NASSCO’s Inspector Training Program Gaining Momentum

October 2009 Vol. 64 No. 10

Muenchmeyer is the lead instructor He has more than 45 years of experience in the pipeline construction and rehabilitation industry. Also qualified as an instructor is Ed Kampbell, P.E., president of Rehabilitation Resource Solutions with more than 30 years experience.

Necessary process
Muenchmeyer believes there is a general misconception throughout the pipeline rehabilitation industry that trained inspectors are not always required for CIPP. Inspection of CIPP and other technologies during construction has been deemed in some cases an unnecessary expense by many municipalities and therefore job site inspection requirements are only marginally defined in many specifications and sporadically enforced in the field. The ITCP program is off to a good start in changing those misconceptions, he indicated.

"The trained inspector is a key to achieving quality CIPP installations on a consistent basis, benefitting the owner, engineer and contractor," Muenchmeyer said.

The response and success of the ITCP for CIPP has prompted the NASSCO board of directors to authorize the preparation of additional inspector training and certification programs, including pipebursting, manhole renewal and rehabilitation. Both courses are expected to be available sometime in 2010.

NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) is a national association composed of several hundred members representing sewer and rehabilitation industry manufacturers and suppliers, municipalities and utility districts, engineers and contracting firms dedicated to establishing and implementing standards for rehabilitation of underground utilities. For more information about ITCP and other association programs, visit the NASSCO web site www.nassco.org or call (410) 486 3500. The association's headquarters is in Owings Mills, MD.

Praise For ITCP Training
Industry professionals who have completed NASSCO's Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) are highly complementary and applying what they learned on their daily jobs.

Roger Bechner, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) systems inspection group leader, said he and about 20 of the commission's inspectors have taken ITCP courses.