Industry Upgrades Technician Training

by John P. Bachner, Exec. Dir.; Washington Area Council of Engrg. Laboratories, Inc., Silver Spring, Md.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 8, Pg. 62-63

Document Type: Feature article


Here is one example where regulations were imposed by industry—voluntarily. The Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories, Inc., developed a program to certify technicians testing soil and concrete. The Council then asked local jurisdictions to make certification (by WACEL or any other approved program) mandatory. So far, three jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have responded and the Council hopes that Washington, D.C. and Maryland will soon follow. Two other certification programs are also described. One, nationwide, is administered by the Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians (a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers). Another program in Massachusetts was developed and is administered by the Massachusetts Construction Industry Board, a group composed of engineers, architects, contractors, sub-suppliers and government officials.

Subject Headings: Industries | Training | Jurisdiction | Licensure and certification | Laboratory tests | Soil tests | Material tests | Professional societies | United States | Washington | Massachusetts | Virginia | Maryland

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