Plant Quality Control Technicians

PCI Quality Control Schools train to the standards defined by plant quality control manuals MNL-116, Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Structural Pre­cast Concrete Products, and MNL-117, Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Architectural Precast Concrete Products. Course textbooks, including the latest edition of TM-101, Quality Control Technician/Inspector Level I & II Training Manual, review those requirements and add additional commentary suitable for self-study and/or classroom instruction. Level I courses do not contain any material on prestressing. All of the prestressing material is covered in Level II. 

The PCI Plant Certification Program requires plants producing non-prestressed precast concrete products, including non-prestressed architectural concrete products, to have a certified PCI Level I QC Technician/Inspector on staff. PCI-certified plants that produce prestressed products, including prestressed architectural concrete, must have a certified PCI Level II QC Technician/Inspector on staff.

The Plant Certification Program also requires plants that produce non-prestressed architectural concrete and are certified in categories AA and AB to have an employee who holds either (A) both the PCI Level I QC Technician/Inspector certification and the PCI Concrete Mix Design Training Program certificate, or (B) PCI Level III QC Technician/Inspector certification. Plants certified in categories AA and AB that produce prestressed architectural concrete must have an employee who holds either (A) both the PCI Level II QC Technician/Inspector certification and the PCI Concrete Mix Design Training Program certificate, or (B) PCI Level III QC Technician/Inspector certification.

A description of the requirements for each PCI personnel certification, including the pre-requisites and the required skills and knowledge for each, can be found on the PCI Personnel Certification page. A description of the personnel certification process can be found on the How to Become PCI Certified page.


The Level I QC School is a one-and-a-half-day course and begins the series of exciting plant quality control training courses. Registrants will receive a copy of the valuable TM-101, Quality Control Technician/Inspector Level I & II Training Manual, plus class notes and extensive reference material.

The Level I course starts off with a review of PCI certification programs, both plant and personnel. The curriculum was developed especially for quality control personnel, engineers, technician/managers, plant managers/superintendents, consulting engineers, and technicians.

The Level I course introduces basic concrete topics, mix design concepts, such as, the water/cementitious ratio, design concepts, such as, concrete strength and conventional reinforcement. At the start of the second day, the candidate will take a certification examination. The candidates must pass the Level I certification examination, with a minimum score of 70%, to be eligible for the Level I personnel certification.

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The Level II QC School is a one-and-a-half-day course and the curriculum continues with intermediate concrete topics and mix design concepts. Registrants will receive a copy of the valuable TM-101, Quality Control Technician/Inspector Level I & II Training Manual, plus class notes and extensive reference material.

The Level II course introduces prestressing and attendees discuss and practice elongation calculations and correction factors. The Level II course is packed with activities, such as, round-table discussions, practice sessions, and student-instructor interaction. At the start of the second day, the candidate will take a certification examination. The candidates must pass the Level II certification examination, with a minimum score of 70%, to be eligible for the Level II personnel certification.

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The Level III QC School is a three-and-a-half-day course and concludes the series of plant quality control training courses. PCI Level III Plant Quality Personnel Certification offers distinct advantages over Levels I and II. The concepts are advanced and require considerable experience in a precast plant or an advance Civil Engineering or Technology degree. Registrants will receive a copy of the valuable TM-103, Quality Control Technician/Inspector Level III Training Manual, plus class notes and extensive reference material.

The Level III course is packed with activities, such as, round-table discussions, practice sessions, and student-instructor interaction. In addition to exploring in detail the individual components of concrete (like cement), advanced welding concepts are discussed, and the unique process of harping elongated strands is reviewed. At the start of the fourth day, the candidate will take a certification examination. The candidates must pass the Level III certification examination, with a minimum score of 70%, to be eligible for the Level III personnel certification.

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Field Quality Control Technicians

Today's business environment demands a high degree of training and certification in all areas of concrete manufacturing 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. PCI provides certification for personnel trained to conduct audits of industry erection procedures and PCI standards. Certification helps ensure that the high quality achieved in the plant is maintained throughout installation. PCI Quality Control Schools train to the standards defined by erection manuals MNL-127, Erectors Manual – Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products, and MNL-132, Erection Safety – For Precast and Prestressed Concrete.

