The primary source for the requirements outlining PCI’s Erector Certification Program is PCI Policy 29. The applicable standards and procedures for the program that support the requirements of Policy 29 have been developed in accordance with:

  • ISO 10005, Quality Management - Guidelines For Quality Plans; 
  • ISO/IEC 17021-1, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems - Requirements;
  • ISO/IEC 17021-3, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Competence requirements for auditing and certification of quality management systems.

PCI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as an accredited standards developer. The nature and scope of PCI’s standards development activities are to develop and maintain voluntary consensus standards for the design, detailing, fabrication, transportation, and erection of precast and precast, prestressed concrete products.

The PCI Erector Certification Program evaluates erectors of precast concrete products against published standards. Audits are conducted by Certified Company Auditors (CCAs) approved by PCI. Erectors are evaluated on their management commitment to safety and quality, erection procedures, safety procedures, personnel, and equipment. PCI erector certification assures the project specifier and owner that the precast concrete erector has an acceptable in-house quality assurance program and has the capability to erect precast concrete products in compliance with the program’s standards under the guidance of a quality management system. An erector that meets the requirements set forth in the PCI Erector Certification Program shall be deemed a PCI-Certified Erector.

Program Standards

The standards (requirements) used for evaluation of an erector are published in the following PCI Quality Manuals:

  • MNL-127, Erector’s Manual – Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Precast Concrete Products
  • MNL-132, Erection Safety for Precast and Prestressed Concrete
  • MNL-135, Tolerance Manual for Precast and Prestressed Concrete Construction

Erector Certification Program Procedures

The following procedures outline initial and continuing certification activities, which include application processing, the initial audit, and any additional surveillance audit(s). These procedures also summarize the requirements for granting, maintaining, reducing, suspending, and withdrawing certification, as well as certification renewal. Additional information concerning PCI's erector certification program policies can be found in PCI Policy 29.

  1. Client submits application and application fee to PCI.
  2. PCI begins processing the application and accepts the application.
  3. Client submits their field quality audit reports (FQARs) and the associated erector’s post-audit declarations (EPADs) to PCI for review by PCI and PCI’s technical experts.
  4. Upon approval of the client’s FQAR and EPAD, the Stage 1 audit is concluded.
  5. Once the Stage 1 audit requirements have been met, the Stage 2 audit is underway. PCI schedules an external company quality auditor to conduct the erector’s initial certification audit. This first audit (initial audit) date is mutually agreed upon between the company auditor and the erector.
  6. Upon review of the company quality auditor’s report, the client then submits their responses to nonconformance items, which describe the client’s root-cause analysis of each nonconformance. The client is to include objective, fact-based evidence for the specific correction and the corrective actions that are taken or are planned to be taken (preventive actions), to eliminate the detected nonconformities within a defined time.
  7. PCI and PCI’s technical experts review these two reports (company quality auditor’s report and client’s responses to nonconformance items).
  8. PCI then reviews the client’s application for certification and decides whether to grant the client PCI erector certification.
  9. Once the decision to grant certification is made, PCI will forward a certification agreement to the erector. Once the erector returns the signed certification agreement to PCI, PCI will then finalize the certification with an effective date and expiration date.
  1. To maintain certification, surveillance audits (field quality audits) are conducted by Certified Field Auditors twice throughout the year at a prescribed rate for each of the erector’s active primary crews and are a requirement of continuing certification activities.
  2. A recertification (company) audit must be completed each calendar year. Passing company audits is a requirement for recertification, along with the client’s submittal of a renewal form, the applicable recertification fee, and assigned certification agreement for the following PCI fiscal year.
  1. If an erector fails to submit FQARs for a specific certification category for two consecutive years, the erector will undergo a reduction of scope to their certification.
  2. A client can at any time request a special audit and pay the additional subsequent fee for this audit to extend their categorical scope of certification, but only after a completed FQAR for this category has been submitted.
  3. A certified erector that does not erect any precast concrete for two years will be withdrawn from the program.
  4. A failed company audit grade will result in a special company audit.
  5. A failing audit grade during a special company audit will result in withdrawal of certification.
  1. The auditor will examine the erector’s organizational structure, policies, processes, procedures, records, and related documents relevant to the precast concrete projects erected to determine whether they meet the requirements of PCI Quality Manuals MNL-127 and MNL-132 for the intended scope of certification. The auditor’s examination of the erector’s precast erection records will help determine whether the processes and procedures are effectively established, implemented, and maintained such that they provide a basis for confidence in the client's management system.
  2. The auditor will communicate to the client, for its action, any inconsistencies between the client's policy, objectives, and targets, to ensure they are consistent with the expectations in PCI Quality Manuals MNL-127 and MNL-132.
  3. PCI will provide the name of and, when requested, make available background information on the auditor or audit team, with sufficient time for the client organization to object to the appointment of any particular auditor or technical expert and for PCI to reconstitute the team in response to any valid objection. This information has been made available on the erector certification application. An example of a valid objection would be that an auditor is a competitor of the applicant/participant.
  4. Prior to the company audit the auditor will contact the erector to arrange dates for the audit and will discuss the audit plan and the documents that need to be provided prior to the audit and those to be reviewed during the audit.. Special audits may or may not be agreed upon, depending on the terms of the special audit.

