PCI Certification is recognized as the leading and most widely specified quality-assurance program in the construction industry. It is specified by Masterspec, United Facilities Guide Specifications, the General Services Administration, more than 30 state departments of transportation, and many other federal, state, and municipal bodies, and is endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration. PCI Certification is the industry’s most comprehensive certification program, including plant, personnel, and field certification. From start to finish, PCI certifies the process of manufacturing and erecting precast and prestressed concrete components. This certification of plants, personnel, and product erection provides greater assurance to owners, architects, engineers, and contractors that precast concrete components will be manufactured and installed according to stringent industry standards. Below is a brief summary of these programs.
For over 40 years, PCI's Plant Certification Program has ensured that each plant has developed and documented an in-depth, in-house quality system based on time-tested national industry standards. Each plant undergoes two thorough, unannounced audits each year. The audits are conducted by competent, third-party engineers, who audit the plant according to requirements specifically developed for the types of products being manufactured.
The Certified Erector program evaluates erection procedures and field quality control for precast concrete. Introduced in 1999, this program extends PCI's quality performance standards throughout the construction process. The erection company's management and each erection crew are audited according to nationally published criteria, providing customers with the assurance that the product quality created by stringent factory conditions continues into the field during installation.
The Plant Quality Personnel Certification Program, started in 1985, provides instruction and evaluation for three levels of trained, knowledgeable, and certified quality-control personnel. PCI also trains Certified Field Auditors (CFAs) and Certified Company Auditors (CCAs), who perform the audits to certify the precast concrete erector. This process extends personnel certification into the field.