Structural Steel Certification Prerequisites

A structural steel inspector shall have sufficient training, education and experience to understand contract drawings, shop drawings and project specifications. Structural Steel Inspectors should also be familiar with codes and standards promulgated by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) American Welding Society (AWS), Steel Structures Painting Council and appropriate specifications related to steel decking and joints. In addition, the Structural Steel Inspector shall be capable of inspecting bolted and welded connections, column plumb, decking, joists, member sizes and member placement, painting and surface preparation, and have knowledge of nondestructive testing of steel and weldments. Other responsibilities include demonstrated proficiency with field procedures to help verify compliance with structural steel specifications, and ability to recognize and report deficiencies and deviations from specifications.

Formal Education: Shall have sufficient formal education to read, understand, and execute written instructions, codes and procedures, and shall be capable of keeping accurate field records.

Recommendation: Shall be recommended for certification by a qualified supervisor. (In the event the applicant is unemployed or self-employed, this recommendation shall be furnished by a professional engineer familiar with the applicant's capabilities. Such recommendation shall also identify the circumstances which establish its propriety.)

Other Qualifications: Shall have other or equivalent qualifications established or subject to approval by the WACEL Quality Assurance Committee.

Written Examination: Shall pass the written examination for certification.