What's required? As of September 1, 2008 , all private and public concrete field testing in Massachusetts must be performed by licensed Concrete Field Testing Technicians - Grade 1 as issued by the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

What happens to current Class A licenses issued by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS)?

  • BBRS Class A licenses will remain valid until their expiration date.
  • Once a BBRS license expires, the technician must take and pass the ACI Grade 1 exam to remain licensed for work in Massachusetts. All new technician candidates must pass the ACI exam as the former Massachusetts Construction Industry Board (MCIB) Class A license is no longer offered or recognized by the BBRS.

How do I get an ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1 license? To get a Grade-1 license you must pass an exam administered by ACI through their Local Sponsoring Group - the Northern New England Concrete Promotion Associates . As of September 1, 2014 their website is down but you can contact the Director, Phil Nunley at 888-875-3232 or at pnunley@nnecpa.org.   You may also try to google them to see if the website has been restored and, if so, drill down on their site to find the latest dates and locations for testing. The registration form is on the second page.   If you have difficulty with the information provided, telephone contact information is provided at the bottom of the first page.

What happens after I take the exam? Upon successful test completion, ACI will issue a license to you directly. Please note that you must re-take and pass the ACI exam every five years to remain certified. We suggest you apply for the exam well in advance of your license expiration date.

Contact Don Finocchio at BBRS (617-727-3200, x-25206) if you have any questions.

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