A consultancy service focused on concrete and related issues is offered, including on-site investigation, trouble shooting and reporting. The technical team is available for consultation on construction sites anywhere in Southern Africa.


2020 - 2021


Lab sessions included in the form of a virtual presentation, video recording and description


This course is recommended for small, medium and micro enterprises, junior technical and sales staff in the building, construction and allied industries, and anyone wanting a short introduction to concrete. Delegates are given hands-on practical exercises to illustrate the theory given in the classroom. Delegates must be able to read and write English.



  • Properties of concrete

  • Materials for concrete

  • Receiving and storing materials

  • Batching, mixing and testing concrete

  • Transporting, placing and compacting

  • Finishing and surface preparation

  • Protection and curing

  • Formwork and reinforcement

  • Sand-cement mixes

  • Durability of concrete


This course was originally developed to assist NHBRC inspectors to interpret the requirements of the NHBRC ‘Home Builder’s Manual’ and is written around that manual to the extent that the clauses are cross-referenced from the notes.



  • Factors that affect the strength of concrete

  • The role and selection of cement, sand, stone and water

  • Receiving and storage of materials

  • Mix proportions for concrete for foundations and floors

  • Floor screeds

  • The slump and cube tests for concrete

  • Concrete and clay masonry, expansion and shrinkage

  • Cavity walls and block walls

  • The need for movement joints

  • Properties of mortar and plaster

  • Sand-cement mixes

  • Common causes of cracking

  • Screeds

This course will assist with empowering delegates, giving them a rudimentary understanding of how to manufacture masonry units. Delegates must be able to read and write English.


  • Requirements of masonry

  • How cement works and how to make masonry strong

  • The quantity of water necessary for workability

  • Blockmaking machines

  • Selection of materials and mix proportions

  • Curing of finished blocks

  • Storage of materials

  • Sand-cement mixes

  • Testing of masonry

  • Building with masonry to minimise cracking

Delegates who have
recently attended the
SCT 10 course, should not
attend this course.

SCT 14 CONCRETE FOR RMC TRUCK DRIVERS Not available online (Special Course)

This course is intended to give RMC truck drivers an introduction to concrete and the tests that may be carried out in their presence and has the approval of SARMA. The course will provide basic concrete technology and will enable the driver to understand the importance of his position as a front line staff member interfacing with the client.



  • Factors that affect the strength of concrete

  • Bleeding, workability, cohesion and segregation of concrete

  • The slump test – how to do it and what it means

  • The cube test – how to make cubes and what they mean

  • The effect of hot/cold weather on the transport of concrete

  • Delays, contamination or spillage during transport

  • Access to the worksite

  • The effect of the addition of water

  • Transport of concrete around the site after discharge

  • Things to observe on-site

  • Washing out of the truck

  • Customer relations

For more information regarding this course contact Rennisha Sewnarain via email.


 The Concrete Institute (TCI) has developed this one day course. It will be presented in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. This course covers important topics that will provide batchers and staff at a batch plant with the essential concrete education and theory required to competently do their jobs and produce quality readymix concrete.


  • A batchers responsibilities

  • Constituent materials and the effect they have on concrete

  • Fresh properties of concrete and the tests required to check these properties

  • Basics of mix design including the control of the overall water content in a mix 

  • Testing for the hardened properties of concrete

  • Clients requirements and customer satisfaction 

  • Basic management of a batch-plant including quality control and assurance

Who should attend
This course has been developed specifically for batchers but would also greatly benefit any person working on or with a batch plant including supervisors, laboratory staff, sales staff and general labourers. 


CPD Points – 4

This course is recommended for foremen, clerks-of-work, technicians, supervisors, sales and technical staff in the building, construction, mining and related industries. This course is also suitable for electrical, mechanical and mining engineers.


Minimum entrance requirements

Grade 10, able to read and write English and do basic arithmetic calculations including percentages and ratios.



