Education and training for employment as a construction materials testing technician.  Students will perform basic field concrete and soil tests under the direction of engineering professionals of company technician managers.  This field work is required to ensure that sampling inspection, and testing is performed consistent with project specifications.  Test results are prepared for lab reports and transmitted to the proper construction personnel for review.

Coursework in this program will prepare students to sit for the NICET Transportation Construction Inspector Level I and II certification exams.

This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree. 

Admissions Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • MATH-0965 or qualified Math Placement.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Interpret the intent of plans and specifications as they relate to the need for testing specified construction materials.
  2. Perform standard construction industry practices for sampling and testing of soil, asphalt, and concrete.
  3. Be certified in OSHA 30 for the Construction Industry.
  4. Be prepared for NICET Level I and II Construction Materials Testing Asphalt, Concrete, and Soils Certification exam.
  5. Be prepared for ACI Concrete Grade I and II Concrete Field Testing Technician certification exam.

Suggested Semester Sequence 

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
CNST-1290 Construction Print Reading 2
MATH-1530 College Algebra 1 4
 Credit Hours6
First Semester
CNST-1281 Construction Engineering Orientation 3
CNST-1660 Material Testing 2
CNST-1670 Highway Inspection 2
CNST-2131 Construction Methods and Materials 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
MATH-1540 Trigonometry 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CNST-1750 Construction Safety 3
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
CNST-2110 Basic Survey Practices 3
CNST-2140 Advanced Material Testing & Inspection 2
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours33

1. MATH-1580 Precalculus or MATH-1610 Calculus I will be accepted in place of both MATH-1530 College Algebra and MATH-1540 Trigonometry but an additional 2 credit hours of general electives may be needed to meet degree requirements.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.