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Plant Quality Control Technicians

Plant quality control manuals MNL-116 and MNL-117 require that plants have a PCI Level II-certified technician present at all times during production if the plant produces products with prestressed reinforcement. Plants that produce architectural concrete only, or any other concrete that does not contain prestressed reinforcement, must have a PCI Level I-certified technician present at all times during production.

Information about training through PCI's Quality Control Schools

Level 1

Candidates for Level I certification must meet the following requirements to obtain Level I certification:

  • Hold a valid ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification
  • Meet one of the following experience requirements:
    • Six months experience in a precast concrete plant
    • One year experience in a related field
    • BSCE degree or related field
    • Associate degree in concrete technology
  • Submit a signed and endorsed Level I certification application
  • Pass a PCI Level I certification examination

Level I recertification requires meeting all of the above requirements again five years after the last examination date. Individuals who are continuously certified at Level I for 15 years will no longer have to meet the examination requirement.

Training Manual 101 (TM-101) is the study text used for Level I certification.

Level 2

Candidates for Level II certification must meet the following requirements to obtain Level II certification:

  • Hold an active PCI Level I certification
  • Hold a valid ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification
  • Meet one of the following experience requirements:
    • Twelve months experience in a precast concrete plant
    • 1.5 years’ experience in a related field
    • BSCE degree or related field
    • Associate degree in concrete technology
  • Submit a signed and endorsed Level II certification application
  • Pass a PCI Level II certification examination

Level II recertification requires meeting all of the above requirements again five years after the most recent examination date. However, individuals who are continuously certified at Level II for 15 years will no longer have to meet the examination requirement.

Training Manual 101 (TM-101) is the study text used for Level II certification.

Level 3

Candidates for Level III certification must meet the following requirements to obtain Level II certification:

  • Hold an active PCI Level II certification
  • Hold a valid ACI Field Testing Technician – Grade I certification
  • Meet one of the following experience requirements:
    • Two years of experience in a precast concrete plant
    • Three years of experience in a related field
    • One year of experience in the employ of a precast concrete plant plus a BSCE degree or related field
    • One year of experience as an employee of a precast concrete plant plus an Associate degree in concrete technology
  • Submit a signed and endorsed Level III certification application
  • Pass a PCI Level III certification examination

Level III recertification requires the submission of the Level III recertification application every five years. If you do not renew your Level III certification, it will expire and reinstatement will require re-examination.

Training Manual 103 (TM-103) is the study text used for Level III certification.

Field Quality Control Technicians

Today's business environment demands a high degree of training and certification in all areas of concrete manufacture and installation. Customer satisfaction is the principal goal in achieving profitability and a thorough quality control program that extends outside of the plant to the point of install is the only way to ensure satisfaction.

Industry Erection Standards

The Industry Erection Standards (IES) course is an entry-level, two-day course that reviews quality and safety standards applicable to the erection of precast concrete members. OSHA regulations are reviewed during this two-day course and an examination rounds each day. A certificate of course completion is given to those who complete this course.

Certified Field Auditor

Candidates for Certified Field Auditor must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet one of the following experience requirements:
    • Two years of experience in the erection of precast concrete
    • Four years of related experience
  • Complete the IES curriculum and examinations
  • Complete an additional day of CFA training and one additional exam

A CFA is certified to conduct field crew audits to comply with the requirement of the PCI Erector Certification program.

Certified Company Auditor

Candidates for Certified Company Auditor must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an active CFA certification

A CCA conducts the Company Audits necessary for an erector to become a PCI Certified Erector. Please contact QualityPrograms@pci.org if you are interested in becoming a CCA and being paid by PCI to conduct these important audits.