About the ACIA

freewayThe American Construction Inspectors Association was formed in 1954 and incorporated in 1959 to promote educational opportunities, share information about construction and inspections, and to promote standards of knowledge and conduct for all construction inspectors regardless of their area of expertise or employment.

Prior to 1982, the State of California certified construction inspectors through the Bureau of Consumer Affairs. However, during his first term in office, Gov. Jerry Brown terminated this practice and turned the responsibility for inspector certification over to the ACIA, which was then known as the California Inspectors Association, or CIA.

Shortly thereafter, ACIA created the Board of Registered Construction Inspectors, a semi-autonomous committee charged with establishing minimum standards for general engineering inspectors, general building inspectors, public works inspectors and for 17 different categories of specialty inspectors. The RCI Board receives and processes applications for registration, conducts examinations and registers construction inspectors who successfully meet all the requirements provided for in the Rules and Regulations of the RCI Board.

Our Registered Construction Inspectors, or RCIs, are required to renew their certification every three years, which includes the completion of 36 units of continuing education in their respective field. To help RCIs meet those requirements, the ACIA Education Committee develops and conducts educational seminars throughout the year on a wide variety of topics of interest. Recently completed seminars included Concrete, Reinforcing Steel, Seismic Bracing, Plumbing, Grading and Paving, Wood Framing, Toxic Waste and Fire Protection.

As a state recognized certification provider, ACIA certification and continuing education programs meet the requirements set forth in California Health and Safety Code § 18949, which mandates certification, training and continuing education requirements for construction inspectors, plans examiners and building officials who are employed by governmental agencies, special districts, cities, counties and local agencies.

We currently assist the California Department of General Services in the education and certification of their RESDI inspectors. From the late 1980s through 2000, ACIA RCI certifications were required for civilian personnel working on US Navy bases in California. RCI certification holders are still given priority in hiring and pay scale adjustments on US military facilities today.

Presently in California ACIA counts among its members some 300 RCIs along with various certified code inspectors, architects, engineers, contractors and construction managers. Local ACIA Chapters have been established from Sacramento to San Diego, and these form the foundation of Association activities for most members. At the chapter meetings, members share information and network, socialize, conduct chapter business and attend programs presented by qualified experts in the construction industry.

The primary vehicle for sharing information on an Association-wide basis is this website, where you’ll find construction industry articles of interest, dates and other information on upcoming seminars and a members-only job board with exclusive employment opportunities. The website also contains information on the activities of the local chapters. The Education committee lists their annual schedule of educational seminars on the website as well.

We hope this brief overview of the nature of the Association and the scope of activities is of value to you, your organization and the inspectors you work with. If you require additional information, please contact the main office by phone at 626-797-2242 or via email at executivedirector@acia.com.

ACIA Objectives

  • Advance and improve the profession of detailed construction inspection.
  • Assure the public of the ability and integrity of its membership by establishing and maintaining prescribed standards of qualifications.
  • Maintain the honor and integrity of the profession, and encourage ethical practices.
  • Assist the allied profession in the public interest for quality construction.
  • Encourage education of its members with prescribed standards.
  • Enlighten the public regarding the value of efficient construction inspectors.
  • Strive for better legislation affecting construction inspectors.
  • Cooperate with government agencies having similar purpose and objectives.
  • Advance the science and art of construction inspection in the interest of clients and public health and safety.

ACIA Mission

  • The ACIA centralizes and coordinates the efforts of its members and other agencies desiring improved construction inspection.
  • The ACIA secures the cooperation of other organizations desiring increased quality of inspection.
  • The ACIA Education Committee offers approved training materials and seminars to help RCIs and other members meet the continuing education units required by federal, state and local agencies. These educational educational opportunities are available at both the Chapter and Association levels.
  • For any given construction project, the ACIA can, with cooperation of the various involved parties, determine what constitutes a qualified inspector and help establish standards.
  • The Association can furnish the means for each inspector to determine just what they need to increase their qualifications to meet the desired standards.
  • The ACIA provides access to quality health, dental and term life insurance available at competitive group rates.
  • The Association secures, through regularly established procedures, the opportunity for inspectors to receive the help they need.
  • The ACIA protects the interests of inspectors and represent them in securing desirable legislation.
  • ACIA Chapter meetings provide support and collegiality for members in what can sometimes be a lonely occupation.