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Executive Director Update New Opportunities—Certification for Nozzlemen-in-Training By Charles S. Hanskat, PE, ASA Executive Director It’s been a busy summer for our nozzleman to participate in the ACI certification program. As with all new certification program with many ASA- ASA/ACI nozzleman certifications, they must take the full-day conducted sessions across North America, ASA classroom education, and ACI written exam and perfor- and the first in Australia, where we con- mance exam(s) in the shotcrete processes and orientations they ducted an ASA/ACI session that certified are pursuing certification in. Upon successful completion, they 11 wet-mix nozzlemen from Australia and receive a NIT card issued by ACI. They are also listed on the New Zealand. Certification of new shotcrete ACI certification verification website as NIT in the process and nozzlemen and recertifications of existing orientation they completed. The NIT option has been added to nozzlemen continues to be strong. We now have 1399 certified the online description of the ACI shotcrete nozzlemen certifica- nozzlemen listed on the ACI certification verification website. tion program, but with the caution to specifiers that “The Bigger news, however, is the finalization of a shotcrete Shotcrete Nozzleman also possesses substantially more shot- nozzleman-in-training (NIT) certification in ACI’s certification crete work experience in actual dry- (or wet-) mix shotcrete policy. The concept for the NIT certification started several years field applications than a Shotcrete-Nozzleman-in-Training.” ago in ACI Committee C660, Shotcrete Nozzleman Certification. Completion of the remaining field experience hours to reach After many drafts and committee balloting, the NIT provisions the minimum of 500 required for full nozzleman certification were approved late this summer by both ACI Committee C660 should be under the supervision of an ACI-certified nozzleman, and then the Certification Programs Committee (CPC). essentially as an apprentice. The NIT is required to maintain a detailed log to record hours on the nozzle until they accumulate The Nozzleman-In-Training Program the required minimum of 500 hours for full certification. The This new program allows the starting nozzleman who can NITs have 5 years to accumulate and document the additional show at least 25 hours of hands-on nozzling work experience hours of field shooting experience. Upon completion of the 6 Shotcrete • Fall 2015


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