The precast/prestressed concrete industry depends on a high level of quality in the concrete products and structures it produces. PCI knows that an effective quality control program requires knowledgeable and motivated personnel to achieve the level of quality being demanded, so PCI offers training courses (QC Schools) for PCI Personnel Certification candidates. The courses are designed to improve the candidate’s knowledge, enhance their quality control skills and abilities, and prepare them for PCI personnel certification examinations.

The PCI QC Schools and PCI personnel certifications are available to everyone inside and outside of PCI membership; to persons with physical disabilities; and without regard to race, color or creed. The courses are beneficial for any individual in the precast concrete industry who seeks to improve their knowledge or attain certification. The courses are well suited for those who are involved in the areas of planning, operations, and quality control in the precast products industry.

Candidates who are interested in the training courses and attaining PCI Personnel Certification should be qualified for the type and level of certification that they seek. More information regarding additional certification requirements (including related experience requirements) can be found under PCI Personnel Certification Programs. Candidates who do not meet the qualification requirements prior to successfully completing an exam have one (1) year from the date of the certification exam to provide evidence of attaining the qualification requirement(s).

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. 

MNL-116 and MNL-117 requires plants that produce non-prestressed products, including non-prestressed architectural concrete, in the PCI Plant Certification Program, Categories A1, AC, AD, AT, B1 and C1, must have a PCI Level I certified technician, and plants that produce prestressed products, including prestressed architectural concrete, in the PCI Plant Certification Program, Categories A1, AC, AD, AT, B1 and C1, must have a PCI Level II certified technician.

MNL-117 further requires plants that produce non-prestressed architectural concrete in the PCI Plant Certification Program, Categories AA and AB, must have an employee that holds both the PCI Level I certification and the PCI Concrete Mix Design Training Program certificate, or PCI Level III certification, and plants that produce prestressed architectural concrete in the PCI Plant Certification Program, Categories AA and AB, must have an employee that holds both the PCI Level II certification and the PCI Concrete Mix Design Training Program certificate, or PCI Level III certification.


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.

Level I Course Agenda

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.

Level II Course Agenda

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.

Level III Course Agenda

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 each day, the candidate will take a certification examination. The candidates must pass all three certification examinations, with a minimum score of 80% on each examination, to be eligible for the CFA personnel certification.

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 candidates must pass the certification examination, with a minimum score of 80%, to be eligible for the CCA personnel certification.

Registration Fees

Training List Price Government Agencies PCI Members
Level I/II $1,422 $822 $747
Level I Only  $747  $447  $424 
Level II Only  $747 $447  $424 
Level III $1,421 $972 $897
CFA $1,421 $971 $690
CCA $746 $596 $446

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.

Based on updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all in-person Quality Control Schools are officially canceled or postponed for the rest of the calendar year, 2020. PCI Staff are currently working to facilitate online versions of these courses at all levels. Please check this page regularly for updates or contact Education@pci.org for more information.

Level I/II

Date Location Registration Link
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2020 (Tues-Thurs) Online Registration Full
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2020 (Mon-Wed) Online Registration Full

Level III

Date Location Registration Link
Oct. 6 - 9, 2020 (Tues-Fri) Online Register
Dec. 8 - 11, 2020 (Tues-Fri) Online Register