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Inspector Certification Program

Introduction

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The Inspector Certification Program provides training and resources for Construction Inspectors, and ensures consistent administration of highway construction projects. Inspection and monitoring of construction activities by Certified Instructors safeguards compliance with contract documents and workmanship on ODOT construction projects.  
 
The Inspection Certification Program document outlines the Certification Program elements and intent.

Inspectors are required to pass the current applicable Certification examination in order to obtain Inspector Certification(s). Training will be available for each of the Inspector Certifications; however, an Inspector may choose to challenge the exam. The training courses are scheduled between November 1 and April 30. Class schedules and registration information are provided below. 
 
A full-time Inspector will be required to possess the General Inspector Certification, at a minimum, and discipline specific Inspector Certifications as applicable. However, the program is set up to allow the Project Manager to make the best use of resources. For example, if an individual Inspector will be working on an asphalt paving project, he/she would not be required to obtain the Certification for Bridge Inspection until such a time that he/she is expected to inspect bridge construction. 

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Mission Statement

The Inspection Quality Assurance Program is dedicated to providing construction inspector training to:
  1. Ensure consistent construction inspection administration through education on contract document resources.
  2. Define the role and responsibilities of the Inspector concerning construction workmanship, materials and testing.
  3. Demonstrate effective documentation to reduce construction claims and contract disagreements.
  4. Promote industry best practices to ensure quality methods and materials are used on ODOT projects.
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Contacts

​Lori Butler
503.986.3007
Construction Program Analyst
lorraine.e.butler@odot.state.or.us

Class schedule, course registration, certification database, results notification

 

​Susan Herring
503.986.3009
Construction Program Coordinator
susan.c.herring@odot.state.or.us

Challenge exam, forms, purchase manuals, 
website content

 

Derek Moore, P.E.
503.986.6630
Quality Assurance Specialist
derek.moore@odot.state.or.us

Exam reviews, general course questions, class schedule, course instruction, inspection quality assurance

 

​Jaimé Viramontes Sr., P.E.
503.986.5453
Quality Assurance Program Manager
jaime.viramontes@odot.state.or.us

Exam reviews, general course questions, class schedule, course instruction, inspection quality assurance

 

​Greg Stellmach, P.E.
503.986.3061
Quality Assurance Engineer
greg.f.stellmach@odot.state.or.us

Course registration exceptions

 

 

 
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How to Become Certified

Information 
To apply for the Certification, you may either register for the one of the training courses, where an exam will be administered, or submit an application to challenge the exam. The challenge applications are processed through the Construction Section. There are no fees for taking the challenge exam. Appropriate fees will be charged for hard copies of the training manuals. Copies of the training manuals are available electronically on our Publications page. 
 
Inspector Certifications will be valid for a 3 to 5 year period, depending on the certification, after which you must take and pass the exam to maintain the Certification for an additional 3 to 5 years.

 

Register for a Class 2015-2016
To assist with registering for specific Inspector Certification classes, visit the Construction Section Sponsored Training webpage. Follow the instructions under Registration & Class Schedule Information.

For information regarding Inspector Certification classes, or any certification questions, please visit our Contacts page.

 

Challenge Exams 
To register to challenge an exam, complete the Challenge Exam Registration Form. The form includes the challenge exam schedule.

You may choose to challenge any inspector exam (except for the Traffic Control Supervisor). You may challenge an exam in lieu of taking a class. However, if you fail a challenge exam, you must take the training course before taking another exam.

In addition, you may take a challenge exam if you have already failed the training course your first exam from the training course. Then, you will be allowed to take a second exam by challenging the exam.
 
If someone fails an exam twice, there are options to take the exam a third time. For detailed information regarding the testing process refer to the Inspection and Certification Program document.
 
To challenge an exam, you are responsible to supply all the required materials. The Resource Manual, Plans and Special Provisions for the General exam are provided for you at the testing location. The required materials are listed on each certification's information page. Links to those pages are provided below.
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General Inspector (CGI)

The General Inspector Certification is intended to be a prerequisite, or foundation, for the other discipline specific Certifications. The training course focuses on Standard Specifications, Special Provisions, Contract Plans, Contract Administration, Roles and Responsibilities, Qualified Products List (QPL), Non-Field Tested Materials Acceptance Guide (NTMAG), documentation requirements and resources needed for effective inspection.
 
The certification is valid for five years. 

How to Become Certified
 
General Inspectors Information 

Challenge Exam Information

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Asphalt Concrete Pavement (ACP)

The purpose of the ACP (formerly HMAC) Inspector class provides each participant with information and tools to be an effective ACP Inspector. Attention is focused on inspection critical to ACP performance and contract documentation requirements.
 
This certification is valid for five years. 
 
How to Become Certified

ACP Inspectors Information 

Challenge Exam Information
 

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Bridge Inspector (CBCI)

Bridge Inspection training informs Inspectors of the various types and methods of bridge construction and proper Inspection practice. Topics include bridge foundations, false work inspection, beam seat calculations, re-enforcement inspection, post tensioning, deck pre-placement inspections, curing and finishing.  
 
The certification is valid for five years. 

How to Become Certified

Bridge Inspectors Information 

Challenge Exam Information
 

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Drilled Shaft (CDSI)

The goal of this course is to provide Drilled Shaft Construction Inspectors with the practical knowledge and standard industry practices for inspection of drilled shaft construction by providing an overview of the Standard Specification requirements. Submittal requirements, pre-placement inspection of rebar and integrity of drilled shaft, concrete and slurry requirements, concrete volumes and inspectors check lists to ensure drilled shaft conforms to contract documents..
 
The certification is valid for five years. 
 
How to Become Certified

Drilled Shaft Inspectors Information 

Challenge Exam Information
 

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Environmental (CECI)

This class informs Inspectors of the general environmental contract requirement, NPDES permit requirements and Best Management Practices for Erosion and Sediment Control. If you do not have a basic understanding of what causes erosion and how BMPs are used, you should also consider enrolling in the Erosion Control Fundamentals class.

 
 
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Traffic Signal (CTSI)

Traffic Signal Inspection training provides the training and resources necessary to properly inspect traffic signals and associated electrical components. 
 
The certification is valid for three years. 
 
How to Become Certified

Traffic Signal Inspectors Information 

Challenge Exam Information
 

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ODOT Inspector Online Training

Inspector Certification Program Overview 
New to the ODOT Inspector Certification program? We have an online training course to provide helpful information about how to navigate through the program. This link takes you to the iLearn website.

If you are already registered with iLearn, enter your Login ID and Password. If you are not registered, registration information is available at the iLearn homepage. Once inside iLearn, you will want to search from the Learning Center pull down menu. Choose Course Catalog. Search on ODOT for Inspector Certification Program Overview.

          iLearn Link

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Other Training Resources

National Highway Institute (NHI) (No charge web-based NHI Training available for Inspectors)
If you are new to construction, it is recommended that you step through the first module of the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council Plan Reading Series prior to the Certified General Inspector Training to become familiar with the plan reading basics. Also, if it has been a while since your last math class, the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council Math Module is useful as background for all of the certification classes. As an alternate, a Basic Highway Math document is also available.

Other courses from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Administrative Services may found on iLearn.

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