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 ARTICLES of ASSOCIATION 

 

ARTICLE 1 

 

GENERAL PROVISIONS 

 

1001. Rules and Regulations 

 

The following constitutes the RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE REGISTERED CONSTRUCTION INSPECTORS COMMITTEE regarding registration of construction inspectors and certification of code specialists. 

 

1002. Certification Categories 

 

(a) "Registered Construction Inspector" means a person registered in one of the Divisions of construction inspection established by these Rules and Regulations. 

(b) "Emeritus Registered Construction Inspector" means a person who is a life member of ACIA, who has been recognized by the RCI Committee for his or her significant contributions to the construction industry. An "Emeritus Registered Construction Inspector", may use the titles or terms "ERCI", or "Emeritus Registered Construction Inspector", and is exempted from the requirements of Article 6; however, he or she cannot hold himself or herself out as a Registered Construction Inspector unless he or she has complied with all the requirements of Article 6. 

(c) "Certified Code Specialist" means a person certified in one of the specialties of code specialization established by the Registered Construction Inspectors Committee. 

 

1003. Definitions 

 

(a) "Construction Inspection" means the function of inspecting the workmanship, materials, and manner of construction of engineered works, buildings and appurtenant structures, on-site and off-site, or portions of such work and may include the contract administration of such work to determine whether requirements prescribed by the plans, specifications, and other contract documents, and all codes, ordinances, or other statutory provisions are met by such workmanship, materials, and manner of construction and includes the supervision and administration of construction inspection. 

(b) "Code Specialization" means the reading, interpretation and implementation of specified model codes that have been adopted to regulate construction 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. 

 

 

1004. Purposes 

 

(a) Purposes of Inspection. The purpose of inspection is to assure that the constructed work complies with all requirements of the design and contract documents including referenced standards and all applicable government codes and regulations. 

(b) Purpose of Code Specialization. The purpose of code specialization is to assure that the model codes are read, interpreted and implemented accurately and in context. 

 

1005. Divisions of Construction Inspection The Divisions of construction inspection are: 

 

Division I - Engineering 

(a) 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. 

(b) A registrant in this division meets the minimum requirements as established by these Rules and Regulations. 

 

Division II - Building 

(a) 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. 

(b) A registrant in this division meets the minimum requirements as established by these Rules and Regulations. 

 

Division III - Specialty 

(a) A Registered Construction Inspector in a Specialty is an inspector whose principal duties are inspection of specialized areas and methods of construction. 

(b) A registrant in this division meets the minimum requirements as established by these Rules and Regulations. 

(c) An inspector registered in Division III shall not function or act as a Registered Construction Inspector in any division or specialty other than those in which he is registered. 

 

Division IV - Public Works 

(a) 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. 

(b) A registrant in this division meets the minimum requirements as established by these Rules and Regulations. 

 

1006. Registered Construction Inspector (RCI) 

 

(a) A Registered Construction Inspector is a person enrolled under these Articles in Divisions I, II, III or IV, and who conforms to the requirements of these Articles. A Registered Construction Inspector shall comply with Article 8, Continuing Education for renewal or their registration. 

(b) A Registered Construction Inspector must indicate the division or specialty qualified in whenever the title is used, such as Registered Construction Inspector Div II Engineering; or Registered Construction Inspector Div III 

Concrete, for example. 

 

1007. Inspector-In-Training (IIT) 

 

“Inspector-In-Training” is a person enrolled under these Articles with the REGISTERED CONSTRUCTION INSPECTORS COMMITTEE as a trainee or student, in a program approved by the R.C.I. Committee and is not a registered construction inspector until he has complied with the requirements of Article 4, Registration, for Divisions I, II, III, or IV. 

 

1008. Registered Construction Inspector (RCI) 

 

A person registered under the provisions of these Articles meets the minimum requirements established by the REGISTERED CONSTRUCTION 

INSPECTORS COMMITTEE for the practice of construction inspection and may use the title or term "RCI", of works or initials that will imply or give the impression that a person is registered under the provisions of these Articles. 

 

1009. Certified Code Specialist (CCS) 

Repealed July, 2016 

 

1010. 

