ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I

About the Exam 

Day One - Review / Written Exam. 

Day Two - Performance Exam. 

The one-hour (strictly enforced) written examination is "closed book" and consists of 55 multiple-choice questions. There are five to ten questions on each of the ASTM test methods & practices. 

The performance examination is also "closed book" and requires an actual demonstration of six of the required test methods & practices plus a verbal description of Practice C172 (sampling).
The examinee is judged on his/her ability to correctly perform all of the required steps for each procedure. Recertification is necessary every 5 years, and requires successful completion of both the written and performance examinations. 

Read more about the certification and its requirements...

About Recertification

What is the difference between recertifying and becoming certified for the first time?  From ACI's standpoint, there is no difference.  Whether you are obtaining your certification for the first time or you are renewing your expired certification, you are still required to take both the full written and performance exams.

PennDOT Certification?

Is the ACI Certification and the PennDOT (NECEPT) certification the same thing?  NO.

When working on a PennDOT job, you are required to maintain the PennDOT (NECEPT) certification. You must have a current ACI technician certification PRIOR to registering for the NECEPT exam. Once the NECEPT certification is obtained, the ACI certification is no longer required to maintain NECEPT certification. However, if your NECEPT certification lapses for any reason, you are once again required to take the ACI certification exam followed by again taking the NECEPT exam.

ASTM Standards / Non-PennDOT Jobs?

PennDOT is the only entity which recognizes NECEPT certification.   ACI certification is still required by ASTM standards for technicians working non-PennDOT jobs.

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Fall 2018 ACI Exam Dates - Registration Information Below

Exam Dates/Locations - 


  • October 24-25, 2018 - State College, PA
  • November 7-8, 2018 - Lititz, PA
  • December 5-6, 2018 - Harrisburg, PA
  • December 12-13, 2018 - Bethlehem, PA








for the full ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I exam, the written retest or the performance retest


To register for the Fall exam, download, PRINT and complete the registration form
via the link below and return it to the PACA office by either fax or email.

EMAIL:  Kallie Kline -

FAX:  717.234.7030



Spring 2019 Exam Dates

Registration will open after Thanksgiving 2018.

  • January 23-24, 2019 - Gettysburg, PA
  • February 13-14, 2019 - Williamsport, PA
  • February 20-21, 2019 - Bethlehem, PA
  • March 13-14, 2019 - State College, PA
  • March 27-28, 2019 - Leesport, PA
  • April 3-4, 2019 - Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • April 17-18, 2019 - Harrisburg, PA

Fall 2019 Exam Dates

Registration will open after July 4th holiday, 2019.

  • September 18-19, 2019 - Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • October 9-10, 2019 - Leesport, PA
  • October 23-24, 2019 - State College, PA
  • November 6-7, 2019 - Lititz, PA
  • December 4-5, 2019 - Harrisburg, PA
  • December 11-12, 2019 - Bethlehem, PA

Ways to Prepare for The Exam - Additional Instruction Offered

PACA also offers a number of ways to prepare to take the exam which provides additional instruction not offered during the exam sessions.



Are you new to the industry or do you need additional instruction to prepare for both the WRITTEN and the PERFORMANCE exam?

Tutorial Course Available

This training includes:

Once you have registered for your exam date, consider taking PACA's Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Tutorial Course to help you better prepare for your exam.

  • Hands-on training utilizing the actual equipment used for testing.
  • Classroom review for the written test.
  • Preparation for the seven standard tests commonly associated with sampling and testing fresh concrete in the field.
Tutorial Course Schedule:
  • October 6, 2018 at Casilio Concrete in Bethlehem, PA.

Instructor: James Casilio, P.E.; PACA's Director of Technical Services