Further, anyone sitting for the exam attends the TCA-sponsored Tilt-Up Supervisor Training for Certification seminar — a course designed to prepare attendees for the exam. The seminar covers a broad range of topics from planning and safety through erection, bracing and finishing.
Miller credits the certification exam and associated seminars with educating his team about the idiosyncrasies of tilt-up. He also noted the exam serves as confirmation that they know what they are doing — both internally and externally.
The benefits of the program extend north of the border to Canada as well. For example, a school construction project in Windsor, Nova Scotia, demonstrated the competitive edge that certification can give your company. The Windsor West Hants High School was the first project that prequalified bids from contractors whose staff had passed the TCA/ACI Tilt-Up Technician and Supervisor Certification course.
Resources for success
As professionals begin preparing for the next public offering of the certification exam, to be held at the World of Concrete in January, understanding where to find the best study materials is crucial. The first recommended step involves visiting ACI's website at www.concrete.org. In addition to a program overview, forms and exam preparation instructions are available. Then contact TCA to determine the schedule for upcoming training, review, or testing sessions as well as to order the recommended study materials. The Supervisor and Technician Reference Guide CP-50 can be purchased on TCA's website — www.tilt-up.org — for $80 ($50 for TCA members), plus shipping and handling. The guide includes all the reference materials needed to study for the Tilt-Up Supervisor Certification exam. Beyond being a study guide, the manual also serves as an excellent reference tool for contractors.
Future of certification
With more than 700 certified Tilt-Up Supervisors and Technicians, it is clear that certification is a method for many contractors to differentiate themselves from their competition. As of June 1, 2005, 179 Supervisor and 538 Technician certifications have been issued, for a total of 717 total certifications. Of those 717 certifications, 121 were issued in Canada.
"The rise in the number of certified personnel is a direct response to the growth in use of the method," says Sauter. "This certification program sets clear professional standards that ensure consistency and quality in tilt-up construction throughout North America."
"Tilt-Up Supervisor Training Seminars" and "Tilt-Up Certification Exams" are currently scheduled to take place at the next TCA sponsored events. These include the World of Concrete (Jan. 17-20, 2006), co-sponsored by the TCA in Las Vegas with the seminar on Jan. 16 and the exam on Jan. 18 and the TCA Spring Regional Meetings (May 4-6, 2006) in Charleston, S.C., on May 5. More information on these events can be found by visiting www.tilt-up.org.
Jim Baty is technical director of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association. This is the sixth article in a year-long series on the benefits of tilt-up construction presented by the TCA and Concrete Concepts. For more information about TCA, visit www.tilt-up.org or call (319) 895-6911.