Current News

  • Testing at the WACEL office is available for testing Monday through Wednesday and Friday (February 24-26 and 28, 2020).  TESTING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020.  Examinees should arrive between 9:30 am and 2:00 pm.

Please contact Chris Worley at 301-652-7925 x206 or to confirm availability.


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


  • WACEL had a very informative presentation by Tracy Barnhard with AASHTO re:source on Quality Management System Reviews at the September Membership Meeting.  Thank you, Tracy, for taking the time to review how AASHTO handles this compared to internal audits and how this relates to R18.  For those that were unable to attend or would like a copy of the presentation, please click here.



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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.

Soils Class

Saturday, March 7, 2020
ABC - Virginia
42680 Trade W Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
8:30am – 5:00pm


Concrete Class

Saturday, February 22, 2020
ABC - Virginia
42680 Trade W Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
8:30am – 5:00pm


Concrete Practical


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Vulcan Materials
5408 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA  22151


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WACEL Membership Meetings

Plan now to attend upcoming WACEL Membership Meetings.  The February 27, 2020 meeting topic is GEOWEB Retaining Walls for Soil Stabilization - Naturally Vegetated, Green Retaining Wall Systems.

The presenter will be Dan Bishop, Business Development/ACF Environmental

Dan will discuss the design and construction of GEOWEB vegetated reinforced and gravity walls that retain structural integrity even in poor base conditions.  The GEOWEB system's open-celled terraces create a natural environment for sustainable vegetation and allow storm water infiltration with installation 25 to 30 percent faster than MSE block walls.  Dan will conclude his presentation with a discussion on the dos and don'ts associated with GEOWEB Special Inspections.

Attendees will receive one-hour Continued Education Credit (CEU) for attending this presentation.

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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

Learn more about the inspection agency audit program


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

Engineering Laboratories

Engineering Laboratories


Inspection Agencies

Inspection Agencies


Government Entities that Recognize WACEL Programs


Montgomery County

Prince George's County

Maryland State Highway Administration


Other Cities/States

State of New Jersey

City of Houston, Texas

Washington, D.C.


Arlington County

City of Alexandria

Culpeper County

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)

United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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