CPCI Certification Program

Program Description

The CPCI certification program is designed to qualify manufacturers who fabricate architectural and structural precast concrete. Manufacturers must meet the requirements of CSA Standard A23.4-16, including Annexes A and B, together with PCI MNL-116 and 117 and CPCI certification requirements. Manufacturers are evaluated on their quality system, documentation, production and erection procedures, management, engineering, personnel, equipment, finished products and assemblies. Independent professional engineers conduct audits twice annually. Each audit is two days in duration.

Certification confirms a manufacturer's capability to produce quality products and systems.

The CPCI Certification Program assures project specifiers and owners of a Manufacturer’s comprehensive in-house quality assurance program and acceptable production methods.

The purpose of the audit program is to provide owners and designers with manufacturers who are:

  • Qualified to manufacture the products they supply to the marketplace
  • Competent to provide quality precast with adequate personnel and facilities
  • Committed to improving the quality of their products and systems

Quality Audits are the heart of the precast certification program

  • Audits ensure manufacturers have a quality system in place that is consistently adhered to
  • Audits ensure adherence to national standards
  • Audits ensure adherence to requirements of the precast certification program
  • Audits evaluate and identify areas requiring upgrading or corrective action (continual improvement)

Quality Assurance Reporting Program

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute certification program is committed to delivering safe and cost-effective building and infrastructure products to support Canada's growing infrastructure demands. If you are an owner or specifier and have a concern on the quality of the precast from a CPCI certified plant, please download Quality Concern Reporting Form and complete. Return the form to All concerns are kept confidential with the CPCI Quality Assurance Council (QAC).

Program Requirements

The manufacturing of precast concrete must be in accordance with the requirements of the latest editions of CSA Standard A23.4 and the PCI Quality Control Manuals MNL-116 and 117 (US equivalent), with the more stringent requirements being the governing criteria.

CSA Standards:

  • A23.1 – Concrete materials and methods of concrete construction
  • A23.2 – Methods of test and standard practices for concrete
  • A23.3 - Design of Concrete Structures
  • A23.4 - Precast concrete — Materials and Construction
  • S6 - Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code
  • B66 – Design, material and manufacturing requirements for prefabricated septic tanks and sewage holding tanks

Quality Assurance Council Documents

  • CPCI Quality Audit Manual
  • CPCI Design Manual
  • Architectural Precast Concrete - Colour and Texture Selection Guide
  • • CPCI Quality Assurance Council - Binder of Non Conformances and Advisories

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (US)

  • Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Precast and Prestressed Concrete Products – MNL-116
  • Manual for Quality Control for Plants and Production of Architectural Precast Concrete Products – MNL-117

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Documents

  • PCI Design Handbook
  • PCI Architectural Precast Concrete Manual

Manufacturers are required to:

  • Establish and maintain the highest standard of integrity, skill and practice in the design and fabrication of their products and systems.
  • Undertake the performance of only those services and produce only those products for which they are qualified.
  • Not knowingly associate with, or permit the use of their name or the Accredited Certification Organization’s name in any business venture by any person or firm that they know, or have reason to believe is engaged in questionable or unprofessional practices,
  • Be in compliance with current governing codes and regulations, and
  • Supply products only from a Manufacturer that is certified under the CPCI Certification Program.

Quality System Manual
Manufacturers are required to develop, maintain and submit a plant-specific Quality System Manual for approval, by the Accredited Certification Organization.

