NICET Concrete Testing Certificate Preparatory Course

NSF Advanced Technical Education Award

HCCC is proud to announce the Construction Management program has received an Advanced Technology Education grant award of $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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This course prepares students for the National Institute of Certified Engineers and Technicians (NICET) Level I & II Certifications, a nationally recognized and industry-wide accepted program in the field of Concrete Testing. The NICET Certifications are most required by local and state jurisdictions, and by federal agencies. The National Institute of Certified Engineers and Technicians has recognized our institution as an official training provider for NICET Certifications.


The purpose of Concrete Testing for construction is to determine the suitability of the concrete for the type of construction to be done. NICET Certification levels outline a career path for advancement from entry to senior level. Level I is for technicians performing routine inspection and testing tasks under daily supervision. Level II is for technicians who need to work more independently. These certifications are designed for field and laboratory technicians who test and inspect concrete work.

Certification in Concrete Testing helps students understand changing trends in the field of inspection, testing, safety, and environmental aspects of today’s modern construction.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes:

  • Develop a broad knowledge and understanding of means and methods employed in construction and the significance of concrete’s role
  • Identify issues and propose mitigation measures
  • Inspect to ensure the suitability of the material
  • Determine the quality of materials used through testing
  • Recognize an inspector's duties for providing quality and safe products


NICET Level 1 & 2 Certifications (Preparatory Course)
No Prerequisites Required
Total Hours: 32
8 Days, 4 hours a day


Saturdays and Sundays
November 16 - December 15, 2024 (No Class on 11/30 & 12/1)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

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For more information and registration, please email Chastity Farrell at cfarrellFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.


NICET Certification Information

NICET Certification is one of the most prestigious and extensive vocational tests conducted across the United States of America for professionals in the Construction Industry. Certification often influences hiring, retention, promotion, and contracting decisions. It is equally beneficial for employers as it is for employees.

The National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians (NICET) offers certifications in multiple areas at a different level of academic/experience levels related to a Civil Engineering Technology Program; The following are the major work areas where certification programs are offered:

Construction Materials Testing:

Asphalt, Concrete & Soils

Transportation Construction Inspection:

Highway Construction Inspection

NICET Certified Technicians are defined as “hands-on” members of the engineering team who work under the direction of Engineers, Scientists, and Technologists. They have knowledge of the components, operating characteristics, and limitations of engineering systems and processes particular to their area of specialization.

Training and Course Objectives:

Personal and Worksite Safety:

  • Conduct a PPE assessment to identify hazards
  • Determine what PPE is appropriate
  • Provide training to ensure correct use and maintenance
  • Examples of PPE
  • Rules
  • Hazardous conditions at the job site
  • Safety mitigation plan
  • Apply job hazards analysis (JHA)
  • Review Safety data sheets (SDS)

Plans & Specifications:

  • Relate plans to the field
  • Plans and contract documents
  • Boring logs and their significance

Plans & Specifications, Sampling of Concrete Mixes and Components:

  • Identify locations on-site from locations on plans
  • Identify test frequencies and requirements
  • Collect samples of plastic concrete
  • Collect samples of mixed components (including labeling)
  • Collect masonry units (e.g., block or brick)
  • Document source of samples (e.g., aggregates or plastic concrete)
  • Document placement location for plastic concrete
  • Document mix information
  • Determine sampling locations
  • Observe sampling procedures of Level I technicians
  • Verify delivered materials

Concrete Mix Sample Preparation, Storage and Transportation:

  • Prepare samples for strength testing
  • Transport samples of plastic concrete to on-site testing location
  • Wet sieve plastic concrete
  • Site cure samples
  • Transport hardened concrete samples to the laboratory
  • Lab cures prepared specimens
  • Reduce samples to testing size

Field and Laboratory Testing of Concrete Mixes and Components, Concrete Mix Testing (theoretical discussion):

  • Perform (run, calculate, and report) flat and elongated particle tests
  • Perform coarse aggregate specific gravity tests
  • Perform fine aggregate specific gravity tests
  • Perform organic impurities tests
  • Perform LA abrasion tests
  • Perform sand equivalent tests
  • Perform clay lumps and friable particles tests
  • Perform Micro-Deval tests
  • Perform sulphate soundness tests
  • Determine temperature of plastic concrete
  • Perform slump tests
  • Determine air content pressure method
  • Determine air content volumetric method
  • Determine air content gravimetric method
  • Determine unit weight
  • Cast Strength Specimens
  • Perform aggregate gradation tests
  • Perform Moisture content tests
  • Perform compressive strength tests of concrete cylinders

Communication of Results:

  • Collect required test data for reports
  • Document field observations
  • Complete test forms and related reports
  • Report results to Supervisor
  • Assess reasonableness of results
  • Perform flexural strength tests
  • Perform splitting tensile tests
  • Perform compressive strength tests. (e.g., brick, pavers, and non-shrink grout)
  • Perform strength testing of masonry products (e.g., CMU, grout, mortar, and prisms)
  • Concrete shrinkage tests
  • Collect floor flatness/ levelness (FF, FL) data
  • Perform spread tests for self-consolidating concrete (SCC)

Concrete Mix Production and Placement:

  • Monitor batch plant production
  • Inspect Concrete Reinforcement

Forensic Testing of Concrete:

  • Obtain Concrete Cores
  • Measure Concrete Cores
  • Determine rebound numbers
  • Determine penetration resistance (e.g., Windsor probes)

Equipment Calibration Communication of Results, Equipment Calibration and Maintenance:

  • Prepare test data reports
  • Verbally report preliminary test results to skate holders
  • Verify lab testing equipment is calibrated for Level I tests
  • Verify field testing equipment is calibrated for Level I tests
  • Verify dimensions of field equipment
  • Verify equipment operation for Level I tests
  • Verify equipment resistance
  • Maintain test equipment
  • Perform equipment verification for Level I and II tests
  • Perform equipment calibration for Level I and II tests



Contact Information

Office of Continuing Education
161 Newkirk Street, Room E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4224