ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer
TCA currently does not have an Adhesive Anchor Installer scheduled. If you would like to inquire about scheduling a session, please contact Darla Sparkman, Certifications Manager, at 615-360-7393.
Visit ACI's site to verify an individual's certification.
An Adhesive Anchor Installer is an individual who has demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and execute instructions to properly install adhesive anchors in concrete. They must also demonstrate possession of the knowledge to properly assess ambient conditions, concrete condition, materials, equipment, and tools for installing adhesive anchors and determine when it is appropriate to proceed with installation of an adhesive anchor or when additional guidance from a supervisor/foreman/project engineer is needed.
Scope and Knowledge
This program requires knowledge and ability in the follwing areas of adhesive anchor installation:
- Understand jobsite conditions relevant for correct selection of installation procedures in accordance with manufacturer's instructions (e.g., concrete wetness, hole drilling method used, possible embedded obstruction, and air and concrete temperatures)
- Understand the manufacturer's instructions and using the proper procedures, sequence, and tools to clean the hole
- Proper selection and assembly of the imjection equipment
- Awareness of the potentional impact of storage conditions and verification of the expiration date on the cartridge
- Rejection of the initial adhesive expressed from new cartridges as applicable and proper procedures followed for siaposal of rejected/waste adhesive/used nozzles and cartridges
- Injection of adhesive into holes at various orientations to the proper depth using proper technique and equipment that minimizes air voids
- Correct assembly of anchor element in drill chuch and drill settings for capsul anchor installation
- Recognition of time limits for installation and positioning of anchor element (i.e., gel time) depending on type of adhesive, ambient conditions, and size/depth of anchor hole
- Installation of the anchor element in accordance with manufacturer's instructions
- Knowledge of proper measures for protection of anchor element threads from adhesive
- Knowledge of measures to secure and protect the anchor element from load/movement during adhesive cure
ACI-CSRI will grant certification to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on both the written and performance exams.
The 90-minute written exam is closed-book and consists of 75 multiple choice questions.
The performance exam consists of two parts:
Part 1 - each examinee will be tasked with selecting, assembling, and using the proper tools, equipment and materials to drill and clean a vertical down hole in concrete, inject adhesive, and set an anchor to the proper depth and perpendicularity.
Part 2 - each examinee is required to inject two clear tubes with adhesive in a vertical up orientation behind a blind to simulate a drilled hole in concrete; one tube is injected using the retaining cap method, and the other tube is injected using the piston plug method. The Examiner(s) will observe and evaluate the examinee's performance for proper procedure during both parts.
Following Part 1, the Examiner(s) will check the vertical down installation for proper depth and plumb; after the adhesive in the tubes injected in Part 2 has cured, the Examiner(s) will cross section them and evaluate the size and location of air voids to determine pass or fail.
A set of instructions appropriate for the exam along with applicable Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be available for consultation by the examinee during both parts of the performance exam. Both Parts of the performance must be successfully completed within one year or the entire performace examination (both Parts) must be re-taken.
Recertification is every five years.