Apr 29
May 10

2024 Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges – 2 Week – (NHI Course 130055)

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Institute for Transportation (InTrans)
2711 South Loop Dr. (Building 4)
Suite 4040
Ames, IA 50010

Use 4050 or 4500 entrance. Training room 4040 is located in the atrium area across from the restrooms.


April 29, 2024 — May 10, 2024


Workshop will start at 8:00 am each day.



Event Contact
Paul Albritton
InTrans, Iowa LTAP


NOTE: This course was updated in 2022 and is based on the FHWA Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual (BIRM – 2022 Version), National Bridge Inspection Standards (2022 NBIS), and the FHWA Specifications for the National Bridge Inventory (SNBI).

This course also contains new MANDATORY requirements for participants and host in preparation for in-the-field exercises. See details below.

This course, based on the BIRM – 2022 Version, 2022 NBIS, and the SNBI, provides 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 required bridge inspection in-the-field exercises, curriculum on the application of the SNBI and AASHTO element level condition ratings, and updated activities that maximize participant engagement throughout the course. The topics covered include fundamentals of bridge inspection; bridge materials; documenting bridge inspection data; inspection and evaluation of decks, superstructures, bearings, substructures, culverts, and waterways; and bridge inspection reporting. For instances where in-the-field time is not possible due to unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather (snow, hurricane, flooding, heavy rain, tornadoes), a back-up option for the in-the field exercise will be permitted using the NHI computer-based Virtual Bridge Inspection Computer Based Training (VBI CBT) program.

Participants will be asked to complete mid-term and end-of-course assessments each with a cumulative score of 70% or better to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion. The sponsoring agency/State may monitor the examinations and retain the scores to qualify or certify bridge inspectors. Satisfactory completion of this course will fulfill the comprehensive bridge inspection training requirements of the National Bridge Inspection Standards. Note: Many States have additional requirements to become a bridge inspection team leader.

Required Prerequisite:

Participant Prerequisite Requirement: ALL participants must have met one of the two prerequisite requirements 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. Individuals have the option to complete one of the following two prerequisite requirements: 1) 130101 Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges, a 14-hour Self-Directed Training (SDT) and assessment; or 2) 130101A Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges, a Self-Directed Training (SDT) assessment only (test out).

1) 130101 Introduction to Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges, a 14-hour Web-based training and assessment; and/or

2) 130101a Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges, a Web-based assessment.

**Please note:  As noted above ALL students must successfully meet the prerequisite requirements and to enter the course each student must have a valid course completion certificate. The prerequisite must also be completed within two years of the course start date.  In addition, it is recommended that prior to attending this course participants spend some time in the field, at bridge inspections sites, but it is not required.


  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
    • Discuss the duties and responsibilities of a bridge inspector and define inspection concepts including personal and public safety issues associated with bridge inspections
    • List the inspection equipment needs for various types of bridges and site conditions
    • Describe, identify, evaluate, and document the various components and deficiencies that can exist on bridge components and elements
    • List design characteristics and describe inspection methods and locations for common concrete, steel, and timber structures
    • Identify and evaluate the various culvert and waterway deficiencies
    • Discuss the need to inspect underwater portions of bridges
    • Describe nondestructive evaluation methods for basic bridge materials
    • Demonstrate how to field inspect and evaluate common concrete, steel, and timber bridges

Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes Federal, State, and local highway agency employees; and consultants involved in inspecting bridges or in bridge inspection management and leadership positions. A background in bridge engineering is strongly recommended. ALL participants must successfully complete (score 70% or better) one of the three prerequisite requirements noted above within two years prior to attending this training.

Nearby Hotels –

There are many hotels in the Ames area that are just minutes away from the classroom. Please contact me if you have questions regarding hotels.

For More Information

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