Adhesive Anchor Inspector Certification

A certified Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge required to properly inspect the installation of adhesive anchors in concrete. The Inspector must understand the responsibilities and qualification requirements of the Installer, inspection requirements as cited in the documents governing the construction of the project, and the process governing the qualification of anchor systems.

Scope and Knowledge: 

This program requires knowledge of adhesive anchor installation including:

  • Understanding the Special Inspector’s role on the jobsite
  • Knowledge of the difference between periodic and continuous inspection and under what conditions each is required
  • Understanding jobsite conditions relevant for correct selection of installation procedures in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions (e.g. concrete age, wetness, hole drilling method used, possible embedded obstructions, and air and concrete temperature)
  • Proper location of anchors (spacing, edge distance, and member thickness)
  • Understanding the manufacturer’s instructions (pictograms, text) and the proper procedures, sequence, and tools to clean the hole
  • Importance of proper selection and assembly of the injection equipment
  • Importance of injection of adhesive into holes at various orientations to the proper depth using proper technique and equipment to minimizes air voids
  • 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
  • Recognition of warning signs of potential deviation from the construction documents and the manufacturer printed installation instructions
  • Knowledge of inspection requirements and the documents in which they are cited
  • Knowledge of proof loading requirements

Job Task Analysis (JTA) for ACI Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector Certification

Certification Requirements: 

ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who attain passing grades on the ACI written examinations. 

Attend an adhesive anchor installation practice session, which must include the vertical down, and vertical up installations utilizing both system types (retaining cap and piston plug). These sessions are available through ACI Certification Sponsoring Groups. 

The forty-five-minute installation examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 45 multiple-choice questions. To pass the installation examination the examinee must attain a minimum score of 74%. 

The seventy-five-minute inspection examination is open-book and consists of approximately 55 multiple choice questions. To pass the installation examination the examinee must attain a minimum score of 70%. 

Study Material:

You must purchase your study material (CP-81) directly through ACI National affording you ample time to study prior to the written exam.

CP-81 PACK: Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector Reference Package 

This package contains all of the resource materials needed to properly prepare for and take the examinations for certification as an ACI Adhesive Anchor Installation Inspector. The reference package contains:

  • ACI / CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Workbook – CP-80 (inclusive of review video)
  • ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete – Chapters 17 and 26
  • ACI 355.4 Qualification of Post-Installed Adhesive Anchors in Concrete – Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 13
  • 2015 International Building Code – Chapter 17, Special Inspections and Tests
  • Special Inspection Guidelines for Post-Installed Anchors, Developed for the Concrete and Masonry Anchor Manufacturers Association (CAMA) by Lee Mattis, P.E. Revised June 6, 2011 by John Silva, S.E & Lee Mattis, P.E.
  • POWERS - ICC ESR 2583 for their 1000+ product (included as an example for the ICC-ES report section)
  • Adhesive Anchor Installation and Inspection, Wollmershauser & Mattis, Concrete International, December, 2008
  • Inspecting Adhesive Anchors on the Job – Do’s and Don’ts , J. Silva & L. Mattis

This program will be held at TBD

Review Session: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. TBD
Exam: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. TBD

Program Fees 

Review Session, Mandatory attendance to the adhesive anchor installation practice session and Written Examinations $295.00 _______
This is a Written Exam ONLY (no workbooks will be available or provided on site)

Retest Written Exam ONLY $250.00 _______

For further information please contact James Little (909) 229-2652 or

Applicant Information

Important information for all applicants

  • Photo I.D. is required for taking Written and Performance Exams
  • Please note if you have a disability or require special accommodations You must let us know! SEE BELOW FOR ADA REQUIREMENTS
  • There will be NO refunds for no-shows but substitutions from the same company are acceptable
  • Cancellation Processing Fee $100.00
  • Bring workbook, calculator and writing materials to review class
  • ACI Chapter reserves right to reschedule or cancel any class or exam
  • Please keep a copy of this application for your records


In regards to requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is not the Sponsoring Group’s responsibility to judge whether or not the individual could do the job if certification is granted. The Sponsoring Group’s only concern is whether or not the individual’s request for accommodation can be provided for and is reasonable. Under the act, the individual making the request must provide written documentation from a doctor or other healthcare provider. The individual must also provide a reasonable amount of lead time to fulfill the special request. We recommend that you include your ADA policy on your web site and/or certification registration forms. The following is provided as an example: 

“If you have a disability that may impact your participation in this activity, please check here and append a statement regarding your disability-related needs. Someone will contact you prior to the program to discuss accommodations. We cannot assure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior written notification of need.”

Upon receipt of a request for ADA accommodation please contact John Nehasil at for further instruction. Be sure to copy on your request!

Individuals certified through this program are typically expected to be capable of reading, comprehending, and executing procedures requiring strenuous physical activity, and possess a level of fitness required to safely execute the procedures. Be sure to answer the questions in regards to ADA and by answering yes you are asserting that you are aware of the physical abilities and fitness level appropriate to participate in the program without accommodation for either permanent or temporary disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or have contacted ACI and are in the process of applying for accommodation in accordance with ADA. You must answer those questions yes or no. 

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