Concrete Products

JUL 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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54 • July 2015 With a stronger economy, many sectors of the concrete industry have seen a growth in certification programs for plants, products and per- sonnel. As the workload increases, firms are using certification as a means to distinguish their organization and earn work, as well as a way to help them select the right individuals to hire. The rise in certification programs also is gaining favor with owners, municipal- ities, governmental agencies and code departments, some of which are developing their own requirements as a means to establish greater competency and accountability in their projects. The result of all of this growth is a hodge-podge of programs that range from certificates earned after minimal training to qualified certification programs tied to international standards, and everything in between. The disparity can be confusing and even dangerous if proper training and inspec- tion does not occur. NOT ALL CREATED EQUAL Dean A. Frank, P.E., LEED Green Associate, director, Quality & Sustain- ability Programs at the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), assesses the confusion, noting that some public sector agencies and private companies are establishing certification programs in-house, often drawing upon the body of knowledge promulgated by the appropriate technical institutes (either directly or via public sector standards bodies) as the basis of their quality systems. However, not all certification programs are created equal, so it is key to ensure that your certification program is offered by a reputable, knowledgeable advocate and resource for that particular industry. "Many commercial companies and industry organizations offer certification services," says Frank. "However, not all such offerings are supported by the necessary functional elements of comprehensive FEATURE BY KIMBERLY KAYLER Certification Nation Leaders in concrete practice weigh in on certification, code and licensing programs developed within the industry and beyond Quality control of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel. PHOTO: Epoxy Interest Group of CRSI

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