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

  1. Testing at the WACEL office in Bethesda, Maryland.  Each day has (3) time slots, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, for candidates to come in and test.  To register a technician for one of the time slots, call WACEL at 301-652-7925.  Please review the requirements below.  This is for any of the WACEL exams.  PLEASE NOTE:  TESTING IS NOT AVAILABLE OCTOBER 20.  TESTING RETURNS BY APPOINTMENT FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21.  Masks are required at all times during testing.
  2. 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.
  3. Testing online.  Concrete I and Soil I Field exams are available online.  Please review the procedure below.

WACEL is currently providing the following options for concrete 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 concrete 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.

When there are changes to our options, they will be posted on our website.  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.

  •  The digital thermometer will be cleaned with a sanitizing solution between each scan.
  •  If anyone develops  a temperature during an exam, they should leave immediately and advise the instructor or proctor.  The instructor or proctor will advise WACEL staff.



6.       Upon entering the WACEL office, everyone is required to wash their hands.

7.       Only three technicians can be tested during a given session in the WACEL office. Test times in the WACEL office are 9am and 1pm. Register technicians for time slots at the WACEL office on the WACEL website. Once registered, WACEL staff will contact you to designate the exam to be taken.

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

9.       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 Tom Cohn, to schedule on-site practicals.

10.    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.

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

12.    Technicians will be required to bring their own pen/pencils, blank paper and calculators to take exams.


The WACEL Online Testing Platform is now operational for both Concrete I and Soil I exams.

To register your technicians for the Concrete I exam, 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.

We thank everyone for their patience in this process. This is a giant leap forward for our members and WACEL.

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.

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