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Inspector Certification Program



For the latest information about our 2020-2021 training season, click this link:
Construction Program Training and Certification UPDATE

This is part of the Oregon Department of Transportation's effort to ensure quality control and quality assurance for the construction of transportation facilities.

An image of the phrase ODOT Materials & Inspection and the letters Q and AWe provide training and resources for construction inspectors to ensure consistent administration of highway construction projects. Certified instructors safeguard compliance with contract documents and workmanship on ODOT construction projects.

The Inspection Certification Program document outlines the certification program elements and intent.

Full time inspectors are required to pass the General Inspector Certification exam and required discipline certifications, as needed. The program is tailored for convenience. For instance, you do not have to have a Bridge Inspection Certification until you are expected to inspect bridge construction.

Training is available for each of the certifications. However, you may choose to challenge an exam. 

For ADA Curb Ramp Certification details and class materials links, scroll down to the Course Registration & Information Links section at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19 protocols, we are currently NOT offering Challenge Exams for inspector certifications.

 

To Apply for Certification

  • Register for a training course (an exam will be administered) OR
  • Submit an application to challenge an exam
    • Challenge exam applications are processed through the Construction Section.
    • There are no fees for a challenge exam.
    • Appropriate fees will be charged for hard copies of the training manuals. (Copies of the training manuals are available electronically for no fee.)

Inspector certifications will be valid for a 3-5 year period, depending on the certification, after which you must take and pass the exam to maintain the certification for an additional 3-5 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Certification Database

 

Register for a Class

To assist with registering for specific inspector certification classes, visit the Training and Certification webpage. Follow the instructions under Registration & Class Schedule Information.

For information regarding inspector certification classes, see the Course Information & Registration Links at the bottom of this page.

Challenge Exams

In light of the Governor's COVID-19 directive,
we have suspended challenge exam events until further notice.


​The Inspection Quality Assurance Program is dedicated to providing construction inspector training to:

  • Ensure consistent construction inspection administration through education on contract document resources;
  • Define the role and responsibilities of the Inspector concerning construction workmanship, materials and testing;
  • Demonstrate effective documentation to reduce construction claims and contract disagreements; and
  • Promote industry best practices to ensure quality methods and materials are used on ODOT projects.

​National Highway Institute
(Web-based NHI Training available for Inspectors...a $25 fee applies)


Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council

Plan Reading Series – New to Construction? Go through the first module prior to the Certified General Inspector training. You can familiarize yourself with the basics of plan reading.

Math Module – If it has been a while since your last math class, this is useful as background for all of the certification classes. (There is a fee for this module.)


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will conduct limited in-person Construction inspection training, workshops, or forums in the 2020-2021 season. Class availability is subject to change as the COVID-19 directives from the governor's office allow. Some virtual and/or online sessions will be offered. We will provide details as they become available. Construction material technician training will continue with cooperation with our Industry Partners. For information, visit APAO and OCAPA’s websites for current enrollment details.

Options for inspector certifications are being researched and developed. Our primary goal is to craft a training plan and implement it by January 1, 2021. This will include a process for new and currently certified inspectors to obtain a 1-year certification. An additional goal is to create challenge exam events to extend certifications for the fully allotted time designated for each specific discipline. We will update the challenge events calendar after January 1, 2021.

If you would like direct communication regarding any of the Construction training courses, workshops, and/or forums, please complete the Interest Form. Send it by email using the button in the upper right hand corner of the form, or email it directly to our construction training mailbox.

Thank you for your patience as we work out these details.

Contact the Construction Section

800 Airport Road SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-986-4336
Fax: 503-986-3096

Program Contacts

For class schedule, course registration, results notification, certification database, challenge exam information or to purchase materials:
Phone: 503-986-4336

For forms and website content:
Phone: 503-986-3009
 
For exam reviews, general course questions, course instruction, inspection quality assurance:
Phone: 503-986-6630

Course Information & Registration Links


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