PCI Policy 29, PCI Erector Certification Program, requires all erectors to employee a Certified Field Auditor (CFA). CFA certification requires a minimum of two years of precast concrete erection experience and a commitment to upholding professional standards appropriate to the program. The CFA is responsible for conducting the erectors internal field quality audits. Candidates that attain the CFA certification are also included on a list of CFAs that PCI distributes to erector companies. This list is used by erectors participating in the PCI Erector Certification Program. Erectors must contact an external CFA (a CFA not employed by their company) to coordinate an external field audit which will be conducted in compliance to the requirements of the PCI Erector Certification Program.

The program also requires erectors to be audited annually by Certified Company Auditors (CCA) to ensure an erectors compliance to the program’s quality management system documentation and record-keeping standards and requirements.


The Certified Field Auditor (CFA) QC School is a three-day course that reviews industry quality and safety standards applicable to the erection of precast concrete members. OSHA regulations are also reviewed during this course. Registrants will receive copies of the MNL-127, Erectors Manual – Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products, and MNL-132, Erection Safety – For Precast and Prestressed Concrete, plus class notes and extensive reference material.

The course provides a unique opportunity to interface with peers to discuss common issues and share solutions and successes. At the conclusion of the course, the candidate will take a certification examination. The candidate must pass the multiple-choice certification examination with a minimum score of 70%, to be eligible for the CFA personnel certification.

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The Certified Company Auditor (CCA) QC School is a one-day course designed especially for experienced CFA's. This course is also a great resource for all erectors, including management, to gain a better understanding of the required management system documents and records an erector should be maintaining to verify compliance to industry erection standards and PCI requirements. This class is highly recommended for all new PCI Erector Certification applicants.

The Certified Company Auditor (CCA) course prepares individuals to conduct Company Quality Audits for the PCI Erector Certification Program, to ensure an erectors compliance to the program’s quality management system documentation and record-keeping standards and requirements. The CCA course reviews concepts of quality assurance and the importance of field quality control. The importance of an effective safety plan and the components of a safety plan are also discussed. Registrants will receive copies of the MNL-127, Erectors Manual – Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products, and MNL-132, Erection Safety – For Precast and Prestressed Concrete, plus class notes and extensive reference material.

The course provides a unique opportunity to interface with peers to discuss common issues and share solutions and successes. At the conclusion of the one-day course, the candidate will take a certification examination. The candidate must pass the multiple-choice certification examination with a minimum score of 70%, to be eligible for the CCA personnel certification.

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Registration Fees

Online Schools

Training List Price Gov Agencies PCI Members
Level I/II $1,457 $857 $782
Level I Only  $782 $482 $459
Level II Only  $782 $482 $459
Level III $1,607 $1,007 $932
CFA $1,456 $1,006 $725
CCA $781 $631 $481

In-Person Schools

Training List Price Gov Agencies PCI Members
Level I/II $1,930 $1,130 $1,030
Level I Only  $1,030 $630 $600
Level II Only  $1,030 $630 $600
Level III $2,130 $1,330 $1,230
CFA $1,930 $1,330 $955
CCA $1,030 $830 $630

Schedule and Registration

Courses are listed when scheduling is final. Registration for any individual course will open 3–4 months prior to the start of the course. Course registration includes all course texts and study materials. You will receive your textbook(s) in the mail with your registration confirmation. 

Level I/II

Date(s)LocationRemaining SpotsRegistration Link
April 23 – 25, 2024Calgary, Alberta, 32Register NowQC2024CAL1
May 15 – 17, 2024Chicago, IL21Register NowQC2024CHI1
May 28 – 30, 2024Rexdale, Toronto, ON, 33Register NowQC2024TOR1
June 17 – 20, 2024Online37Register NowQC24JUN1L2
August 19 – 22, 2024Online44Register NowQC24AUG1L2
October 23 – 25, 2024Nashville, TN43Register NowQC2024NAS1
November 11 – 14, 2024Online45Register NowQC24NOV1L2

Level III

Date(s)LocationRemaining SpotsRegistration Link
May 14 – 17, 2024Chicago, IL37Register NowQC2024CHI3
July 15 – 18, 2024Online38Register NowQC24JULL3
October 22 – 25, 2024Nashville, TN45Register NowQC2024NAS3
December 9 – 12, 2024Online40Register NowQC24DECL3

Certified Field Auditor (CFA)

Date(s)LocationRemaining SpotsRegistration Link
April 8 – 11, 2024Online37Register NowQC24APRCFA
September 9 – 12, 2024Online45Register NowQC24SEPCFA

Certified Company Auditor (CCA)

Date(s)LocationRemaining SpotsRegistration Link
April 12, 2024Online41Register NowQC24APRCCA
September 13, 2024Online45Register NowQC24SEPCCA