How to Specify PCI Certification

To assist you in specifying PCI certification and precast concrete products in general, PCI has developed a series of guide specifications that can be modified to fit your specific project needs. Below are some general notes about specification and links to access the appropriate guide specifications for your project.  

Guide Specification of PCI Certified Plants

Manufacturer Qualifications

The precast concrete manufacturing plant shall be certified under the PCI Certified Plant Program. The manufacturer shall be certified at the time of bidding. Certification shall be in the following product group(s) and category(ies):  

GROUP A – ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS 

AT – Architectural Trim Units
A1 – Architectural Precast Products   

GROUP B OR BA – BRIDGE PRODUCTS

B1 or B1A – Precast Bridge Products (No Prestressed Reinforcement)
B2 or B2A – Prestressed Miscellaneous Bridge Products (Non-Superstructure)
B3 or B3A – Prestressed Straight-Strand Bridge Beams (Superstructure)
B4 or B4A – Prestressed Deflected-Strand Bridge Beams (Superstructure)   

Group BA products require an architectural finish.  

GROUP C OR CA – COMMERCIAL (STRUCTURAL) PRODUCTS

C1 or C1A – Precast Concrete Products (No Prestressed Reinforcement)
C2 or C2A – Prestressed Hollow-Core and Repetitive Products
C3 or C3A – Prestressed Straight-Strand Structural Members
C4 or C4A – Prestressed Deflected-Strand Structural Members  

Group CA products require an architectural finish.  

GROUP G – GLASS-FIBER-REINFORCED CONCRETE PRODUCTS (GFRC) 

Notes to Specifiers:
Categories in Product Groups A, B, and C are listed in ascending order. For example, a plant certified to produce products in Category C4 is automatically certified to produce products in the preceding Categories C1, C2, and C3. However, a plant certified to produce products in Category C2 is certified for Category C1 but is not certified for Categories C3 or C4.   

In addition, Group BA or CA supersedes Group B or C in the same category. For example, a plant certified to produce products in Category C2A is certified for Categories C1, C1A, and C2, but it is not certified for Categories C3, C3A, C4, or C4A.   

A product group and category should be determined and shown in the specifications for each type of precast concrete product used in a project. This will allow more than one precaster to submit bids on individual products. For example, a precaster with expertise in producing prestressed piling (with certification in C2) could submit a bid for only piles on a project that also included prestressed double-tees. Similarly, a producer with certification in C4 could submit a bid for the double-tees that either included or excluded the piling.   

Important: Specify the most appropriate product group and category for the project. Do not select a higher category than necessary. Similarly, do not add “A” to a listing when it is not necessary to meet project requirements. Selecting an inappropriate group or category could restrict the number of available bidders. 

Guide Specification of PCI Certified Personnel

The project specifications should require trained and certified quality-control personnel in the manufacturing plant. PCI recommends that the manufacturer employ personnel according to the following specification: 

“The manufacturer shall employ a minimum of one person, regularly present in the plant, who is certified by PCI for Plant Quality Personnel, Level II.”   

Guide Specification for PCI-Qualified Erectors

“Prior to beginning any work at the jobsite, all crews erecting precast concrete shall be qualified in category[ies] [A, S1, and/or S2] under the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Erector Qualification Program.”   

Guide Specification for PCI Certified Erectors

“Prior to beginning any work at the jobsite, the erecting organization, including all crews erecting precast concrete, shall be certified in category[ies] [A, S1, and/or S2] under the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Erector Certification Program.”