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Concrete Construction Special Inspector


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 847-635-1390, or at RegisterACI-IL@concretece.com, and one of our chapter members will assist you.

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

ACI PUBLICATIONS
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
ASTM PUBLICATIONS
C 29 - Unit Weight and Voids in Aggregates
C 94 - Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete
E 329 - Evaluation of Testing and Inspection Agencies
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
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:
A) 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.