Repealed July, 2016 

 

1011. Reserved 

 

ARTICLE 2 

 

ADMINISTRATION 

 

1012. The Committee 

 

There is in the American Construction Inspectors Association (ACIA) a Registered Construction Inspectors Committee (RCI Committee), consisting of (9) members appointed by the Association President in accordance with the Associations Bylaws. 

(a) RCI Committee Members. Each member shall have had at least five years of active experience in his profession or vocation prior to appointment. All members shall be of good moral character and shall be an ACIA member in good standing. 

(b) RCI Committee Officers. The Committee shall select from its members a Chairman and a Secretary to hold office for one (1) year. All members of the RCI Committee shall be members of good standing of the American Construction Inspectors Association. The Executive Director of the Association 

shall be the Executive Officer of the Committee. 

 

1013. Meetings 

 

All regular meetings of the RCI Committee shall be preceded by at least Five (5) days notice to the Committee members. Special meetings may be called by the Chair to be preceded by two (2) days notice to Committee members. 

 

1014. Quorum 

 

Three (3) members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 

(a) The Committee may make such policies as are reasonably necessary to carry out the provisions of these governing Articles. 

(b) The Committee is the sole authority for the interpretation of these Articles. 

 

1015. Registration 

 

(a) The Committee may register a construction inspector in any of the divisions and specialties of construction inspection provided: an applicant for registration as a Registered Construction Inspector shall be qualified in each of the divisions and specialties for which he applies, to the extent that the Committee shall require. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from being registered in more than one division or specialty 

(b) The Committee may certify a code specialist in any of the specialty areas of the model codes provided: an applicant for certification as a Certified Code Specialist shall be qualified in each of the specialties for which that person applied to the extent that the Committee may require. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from being certified in more than one specialty. 

 

1016. Sub-Committees 

 

The Committee may appoint sub-committees as are necessary to perform such duties as the Committee may direct. Membership on all such sub-committees is at the pleasure of the RCI Committee chair. No member of any sub-committee shall receive any compensation other than his necessary expenses, as approved by the Committee, for the performance of his /her duties as a member of any such committee. 

 

1017. Agency Relationships 

 

The Committee may establish relations with private or public agencies which regulate the practice of inspection, or closely related functions, and may establish relations with such agencies in other countries for the purpose of working toward uniformly high-professional or vocational standards and mutual recognition of registration or certification. 

 

1018. Committee Functions 

 

The Committee shall, consistent with the purpose of these Articles, do all of the following: 

(a) Promulgate necessary policies of uniform and general applicability. (b) Provide leadership and coordinate resources for the improvement of inspection education. 

(c) Develop objective, independently verifiable standards of measurement and evaluation of inspection competence as it relates to inspector registration or code specialization competence as it relates to code specialization. 

(d) Develop criteria to consider on-the-job experience or continuing education, or both, in order to maintain inspector expertise. 

 

1019. Sponsorships 

 

The Committee may approve and sponsor classes and programs at any institution of higher education whose education program meets the standards prescribed by the Committee . 

 

1020. Reserved 

 

ARTICLE 3 

 

APPLICATION OF GOVERNING ARTICLES 

 

1021. Use of Titles 

 

It is a violation of these Articles for any person to either use the title or term "RCI," "Registered Construction Inspector," "CCS", "Certified Code Specialist", or other terms as defined in these Articles without being registered or certified pursuant to these Articles, or to purport to be registered or certified in a division of inspection or code specialization for which he has not been registered or certified by the RCI Committee. 

 

1022. Signatures 

 

All reports or documents where a Registered Construction Inspector's or certified 

Code Specialist's verification is required shall be signed by the Registered Construction inspector, or the Certified Code Specialist respectively, and they shall bear all responsibility for the accuracy of such reports or documents. 

 

1023. Authority 

 

A Registered Construction Inspector engaging in the function of inspecting the workmanship, materials and manner of construction of engineered works, buildings and appurtenant structures shall not make or approve changes to approved design plans, specifications, or other contract documents unless authorized to do so by the responsible authority. 

 

1024. Reserved. 

 

ARTICLE 4 

 

REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION 

 

1025. Examinations 

 

Subject to these Rules and Regulations, and policies governing examinations, a candidate for registration as a construction inspector in any one or more of the divisions or specialties or construction inspector in any one or more of the divisions or specialties of construction inspection or for certification as a code specialist as established by these Articles or by the Committee shall be entitled to an examination of each registration or certification when available, by meeting the qualifications prescribed by this Article. Before taking the examination, the candidate shall file the application and pay the examination fee fixed by the ACIA Board and shall meet all other requirements. 

