Attention RCI examinees

This document is provided for your convenience. Some of the material may be helpful to you in preparing to take the Contract Administration portion of the RCI Exams. You may want to review the contents, although not all of it directly pertains to the exam. Remember, the Contract Administration portion of the exam is “CLOSED BOOK”, so you are not allowed to use printed materials during the exam.

CSI Project Delivery Practice Guide

Thank you,
Paul Beyl, RCI Committee Chair

ACIA Continues to Provide Educational Services to DGS/RESD in 2015

In continuation of its ongoing contract with DGS, the American Construction Inspectors Association will be presenting its RCI Division II Building Inspector classes to Real Estate Services Department (RESD) inspectors in a 6 week course beginning on Monday, January 12, 2015, in Sacramento. At the conclusion of the training, attendees will take the RCI Examination for their Registered Construction Inspectors Certifications.

RESD inspectors from the Southern California area attended the condensed version of the training at the ACIA Symposium in Long Beach in November, and will be taking their RCI examinations in February.

The ACIA is proud of its tradition of providing educational opportunities for inspectors and construction professionals and welcomes RESD participation in our Registered Construction Inspectors Programs.

For more information, please contact the ACIA office at 626-797-ACIA(2242) or

RCI Testing in San Diego

If you took an RCI training class at the ACIA Symposium in November, and you are located in the San Diego area. You may sign up take your RCI Examination on Saturday, January 17,2015, beginning at 8:00 AM, at the following location:

Construction Quality Assurance Group
16466 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 240
San Diego, CA 92128
Office # 858.487.2291
Proctor: Paul Beyl 858.967.5824

Office fronts the 15 Freeway with parking in the rear of the complex. Exit off the freeway onto Bernardo Center Drive. Office building is in the same complex as McDonalds on the East side of the freeway. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

Space is extremely limited – you must make a reservation.

For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact the office at 626-797-ACIA(2242) or Remember – you MUST submit your RCI application prior to testing. If this date and location is not convenient – please contact the office for information on additional testing sites and dates.

Yes, There is a Santa Claus!

ACIA Los Angeles Basin Chapter member, Jim Vitale, AIA,RCI, visits the Orange County Chapter of CSI in the guise of Santa Claus at their annual Christmas Party held at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Here he is conferring with Kathy Greenway, of the OCCCSI and talking with ACIA’s own Fred Diamond (South Coast Chapter). Have you been a good little boy, Fred?

55th Annual Symposium Celebrates the RCI and Welcomes New Members

The 55th Annual Symposium “All About the RCI” wrapped up in Long Beach on November 8. Attendees agreed that it was one of the best Symposiums in years. In depth all day seminars to prepare attendees for taking the RCI Division II Building Exams covered Codes and Specifications on Friday and Plan Reading 101 on Saturday. As an alternative, attendees could take the RCI Division IV Public Works Exam preparation course on Friday and/or the RCI Division III Fire Door I prep course on Saturday.

A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors who helped to make this event a real success, they include the following ACIA Chapters who donated to become Crystal Sponsors: La Basin Chapter; Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Folsom Chapter; and, Nevada Chapter. The following individuals and companies donated to our success as well: Dynamic Engineering & Inspection, David Karina; Ryan Enterprises, Dennis Ryan; and, ICM Group, Jeffrey Inferrera – Sapphire Sponsors; Construction Quality Assurance Group, Paul Beyl; and Consolidated CM, Inc., Scott Ritter and Lang Scoble – Silver Sponsors.

Our Vendors Exhibit Hall, while cozy, was well patronized and interesting. Vendors included The Woodworking Institute ‐ Mitchel Taylor and Marcia Falk; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute ‐ Jose Mendoza; Simpson Strong Tie ‐ Bobby Madrid; Orange County Chapter CSI ‐ David Brown; National Clay Pipe Institute ‐ Joe Parker; and, Smart Safety Group Inc – Craig Angarola.

Saturday’s Annual Awards Luncheon and Installation of Officers was lively and filled with surprises. Our Keynote Speaker, Rick McManis, Chief Building Officer of the City of East Palo Alto, received a standing ovation for his outstanding talk on the interactions and expectations of working relationships between Inspectors and Construction Managers on Municipal building sites.

