Professional Development

Professional Development

PACA delivers American Concrete Institute (ACI) and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) certifications and partners with PennDOT for the Aggregate & Concrete Technician Certification Programs.

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Complete List of Certifications PACA Offers

Why should you become certified you ask? This video will give you more information on why you should become certified.

Please visit each certification page to learn more about these exams found in the list to the left.

Still have questions regarding our certifications? For questions regarding certification exam content, material covered, etc., contact our Director of Concrete Promotion and Certification, Ken Crank.

For questions regarding the registration process, availability of seats, etc., contact Kallie Kline, Director of Member Services.


Certification Drives Industry Value

Following our first American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I certification exam in 2021 (Feb. 16) at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA, the PACA staff were pleased to receive the following email from Derrick Duff of Stone Valley Construction Services.

I would like to thank you on behalf of Stone Valley Construction Services for the ACI Concrete Test Technician Course held at Penn College, February 16, 2021. In the middle of a terrible pandemic and awful weather, you persevered and delivered a great program. We all remarked how well the information was presented. The quality of the instructors and how well the facility worked for the classroom and practical environments.

Thanks again for a job well done and we will see you in 5 years!

All the best,


A very big thank you to all of our host facilities, instructors, proctors, and volunteers for making this program so successful year in and year out and for making PACA's certification program the industry gold star.

COVID-19 Protocols - As of September 22, 2021


Please carefully read and review all the provisions of the below waiver and release noting that you freely and knowingly assume the risk of attending this event/certification exam and waive your rights concerning liability as described above by either checking the appropriate box during the online registration process or by signing and returning the form below to PACA staff.

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PACA has implemented the following preventative health and safety measures for our event, which includes asking all attendees to wear a face mask while inside and not actively eating or drinking; to complete a health screening regardless of vaccination status; and to follow all applicable CDC and local guidance, especially related to social distancing, as well as any host facility guidelines.

If you have any questions about the health and safety requirements, please contact a PACA staff member.


All attending will be required to fill out a health questionnaire upon arrival at the event/certification exam and to notify PACA staff if there are any changes to your answers during the event/exam. The attendee's signature on the questionnaire document certifies that (1) their answers to the questions on the form are true and accurate at the time of completing and submitting this document, (2) they will notify PACA if their answers change at any time during the multiple-day event, (3) if their answers change at any time during the multiple-day event or if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, they will leave the facility and will not return unless they satisfy applicable CDC guidelines, and (4) they have not taken a fever-reducing medication within 24 hours prior to their temperature check.

All attending will be required to have a temperature check prior to entering the facility.

Also, please note that all attendees are asked to follow applicable hygiene protocols recommended by the CDC, which may include washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; covering coughs and sneezes (with appropriate tissue disposal and hand sanitation); and maintaining social distancing of at least six feet. In addition, attendees are required to wear a cloth mask that covers their nose and mouth in accordance with CDC guidelines. If attendees have any questions about the health and safety requirements, they are asked to please contact a PACA staff member onsite.


All who attend PACA events/certification exams, by checking the waiver box or signing the waiver form, agree that they will comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws, orders and guidance as well as any PACA policies relating to health and safety (the “Guidelines”) at the event/exam regardless of their vaccination status. They acknowledge that their failure to comply with any of the Guidelines may result in their removal from the event/exam and its premises. If they are removed from the event/exam due to such noncompliance, they understand they will forfeit any registration, conference, or other fees they paid to attend the event/exam.

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Thank You

Thank You to PACA's Volunteers

We wish to thank and acknowledge the member companies and individuals for their commitment and sweat equity by volunteering their time and their facilities to deliver quality professional development programs for the betterment of our industry.

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Certification Partners

ACI Certification Seal

American Concrete Institute

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a nationally recognized organization that provides industry-specific certification in 21 different subjects.

Of those 21 subjects, PACA offers exams for Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I (spring and fall semesters annually), Flatwork Finisher / Technician (as needed), Strength Testing (as needed) certifications and the Adhesive Anchor Installer certification.


National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

PACA also offers NRMCA's Exterior Flatwork Finisher and Pervious Concrete Contractor certifications on an as needed basis. If you would like to schedule an Exterior Flatwork Finisher certification exam, please contact Jim Casilio, P.E. If you wish to schedule a Pervious Concrete Contractor certification, please contact Ken Crank.

Penn DOT

Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology

The Aggregate Technician Certification program and PennDOT's Concrete Technician certification program is offered by the Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT).

For individuals who are initially certifying for the Concrete Field Testing Technician or those who have let their certification expire, you must provide a copy of your current ACI certification to qualify.


American Institute of Architects

The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System Provider. Our instructors bring the presentations right to your door.

Simply choose the presentation you would like us to provide, complete and fax the reservation form to the PACA office, and our instructors will contact you to set up a schedule convenient for you and your employees. Earn your CES credits without ever leaving the convenience of your office. See PACA's offerings.

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