ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I

About the Exam 

Day One - Review / Written Exam. 

Day Two - Performance Exam. 

The one-hour (strictly enforced) written examination is "closed book" and consists of 55 multiple-choice questions. There are five to ten questions on each of the ASTM test methods & practices. 

The performance examination is also "closed book" and requires an actual demonstration of six of the required test methods & practices plus a verbal description of Practice C172 (sampling).
The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform all of the required steps for each procedure. Recertification is necessary every 5 years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations. 

Read more about the certification and its requirements...

About Recertification

What is the difference between recertifying and becoming certified for the first time?  From ACI's standpoint, there is no difference.  Whether you are obtaining your certification for the first time or you are renewing your expired certification, you are still required to take both the full written and performance exams.

PennDOT Certification?

Is the ACI Certification and the PennDOT (NECEPT) certification the same thing?  NO.

When working on a PennDOT job, you are required to maintain the PennDOT (NECEPT) certification. You must have a current ACI technician certification PRIOR to registering for the NECEPT exam. Once the NECEPT certification is obtained, the ACI certification is no longer required to maintain NECEPT certification. However, if your NECEPT certification lapses for any reason, you are once again required to take the ACI certification exam followed by again taking the NECEPT exam.

ASTM Standards / Non-PennDOT Jobs?

PennDOT is the only entity which recognizes NECEPT certification.   ACI certification is still required by ASTM standards for technicians working non-PennDOT jobs.

Winter / Spring 2017 ACI Exam Schedule 

Registrations will soon be available for the Winter / Spring 2017 Session!

Exam Dates/Locations:

  • February 14-15, 2017 - Williamsport, PA
  • February 21-22, 2017 - Bethlehem, PA
  • March 8-9, 2017 - Bellefonte / State College, PA
  • March 22-23, 2017 - Leesport, PA
  • April 5-6, 2017 - Wilkes-Barre / Pittston, PA
  • April 12-13, 2017 - Harrisburg, PA - Please note this is a date change from the original schedule of April 13-14.


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To Take An Exam

Register HERE

Did you fail the written exam and need to retake it? Do you feel like you need a more comprehensive review before retaking it?  See the information on the January 10th Comprehensive Review / Written Retest course below.

Ways to Prepare for The Exam - Additional Instruction Offered

PACA also offers a number of ways to prepare to take the exam which provides additional instruction not offered during the exam sessions.



Are you new to the industry or do you need additional instruction to prepare for both the WRITTEN and the PERFORMANCE exam?

Tutorial Course Available

This training includes:

Once you have registered for your exam date, consider taking PACA's Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Tutorial Course to help you better prepare for your exam.

  • Hands-on training utilizing the actual equipment used for testing.
  • Classroom review for the written test.
  • Preparation for the seven standard tests commonly associated with sampling and testing fresh concrete in the field.
Spring 2017 Tutorial Course Schedule:
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
Location of Tutorial Course Schedule:
Boger Concrete
401 Richardson Road
Middletown, PA 17057

Instructor: James Casilio, P.E.; PACA's Director of Technical Services

To Take The Tutorial Class

Register HERE

Failed the Written Exam in the Last Year and Need to Retake It?

Consider Taking A Comprehensive Review Class for the Written Exam

What makes this different than the tutorial course mentioned below?

This comprehensive review class concentrates solely on the written exam.  No review of the performance test is conducted in any way.  This class is designed for those who have failed the written exam and offers more in depth instruction on the written test to prepare to retake it in the future.

Next class offered:

Location of Comprehensive Review Class:
Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey
604 Station Road - Exit 80 of I-81
Grantville, PA

Instructor: James Casilio, P.E.; PACA's Director of Technical Services


To Take The Comprehensive Review Course

Register HERE