The American Concrete Institute has launched two new masonry-related certification programs: the Masonry Field Testing Technician and the Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician. Developed by ACI Subcommittee C601-C, Masonry Testing Technicians, the programs provide certification to technicians working in the laboratory or in the field who can demonstrate technical knowledge and skills for sampling and testing of masonry units, mortars, grout, and prisms. The programs are based on content from ASTM specifications.

For the masonry industry, implementation of testing certifications is vital. “Developing these programs filled an important need within the testing and inspection community,” said Chris Robinson, Chair of ACI Committee C670, Masonry Technician Certification.

“Our sponsoring group coverage enables ACI to bring these new programs to market in an efficient and effective manner. We have 117 sponsoring groups worldwide, with 97 in North America,” said John Nehasil, ACI Managing Director of Certification& Chapters. “With the program now available, we expect reasonable coverage from our sponsoring groups.”

Both new programs have the support of The Masonry Society, the National Concrete Masonry Association, and the Portland Cement Association. The Masonry Society will be a National Sponsor for this program, and Certification will be offered through local sponsoring groups.

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