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Foundations Technician

The Foundations Technician Certification course is intended to prepare the technician to monitor and document drilled shaft and driven pile operations resulting in safe foundation installation per contract documents.  Individuals who complete this course will be certified to perform Foundations Technician duties on SCDOT projects.  The technician will learn the specifications, terminology, equipment and process details pertaining to drilled shaft and driven pile installation.  The course describes the technician's role from the beginning step of the Drilled Shaft and Pile Installation Plan to the final step of shaft and pile acceptance.  The instructors for the course are made up of knowledgeable industry consultants and SCDOT representatives.

Course Outline:
To become certified, participants must attend a three-and-a-half (3 ½) day course and pass two written exams (one on pile driving and one on drilled shaft construction) with a score of 80% or higher on each of the two exams.  Both written exams are open book and open notes.

Topics covered include:

  • Pile Driving System
  • Pile Installation Plan
  • Pile Driving Process
  • Drilled Shaft Subsurface Investigation
  • Drilled Shaft Definitions
  • Drilled Shaft Construction
  • Drilling Slurry
  • Drilled Shaft Concrete
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Forms
  • Case Studies

 Entry Requirements/What to Expect:
All participants attending these courses are required to have at least six months of work experience in the type of work for which they are seeking certification. In addition, participants working for SCDOT must have math certification before attending. Please contact Mr. Aly Hussein (803-737-6687) and see the SCDOT Technician Certification Policy for more information on math certification.

Prerequisites for All Participants


For more information, call (864) 646-1700 or toll free 866-269-5677, Ext 1700 (within the 864 area code) or e-mail