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ACI Introduces Flatwork Certification

Friday, July 27, 2018

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Industry professionals will now be able to achieve two new designations through the American Concrete Institute, according to a news release from the organization last week.

ACI has introduced two new decorative concrete flatwork certification programs: Decorative Concrete Flatwork Finisher and Decorative Concrete Flatwork Associate.


Industry professionals will now be able to achieve two new designations through the American Concrete Institute, according to a new release from the organization last week.

Both certifications require individuals to complete a written exam and maintain current certifications as an appropriate ACI-certified concrete flatwork finisher or technician.

The exam covers basic knowledge of various topics including:

  • Coloring: Applying and finishing dry-shake hardeners, finishing integral color;
  • Stamping: Form layout, squaring formwork, pattern layout, release agents, texturing tool, finishing for texture application;
  • Exposed Finishes: Seeding aggregate, finishing for top surface retarder application, applying top surface retarders, washing the surface;
  • Stairs: Forming, stamped finish, exposed finish, colored finish; and
  • Cleaning/Sealing: Applying curing compounds and sealers, surface preparation for sealers.

ACI notes that an associate can upgrade to finisher at any time during the five-year certification period by fulfilling the work experience requirements—1,500 hours.

The certifications are offered through ACI’s network of more than 120 sponsoring groups and will also be offered at the American Society of Concrete Contractors annual conference on Sept. 20-23, in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Tagged categories: American Concrete Institute; American Concrete Institute; Certifications and standards; Decorative concrete; Education

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