ACI outlines code, public policy, certification positions

The American Concrete Institute has published its inaugural position statements directed at policy, rules, regulations, plus state, federal, and international programs. They are focused on advocacy efforts related to code development and adoption, while future statements may target other ACI programs, services or activities. The premier statements are:

  • Current Code and Standard Adoption. Encourage the adoption and/or use of current building codes and standards.
  • Adoption of ACI Documents Without Modifications. Encourage the adoption and use of ACI products, including but not limited to codes and standards without modification.
  • Acceptance of ACI Certification Programs. Support acceptance of sampling, testing, inspection, and installation of concrete and related products and materials; encourage the use of certification programs developed and administered by professional societies in lieu of programs developed and administered by other entities; and, support mandates or otherwise place preference on accreditation of individuals and entities engaged in providing services related to concrete and concrete products.
  • Concrete Knowledge. Support research, technological advancements, and dissemination of concrete technology; channel through, direct to, or otherwise engage ACI and/or the ACI Foundation.
  • Enhanced Resilience. Encourage or establish criteria related to enhancing the resiliency of the built environment; where appropriate, engage ACI and/or the ACI Foundation to facilitate programs and activities related to the role of concrete technology in achieving enhanced resiliency.
  • Sustainability. Encourage or establish criteria related to enhancing the sustainability of the built environment; where appropriate, engage ACI and/or the ACI Foundation to facilitate programs and activities related the role of concrete technology in achieving enhanced sustainability.

“The Institute has used and will continue to use these statements to align ACI efforts with other industry organizations to more effectively influence programs, policies, rules, and regulations related to concrete and concrete technology,” says Advocacy Engineer Kerry Sutton.

CERTIFICATION SALUTE

ACI stressed its position on Institute certification last month at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Managing Director, Certification John Nehasil spoke on the Institute’s nearly 40-year history of certifying 550,000-plus craftsmen, technicians, inspectors, and other concrete professionals; announced the launch of the first British Standards/European Norms-based ACI certification program; highlighted updated naming and requirements for the concrete Flatwork Finishing program; and, introduced Post-Installed Concrete Anchor Installation Inspector, Shotcrete Inspector, Concrete Construction Sustainability and Resilience Assessor, and Non-Destructive Testing Specialist I – Concrete Strength programs. Addressing a booth gathering, he also walked attendees through the Verify app, a new tool allowing users to quickly and easily check individuals’ certification status; brought attention to the Institute’s Veteran Rebate program, an effort to assist U.S. veterans in obtaining ACI certifications; and, provided updates on certification exam offerings at the upcoming ACI Concrete Convention, March 29–April 2 in Rosemont, Ill., adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

“ACI Certification continues to provide industry-leading credentials for craftsmen, technicians, inspectors, and other concrete professionals,” he contends. “The development and launch of new programs, the Verify app, and veteran rebate program are key indicators of the impact ACI Certification continues to make on the concrete construction industry.”


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