Aggregates Certification

Overview

The certification programs for aggregate employ local testing procedures to ensure consistency with local provincial and municipal test requirements. CCIL's Aggregate laboratory certification programs have four mandatory components:

  1. Laboratories must participate in and satisfy CCIL annual inter-laboratory correlation program requirements. This correlation program distributes prepared proficiency test samples to participating laboratories which test the samples and submit the results to CCIL's for statistical analysis.
  2. At least once every two years, CCIL conducts laboratory inspections to verify that appropriate equipment and qualified personnel are in place, that the testing equipment is calibrated and properly maintained, and that up-to-date testing procedures are followed.
  3. Each CCIL certified laboratory must employ at least one certified laboratory technician. Technicians must pass practical and written examinations.
  4. Certified laboratories must have an appropriate quality manual and quality system. CCIL has developed a quality manual template and user guide as an aid for laboratories developing a quality system. At present this requirement applies only to Ontario laboratories.  

There are two categories of Aggregate laboratory certification; Type C and Type D as indicated below.  All CCIL certified Aggregate laboratories must, as a minimum, be certified in basic certification, Type C: Aggregate Quality Control Tests.  Additional tests for type D certification can be added as may be required:

  • Basic Certification: Type C, Aggregate Quality Control Testing Laboratories
  • Additional Certification: Type D, Advanced Aggregate Quality Testing Laboratories

Aggregate technicians employed by certified laboratories must demonstrate their proficiency in carrying out test procedures, for which the laboratory is certified, through practical tests and written examinations. Technicians passing the written and practical examinations are issued CCIL certification cards valid for a period of 5 years.

Laboratory certificates are issued on annual basis dated May 1st to April 30th the following year. Typically, laboratories apply for certification in the summer, and CCIL sends out proficiency samples in the fall, with testing results required to be reported to CCIL in early January. Analysis of the data, including mini-correlation testing as may be required, is completed over the winter months. All work is completed by spring and laboratory certificates are issued to qualified laboratories effective May 1st to coincide with new construction season.

Applications from new laboratories and from certified laboratories seeking certification upgrade are accepted any time.

Program Details and Tests

CCIL Aggregate laboratory certification programs have developed over the past 25 years and continue to evolve to respond to new responsibilities, challenges, technologies and test procedures in the quality control/quality assurance testing industry. The following document provides the terms of reference for the Aggregate Certification Program

The following documents provide the Aggregate Laboratory certification Program details and requirements:

Aggregate Test Requirements

A list of Aggregate Test requirements in AB, BC, MB, NL, ON, and SK are provided in the following documents:

Working Documents

The Checklists for AB, BC, MB, NL, ON, and SK are provided in the following documents:

Technician Training

CCIL does not provide any technician training. This can be attained in the laboratory or by attending training courses offered by private consulting firms (such as those offered by DBA, LVM and others). CCIL is concerned with the certification of trained technicians. The following documents provide the requirements and application form for the certification of Aggregate technicians:

Information for New Applicants (How To Become Certified)

Information for new applicants is provided in the following documents:

Completed applications should be emailed to the CCIL Certification Office, gkermath@ccil.com . Upon receipt of the form, the applicant will be contacted by CCIL to review the application and answer any questions relating to the certification process. Information on fees is available from the CCIL Certification Office.