Registered Construction Inspector Membership

Registered Construction Inspectors, or RCIs, form the core of our membership, and we set our standards high; applicants must have at least five years on-the-job experience as a construction inspector. Those who pass our examination process are automatically granted one year free membership in the ACIA, a $135 value.

ACIA issues Registered Construction Inspector certifications in four broad divisions—Engineering, Building, Specialty and Public Works–which are presented in detail below. 

Those taking the test for the first time are required to pass a Contract Administration and Fundamentals examination as well as an examination for their respective division or specialty; those who have already passed the Contract Administration and Fundamentals exam need not take it again. The examinations are open-book and can take up to seven hours to complete. No matter where you are, ACIA can administer your exam.

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Those who pass our examination process are automatically granted one year free membership in the ACIA, a $135 value. New RCIs are required to renew after just one year but after the first renewal, their renewal is every three years. Renewal is contingent upon demonstrated completion of 36 units of continuing education in the applicant’s respective division or specialty. To learn more please see ACIA’s Rules and Regulations [RCI Rules & Regulations].

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Four Divisions of Registered Construction Inspectors

Division I: Engineering

A Registered Construction Inspector in Engineering is a general inspector whose principal duties included the contract administration and the inspection of engineered works and may involve inspection of all related trades or materials of construction in which a specialist is not specifically required by the using agency or appropriate authority in connection with the following types of work, including both public and private sector construction projects: irrigation, drainage, water power, water supply, flood control, inland waterways, harbors, docks and wharves, shipyards and ports, dams and hydroelectric projects, levees, river control, reclamation works, railroads, highways, streets, roads, tunnels, airports, sewers, sewage treatment plants and systems, waste reduction plants, bridges, overpasses, underpasses, and other similar works, pipelines and other liquid or gaseous substances, parks, play grounds and other recreational works, refineries, chemical plants and similar industrial plants requiring specialized construction knowledge and skills, powerhouses, other utility plants and installations, mines, metallurgical plants, land leveling, earthmoving projects, excavating, grading, trenching, paving, and surfacing work, concrete works, and including any engineered buildings or structures appurtenant thereto.

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Division II: Building

A Registered Construction Inspection in Building is a general inspector whose principal duties include the contract administration and the inspection of structures for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels or movable property of any kind including site work and utilities incidental thereto, and may involve inspection of all related trades or materials of construction in which a specialist is not specifically required by the using agency or appropriate authority including both public and private sector construction projects.

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Division III: Specialty

A Registered Construction Inspector in a Specialty is an inspector whose principal duties are inspection of specialized areas and methods of construction, including Concrete, Electrical, Structural, Metal, Masonry, Earthworks, Excavating and Grading Tech‐2; Soil Tech‐ 2, Paving, Roof Damp/Waterproofing, Mechanical and Real Estate.

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Division IV: Public Works

A Registered Construction Inspector in Public Works is a general inspector whose principal duties involve inspection of the placement, installation, construction, erection, and connection of discreet and unrelated components which are part of projects paid for by public or private funds and generally intended for public use, such as earthworks and grading, including trench and structural excavation, backfill, all appurtenant shoring and bracing; rigid and flexible pavements and appurtenances; structures; curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways; piles and pile driving; pipelines and appurtenances; erosion control; protective coating; concrete work, including shotcrete; forms and falseworks, structural metals and connections; pipeline testing; street lighting and traffic signal construction. Responsibilities include field sampling and testing, but do not involve work as a resident inspector on a project, contract administration or the supervision of inspection.

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