Feb 20
Feb 22

2024 Bridge Inspection Refresher Training (NHI Course 130053C)

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Institute for Transportation
2711 South Loop Drive
Suite 4700
Ames, IA 50010



February 20, 2024 — February 22, 2024


Workshop will start at 8:00 am each day.


20 Credit Hours



Event Contact
Paul Albritton
InTrans, Iowa LTAP


A detailed description of this course is on the National Highway Institute website.

The major goals of this course are to refresh the skills of practicing bridge inspectors in fundamental visual inspection techniques; review the background knowledge necessary to understand how bridges function; communicate issues of national significance relative to the nation’s bridge infrastructures; re-establish proper condition and appraisal rating practices; and review the professional obligations of bridge inspectors.

NOTE: This course was updated in 2022 and is based on the FHWA Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual (BIRM – 1995 Coding Guide Version), National Bridge Inspection Standards (2009 NBIS) and 1995 FHWA Recording and Coding Guide for the Structure Inventory and Appraisal of the Nations Bridges (Coding Guide).

This course, based on the BIRM – 1995 Coding Guide Version, 2009 NBIS and the Coding Guide, provides refresher training on safety inspection of in-service highway bridges. The completion of this course fulfills the training requirements of the NBIS (23 CFR 650.309) for an FHWA-approved comprehensive training course. The course has undergone significant improvements in format and content including curriculum on the application of the Coding Guide and AASHTO element level condition ratings, and updated activities that maximize participant engagement throughout the course.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes Federal, State, and local agencies and private sector personnel employed in inspecting bridges or managing bridge inspection programs. The course is built to accommodate those who have completed comprehensive bridge inspection training (NHI 130055 or similar) or met the criteria for a bridge inspector under the State’s procedures or requirements.


Participant Prerequisite Requirement: ALL participants must have previously successfully completed the 130055 or 130056 course for participation in this course and must bring a course completion certificate bearing their name to the first day of the class. The passing score for all prerequisites is 70% or better.

For More Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Paul Albritton at 515-294-1231 or