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Tilt-Up Certification

Assuring the experience, quality and performance of Tilt-Up concrete producers.

The Tilt-Up Supervisor and Technician Certification Program is a collaborative effort between the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the TCA.  ACI is a technical and educational society with 30,000 members and 93 chapters in 30 countries and is the recognized leader in concrete codes and standards as well as certification. 

The TCA provides the promotion and performance component to expand the recognition and delivery of certification to the industry.  ACI provides the structure and analytical component of the program.

Visit the ACI Tilt-Up Certification Web Page for more information or contact the TCA at (319) 895-6911 or esauter@tilt-up.org to find out when the next seminar and exam will occur.

Private exams for companies can be coordinated through the TCA with approved examiners.  Contact us at TCA headquarters for our reference list of approved examiners.

Tilt-Up Technician

A Tilt-Up Technician is a person who has an understanding of overall on-site administrative and technical management for producing Tilt-Up projects by passing the ACI written examination, but who lacks sufficient work experience to qualify as a Tilt-Up supervisor.

ACI will grant certification to those applicants who pass the written examination but do not possess the necessary work experience to be granted full Tilt-Up Supervisor certification.

Re-certification is necessary every five (5) years, and requires successful completion of a written examination.

Tilt-Up Supervisor

A Tilt-Up Supervisor is a person who has demonstrated proficiency in and an understanding of overall on-site administrative and technical management for producing Tilt-Up projects by passing the ACI written examination and meeting work experience requirements.

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on the written examination, possess five years (7500 hours) of verifiable construction experience, three years (4500 hours) of which must be experience in Tilt-Up construction.

The work experience must include 200 hours of supervisory experience in each of the following ten (10) specific areas:

  • Safety
  • Plan reading
  • Scheduling
  • Site preparation and foundations
  • Slabs on grade
  • Layout
  • Forming
  • Placement and properties
  • Erection
  • Structural Systems


TCA Company Certification Program

The goal of the TCA Company Certification Program is to provide owners, specifiers, and designers with a method for assuring the experience, quality and performance of tilt-up concrete contractors.

The program will certify that companies who manage the tilt-up construction process have met the criteria established for evaluation. The criteria includes analysis of company policies, procedures, and ability to consistently deliver a quality product and that they hire trained, certified and qualified personnel in all aspects of the tilt-up construction process.

The emphasis of the program is on quality control and quality assurance but safety, experience, current activity, adherence to specifications, and owner verification of performance are part of the evaluation criteria. An on-site review of company documents is performed to confirm and verify the information presented. Companies experience, performance, and adherence to the programs requirements are reviewed annually.

There are two levels of certification: General Tilt-Up Contractor and Architectural Tilt-Up Contractor. Details of the program are enumerated in the Program Policy Manual.

About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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