NWCEL Northwest Council of Engineering Labs

Become a
Special Inspector

›› Introduction
›› License Types
›› Types of Work


Inspection Courses

Reinforced Concrete:
›› Batch Plant
›› Concrete II
›› Concrete Intensive
›› Pre/Post-Tension
›› Shotcrete Intro.
›› Shotcrete Recert.

Steel & Welding:

›› Steel & Welding I
›› Steel & Welding II
›› Steel & Welding Intensive

Masonry Inspection

Ultrasonic Technician
›› Certification Program

Magnetic Particle Testing Level II

Special Inspector Certification Renewal

Lateral Framing Special Inspection

Proprietary Anchors Inspection

Plan Reading

›› In-Place Density
›› Embankment and Base
›› Aggregate
›› Asphalt II

Special Inspector: Certification Renewal

Special Inspection Recertification Seminars

Description: 8 hour seminar on Special Inspection satisfies WABO continuing education requirements for renewal of reciprocal licenses (PL, PA, SC, LF).


8:00 AM - 9:30       Structural Steel Inspection

Seismic Force Resisting Systems: Protected Zones. What constitutes a protected zone and what are they? Bolting: Changes to the Research Council on Structural Connections (RCSC) Specification for Structural Joints Using High-Strength Bolts. AISC Manual 14th Edition - Latest revision changes and high points.

Instructor: Mike Virgilio is currently the QA Manager for B &B Fabricators. He has 35 years of experience with welding and inspection. He is an AWS Certified Weld Inspector and holds WABO and ICC licenses for Structural Steel. Mr. Virgilio is also ASNT Level II for Ultrasonic Testing, Radiographic Testing, Magnetic Particle Testing, and Dye Penetrant Testing. He has extensive experience with complex steel and piping systems and teaches Welding Inspection and Non Destructive Testing classes.


9:30 AM - 10:00      Masonry- Construction and Inspection

This session will cover inspection, construction, movement joints, cold/hot/wet weather construction, reinforcing steel, quality assurance, mortar, grout, concrete block, clay brick and the 2012 IBC.

Instructor: Sean Flint, Technical Director, O'Neill Service Group. Sean is a WABO certified field supervisor in concrete, PT, masonry, shotcrete and lateral wood and has been inspecting for over 15 years.


10:00 AM - 10:15     Break


10:15 AM - 11:45     Reinforced Concrete Inspection including Shotcrete and Post-Tensioning

The following topics will be covered in this session: Reinforced Concrete relevant codes; loads and stresses; ASTM Method; hot and cold weather concreting; reinforcing steel identification; sizes and grades; placement requirements; post-tensioning (encapsulation systems and issues, stud rails in lieu of drop caps or grillage) and shotcrete (good nozzling techniques, working around Mira-drain and other waterproofing membranes).

Instructor: Sean Flint


11:45 AM - 12:30     Lunch


12:30 PM - 1:30       Proprietary Anchors

Review changes to proprietary anchor inspection requirements from 2009 to 2012 IBC specifically new requirements found in ACI 318-11 appendix D. Review ACI/CRSI installer certification program. Sample ICC-ESR's will be included in presentation.

Instructor: Sean Flint


1:30 PM - 3:00          Lateral Framing Special Inspection

2012 IBC updates:
Wood Framing: American Wood Council, Woodworks and AF&PA SDPWS (Special Design Provisions for Wind & Seismic) and changes from the 2009 to 2012 IBC Chapter 23
CFS Framing: No changes, continue using the AISI 2007 Standards

Instructor: Lisa Pyper, Ms Pyper has devoted 23 years to the inspection industry and currently works for the Port of Seattle as a Sr. Construction Inspector. She spent 18 years as a fully licensed WABO special inspector. Lisa developed the Lateral Framing course to help the inspectors better understand the field requirements of the LFSI license and to help pass the WABO LFSI.


3:00 PM - 3:30          Fireproofing Update

2012 IBC updates: Fire Resistance Rating of Structural Members - Chapter 7, Section 704
Review: AWCI Technical Manuals 12-A & 12-B - No changes

Instructor: Lisa Pyper


3:30 PM - 4:30          Chapter 17 Special Inspections and Tests

2012 IBC updates: This chapter changed significantly in 2009 and continues to be modified.