The Awards ceremony recipients were honored as follows:

  • The Inspector of the Year Award was presented to Dave Noel, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter.
  • Two Ed Gray Awards for Exemplary Service to the ACIA were presented to our incoming President Mel Weidner , Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter and to Gary Green, Nevada Chapter.
  • The Educator of the Year Award went to Tom Durbrow, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter.
  • The Industry Of The Year was the OES Office Of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Program, and was accepted by Mona Bontty, the Southern California Regional Administrator
  • The newly created Robert J. Lynch Award for Excellence in Providing Access for All was awarded posthumously to Robert J. Lynch, FAIA , Emeritus RCI At Large, and was accepted on behalf of his family by Tom Durbrow.
  • Our outgoing President, Alisa King, received a plaque commemorating her year of service and our thanks for a job well done.
  • President’s Awards for service over and above the call went to incoming Vice President, Jeff Inferrera, Folsom Chapter; incoming 1st Vice President Austen Pell, L A Basin Chapter; Past President (2011) Dennis Dooley, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Past President (2010) David Karina, South Coast Chapter; outgoing Vice President James Vitale, L A Basin Chapter; and, RCI Committee Chair Paul Beyl, San Diego Chapter.
  • Certificates recognizing those achieving Emeritus RCI status went to Carlos Navarro, Inland Empire Chapter; David Rossi, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Tim Briggs, Folsom Chapter; and, Jimmy Foster, Nevada Chapter.

millenium_awardThe highlight of the ceremony, however, was the presentation to Dennis Dooley of the newly created Millennium Award for a Lifetime of Dedication to the ACIA. Dennis is a twice past President, recipient of both the Ed Gray Award and the Inspector of the Year Award, and a tireless proponent of the ACIA.

The luncheon concluded with the Installation of the following officers for 2015: Melvin Weidner, President; Austen Pell, 1st Vice President; Jeffrey Inferrera, Vice President; Craig Angarola, Treasurer; and Gary Green, Region 3 Director.

The event concluded with golfers playing a celebratory round at El Dorado Golf Course on Sunday morning before heading home.

Winter Building and Construction Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

DAVIS, CALIF.— Take a winter course in BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION from UC Davis extension. Visit our website for a full listing of courses and to learn about the certificate programs in Sustainability and the Built Environment, Energy Resource Management and Construction Management.


  • Enroll by JAN. 6 and complete by MARCH 17. Passwords issued JAN. 6.
  • $1,645. Enroll in section 143ERM100.


  • JAN. 7-MARCH 25: Wed., 5:40-9P.M.
  • Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
  • $845. Enroll in section 143CNM203


  • JAN. 12-MARCH 30: Mon., 6-9 P.M.
  • Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
  • $815. Enroll in section 143CNM204.


  • Enroll by JAN. 13 and complete by FEB. 24. Passwords issued JAN. 13.
  • $650. Enroll in section 143SDD106.


  • Enroll by JAN. 20 and complete by MARCH 31. Passwords issued JAN. 6
  • $1,645.  Enroll in section 143ERM103.


  • Enroll by JAN. 27 and complete by APRIL 7
  • $1,205. Enroll in section 143ERM104.


  • Enroll by MARCH 3 and complete by APRIL 7. Passwords issued MARCH 3.
  • $650. Enroll in section 143SDD101.

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, Email EXTENSION@UCDAVIS.EDU or visit our website.


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Photos of Napa Area Earthquake Damage

A number of ACIA/RCI members who responded to the Office of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Personnel call out for First Responders in the Napa Earthquake Disaster area have sent us photos of the area. These are from Frank Presley, Sacramento-Sierra Chapter. We will be posting them from time to time as interest indicates. Information on how to receive OES/SAP training from the ACIA will be posted here soon. We appreciate our members who volunteered in this emergency situation.

Oak Street Victorian Home

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CALBO Legislative Update: AB 2188 Sent to the Governor

As of today Assembly Bill 2188 (Muratsuchi) has now passed both the Senate and the Assembly. The next and final step for AB 2188 is the Governor’s Office. There have been countless letters of opposition and many meetings held to explain the negative impacts of this bill on local jurisdictions.

Please help us continue our fight against AB 2188 by sending a VETO LETTER to Governor Jerry Brown.

Please fax your letters to (916) 558-3160 or mail them to Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, California 95814.

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