 

1026. Requirements 

 

The applicant for registration as a construction inspector shall have a high school education or the equivalent thereof, be of good moral character, and have had at least five (5) years of full-time construction inspection experience in the division or specialty of construction inspection covered by the registration for which he is making application, or five (5) years general experience, at the discretion of the Committee. 

(a) The Committee shall have the sole discretion in determining the qualifications of applicants and upon review may allow an applicant to make the examination for registration if in the opinion of the Committee the applicant substantially meets the requirements or for other good reasons. 

 

1027. Qualifications 

 

With respect to applicants for registration as construction inspectors, the Committee: 

(a) Shall give credit as inspection experience not to exceed four (4) years for time spent on the job as an Inspector-In-Training. 

(b) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed two (2) years, for satisfactory education for completing courses in engineering, architecture, inspection, or construction management, where the curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the Committee. 

(c) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed four (4) years, for graduation from an accredited college or university majoring in construction management, architecture; electrical, mechanical, structural or civil engineering; geology; or, land surveying. 

(d) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed two (2) years, for construction inspection teaching when related to the division or specialty for which application is made. 

(e) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed (2) years, for having actively worked for five (5) or more years in a journey level position in the construction trades or in field engineering or construction technology when related to the division or specialty for which application is made. 

(f) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed four (4) years, for having actively worked for five (5) or more years as a licensed contractor's project manager (on-site or off-site) or superintendent responsible for the management, control, and coordination of the work of two (2) or more subcontractors and involving three (3) or more trades. 

(g) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed four (4) years, for 

direct supervision or administration of a jurisdictional department engaged in and responsible for inspection of the division or specialty for which application is made. 

(h) May give credit as inspection experience, not to exceed two (2) years, for successfully passing an examination given by an examining body recognized by the RCI Committee in that division or specialty for which application is made. (i) Notwithstanding any experience credit allowed by this Section, an applicant must demonstrate a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a construction inspector in the division or specialty for which application is made. 

 

1028. Issuance of Registration 

 

The Committee shall, by means of examination, ascertain the professional qualifications of all applicants for registration as a Registered Construction Inspector and shall issue a registration to each person it finds to be qualified. No registration shall be issued to anyone who has not demonstrated his competency by examination. 

 

1029. Multiple RCI Certifications 

 

Applicants who desire to be registered in more than one division or specialty of construction inspection or in more than one specialty of code specialization shall be required to file a separate application for each such division or specialty. 

 

1030. Retesting 

 

An applicant failing an examination may be examined again upon filing a request for re-examination and the payment of the designated re-examination fee. 

 

1031. Temporary Authorization 

 

A temporary authorization for the practice of construction inspection in a division or specialty established by the Committee may be granted for a specific project, upon application and payment of the fee prescribed, for a period not to exceed one hundred and twenty (120) consecutive days provided: 

(a) The applicant demonstrates, by means of an individual appearance, before a duly authorized representative of the Committee, satisfactory evidence of their  knowledge in the division or specialty of construction inspection for which the applicant requests registration under the temporary authorization. 

 

1032. Issuance of Certification 

 

Any applicant who has passed the examination and has otherwise qualified pursuant to these Articles as a Registered Construction Inspector or Certified Code Specialist, shall have evidence of registration or certification issued to them for the particular division or specialty for which they were found qualified. 

 

1033. Duplicate Certificate 

 

A duplicate certificate of registration or certification to replace one lost, destroyed, or mutilated may be issued upon payment of the duplicate certificate fee. 

 

1034. Identification Cards 

 

An unexpired identification card is presumptive evidence that the person named therein is registered or certified under these Rules and Regulations. Official verification that a person holds a current valid registration or certification will be made by the RCI Committee upon request. 

 

1035. Denial of Certification 

 

Any applicant who is denied registration or certification authorization shall be sent a written notification informing him the reason. Within twenty-one (21) days after service of the notice, the applicant may make a written request to the Committee for a hearing. 

