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

Initially, some installation contractors were concerned that actions of inspectors who had received the training would direct contractors about how to install the product, cause work to be slowed or require unnecessary changes to completed construction.

“Subsequently,” said Muenchmeyer, “it became clear that good, qualified, trained inspectors on job sites actually help to prevent issues on the project.”

Each training course includes two days of technology and specification information that the inspector needs to know, Muenchmeyer said. Covered in each course are how existing pipe conditions affect CIPP installations, overview of CIPP technology, field installation of CIPP, writing and understanding performance specifications and pipeline renewal technologies and their applications,

The course includes a detailed, illustrated inspection manual that will serve as a reference guide during training and later in the field. The manual also contains sample charts and forms that can be used by the inspector for recording information on the project site. The forms are used to record specific quality assurance and testing requirements for the CIPP technology, the inspection procedures required and the information which needs to be documented for a complete inspection record.

Each student is required to pass an open book certification exam to demonstrate basic knowledge of the field requirements for a cured-in-place-pipe installation.

Upon completion of the training program and passing a test, the student receives a certificate and an inspector identification card, confirming that he or she has successfully completed the Inspector Training and Certification Program for cured-in-place pipe. Certification can be verified on the NASSCO web site.

“The benefits of ITCP CIPP are numerous,” Muenchmeyer continued. “The trained inspector will be in a position to prevent unacceptable installations, will ensure that the correct materials are installed to the size and length specified, will give the customer verification that the product installation was achieved under the watchful eye of a qualified person, and the contractor will generally experience better work quality, resulting in less repair work and higher profits.”

Ultimately, concluded Muenchmeyer, it is the program’s goal to have trained inspectors available in various regions of North America so that municipalities and consulting engineers can specify that a trained inspector be on their project sites during a CIPP installations.

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