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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 exhibitors 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 Updates

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

May 11, 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

May 18, 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

May 28, 2024
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA
5-9pm

June 11, 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

Inspection and Quality Assurance Requirements for Concrete Masonry Construction

Thursday, June 6, 2024, Maggiano's Tyson's Corner, 11am-1pm      

Shoaib Yosoufzai, Structural Engineering Project Manager for the Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association (CMHA), will provide an overview of inspection and quality assurance requirements for concrete masonry construction required by the International Building Code and TMS 602, Specifications for Masonry Structures at the Thursday, June 6 WACEL General Membership Meeting at Maggiano’s Tysons Corner, Tysons II Shopping Center, from 11am-1pm.

Key learning objectives include the following:

  • Distinguishing between quality assurance and quality control
  • Understanding code requirements for concrete masonry construction
  • Identifying necessary tasks for the various levels of concrete masonry inspection
    • Masonry unit placement
    • Reinforcement
    • Grouting
    • Structural stability
    • Required testing
  • Evaluation of the tolerances in masonry construction
    • Dimensional tolerances
    • Deviations from vertical and horizontal alignments and maximum allowable offsets
    • Variations in the width and thickness of mortar joints, consistency in the appearance and tooling of mortar joints and alignment of head and bed joints.
    • Flatness and plane tolerances for wall surfaces, permissible deviations from a straight line or plane and acceptable variations in the surface texture and finish
    • Dimensional variations in the size and positioning of openings (windows, doors, etc.) and allowable deviations from specified openings sizes and locations.
    • Variations in properties and dimensions of masonry units and mortar and determining conformance to specified strength, absorption and other material characteristics.

One CEU hour credit will be awarded for attending this session.

Shoaib Yosoufzai was the first Afghan national admitted to West Point where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He completed a Master’s degree in civil engineering with specialization in structural engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a second Master’s degree from Durham University in the United Kingdom focusing on postwar reconstruction and recovery.

He currently works as Structural Engineering Project Manager (Masonry) with Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association (CMHA), focusing mainly on the design, management and research initiatives related to concrete masonry. His background includes working as a Chief Engineer for Hyperion Inc. and working with the government of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Defense in various capacities such as Director of Reforms, Portfolio Manager, Project Manager, and Engineering Specialist. His focus was primarily on Joint US/NATO defense and civil sector infrastructure projects, emphasizing the design and quality management of various structures, structural design training, capacity building, research and innovation.

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