Masonry Testing Technician Training Programs

Proper masonry testing is critical to provide assurance that materials and techniques meet the designer's intent. Come to TMS's newest seminar to learn about how samples should be taken, stored, and tested. Or take the new ACI Certification Exams to be recognized as a Certified Masonry Testing Technician.
Proper masonry testing is critical to provide assurance that materials and techniques meet the designer’s intent.

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) in cooperation with The Masonry Society (TMS) and other industry organizations recently completed two new certification programs – the first for Masonry Field Testing Technicians and the second for Masonry Laboratory Technicians. The programs are intended to recognize qualified technicians performing various masonry tests, while helping to ensure testing is performed properly. To help prepare testing technicians for the Certification Examinations, The Masonry Society will be offering intensive education review sessions and the ACI Certification Examinations.


Following is the list of ASTM standards used in the ACI Masonry Testing Technician Certification Program.


For the Masonry Field Testing Technician the following five ASTM test methods are currently used. Make certain to check with ACI before taking the examination to ensure you have the correct edition.

  • ASTM C67-12: Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Brick and Structural Clay Tile
  • ASTM C140-13: Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units
  • ASTM C780-12a: Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry
  • ASTM C780: Annex Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)
  • ASTM C1019-11: Standard Test Method for Sampling and Testing Grout
  • ASTM C1314-12: Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Masonry Prisms

For the Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician the following seven ASTM specifications are currently used. Make certain to check with ACI before taking the examination to ensure you have the correct edition.

  • ASTM C90-12 Standard Specification for Loadbearing Concrete Masonry Units
  • ASTM C140-13 Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units
  • ASTM C780-12a Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry
  • ASTM C780 – Annex Standard Test Method for Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit Masonry (A4 and A6)
  • ASTM C1552-12 Standard Practice for Capping Concrete Masonry Units, Related Units and Masonry Prisms for Compression Testing
  • ASTM C1314-12 Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Masonry Prisms
  • ASTM C1019-11 Standard Test Method for Sampling and Testing Grout
  • ASTM C270-12a Standard Specification for Mortar for Unit Masonry


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