Certification Classes

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Schedule of Classes:

ODOT QCT - Quality Control Technician

      April 17-18, 2014 - Pendleton
       May 20-21, 2014 - Salem
  (FULL)
       June 3-4, 2014 - Salem

ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1
         

       April 18-19, 2014 - Pendleton
       May 21-22, 2014 - Salem
(FULL)
       June 4-5, 2014 - Salem
 
ODOT CCT - Concrete Control Technician
      
       April 30 - May 2, 2014 - Salem


NRMCA Pervious Concrete Technician

       TBD based on interest


OCAPA offers 4 Certification Classes:



    ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade 1 

For all personnel involved in testing fresh concrete. ASTM C94 and ACI 301 require technicians to have demonstrated an ability equivalent to ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician-Grade I certification.


A half day review, with exams administered the following day, is sponsored by OCAPA in cooperation with the American Concrete  Institute (ACI). It is conducted by a Professional Engineer and graded by ACI.
 
Those successfully completing both the ACI written and performance examinations will receive a wallet card from ACI certifying them as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I. Certification is valid for 5 years.
 
REQUIRED PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:
 
· Familiarity with basic algebra.
 
· A working knowledge of the following ASTM Standards:
 
     -C 172 - Sampling Freshly Mixed Concrete
 
     -C 1064 -Temperature of Freshly Mixed Portland Cement Concrete
 
     -C 143 - Slump of Hydraulic Cement Concrete
 
     -C 138 -Unit Weight, Yield, and Air Contentof Concrete
 
     -C 231 - Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by thePressure Method
 
     -C 173 - Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the VolumetricMethod
 
     -C 31 - Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field
 
·You must be familiar with your testing equipment and be able to proceed through testing procedures without coaching or comment from the examiner or others.
 
· Students must provide their own equipment or arrange to share equipment.
 
No more than two students per equipment set.
 
 
NOTICE TO STUDENTS RE-CERTIFYING OR CHALLENGING:
 
· You must provide your previous ACI# on the registration form.
 
· If you are recertifying, ACI requires successful completion of both the performance
 
and written examinations.
 
· Individuals that are recertifying are not required to attend the review
 
· ACI exams (written or performance) are not administered outside of scheduled
 
class dates.


ODOT QCT Quality Control Technician 


A QCT performs testing of fresh Portland cement concrete including sampling, concrete temperature, slump, unit weight, air content, and fabrication of specimens for strength testing and performs other duties including calculating cement content and water-cement ratio as required by specifications. This is a special segment designed by ODOT as a supplemental to the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1, for certification to work on state projects.


A QCT performs testing of fresh Portland cement concrete including sampling, concrete temperature, slump, unit weight, air content, and fabrication of specimens for strength testing and performs other duties including calculating cement content and water-cement ratio as required by specifications.

A QCT performs testing of fresh Portland cement concrete including sampling, concrete temperature, slump, unit weight, air content, and fabrication of specimens for strength testing and performs other duties including calculating cement content and water-cement ratio as required by specifications.

A half day review, with the exam given the next morning, is sponsored by OCAPA in cooperation with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Individuals will need to be familiar with water-cement ratio worksheets and be able to navigate the following ODOT manuals :

·          Manual of Field Testing Procedures

·          Oregon Standard Specifications for Construction - 2008 (Blue Book).


Manuals are not available through OCAPA but can be purchased through the ODOT website:
 

http://www.odot.state.or.us/ffp/cs/opo/contractor_plans/ManualSubmitOrder.htm

A current copy of ASTM C-94 Specifications (found in the ACI manual) is needed for the exam. The exam is a 90 minute open book exam with a passing grade of 80%. Those successfully completing the ODOT examination and the ACI written and performance exams will be certified for work on ODOT projects . This certification expires the same date as ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1.


SCHEDULING AN ODOT EXAM OUTSIDE OF SCHEDULED CLASS TIME:

Written ODOT recertification exams can be scheduled by appointment by calling the OCAPA office at 503-588-2430.


This class does NOT include the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade 1 certification, which is required. Please remember to register for the ACI class.


CCT Concrete Control Technician (CCT) 
Concrete Mix Design

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of concrete mix design. A CCT is responsible for proportioning concrete mixtures to meet job requirements and for making adjustments to the mix design and mix production as necessary to provide a concrete mixture of the quality required by specifications.
 
The CCT course is sponsored by OCAPA in cooperation with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The course is presented through Blue Mountain Community College and qualifies as a Professional Development course for the engineering field. College Credit and Continuing Education Units are granted upon completion of the course.
 
Those successfully completing the course will receive a certificate and wallet card from OCAPA and ODOT certifying them as a Concrete Control Technician. The certification is good for (3) years.
 
REQUIRED PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:


Students must have successfully completed the ACI and the ODOT Quality Control Technician (QCT) Concrete Field Technician Grade I exams before taking the CCT exam.
 
