ASA to Offer Shotcrete Contractor, Inspector Education Programs this Fall

The seminars support the American Shotcrete Association's mission to increase the acceptance, quality and safe practices of the shotcrete process.

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The American Shotcrete Association (ASA) will offer two education seminars in fall 2019 to support its mission to provide knowledge resources, qualification, certification, education and leadership to increase the acceptance, quality and safe practices of the shotcrete process.

The Shotcrete Contractor Education program, which covers best practices by the contractor for quality shotcrete construction, will be available at ASA headquarters in Farmington Hills, Mich., on Sept. 28. Topics of this seminar will include materials, equipment, personnel, application, QC/QA, curing, protection and project management. 

Charles Hanskat, P.E., FACI, FASCE will be the presenter. He is the executive director and technical director for the ASA and has been involved in the design, construction, evaluation and repair of environmental concrete, marine, building and shotcrete structures for 40 years.

A required first step in the ASA Contractor Qualification Program, this seminar will provide the opportunity to take the required written exam. This is a valuable course for contractors to learn more about the details and requirements for quality shotcrete placement, regardless of their intent to pursue qualification. The fee for the course with reference materials and exam is $650, and the fee for the course with reference materials and no exam is $550. Lunch is included with both registration fees. For more information, visit

The Shotcrete Inspector program will be available at the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Oct. 23. The program covers critical elements of shotcrete applications that on-site inspectors must know to evaluate and sign-off on acceptance documents for shotcrete. 

The Shotcrete Inspector Education will be co-presented by Hanskat and Oscar Duckworth. An ASA member with over 25,000 hours of nozzle time, Duckworth is an ACI examiner for the wet- and dry-mix processes. He serves on the ASA Board of Directors and as chair of ASA’s Education Committee.

Topics of this seminar will include material selections, equipment, placement techniques, finishing, curing, protection, testing and safety as it relates to the building official or inspector. Shotcrete’s growing use in construction and its inclusion in the newly released ACI 318 "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete" necessitates on-site inspectors who are knowledgeable about shotcrete materials, equipment, application and quality.