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 Technicians coming to the WACEL office must wear a mask at all times.  


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

  1. New Soil I Certification Takes Effect February 1 WACEL's Certification Committee has updated the Soil I exam. The new version will be in use as of February 1. Major changes include: expanding the test to 75 questions (55 academic and 20 plan reading) and adding questions related to ASTM D2937-17e2, Density of soil in place by drive-cylinder method. The test is now open-book adn 3 hours in length. Permitted references that can be used for the exam are detailed in the new study guide available on the members only side of the website,
  2. Testing at the WACEL office in Bethesda, Maryland. Masks are required at all times during testing. To register a technician to take a certification exam, call WACEL at 301-652-7925 the day before the test date to determine availability.  99% 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
  3. Testing at member facilities.  WACEL will conduct written exams at a member’s facility provided there is a minimum of (5) technicians and that the exam space will allow for technicians to be at least six feet apart from one another and masks are required at all times during testing. This is for any of the WACEL exams.
  4. Testing online.  Concrete I, Soil I Field and Concrete Masonry Strength Laboratory Technician exams are available online.  Please review the procedure below.
  5. All Practicals as of May 1 must be administered by an approved WACEL proctor.  If  practicals are proctored by in-house staff, the proctor 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 videotaping 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 and that the exam space will allow for technicians to be at least six feet apart from one another.
  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 for member facility requests or any other questions you may have.


To protect technicians, instructors and staff, the following requirements must be met in order for WACEL to provide in office and at facility testing:

1.       Anyone who has been ill in the last 14 days will not be permitted to enter the WACEL office or take a WACEL certification test or practical exam.  Anyone who exhibits any of the following symptoms within the last seven days will not be permitted to take a WACEL certification exam at the WACEL office or participate in a WACEL practical exam

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

2.       WACEL staff reserves the right to refuse entry by anyone exhibiting those symptoms.

3.       A short health questionnaire will be given to technicians that want to be tested and must be signed on a health affirmation log prior to testing.



6.       A limited number technicians can be tested during a given session in the WACEL office. Call the office one business day before technicians wants ot take an exam to register them for testing at the WACEL office

7.       Social distancing will be required for all in-office and practical exams.

8.       WACEL will conduct concrete  practical exams at a member’s facility provided there is a minimum of five technicians and that the exam space will allow for technicians to be at least six feet apart from one another. Email Bob Scheller, to schedule on-site practicals.

9.    WACEL will conduct written exams at a member’s facility provided there is a minimum of five technicians and that the exam space will allow for technicians to be at least six feet apart from one another.

10.    No food or drink will be allowed while taking exams.


The WACEL Online Testing Platform is now operational for Concrete I, Soil I and Concrete Masonry Strength Lab exams.

To register your technicians for online exams, you must have supervisor status in the WACEL database. If you need supervisor status, email 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
  • 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. 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.  
  • You will note that there are options for Concrete I and Soil I.  Soil I will not be active until early next week.  If you select Soil I no exam will be assigned.
  • After you 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 your office in an environment that follows CDC and local and state health official guidelines. 
  • 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 ( 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 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 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.
  • New and updated versions of the Concrete I (April 2021), Concrete/Masonry Strength Testing Techincian (April 2021) and Structural Masonry Special Inspector (August 2021) are now in use.

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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

February 12, 2021
ABC - Virginia
42680 Trade W Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
8:30am – 5:00pm


Concrete Class

January 22, 2021
ABC - Virginia
42680 Trade W Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
8:30am – 5:00pm


Concrete Practicals

January 25, 2022
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA

February 8, 2022
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA

February 22, 2022
Vulcan Materials
5412 Industrial Drive
Springfield, VA

WACEL will also  perform concrete and soil level I proficiency testing at members' laboratories.  Five technicians are required for an in lab concrete practical


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WACEL Membership Meetings

WACEL Virtual General Membership Meeting: Key Factors Affecting Ground Improvement Cost and Performance

WACEL returns to virtual meetings on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 11am-Noon. Ed O’Malley, PE and Matt Klucina, PE of Geostructures will lead this program whose key learning objectives are as follows:

  1. Determining which loads should be used for design after obtaining structural baseline data.
  2. Determining when a geotechnical report is required and recommendations that the report should provide.
  3. How to select allowable bearing pressures for the project.
  4. The difference between prescriptive versus performance-based specification requirements and how they affect the project.


photo of Ed O’Malley
Ed O’Malley, PE 

Ed O’Malley, PE is the senior vice president of risk management for GeoStructures where he promotes, designs and constructs projects using Geopier technology. GeoStructures is a geotechnical design-build firm; focusing on providing owners and contractors with innovative solutions to their ground improvement, foundation, slope stabilization and retaining wall needs.

photo of Matt Klucina
Matt Klucina, PE 

Matt Klucina, PE is currently responsible for pre-construction services, business development and sales for GeoStructures, Inc. He has more 20 years of experience providing engineered solutions to the transportation, commercial construction and industrial marketplace throughout the east coast.


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