Online concrete training expanded

29 July 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202019966

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering
Education & Training
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THE Concrete Institute’s School of Concrete Technology’s offering of online training has been expanded to cover 10 courses, aimed at diverse levels of competency in the construction and allied industries.

Senior Lecturer John Roxburgh said the courses are normally presented at the school over one to five days but, in the online environment, can be stretched over a few more days to cater for students who need to do most of their studies after work.

The courses for which “flexitime” online training is now available are:

  • SCT10 “Introduction to concrete”: A course recommended for small-, medium- and micro-enterprises, junior technical and sales staff or any individual seeking a short introduction to concrete.
  • SCT12 “Mortars, plasters, screeds and masonry”: Originally developed to assist NHBRC inspectors, the course explains best practices for sand-cement mixes, what can go wrong with it, and how to prevent such problems. It is ideal for masons, those managing projects, and people who will be assessing the finished work.
  • SCT13 “Making concrete bricks and blocks”: A course that provides rudimentary understanding of how to manufacture masonry units that could become the cornerstone of a new business. SCT lecturer, Matthews Magwaza, proficient in several local languages, is available to assist online for this course.
Online concrete training expanded
  • SCT15 “Concrete for batchers and batch plant staff”: This course covers important training on how to produce quality readymix concrete.
  • SCT20 “Concrete practice”: Recommended for foremen, clerks-of-work, technicians, supervisors, sales and technical staff in the construction as well as mining industries.
  • SCT21 “Concrete industrial floors on the ground”: Aimed at helping engineers and contractors by giving a broad, detailed and practical overview of all facets of industrial floor construction.
  • SCT30 “Concrete technology”: An intensive course for civil and structural engineers, experienced technicians and technologists, providing detailed knowledge of how cement and concrete works. Recommended for electrical, mechanical and mining engineers to meet their mining qualification requirements.
  • SCT36 “Properties of concrete for the structural designer and constructor”: A special course for engineers with experience or training in concrete technology to refresh their knowledge on important concrete concepts.
  • SCT41 and SCT42 “Concrete technology and construction (Stage 2 and 3)”, offered by the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) of London: These are ideal bridging courses for potential candidates for the intensive SCT50 “Advanced Concrete Technology” diploma, the world’s leading qualification in concrete technology, run at the School of Concrete Technology every two years.

Roxburgh said the online versions of the training courses have been enthusiastically welcomed by students.

“The lockdown has given people more time to study, they have learnt how to use online meeting platforms such as Zoom and Teams, and the discounted tariffs now offered by the school has also been a major incentive.

“The fact that we can offer training for a specific company’s personnel - at a suitable time for the client - also means that staff productivity can be maximised as there is no travel or lecture room time involved. Furthermore, as the lecture sessions are recorded, a delegate who misses it can view it later,” he said.

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