Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI), in cooperation with the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), has developed a
"Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test" for engineers providing
high strain dynamic foundation testing services.
The test was designed to reflect their level of knowledge and ability, which is then indicated
in a "Certificate of Proficiency". To assure a high standard of testing, many organizations or
agencies seeking testing services now require a certificate demonstrating some specified level of ability in dynamic testing.
Read about the Need for Quality Testing.
Who should take the test
Users of the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA) system and CAPWAP® software interested in obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency in Dynamic Foundation Testing, confirming their ability to their clients seeking services, or meeting qualification requirements from agencies or organizations.
Calendar of Test Events
Currently there are no events
The Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test covers:
- Wave propagation theory
- PDA data interpretation
- PDA applications
- Data quality assessment
- Signal matching analysis (e.g. CAPWAP)
The test is a 60 question multiple-choice test, to be completed in 90 minutes or less, with only minimal
calculations required (simple math by hand calculation). The test is CLOSED BOOK. Cell phones are strictly prohibited.
Suggested preparation and study resources:
- The best preparation is your work experience following your initial PDA training.
- Attend Dynamic Foundation Testing Workshops, which are offered on a regular basis
(For specific dates and location please visit the PDI or PDCA calendar of events at
- Powerpoint presentations from Dynamic Foundation Testing Workshops
- Appendix A of the PDA-W manual
- "Helpful Hints" appendix from the PDA-W manual
- Background information from the CAPWAP manual
- Practice PDA "Example Data" (many are discussed in a PDA-W manual appendix)
The last 4 items mentioned above are supplied with PDA purchases. If you do not have access to the PDA-W manual and examples, or if you do not have the PDA-W 2012 version of Appendix A, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the test date.
Test fee: The fee to take the test and receive a Certificate of Proficiency is $200.
Those who do not pass the test will receive full credit of test registration fee to be applied towards retaking the test at the next opportunity.
Test Results and Validity
A Certificate of Proficiency is issued for a passing grade. The Rank shown on the Certificate depends on the test score achieved.
Passing the test, particularly at higher levels, demonstrates good command of dynamic testing concepts.
Only the Provisional Certificate expires. However, it is recommended that everyone seek to attain
a higher level through additional study and experience within the allotted time
listed below from the date listed on their
Please click here to view a sample certificate.
Test takers should be familiar with the requirements of the agencies or organizations that require PDA testing services in their territory.
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*Provisional level expires 1 year from original test date
Agencies or organizations specifying a Certificate of Proficiency as a qualification for providers of
foundation testing services should set their own requirements for minimum Rank and maximum period of
validity for each level of proficiency.
The individual named on a Proficiency Certificate has demonstrated knowledge to the rank granted.
However, the ability of this individual to apply appropriate knowledge and advice on a specific project
is not implied or warranted by the Pile Driving Contractors Association or Pile Dynamics, Inc. The Pile
Driving Contractors Association or Pile Dynamics, Inc. assumes no liability for foundation testing and
analysis work performed by the bearer of this certificate.
A list of those who have passed the Proficiency Test can be found by here by
clicking Americas or Others Worldwide . This list may be used to confirm certificates or seek services of active
providers of dynamic pile testing.