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Concrete Technicians Course
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Concrete NZ, and before that the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), has for many years offered these popular 1-day courses designed both as an introduction and refresher.


They are offered at least once a year throughout the main centres in New Zealand, or as demand requires.  These courses are now supplemented with fresh and hard concrete testing videos, which are available via the CCANZ YouTube channel.

Day 1 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry

  • Properties of Concrete. (An overview of materials used in concrete - cement, aggregates, water and admixtures)
  • Concrete Production. (A summary of the important aspects of NZS 3104:2003)
  • Concrete Construction. (Construction practice issues from NZS 3109:2003)
  • Concrete Testing. (An overview of fresh and hardened concrete testing NZS 3112:19686)

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

Day 2 - Concrete Testing

  • Carry Out Routine Tests on Fresh Concrete (Unit Standard 26053)
    • Testing Fresh Concrete
    • Review of Sampling Fresh Concrete
    • Slump Test (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Yield and Air Content Tests (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Review of Spread Test
  • Carry Out Routine Tests on Hardened Concrete (Unit Standard 26063)
    • Methods of Testing Hardened Concrete Making Cylinders
    • Hardened Density - measurement by water suspension method (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Compressive Strength (practical demonstration of competency)
    • Review of Splitting and Flexural Tensile Strength

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

Day 3 - Concrete Technology

  • New Zealand and Australian Standards for Concrete Production
    • NZS 3101:2006 Concrete structures standard
    • NZS 3104:2003 Specification for concrete production
    • NZS 3109:1997 Concrete construction
    • NZS 3111:1986 Methods of test for water and aggregate for concrete
    • NZS 3121: 2015 Water and aggregate for concrete
    • NZS 3112.1:1986 Methods of test for concrete — tests relating to fresh concrete
    • NZS 3122:2009 Specification for Portland and blended cements
    • NZS 3604:1999 Timber framed buildings
    • AS 1478.1:2000 Chemical admixtures for concrete, mortar and grout
  • Admixtures for Concrete
  • Concrete Mix Design Principles
  • Test for Concrete Raw Materials

Assessment is via discussion, worksheets and participant demonstration.

Check out the Events page to see where and when the next Concrete Construction Course is scheduled, or contact Concrete NZ using the training enquiry form.