Concrete Former Examination

Concrete Former Examination

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 51 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator, a ruler and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill content on which questions may be based

Operating a tractor includes operation of a loader, a backhoe and a bulldozer.

Section 1 – Work organization (20%)

  • Planning the formwork:
    • Interpreting installation plans, specifications, sketches and drawings
    • Calculating bedding length
    • Determining necessary formwork types and components
    • Planning the work sequence
    • Estimating the necessary materials, equipment and tools
    • Calculating the concrete volume
    • Layout
    • Handling techniques
    • Communicating with crane and concrete pump operators
    • Preventing health and safety hazards on a construction site
  • Finalizing the structure:
    • Checking and adjusting formwork
    • Evaluating how concrete pouring, vibration, smoothing and sealing impacts the formwork
    • Aligning the walls
    • Procedure to finalize the structure
    • Equipment maintenance and cleaning

Section 2 – Footing and foundations (35%)

  • Erecting footing forms:
    • Appreciation of the soil condition
    • Establishing the type and position of footings
    • Installing footing formwork panels
    • Installing steel reinforcement guides
    • Putting the key in place
    • Installing water stops
  • Erecting concrete foundation and wall formwork:
    • Assembling panels, tie rods, shores and walers
    • Installing resists in the formwork
    • Putting false frames in place
    • Installing nailing keys
    • Installing drop panels
    • Installing bracings
    • Putting walkways in place
    • Formwork alignment method
    • Installing anchors
    • Installing pour and expansion joints

Section 3 – Support, road and layout components (25%)

  • Erecting concrete pillar and column forms:
    • Building and installing formwork panels
    • Putting collars in place
    • Building the cleaning trap door
    • Assembling lowered panels and capitals
    • Squareness and verticality of formwork panels
    • Form dams and braces
    • Erecting pavement, sidewalk, curb and other landscaping element forms:
    • Appreciation of the soil condition
    • Interpreting the layout plan
    • Calculating the concrete for various geometric shapes
    • Assembling formwork panels for particular shapes
    • Installing expansion joints
    • Technical prescriptions for sidewalks

Section 4 – Slabs, beams and staircases (20%)

  • Erecting concrete slab, beam and staircase forms:
    • Installing supports and scaffolds
    • Putting small beams or walers in place
    • Assembling the floor panels of beams and contours
    • Checking panel alignment, squareness and levelling
    • Assembling resists
    • Installing accessories and tie rods
    • Putting pour and expansion joints in place
    • Calculating the height, depth and number of treads or risers for staircase formwork
    • Developing a template for staircase formwork
    • Methods of assembling a staircase’s slab formwork
    • Methods of assembling the formwork of staircase risers
    • Construction standards

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

  • CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (CSA). Concrete materials and methods of concrete construction/Test methods and standard practices for concrete, 11th Edition, Mississauga, CSA, 2009, 582 p. (Standard A23.1-F09/A23.2-F09).
    Tel.: 514 428-2418 or 1 800 463-6727
    Fax: 514 694-5001 

  • ASSOCIATION PARITAIRE POUR LA SANTÉ ET LA SÉCURITÉ DU TRAVAIL DU SECTEUR DE LA CONSTRUCTION (ASP Construction). Les crics et les vérins, Anjou, ASP Construction, 1995 (in French only). 

    • Les tranchées et les excavations. Guide de prévention, Anjou, ASP
      Construction, 2006, c1993, vii, 85 p. (in French only)

    • Alignement et nivellement, Sherbrooke, CEMEQ, 2010, 126 p.
      (in French only)
    • Coffrages d’empattements et de murs, Sherbrooke, CEMEQ, 2009,
      260 p. (in French only)
    • Colonnes, poutres et dalles, Sherbrooke, CEMEQ, 2009, 204 p. (in
      French only)
      Tel.: 819 822-6886
      Fax: 819 822-6892 
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO. Hoisting and rigging: safety manual, revised January 2007, Etobicoke, Construction Safety Association of Ontario, 1995, 170 p. 

  • COMMISSION DES NORMES, DE L'ÉQUITÉ, DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA SÉCURITÉ DU TRAVAIL DU QUÉBEC (CNESST). Les échafaudages sur cadres métalliques, CNESST, Montréal, 2004. (in French only)
    Tel.: 1 866 302-2778 

  • QUEBEC CONSTRUCTION CODE, Chapter 1, Building, and National Building Code of Canada 2005 (amended), Ottawa, National Research Council Canada (NRCC), 2005, 1224 p.
    Tel.: 1 800 672-7990 

  • QUÉBEC (PROVINCE). Safety Code for the Construction Industry:
    S-2.1, r.6: updated to June 15th 2010, Sainte-Foy, Éditeur officiel du
    Québec, 2010, 272 p. (this updated is in French only) Publications du Québec: Tel.: 1 800 463-2100;
    Fax.: 1 800 561-3479


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