Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Associate

    OVERVIEW

    A Concrete Flatwork Associate (formerly Concrete Flatwork Technician) is a person who has demonstrated knowledge (via a written examination) on proper procedures to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

    A Concrete Flatwork Finisher (formerly Concrete Flatwork Tradesman) is a craftsman who has demonstrated the skills (via a hands-on performance exam) necessary to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork. 

    An Advanced Concrete Flatwork Finisher (formerly Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Technician),  is a craftsman who has demonstrated the knowledge and/or expertise necessary to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure, and protect concrete flatwork. 

    REGISTRATION FEES

    Certification

     

     Written Exam Only: $200

    For those individuals certifying for the first time.  Includes evaluation of work experience.  Work experience forms will be sent to you with your confirmation materials.  A Spanish written exam is available upon request.

    Written Re-Exam

     

    Written Re-exam: $150

    For those individuals who failed their written exam on their first attempt.

    Workbook CP-10

     

    Workbook CP-10: $50

    Includes study guide only.  

    SCHEDULE

    KANSAS CITY TESTING

    Monday start at 8 am

    Written Exams

    *Times and days are subject to change without notice.

    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT

    Individuals requesting special accommodations enabling them to participate in ACI certification examinations must submit a letter from their primary physician to the Kansas Chapter ACI describing the physical challenge and providing a proposed solution (i.e. more time, a reader for the questions, physical assistance, etc.).  The Kansas Chapter ACI will forward the request and physician’s letter to ACI for direction.  Since the notification and formulation of appropriate accommodations takes time, candidates must make their request and submit the physician letter to the Kansas Chapter ACI at least three weeks prior to a certification examination session to formulate appropriate accommodations, arrange for their availability at the session, and accept the registration.

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Participant can cancel registration by emailing a request to [email protected] three (3) business days prior to a certification testing to receive a refund of the registration fees less the cost of study materials. Substitutions may be made at any time prior to the event by emailing [email protected]

    SCOPE AND KNOWLEDGE

    The primary technical resource for this program is ACI's Concrete Craftsman Series, Slabs on Grade, CCS–1. The program requires knowledge in the following areas of concrete construction:

    • Planning for slab-on-ground placement

    • Concrete materials, mixture proportioning, and control tests

    • Preparation before placing concrete

    • Floor flatness and levelness

    • Placing equipment

    • Finishing tools and equipment

    • Procedures for finishing slabs-on-ground

    • Jointing

    • Curing and protection of concrete

    • Finishing problems and possible solutions

    CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

    For Concrete Flatwork Associate: ACI will grant certification to those candidates who obtain a passing grade on the written examination.  The two-hour written examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 50 multiple-choice questions.  The passing grade for the written examination is 70%.  

    Recertification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of a written examination OR 10 hours documented continuing education from an approved source.  Individuals with Concrete Flatwork Associate certification can upgrade to Advanced Finisher status upon submittal and approval of sufficient work experience or combination of sufficient work experience and passing the ACI performance examination.  Certification at the Advanced Finisher level is valid for the remainder of the original Associate certification period.

    For Concrete Flatwork Finisher: ACI will grant certification to those candidates who:

    • Possess 1,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately one year of regular full-time work) AND

    • Successfully complete the performance examination**

    Recertification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of either a performance examination OR a combination of 10 hours documented continuing education from an approved source and 1500 additional hours of verified continuing work experience attained within the previous 5 years.  Individuals with Concrete Flatwork Finisher certification can upgrade to Advanced Finisher status upon successful completion of the written examination.  Certification at the Advanced Finisher level is valid for the remainder of the original Finisher certification period.

    For Advanced Concrete Flatwork Finisher: ACI will grant certification to those candidates who obtain a passing grade on the written examination PLUS either:

    • Possess 1,500 hours of actua lon-the-job finishing* experience (approximately one year of regular full-time work) AND successfully complete the performance examination**, OR

    • Possess 4,500 hours of actual on-the-job finishing* experience (approximately three years of regular full-time work).

    Recertification is necessary every five years and requires successful completion of either a written examination, or a combination of 10 hours documented continuing education from an approved source and 4500 hours of verified continuing work experience attained within the previous 5 years.

    *Finishing experience includes concrete placement, consolidation, jointing, curing and protection, finishing, form setting, prep work, rubbing, patching, and saw cutting. Verification of the work experience by the candidate's employer(s) is required.

    **During the performance examination, each examinee must place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, begin curing, and provide initial protection for a concrete slab. The examiner will observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various individual procedures.

    For work experience forms, instructions, and the full program policy please see www.concrete.org/certification/certificationprograms