The PCI Erector Certification Logo is a graphic representation of the PCI brand. When the erector displays the logo, the company is associated with what the PCI brand represents:

  • Technical excellence
  • Integrity
  • Longevity

The specific policies related to the use of the PCI erector certification logo are set for in section 29.16 of PCI Policy 29, Erector Certification Program. The following documents provide additional detail on where and how to display the logo.

The PCI logos are registered symbols, and the use of the PCI certification logos is carefully controlled. Each PCI Certified Erector is clearly instructed and monitored regarding PCI logo usage and display.

PCI erector certification logos cannot be used on a product, packaging, items such as laboratory test, calibration or inspection reports, calculations, erection drawings or bid proposal documents, or in any other manner that may create the impression that PCI is in any way connected to or endorses any element of the organization’s business operations or implies product conformity. The PCI erector certification logos allow precast/prestressed concrete erectors certified by PCI to demonstrate to the market that they have been certified. Authorization to use the PCI certification logos is granted to precast concrete erectors that have positively completed and continue to operate in compliance with the PCI Erector Certification Program process.

The PCI Certified Erector is informed that the use of the logo is to refer exclusively to the services or management aspects subject to certification by PCI and to which the certificates of compliance issued by PCI refer.

PCI maintains the sole ownership of all certificates it provides. To help protect against the risks of counterfeiting or false claims of certification, any interested party may contact PCI to verify the validity of a certificate. A directory of certified erectors is also maintained on the PCI website.

Auditors are responsible for checking on the usage of the PCI erector certification logo during annual company audits.

Access PCI Certified Erector & Member Logos

  1. To access your certificate, log into your profile at
  2. Your Username is your work email address. If you do not know your password, click on the Forgot Password? link.
  3. After you sign in, click on My Account at the top of the page on the Right. Take a moment to review your account page to be sure your contact information is current.
  4. Next, click the blue Erector Certification Certificate button. This will open a second window in your browser where you can scroll through the certificates or download and open them in Adobe to print. Note: Click the blue arrow to see all the certificates. The blue arrow is clickable as long as it is Blue, even if the box says only “1 of 1”. Click the Adobe icon and open the file. Scroll through the certificates which is easier if there are more than a few. Save the Certificate you wish to send to other parties.
  1. To access your certificate, log into the PCI Mobile App (you can find it in your app store by searching for PCI Mobile App, Make sure the app you are about to download has the PCI logo).
  2. Open the PCI Mobile App.
  3. If you have not signed in, click the ≡ symbol in the top left corner. Your username and password is the same one you use to log into Your User id will always be your work email.
  4. Once you are logged in, again select the ≡ symbol. Your name will be listed under the Home button. Click on Home to be taken to your profile. Take a moment to review your profile to be sure your contact information is current.
  5. On your profile, you will see a Certificates blue button. Click this button to be taken to a new screen that will list up to two certificates per plant/plant you are attached to.
  6. From the App, you can now view the certificate(s), text it, e-mail it, and save it to your phone.