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WACEL UPDATES LABORATORY ACCREDITATION MANUAL AND EXHIBITS

WACEL has updated the Laboratory Accreditation Program manual and related Exhibits to reflect current operating procedures and requirements for the program.  All WACEL Members must have an accredited laboratory if they provide lab services as a condition of membership.  Copies of the new manual and exhibits are available on the members only side of this website.

WACEL UPDATES INSPECTION AGENCY AUDIT MANUAL AND EXHIBITS

WACEL has updated the Inspection Agency Audit manual and related Exhibits to reflect current operating procedures and requirements for the program.  All WACEL Inpsection Agency Members (firms that provide observation and testing services but do not have a laboratory) must participate in the Audit Program as a condition of membership.  Copies of the new manual and exhibits are available on the members only side of this website.

WACEL UPDATES CONCRETE I

WACEL's Certification Committee has updated the Concrete I Certification Program, making changes to help ensure that test reflects the most recent changes to industry standards and specifications. . WACEL Members can download the new study guides for the updated Concrete I certification from the members only side of this website.

WRITTEN AND PRACTICAL CERTIFICATION EXAM OPTIONS

WACEL is currently providing the following options for written certification exam testing:

  1. Testing at the WACEL office in Bethesda, Maryland. To register a technician to take a certification exam, call WACEL at 301-799-7401 the day before the test date to determine availability.  Almost all of the time, requests can be honored.  A completed application is required to take a test.  Either bring the application at the time of testing or email it to tcohn@wacel.org.
  2. Testing at member facilities.  WACEL will conduct written exams at a member’s facility provided there is a minimum of (5) technicians.
  3. Testing online.  Concrete I, Soil I Special Inspector Field, Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector, Structural Concrete Special Inspector, Foundation Special Inspector, Strucutral Steel Special Inspector, and Aggregate Concrete, Concrete Masonry Strength and Soil Laboratory Technician exams are available online.  Please review the procedure below.
  4. All Practicals must be administered by an approved WACEL proctor.  If  practicals are proctored by in-house staff, the proctor must be aprroved by WACEL and must make a separate video of each test that the technician performs and forward the package of videos to WACEL for grading.

WACEL is currently providing the following options for practical certification exam testing:

  1. Testing internally following the WACEL procedure.  This can be done following the guidelines and submitting videotapes to WACEL.
  2. Testing at member facilities.  WACEL will conduct practical exams at a member’s facility provided there is a minimum of (5) technicians.
  3. Testing at Vulcan Materials  WACEL is offering concrete proficiency exams at Vulcan Materials in Springfield on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.  Register technicians for concrete practicals below.  

Please email bob@wacel.org. for member facility requests or any other questions you may have.

ONLINE TESTING

The WACEL Online Testing Platform is now operational for Concrete I, Soil I Special Inspector Field, Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector, Structural Concrete Special Inspector, Foundation Special Inspector, Strucutral Steel Special Inspector, and Aggregate Concrete, Concrete Masonry Strength and Soil Laboratory Technician exams.

To register your technicians for online exams, you must have supervisor status in the WACEL database. If you need supervisor status, email tcohn@wacel.org with the names and email address of those in your organization who should be designated as supervisors.  

Steps to register technicians for online exams:

  • Log on to the WACEL web site at www.wacel.org.
  • Click on the drop down menu on the TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION PROGRAM tab underneath the WACEL logo on the landing page and click on online testing.
  • Click on the blue bar at the bottom of the page that says "Click here to register technicians".
  • If the technician you want to register has previously taken a WACEL certification exam while in your employ, his or her name should be listed under the select a person tab. If the tech has not previously taken an exam while in your employ fill in the first and last name in the appropriate fields. You must provide a valid email address for the technician and you also must provide a password that is at least six characters in length and one of the characters must be a number.  
  • After registering a technician and hit submit, an email is sent to WACEL to assign the exam as well as to the supervisor and the technician taking the exam. After WACEL assigns the exam, the exam will be available the following business day beginning at 7:00 am. If you register your technicians today, May 15 for Concrete I, the exam will be available from May 18-May 20 between the hours of 7am and 7pm. 
  • Technicians must take the exam at a company office and must be overseen by a PE/WACEL-approved supervisor. 
  • After the technician completes the exam, a PE or designated supervisor must submit an application (attached) signed by the technician and supervisor and submitted to WACEL (tcohn@wacel.org) along with a photo of the technician and a photo of the technician’s government-issued identification (e.g. driver’s license). By signing the application both the PE/Supervisor and the technician certify that they followed online testing guidelines and that they did not compromise the integrity of the WACEL certification program. If you do not submit an application or the required photos, no certification will be issued.

Call us at 301-652-7925 or email tcohn@wacel.org with questions or if you need more information.

Certification and Accreditation Program Scheduling

WACEL is currently scheduling inspections and audits for the laboratory accreditation program. Call us at 301-652-7925 or email bob@wacel.org to schedule your inspection and/or audit.

  • WACEL Study Guides and videos demonstrating concrete testing are now available online. Click here to go to the Resources Section.

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Upcoming Events

Register for meetings, training classes and practical exams, and keep up-to-date on the latest program updates and changes.

Soil Class

July 13, 2024
ABC - Virginia
42680 Trade W Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
8:30am – 5:00pm

Please note that the Soil Class does not include the Soil Practical

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Concrete Class

June 22, 2024
ABC - Virginia
42680 Trade W Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
8:30am – 5:00pm

Please note that the Concrete Class does not include the Concrete Practical

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Concrete Practicals

June 25, 2024
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA
5-9pm

July 9, 2024
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA
5-9pm

July 23, 2024
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA
5-9pm

WACEL will also perform concrete, soil and MARTCP proficiency testing at member offices.  At least five technicians are required for an in-office practical

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WACEL Membership Meetings

WACEL Meetings Return September 25

Wednesday, September 25, 2024, Maggiano's Tyson's Corner, 11am-1pm    

 

WACEL meetings take the summer off, but will return Wednesday, September 25, 2024.  The discussion topic is Helical Piers.  The presentation will be led by Nathan Mathews of the Ideal Group. Details to be forthcoming.

 

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WACEL Certification Program

WACEL certification or equivalent certification is required by all metropolitan area jurisdictions.

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Accreditation Programs

WACEL membership requires that all laboratories in the WACEL service territory be accredited by WACEL or an equivalent accreditation program.

WACEL membership requires that all inspection agencies participate in an Inspection Agency Audit Program or an equivalent audit program.

Learn more about the laboratory accreditation program

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Membership

WACEL offers membership to Engineering Laboratories and Inspection Agencies that are directed and managed by full-time professional engineers.

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Government Entities that Recognize WACEL Programs

Maryland

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Maryland State Highway Administration

 

Other Cities/States

State of New Jersey

City of Houston, Texas

Washington, D.C.

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City of Alexandria

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Fairfax County

Fauquier County

Loudoun County

Prince William County

Stafford County

Spotsylvania County

Virginia Department of Transportation

Federal and Public Agencies

American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Naval Engineering Facilities Command (NAVFAC) Chesapeak Division

Testing On Demand at WACEL HQ

7508 Wisconsin Avenue, 4th Floor, Bethesda, MD, 20814   |   Phone: 301-652-7925   |   Fax: 301-907-9326