  • Properties of fresh concrete

  • Properties of concrete at early ages

  • Properties of hardened concrete

  • Materials for concrete

  • Mix proportions and quantities

  • Concrete production

  • Transporting

  • Placing and compacting

  • Protection and curing

  • Formwork

  • Reinforcement

  • Joints

  • Sand-cement mixes

  • Concreting in hot and cold weather

  • Defects and repairs

  • Low-density concrete

  • Prestressed concrete

  • Precast concrete

  • Off-shutter and architectural finishes

  • Sampling and testing

  • Concrete pavements


CPD Points – 1

This concrete industrial floors on the ground course aim to help engineers and contractors by giving a broad, detailed and practical overview of all facets of industrial floor construction.


Minimum entrance requirements

Grade 12 minimum.



  • Design philosophy

  • Subgrades and subbases

  • Concrete

  • Joints

  • Reinforcement

  • Construction

    - Subgrades and subbases

    - Damp-proofing

    - Construction joints

    - Concrete production and placing

    - Construction methods

    - Vacuum dewatering

    - Side forms

    - Dowels

    - Edging

    - Finishing

    - Curing

    - Joint sawing

    - Joint sealing

  • Surface finishes

    - Construction methods

    - Finishing techniques

    - Adverse weather

    - Concrete toppings

    - Surface treatments

  • Special applications




(Special Course)

Administered by SARF on 011 394 9025


CPD Points – 1

This course focuses on the technology applied in the design and construction of concrete pavements. It covers the supporting layers, thickness design using a computer program, cncPave, and joint design, detailing and layout. Concrete materials and mix design, construction, modes of distress and failure and rehabilitation are also included.


Minimum entrance requirements

A degree or diploma in civil engineering is recommended. A number of years’ experience in road design and/or construction is highly recommended.



  • Pavement types and behaviour

    - Rigid pavement types and behaviour

    - Distress and modes of failure

    - Design objectives

  • Concrete pavement support

    - Subgrades

    - Subbases

    - Drainage

  • Pavement design

    - Introduction to mechanistic design

    - Mechanistic design – cncPave and other methods

    - Use of cncPave

  • Concrete mix design

    - Materials and specifications

    - Mix design

    - Durability

  • Joints

    - Load transfer

    - Joint design

    - Joint layout

    - Sealants

  • Reinforcement

    - Use and detailing of reinforcement

  • Construction

    - Mechanised

    - Labour intensive

    - Inlays

    - Overlays

    - Low volume roads


For more information regarding this course contact Rennisha Sewnarain via email.

Administered by SARF on

011 394 9025



CPD Points – 5

This course is an excellent medium for gaining detailed knowledge of how cement and concrete works and builds on the knowledge gained on the SCT 20 course. 


Minimum entrance requirements

Grade 12 or SCT 20.



  • Properties of fresh concrete

  • Properties of concrete at early ages

  • Properties of hardened concrete

  • Cement and cementitious extenders

  • Aggregates

  • Mixing water and chemical admixtures

  • Concrete mix design

  • Concrete production

  • Transporting

  • Placing and compaction

  • Protection and curing

  • Formwork

  • Reinforcement

  • Joints

  • Defects, blemishes and repairs

  • Mix design and mixes for specialised applications

  • Sand-cement mixes

  • Off-shutter and architectural finishes

  • Temperature and concrete


CPD Points – 1

This is a one day course on concrete aimed at engineers who have past experience or training in concrete technology and who would like to refresh their knowledge on important concrete concepts. The course has a bias towards specification requirements for concrete.



  • Constituent materials of concrete and their roles

  • Mix proportions, batching and mixing

  • Formwork, placement and compaction

  • Concrete temperature, curing and joints

  • Compressive strength and acceptance of cube crushing results

  • Tensile, bond and shear strength

  • Resistance to abrasion

  • Cracking in the plastic and hardened state

  • Moisture, thermal and chemical expansion and contraction

  • Deformation under load

  • Specification of concrete



CPD Points – 1

This course gives an excellent overview of all the topics that are related to concrete durability. It is ideal for an engineer or concrete technologist or foreman involved in the specification, production or placement of durable concrete.



