Adhesive Anchor Installer

An Adhesive Anchor Installer is an individual who has demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and execute instructions to properly install adhesive anchors in concrete. This includes demonstrating knowledge to properly assess ambient conditions, concrete condition, materials, equipment, and tools for installing adhesive anchors and determines when it is appropriate to proceed with installation of an adhesive anchor or when to seek guidance from a supervisor/foreman/project engineer.

Scope & Knowledge

This program requires knowledge and ability in the following areas of adhesive anchor installation:

Understanding job-site conditions relevant for correct selection of installation procedures in accordance with manufacturer's instructions (e.g., concrete wetness, hole drilling method used, possible embedded obstructions, and air and concrete temperature)

Understanding the manufacturer's instructions and the proper procedures, sequence, and tools to clean the hole

Proper selection and assembly of the injection equipment

Awareness of the potential impact of storage conditions and verification of the expiration date on the cartridge

Rejection of the initial adhesive expressed from new cartridges as applicable and proper procedures followed for disposal of rejected/waste adhesive/used nozzles and cartridges

Injection of adhesive into holes at various orientations to the proper depth using proper technique and equipment that minimizes air voids

Correct assembly of anchor element in drill chuck and drill settings for capsule anchor installation

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

Installation of the anchor element in accordance with manufacturer's instructions

Knowledge of proper measures for protection of anchor element threads from adhesive

Knowledge of measures to secure and protect the anchor element from load/movement during adhesive cure


ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who obtain a passing grade on both the written examination and performance examinations.

  1. The written exam consists of 75 questions and is "closed book"

  2. The performance examination consists of two parts, Part 1 (vertical down) and Part 2 (vertical up) each examinee is required to inject two clear tubes with adhesive in a vertical up orientation behind a blind to simulate a drilled hole in concrete

Each examinee shall be tasked with selecting, assembling and using the proper tools and equipment in both conditions. The Virginia Chapter - ACI strongly recommends that the applicant have prior installation experience. The ability to read, comprehend and perform the requirements of the manufacturers requirements.