 

1036. Authorized Seal 

 

It is recommended that each person who becomes a Registered Construction 

Inspector acquire a seal which contains their name, the name of the Division or 

Specialty in which they are registered, their Registration Number, the words "Registered Construction Inspector," the words "American Construction Inspectors Association," and which indicates the expiration date of their registration. This seal shall conform to the format approved by the RCI Committee and contain Wet Signature and Expiration Date by Registrant. 

 

1037. Reserved. 

 

ARTICLE 5 

 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS 

 

1038. Complaints 

 

The Committee shall receive and investigate written and signed complaints against Registered Construction Inspectors, Certified Code Specialists and persons granted temporary authorizations, and make findings thereupon. 

 

1039. Suspension and Revocation 

 

The Committee may reprove suspend, or revoke, privately or publicly, the certificate of any person registered or certified hereunder; or reprove, suspend or revoke privately or publicly the authorization granted to any person who has done any of the following: 

(a) Who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony arising from or in connection with the practice of inspection or code specialization. 

(b) Who has committed any deceit, misrepresentation, violation of contract, fraud or negligence in his practice of inspection or code specialization. (c) Who has committed any fraud or deceit in obtaining or renewing their registration or certification. 

(d) Who has aided or abetted any person in the violation of any provisions of these Articles. 

(e) Who presents or attempts to use as ones own the certificate of registration or certification of another. 

(f) Who gives false evidence of any kind to the Committee, or to any agent thereof, in obtaining or in helping another to obtain a certificate or registration or certification. 

(g) Who uses an expired or revoked certificate or certification. 

(h) Who has violated any provisions of these Articles. 

 

1039. Reissuance of Revoked Certificate 

 

The Committee at its sole discretion may reissue a certificate of registration or certification to a person whose certificate has been revoked. 

 

1040. Reserved. 

 

ARTICLE 6 

 

RENEWAL 

 

1041. Renewal Requirements 

 

After the initial one (1) year certification granted upon passing an examination, a certificate of registration as an inspector expires at midnight three (3) years from the date of issue if not renewed. To renew an unexpired certificate, the certificate holder shall: 

(a) Pay the renewal fee prescribed; 

(b) Have met and verified to the RCI Committee the continuing education 

requirements as set forth in these Articles; 

(c) Have in their possession the authorized seal of a Registered Construction Inspector or verify that they have voluntarily declined to have a seal. 

(d) Have been previously registered. 

 

1042. Verification of CEUs 

 

To demonstrate compliance with the above renewal requirements the applicant for renewal shall provide to the RCI Committee: 

(a) Verification of attendance for any seminars, and any college or educational course or approved online educational programs completed during the previous thirty-six (36) months; 

(b) Verification signed by the local ACIA chapter of the applicant's attendance at meetings of local chapters, or similarly verified attendance at meetings of other professional construction-related organizations, such as AIA, DSA, OSHPD or CSI; 

(c) Verification signed by the employer for work experience credit; and (d) An impression of their Registered Construction Inspector seal, if possessed. 

 

1043. Expiration 

 

A certificate of certification as a Code Specialist expires at midnight three (3) years from the date of issue is not renewed. To renew an unexpired certificate, the certificate holder shall: 

Pay the renewal fee prescribed: and 

(b) Take and pass a certification renewal examination. 

 

1044. Late Renewals 

 

Except as otherwise provided in this Article, a certificate of registration as a construction inspector of as a certified code specialist may be renewed within sixty (60) days to 6 months after expiration. 

(a) The certificate may be renewed more than 6 months after its expiration upon written request of the certificate holder showing good cause for the failure to renew, The certificate holder, as a condition of renewal, shall also pay the delinquency fee prescribed. 

1045. Renewal of Suspended Certifications 

A suspended certificate is subject to expiration and shall be renewed as provided in this Article, but such renewal does not entitle the holder of the certificate, while it remains suspended and until it is reinstated, to use the title or term Registered Construction Inspector or Certified Code Specialist. A reinstatement fee shall be paid as one of the conditionals for reinstatement of a suspended certificate. 

 

1046. Reinstatement of Revoked Certification 

A revoked certificate of registration or certification is subject to expiration as provided in this Article, and the certificate holder loses all rights and privileges granted by these Articles, A revoked certificate may not be renewed except on a vote of the RCI Committee. A restatement fee shall be paid as one of the conditions for reinstatement of a revoked certificate. 