All students without previous CCT certification: Complete and return the PRE 25 math test (included with study materials). A score of 75% or higher on the pre-exam is recommended to ensure success in the CCT class.
 
This course consisits of 16 hours of review and instruction followed by a 3½ hour open book written exam. This class moves very quickly!!! Extensive study prior to the course is HIGHLY recommended!



NRMCA Pervious Concrete Technician 

This one day course is sponsored by OCAPA in cooperation with National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). This course includes classroom instruction as well as hands on training with Pervious Concrete. This course may qualify for Professional Development Hours.
 
The goal of this certification program is to ensure that knowledgeable contractors are selected to place the product and thereby minimize the chance for failure.

Three levels of certification are available:
        
         I.            A Pervious Concrete Technician is a person who demonstrated knowledge about proper procedures to place, compact, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect pervious concrete pavements, but who lacks the requisite field experience to qualify as a pervious concrete Installer or Craftsman.
 
       II.            A Pervious Concrete Installer is a person who has demonstrated the ability to place, compact, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect pervious concrete pavements and has documented a limited project-based field experience in placing pervious concrete.
 
      III.            A Pervious Concrete Craftsman is a person who has demonstrated the ability to place, compact, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect pervious concrete pavements and has documented a higher level of field time-based experience in placing pervious concrete.

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Scope and Knowledge

The program requires knowledge in the following areas of concrete construction:

a.  Basic concrete technology
 
b.  Pervious concrete materials and mix proportioning
 
c.  Proper use of tools and equipment
 
d.  General design principles of pervious concrete pavements
 
e.  Pervious concrete construction
 
f.   Maintenance and troubleshooting
 
Certification Requirements

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Pervious Concrete Contractor certification program includes certification of personnel at the following levels:

I.      Pervious Concrete Technician
 
II.     Pervious Concrete Installer
 
III.    Pervious Concrete Craftsman
 
 
Pervious Concrete Technician:

Personnel achieving the following criteria will obtain certification as a Pervious Concrete Technician.

·   Pass the NRMCA Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Written Examination with a score of 75% or greater administered by a Local Sponsoring Group approved by NRMCA.
 
Pervious Concrete Installer:

Personnel achieving the following criteria will obtain certification as a Pervious Concrete Installer.

·   Pass the NRMCA Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Written Examination with a score of 75% or greater administered by a Local Sponsoring Group approved by NRMCA
 
·   Possess a current ACI Flatwork Finisher Technician or Craftsman certification at the time of application
 
·   Complete a Performance Evaluation administered by a Local Sponsoring Group approved by NRMCA – Form PCC10.
 
·   Provide project experience documentation of successful construction of a minimum of 3 projects with a total area exceeding 10,000 square feet (1000 m²) – Form PCC8.
 
Pervious Concrete Craftsman:

Personnel achieving the following criteria will obtain certification as a Pervious Concrete Craftsman.

·   Pass the NRMCA Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Written Examination with a score of 75% or greater administered by a Local Sponsoring Group approved by NRMCA
 
·   Possess a current ACI Flatwork Finisher Technician or Craftsman certification at the time of application
 
·   Work Experience:
 

OPTION A: Complete a Performance Evaluation administered by a Local Sponsoring Group approved by NRMCA and document work experience constructing pervious concrete pavement exceeding 1500 hours – Forms PCC10 and PCC9, respectively.

                                       
OR
 
OPTION B: Provide documentation of work experience constructing pervious concrete pavements exceeding 3000 hours – Form PCC9.  NRMCA Pervious Concrete Contractor Certifications shall be valid for a period of five [5] years. The expiration date for the certification shall be based on the date of completion of the written examination.
 
Exam Information

The two-hour written examination is "closed book," consisting of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions. The passing grade for the written examination is 75%.


Pervious Concrete Installer & Craftsman:

During the performance evaluation, each examinee must demonstrate procedures for placing, compacting, finishing, edging, jointing and beginning curing a pervious concrete slab. The examiner will observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various individual procedures. A passing grade is defined as "no significant variation from proper procedure and no more than two variations from proper technique in the use of the tools."

The project experience or work experience must include placing, consolidation, finishing, edging, jointing and curing of pervious concrete, and must be documented on the Installer Application form or the Craftsman Application.


Cancellations, Rescheduling & Substitutions


CANCELLATION POLICY:
All Cancellations, Reschedules and Substitutions are subject to a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made at least 14 days before the start of the class to receive a refund. Material fees are non-refundable. 
 
RESCHEDULING: Rescheduling to another class must be made at least 14 days before the start of the class.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitutions are only allowed between students within the same firm at least 14 days before the start of the class.
 
NO SHOWS: "No-shows" will not be rescheduled or refunded. Classes are subject to cancellation based upon the number of registrants. Registrants will be notified no later than 7 days prior to the start of the class of any cancellations. Prices are subject to change without notice. No credits will be carried over past June 30th of current year. Photo ID will be required for all exams.

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