  • How cement works to ensure impermeability

  • Mechanisms of mechanical deterioration

  • Mechanisms of chemical deterioration

  • Methods of making concrete impermeable

  • Testing of permeability, sorptivity and conductivity


SCT 41 & 42 e-learning
CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY & CONSTRUCTION (STAGE 2 AND 3) offered by the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) based in London

The SCT 41 and 42 are ideal bridging courses for those who would like to do the SCT 50 Advanced Concrete Technology diploma. They will substantially expand on the knowledge gained in the SCT 30 Concrete Technology course. It is recommended that a potential delegate should have completed the SCT 30 Concrete Technology course before attempting these courses. A pass in the SCT 41 and 42 courses is a prerequisite to being accepted onto the SCT 50 Advanced Concrete Technology diploma program. See above for a description of the platform on which these courses are now offered. 


Two courses are offered:
   SCT 41: General Principles (Part 1) (ICT Stage 2)
   SCT 42: Practical Applications (Part 2) (ICT Stage 3)

These courses are presented in an e-learning format. The aim of studying concrete technology via this on-line course will be to prepare yourself for the Institute of Concrete Technology's Stage 2 and Stage 3 (General Principles & Practical Application examinations).


The Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT), based in London, UK provides the course objectives and the final examination.


The Concrete Institute (TCI) based in Midrand, South Africa provides you with:

  • The on-line course, consisting of 36 online lessons covering all the ICT requirements

  • Specialist lecture supervision, guidance and input

  • Compulsory workshops are scheduled shortly before the examination

  • An examination venue

  • A compilation of ICT past years exam papers

  • Upon registration and full payment, you will receive a licence key. 

Registrations will be accepted until 15 January 2021. Any cancellation for examinations must be done before the end of February to avoid being charged registration fee.

The examinations consist of one three-hour paper for each course. Exams are written in Midrand only.

(All queries related to the examination scripts and or examination remarking must be dealt with ICT (London) directly.)


Minimum entrance requirements

Grade 12 


Compulsory revision workshops are held in Midrand only in April 2020 prior to the examinations in May.


The Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) diploma enjoys worldwide acceptance as the leading qualification in concrete technology and is examined by the UK based Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT). The ICT is a Professional Affiliate Body of the UK Engineering Council and it promotes concrete technology as a recognised engineering discipline. It also sets high educational standards and requires its members to abide by a code of Professional Conduct, thus enhancing the profession of concrete technology. The ACT course is run in South Africa once every two years. The next Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course will commence in January 2022 with two exams written in July 2022.


The target audience includes qualified and experienced civil engineers, cement chemists, concrete technologists and technicians involved in the building, construction, precast concrete, mining, cement, aggregate, admixture and ready-mix concrete industries.


Delegates who pass both three-hour examinations and pass their research project will receive the Advanced Concrete Technology Diploma. This qualifies them for Corporate Membership of the ICT and, as corporate members, they may write the letters MICT behind their names and qualify for one year's free membership to the ICT of London.



Please submit your application to the Course Organiser for the 2022 course by mid-November 2021.


Recommended entrance requirements

An appropriate qualification in civil engineering or any other appropriate branch of science or technology is required. Without such a qualification, a delegate's prior knowledge will be assessed by the Education and Training manager before acceptance of registration.


A pass in SCT 41 and 42 is deemed an appropriate qualification for acceptance onto this course.


The course covers some 75 topics falling into the following broad categories:

  • Cements

  • Additions to concrete

  • Admixtures

  • Aggregates

  • Fresh concrete

  • Setting and hardening of concrete

  • Properties of hardened concrete

  • Durability of concrete

  • Concrete construction

  • Mix design

  • Special concretes

  • Ready-mixed concrete

  • Special processes and technology for particular types of structures

  • Concrete finishes

  • Repairing concrete

  • Formwork

  • Concrete plant

  • Precast concrete

  • Concrete roads

  • Industrial floors

  • Principles of reinforced and prestressed concrete

  • Test methods and equipment

  • Quality concepts

  • Quality control

  • Statistics

  • Standards, specifications and codes of practice

  • Assessment of concrete construction

  • Sources of information


ACT Diplomas are awarded by the Institute of Concrete Technology, UK, to successful delegates.


Compulsory attendance requirements

Lectures:    Last two weeks in January

                  Last two weeks in February


Workshop:  1 week in June. Please see "Dates" page.