Two Paramount Builders’ employees are now certified “ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician- Grade 1”

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Two employees of Paramount Builders recently returned to the territory after sitting — and passing — a certification test for the "ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician- Grade 1" in Hawai’i.

Tuali'i Tu'ufa'anatu and Pua Ifopo are two of the eleven local residents, who have attained certification in this specific area. Certification is good for five years.

Additionally, Ifopo, a principal at Manumalo Academy, also received certification as an "ACI Concrete Strength Testing Technician", making her one of seven local residents currently holding certification in this area.

For the certification process, Ifopo said she and Tu'ufa'anatu had to pass a performance test (which requires physical activity), and then a seven-section written test.The performance test is graded on a pass/ fail scale while the written test requires a score of 70 or higher.The pair passed all the requirements.

For the strength testing certification, Ifopo said the requirements were the same, although the written test only consisted of four sections.

BACKGROUND

The American Concrete Institute (ACI), founded in 1904 with headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, “is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational and training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.”

According to concrete.org, ACI has over 95 chapters, 110 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries.

“ACI offers 21 certification programs designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed within the concrete construction industry.”

Certification examinations and optional training courses are conducted through an international network of over 100 sponsoring groups. Since 1980, ACI has administered exams to over 400,000 individuals, with over 100,000 certifications currently maintained by ACI.

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