Steps To Becoming CPCI Certified

  1. Permanent Plants complete Expression of Interest (EOI) for CPCI membership
  2. Once EOI has been reviewed and approved, Permanent Plants complete CPCI membership application and submit completed application with annual CPCI membership fees, payable to CPCI
  3. Single Project Plants (Contractors) complete the CPCI non-member surcharge application, and submit the application with non-member surcharge fees to CPCI
  4. All Plants complete and submit an application for certification, to CPCI. This includes the first year annual fees for certification, paid in advance, with these fees payable to the Accredited Certification Organization (ACO) - Kassian Dyck and Associates
  5. Once all fees are received, CPCI forwards completed certification application to ACO
  6. Plant writes Quality System Manual (QSM) and forwards to ACO for review
  7. ACO reviews the QSM - Plant makes necessary adjustments to QSM and ACO approves
  8. Plant schedules a two day pre-certification evaluation with ACO
  9. ACO writes pre-certification audit report identifying items that require attention, prior to scheduling of First Audit
  10. Plant responds to ACO on corrections. First audit is scheduled within 45 days from the pre-certification evaluation
  11. After successfully passing First Audit, Plant is certified, and certificate is issued by CPCI
  12. Plant Personnel complete PCI Level I and/or Level II Training Course (Note: For Single Project Plants this must be completed prior to First Audit)


Any qualified manufacturer located in Canada or the United States who produces precast concrete structural and architectural precast concrete products and complies with the requirements of the CPCI Certification Program is eligible for participation.

The Manufacturer must establish, document and apply an internal Quality System in conformance with CPCI Certification Program standards.

The Manufacturer must employ or engage the services of a registered professional engineer to be responsible for technical adherence to product design, transportation and erection. This engineer must approve or reject variances that occur during manufacturing, transportation and erection.


Quality Audits are the heart of the precast certification program. Audits ensure manufacturers have a quality system in place that is consistently adhered to. Audits ensure conformance to national standards and that the requirements of the precast certification program are achieved. Audits evaluate and identify areas requiring upgrading or corrective action (continual improvement).

Number of Audits
There are a minimum of two regular audits in each full calendar year for a Manufacturer with ongoing participation. Audits are two days in duration unless otherwise designated by the ACO.

Purpose of Audits

  1. Determine the conformity or nonconformity of the manufacturer’s quality system and finished products with the specified requirements,
  2. Determine the effectiveness of the implemented quality system in meeting specified quality objectives,
  3. Provide the Manufacturer with an opportunity to improve their quality system,
  4. Confirm that the Manufacturer meets the regulatory requirements.

Grading Requirements
The Accredited Certification Organization, using a detailed audit, determines a grade for each Division of the CPCI Audit Manual, a grade for each Product Group and the Overall Plant Quality.

A passing grade for Certification in each Product Group is a minimum total grade of 80 and a minimum grade of 70 for any one Division.

Accredited Certification Organization
Adherence to the CPCI Certification Program is monitored by the Accredited Certification Organization that is responsible to conduct quality audits in a fair and objective manner with equal treatment of all Manufacturers.

Auditors are professional engineers, knowledgeable and trained in the evaluation of precast concrete manufacturing plants and procedures.

Governing Body

Quality Assurance Council
The Quality Assurance Council is a multidisciplinary body that oversees the CPCI Certification Program.

The Quality Assurance Council plans, formulates, oversees and reviews the CPCI Precast Concrete Certification Program by:

  • Establishing auditing criteria and grading standards,
  • Providing administrative review to ensure that policies and procedures are administered uniformly and are followed by all Manufacturers,
  • Developing, reviewing and approving all information related to the CPCI Certification Program,
  • Initiating and overseeing Accredited Certification Organization policies and manuals.
  • The Accredited Certification Organization is responsible to the Quality Assurance Council

Quality Assurance Council Members:

  • Chair of the Quality Assurance Council
  • The ACO (Accredited Certification Organization) Director (non-voting)
  • CPCI Administrator (non-voting)
  • A minimum of one, but not more than two, professional engineers or registered architects not in the employ of a precast manufacturer
  • Up to two municipal engineers or building officials
  • A minimum of three, but not more than six, Ministry representatives from the following regions: Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia
  • A minimum of four, but not more than six, manufacturer’s representatives whose companies are registered in the CPCI Certification Program. Ideally, each of the following zones shall be represented: Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • A maximum of one General Interest representative from any of the categories above

Note: The manufacturer’s representatives shall be chosen to represent plants manufacturing all product categories included in the CPCI Precast Concrete Certification Program

Note: The manufacturer’s representatives shall be chosen to represent plants manufacturing all product categories included in the CPCI Precast Concrete Certification Program


To request an application for CPCI Certification, please email us at

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