The demand for quality Structural Masonry Special Inspectors is constantly growing throughout the country. The design and construction of masonry structures becomes increasingly complex and requires the independent observation of the masonry inspector.
Become an Inspector
The first step in becoming a Structural Masonry Special Inspector is to prepare for the examination. The Job Task Analysis and Test Outline, Test Information and National Certification Examination Information Bulletin can be downloaded for free. The Model Program for Special Inspection, which is a reference when taking the test, can be acquired from the International Code Council (ICC) at a nominal cost.
Once you have decided to move forward, studying for the examination using the reference materials is highly recommended. The following list of materials is referenced and can be taken into the examination:
- 2009 Masonry Codes Compilation [This book contains the masonry portion of the 2009 International Building Code, Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402-08/ACI 530-08/ASCE 5-08) and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 602-08/ACI 530.1-08/ASCE 6-08)]
- Reinforced Concrete Masonry Construction Inspectors Handbook, 7th ed.
- ASTM Standards for the Building Industry, 6th ed. [This book contains the listed ASTM Standards]
- Reinforced Grouted Brick Masonry, 15th ed.
In addition to the referenced materials, there are two other helpful items that can be extremely useful in preparing for the examination: For the technical portion, there is a Masonry Inspectors Workbook which contains over 700 questions similar to those on the test. For help in preparing for the plan reading section of the test a Plan Set with Sample Test is an excellent resource.
When you are ready to take the exam, Registration is done through the International Code Council section of the Pearson website. You will register for a National Certification with an exam name of 84 Structural Masonry.
For more information about the Structural Masonry Special Inspection Examination, visit the Certification Section of the ICC website (www.iccsafe.org) or call ICC at 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 33806.