 

1047. Lapsed Certificates 

Any RCI certificate which has been expired for more than 6 months may be reinstated upon written application by the certificate holder showing good cause for the failure to renew which shall be reviewed by the Committee on a case by case basis; and payment of a fee to be determined on a case by case basis, but in 

no event less than the regular fee for a three (3) year renewal, 

(a) The applicant is of good moral character and no fact, circumstance, or 

condition exits which, if the certificate were issued, would justify its revocation or suspension: 

(b) The applicant meets all requirements for registration or certification under the current Rules and Regulations, which would be required if they were then applied for registration or certification for the first time under the current Rules and Regulations. 

(c) The Committee may waive requirements set forth above upon written appeal by the individual if a determination of unusual circumstance is made. 

 

1048. Inspector in Training 

Enrollment as an Inspector-In Training shall expire at mid-night three (3) years from the date of issue if not renewed. To renew the enrollee shall pay the renewal fee prescribed, provided that the Inspector–In-Training shall take the Registered Construction Inspector’s examination upon completing not less than five (5) years as an Inspector-In-Training, and provided further, that not more than one (1) renewal will be granted prior to taking the initial examination ​

1049. Reserved 

 

1050. Reserved 

 

ARTICLE 7 

REVENUE 

1051. Fees 

The RCI Committee shall fix such fees, as it deems necessary and prudent for carrying out the purpose of its programs. The fees established by the Committee shall be approved by the ACIA Board and will appear in the Fee Schedule, which will be available from the offices of the ACIA Executive Director. 

 

1052. Revenue 

All Revenue received from the RCI shall belong to the ACIA and shall be accounted for through ACIA accounting procedures. 

 

1053. Reserved 

 

ARTICLE 8 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION 

 

1054. Purpose 

The purpose of this Article is to promote and establish a program of continuing education for construction inspectors in accordance with the goals and policies of the RCI Committee and these Rules and Regulations. 

 

1055. Prerequisites 

A prerequisite for renewal is that the applicant must have accumulated in the previous thirty-six (36) months, not less than thirty-six (36) units of continuing education. 

 

1056. Continuing Education Units 

Units for continuing education credit may be accumulated in the following manner: ​

(a) Verified record of attendance at meetings of local chapters of this or other Associations, when educational program acceptable to the RCI Committee is presented (one (1) unit per meeting). 

(b)Verified record of attendance at one day seminars relevant to construction inspection and acceptable to the Committee 

(c)Verified attendance at two day, or weekend seminars relevant to construction inspection and acceptable to the Committee 

(d) Verified completions of courses or tests approved by the RCI 

Committee when offered by colleges or universities, or recognized organizations or tests required by government agencies (five (5) to ten (10) units depending on the value of the course or test as determined by the Committee). Verified completion of a full-time college level curriculum relating to construction inspection, up to fifteen (15) units. 

(e) Verified acceptable work experience in the construction industry equivalent to one thousand (1,000) hours in a year in which the inspector has demonstrated continuous efforts to maintain current skills and knowledge of construction and inspection (six (6) units per year). 

(f) Other continuing education credit may be allowed depending on the value toward the inspector’s education as determined by the RCI Committee. 

 

1057. Reserved 

SEAL : 

The Seal authorized by the Registered Construction Inspectors Committee may be purchased by the registrant from the ACIA office or from any convenient source. It shall be of the design shown here and shall be not less than one and one-half inches in diameter. 

REGISTERED CONSTRUCTION INSPECTORS COMMITTEE 

FEE SCHEDULE July , 2016 

EXAM FEE $ 265.00 

Includes 1 year joint ACIA/RCI membership 

RE TESTING FEE $ 100.00 

RENEWAL FEE $ 375.00 joint ACIA/RCI 3 years 

$ 300.00 RCI only 3 years 

$ 25.00 Emeritus RCI 1 year 

DUPLICATE DOCUMENT FEE $ 25.00 

REINSTATEMENT OF EXPIRED RCI FEE $ 100.00 

TEMPORARY REGISTRATION FEE $ 100.00 for 120 days 

Any fees may be waived or reduced due to extraordinary circumstances at the discretion of the Committee. 

When seminars are given which are preparatory to taking RCI certification exams, the exam fee may be included in the seminar cost.