Sewer Inspector Training Comes Of Age

With Success of CIPP Inspector Training, NASSCO Launches Programs For Manholes, Pipe Bursting
May 2013, Vol. 68 No. 5

More than eight years ago, representatives of municipalities and consulting engineers were asking that industry neutral training be made available, particularly applicable to the inspection of pipeline rehabilitation projects.

In response, NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) developed the Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP).

Nearly five years ago, the first NASSCO Inspector Training and Certification Program Cured-In-Place-Pipe (ITCP CIPP) training session was held at NASSCO offices in Owings Mills, MD.

Since then, the program has been well-received by the industry with 75 training sessions being held in cities throughout the United States and Canada. Many municipalities now require that a NASSCO-trained inspector be on a CIPP project site during installation.

“To date, nearly 1,000 inspectors and engineers have completed ITCP CIPP training and are listed by state or county on the NASSCO web site,” said Gerhard (Gerry) Muenchmeyer, P.E., NASSCO technical director and master trainer. “In the first three months of this year, seven classes have been held and 56 inspectors trained.”

NASSCO’s stated purpose for the training program is to provide municipal engineers, consulting engineers and on-site inspectors a comprehensive understanding of CIPP renewal technology. The ITCP course covers specific areas of expertise necessary to ensure that a trenchless project is built correctly, conforms to the requirements of contract documents and meets customer expectations.

Early concerns
During the initial planning stages, some in the industry had reservations about the effectiveness of the program.

“CIPP training,” Muenchmeyer explained, “includes a significant amount of information about where the technology is applicable, what the installation parameters include, what methods are readily available and how the technology is generally installed in the field. The course provides an inspector with the tools to verify during construction that the product being installed meets specification quality requirements. It also provides a review of potential issues that might occur with the technology during installation that are cosmetic and those that might be of concern to the owner. They may require either no action or some repair or replacement of unacceptable product installation.”

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