The article “Shotcrete Testing—Who, Why, When, and How” in ASA’s Summer 2011 issue of Shotcrete magazine should help answer most of your questions on testing of shotcrete. ACI 506R, “Guide to Shotcrete,” and ACI 506.2, “Specification for Shotcrete,” also have helpful information on shotcrete testing. Most competent testing labs should be able to test the compressive strength of cores extracted from shotcrete panels or sections, as they are very similar to concrete cylinder tests. If conducting more advanced testing, you may want to consider selecting a lab experienced with shotcrete.