ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher & Technician General Information

A Concrete Flatwork Finisher & Technician is a craftsman who has demonstrated the ability to place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, cure and protect concrete flatwork.

The primary technical resource for this program is ACI’s Concrete Craftsman Series, Slabs on Grade, CCS-1. Other supplemental technical resource materials used in these programs include the following: Concrete Primer, SP-1, American Concrete Institute Guide to Finishing and Related Problems, Concrete Construction Publications.

The programs require knowledge in the following areas of concrete construction:

  1. Basic concrete technology
  2. Concrete materials and mix proportioning
  3. Concrete control tests
  4. Proper use of finishing tools
  5. Placing, consolidation, and finishing
  6. Edging, jointing, curing, and protection

Certification Requirements for Concrete Flatwork Finisher & Technician

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on the written examination, and either a) possess one year (1500 hours) of approved work experience and successfully complete the ACI performance examination or b) possess 3 years (4500 hours) of approved work experience and successfully complete the Alternative Performance Affidavit (Form D16). The work experience must include placing, consolidation, finishing, edging, jointing, curing, and protection of concrete flatwork. Verification of the amount and range of work experience by the applicant’s employer(s) is required

The two-hour written examination is “closed book” and consists of approximately 50 multiple choice questions. The passing grade for the written examination is 70%. During the performance examination each examinee must place, consolidate, finish, edge, joint, begin curing and provide initial protection for a concrete slab. The examiner will observe and evaluate the techniques used and record passing or failing grades on the various individual procedures. A passing grade is defined as “no significant variation from proper procedure and no more than two variations from proper technique in the use of the tools.” The Alternative Performance Affidavit (Form D16) is a possible alternative to the performance examination. It requires each applicant to submit a signed affidavit(s) from current and/or previous employers verifying that the applicant’s proven abilities are equivalent to those listed in the ACI performance examination checklist. Note: Optional forms and procedures are available for self-employed finishers. Re certification is necessary every five (5) years, and requires successful completion of a written examination.

Certification Requirements for Concrete Flatwork Technician

ACI will grant certification to those examinees who obtain a passing grade on the written examination. Individuals with Flatwork Technician certification can upgrade to full Flatwork Finisher & Technician status upon submittal and approval of sufficient work experience, and successful completion of the ACI performance evaluation. Re certification is necessary every five (5) years, and requires successful completion of a written examination.

ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher & Technician Course and Examination

This one-day review seminar utilizes video demonstrations, slides, and lectures by local industry professionals covering concrete properties and finishing procedures, which are essential for producing high-quality durable concrete pavements.

A written examination will be administered at the conclusion of the instruction seminar. The course of instruction, as well as the exam, will be based upon information provided in the CRAFTSMAN WORKBOOK, which will be provided to all applicants.