Arizona Chapter
American Concrete Institute

Concrete Construction Special Inspector

  • 13 May 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • 17 May 2019
  • 2:00 PM
  • Western Technologies - 3737 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ
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  • An individual member, or an employee of a corporate member of the Arizona Chapter of ACI (an employee must be registered by a company representative who has a log in for this site)
  • Select this only if you have already purchased the CP-21 pack from the ACI bookstore

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ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector Certification

This is a four day program that includes three days of classroom review on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; followed by the written and plan reading exams on Friday. The package price includes the review, the exams, all certification fees and the ACI technical resource materials for this program (CP-21). The CP-21 pack is an extensive collection of ACI, CRSI and ASTM manuals and documents that would cost over $1000 if purchased separately.

It is important to note that the written exam is "open book" and the CP-21 pack documents are the only materials permitted to be used during this testing session. If you have already purchased these materials prior to registration, you can delete them from the registration fee, but you must bring the CP-21 to the first day of class or you will not be permitted to continue in the session (and will be required to pay a rescheduling fee). Enter registration code DELETECP21 when registering to sign up without receiving this material.

Register on-line here by clicking on the "Register" button at the bottom left side of this page.

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.

Scope and Knowledge


The programs require a knowledge of concrete construction, including plans reading, formwork installation and removal, reinforcements, embedments, sampling and testing freshly mixed concrete, conveying, placing, consolidation, finishing, jointing curing, and protection. The technical resource materials used in these programs include the following: ACI PUBLICATIONS

  • SP-2 - Manual of Concrete Inspection
  • ACI Concrete Terminology
  • 117 - Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials
  • 213R - Guide for Structural Lightweight-Aggregate Concrete
  • 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
  • 305R - Hot Weather Concreting
  • 306R - Cold Weather Concreting
  • 308R - Curing Concrete
  • 309R - Consolidation of Concrete
  • 318 - Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete
  • 347 - Formwork for Concrete


  • Manual of Standard Practice (MSP)

Certification Requirements      

For Concrete Construction Special Inspector:

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who:
  1. Hold current certification as an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I, and
  2. Obtain a passing grade on the written inspection examination, and
  3. Obtain a passing grade on the written plans reading examination, and
  4. Possess at least one of the following qualifications:
    • A B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering or Construction Engineering Technology from a program accredited by ABET (aka Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), including courses in concrete materials, design or construction), PLUS six months satisfactory work experience, or
    • A B.S. degree in an engineering program PLUS one year of satisfactory work experience, or
    • A Minimum of two years of college or technical school, earning at least 60 credit hours, PLUS two years of satisfactory work experience, or
    • A high school diploma, or equivalent, PLUS a minimum of three years of satisfactory work experience, or
    • Five years of satisfactory work experience.
The work experience must include:
  • Decision making authority and responsibility
  • Verification of compliance with plans, specifications, and codes
  • Evaluation of concrete construction in the field
  • Documentation and reporting of inspection results
  • 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%. Recertification is necessary every five years, and requires successful completion of the written examinations.

For 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 years, and requires successful completion of the written examinations.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ACI Certification programs are ADA compliant.

Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the ACI Certification Department for further information on how to proceed. All requested for special accommodations under ADA are handled on a case-by-case basis and must be made allowing enough time for evaluation and appropriate action by ACI.  To contact he contact the ACI Certification Department regarding ADA issues, call 248-848-3790.  This must be done prior to attending any certification program offered by our Chapter


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