Archive for July, 2012
CALL FOR ENTRY
ENTER NOW Polished concrete has grown from a niche
to a mainstream design element. To recognize today’s
most outstanding projects, the editors of CONCRETE SURFACES magazine have created the annual Polished Concrete Awards.
Residential–single or multifamily structures
Commercial–office buildings, sports and
Industrial– manufacturing facilities, warehouses
Retail– stores, restaurants, shopping centers
Educational–school buildings, dormitories
Craftsman–decorative showcase projects
Concrete Countertops–kitchen, bath and
All winning entries will be featured in the September
issue of CONCRETE SURFACES magazine
$50 fee per entry
August 6, 2012 Entry Form
and Fee Deadline
HOW TO ENTER
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The American Society of Concrete Contractors will hold its eleventh Annual Conference on September 20-23, 2012 at the Wyndham Lisle–Chicago Hotel. Concrete contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and other industry professionals will gather for three days of seminars, roundtables and fun. Read More
Concrete Surfaces is again the official media sponsor of the International Concrete Polishing & Staining Conference, which takes place Oct. 11-14 in Duluth, Ga. Exhibit hall space will be doubled for this year’s event. Read More
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Certification E-Newsletter for May 2012
New Sponsoring Group
We have approved Instituto Ecuatoriano de Cemento y del Hormingon (INECYC) to conduct the Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I, Concrete Construction Special Inspector, Concrete Strength Testing Technician, Aggregate Testing Technician and Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician certification programs in Southern Ecuador. Welcome aboard INECYC!!!
New Simplified Flatwork Finisher/Technician Work Experience Forms
A task group from committee C640, Craftsmen Certification has updated and simplified the work experience forms for the Concrete Flatwork Finisher/Technician certification program. The new forms and instructions can be found HERE. Individuals will no longer need to complete the D5, D16, and D17 forms.
Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program
The Adhesive Anchor Installer (AAI) certification program continues to move forward. As of this update 18 Sponsoring Groups in the U.S. and 1 in Taiwan have gone through the orientation program with 10 others scheduled for this Fall. A number of items are near completion and we wanted to share this information so you can start scheduling this program in your area.
The CP-80 ACI-CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification workbook will be available for order the first part of August. It will contain 8 chapters each with practice questions and a performance checklist in the appendix. Each workbook will also come with a DVD containing a video review of the vertical down and vertical overhead performance examinations.
ACI is developing a DVD toolkit that will be available shortly. This DVD will contain resources from newsletter articles to a grading rubric as well as a power point review presentation. Each SG offering the AAI program will receive this DVD toolkit at no cost. It is designed to be used by Examiners and presenters only and not for distribution to examinees.
ACI is still negotiating with Hilti, ITW Redhead, Powers Fasteners and Simpson Strong-tie to develop discount pricing in support of this program. Details will be announced once this program is launched. Lastly, an article about the AAI program can be viewed here.
Since our last email blast we have received many questions regarding performance examinations:
• When an examinee fails a trial, at the end the supplemental examiner must inform them of each and every step that was deficient. The examinee is then allowed to leave the testing area to review his/her notes and workbook before getting back in queue to attempt their second trial.
• Once an examinee has failed both trails for any sub-test section, they have failed the entire performance exam. In order to certify, they will need to retake the entire performance exam during a future exam session. They should however be allowed to complete the performance exam if they wish.
• Supplemental examiners are not allowed to speak to the examinee or ask questions during the performance examination that are not scripted in the performance examination checklist. The examinee may verbalize each step as they perform them however they are only to be evaluated on what they physically perform. In other words, if the examinee verbalizes the correct procedure, yet performs it incorrectly or omits a step, they must be failed on the incorrect/omitted step(s). The examinee is only to be evaluated on what he/she does and not what they say while performing the procedures, except where explicitly noted on the checklist.
• Examinees should never be failed for equipment malfunctions. Faulty equipment should be immediately removed from service and the point at which the equipment failed noted on the performance checklist. The examinee will then be allowed to continue the trial from the point of equipment failure with replacement equipment.
• Your supplemental examiners are allowed to evaluate only one examinee at a time. In other words, one supplemental examiner may not run two stations concurrently. It is of course acceptable to conduct two or more tests at one station. For example, temperature and slump at one station.
All of our certification programs are shipped with different written exam versions (A, B, and sometimes C, D and E). When conducting any of the Inspector Programs, an examinee with the A version of the written examination, for example, should also be given the A version of the plans reading examination.
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