depth and perpendicularity. The Examiner(s) will observe and evaluate the examinees’ performance for proper procedure.
- In Part 2, each examinee is required to inject clear tubes with adhesive in a vertical up orientation behind a blind to simulate a drilled hole in concrete; one tube is injected using the retaining cap method, and one tube is injected using the piston plug method. The Examiner(s) will observe and evaluate the examinees’ performance for proper procedure.
Following Part 1, the Examiner(s) will check the vertical down installation for proper depth and plumb; after the adhesive in the tubes injected in Part 2 has cured, the Examiner(s) will cross section them and evaluate the size and location of air voids to determine pass or fail. This program now certifies candidates in either OR both of the "overhead" installation systems (retaining-cap and piston-plug).
A set of instructions appropriate for the exam along with applicable Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be available for consultation by the examinee during both parts of the performance exam. Both parts of the performance must be successfully completed within one year or the entire performance examination must be re-taken.
Recertification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations.
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This workbook provides educational information on adhesive anchors and their installation methods, as well as examination procedures & criteria for the ACI Adhesive Anchor Installer certification program. A companion DVD detailing the installation methods and certification procedures is also included.
The Spanish workbook provides the same educational information on adhesive anchors and their installation methods, as well as examination procedures and criteria for the ACI Adhesive Anchor Installer certification program as the English 2012 edition. A companion DVD detailing the installation methods and certification procedures in both Spanish and English is also included.
Adhesive Anchor Installer Policy
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?
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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.