certification programs

Highway Construction Inspection Performance Measures

Level I Performance Measures


 Locate points on the work site based on information on project drawings.


 Identify pertinent contract information provided in standards, specifications, plans, and special     provisions.


 Perform arithmetic calculations, and calculate areas and volumes of simple geometric shapes,   including maintaining the correct precision.


 Accurately measure dimensions and compare with values provided in applicable plans and   specifications.


 Identify common tools and equipment used by inspectors for inspections, testing, and reporting on   the projects in which the candidate has been involved.


 Identify common tools and equipment used in construction on the projects in which the candidate   has been involved.


 Properly use personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the construction site.


 Identify specified work zone traffic control components.


 Verify that specified erosion and sediment control components are in place.


 Prepare concise, accurate, and understandable reports of daily activities.


Level II Performance Measures


 Distinguish among types of soils and aggregates.


 Inspect temporary erosion and sediment controls and stormwater management components for
 compliance with project plans and specifications.             


 Inspect placement and grading of embankments, including compaction and finish tolerances, for
 compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect placement and grading of subgrades, undercuts, aggregate subbase and base courses, and
 embankments, including compaction and finish tolerances, for compliance with project   specifications.


 Inspect soil compaction methods and results and determine their acceptability according to project


 Reliably conduct preplacement inspections before asphalt paving that correctly classify work items   as meeting specifications, not meeting specifications, or requiring further investigation.


 Identify the sampling requirements for materials testing and verify compliance with project   specifications


 Inspect delivery, placement, compaction, and finishing of asphalt for compliance with project


 Inspect surface preparation, forms, reinforcing steel, and load-transfer assemblies for concrete
 pavements for compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect delivery, testing, placement, and consolidation of concrete for pavement for compliance with
 project specifications.


 Inspect bedding for footings, and installation of footings and basic driven pile for compliance with
 project specifications.


 Inspect forms, reinforcing steel, delivery, and placement of concrete for structures for compliance   with project specifications.


 Inspect bedding, backfilling, and installation of drainage components for compliance with project


 Inspect installation of drainage components for compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect signage, striping, and message marking for compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect guardrails, safety systems, and fencing for compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect basic foundations for lighting, traffic signals, ground-mounted signs, and sound walls for
 compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect underground electrical conduit for compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect sidewalks, curbs and gutters, curb ramps, medians/median barriers, and driveways for
 compliance with project specifications.


 Inspect environmental mitigation for compliance with project specifications.


 Verify that the correct work zone traffic controls for lane shifts, closures, detours, and construction   access points and routes have been placed in accordance with project specifications.


 Prepare, compile, and maintain project documentation related to work within the inspector’s scope of


 Identify dates of project activities from a basic project schedule.


 Communicate concerns about acceptability of work and other potential problems to the proper   contractor, engineering, and/or owner representatives in an accurate, professional, and timely



Level III Performance Measures


 Inspect steep slopes and slope stabilization, both temporary and permanent.


 Inspect support of excavations.


 Inspect the installation of permanent geosynthetics and geogrids.


 Inspect reinforced earth and mechanically stabilized embankments and walls.


 Inspect grade tie-ins, drainage, elevations, and transitions on a multi-phase project.


 Verify proper acceptance testing for water, sanitary, and storm sewer lines.


 Identify dangers or potential problems in the work zone traffic flow.


 Inspect drilled shafts or caissons.


 Inspect steel structural components.


 Inspect the erection of structural steel.


 Verify the size, type, and tensioning of bolted structural steel connections.


 Verify the size, type, and proper composition of welded structural steel connections.


 Inspect the handling and erection of pre-stressed concrete I-beams or box beams.


 Inspect bridge deck construction, including pre-pour inspection.


 Inspect the application of paint and coatings.


 Inspect the erection of structures for signals, signage, and lighting.


 Inspect the installation of components and wiring for lighting and verify functionality.


 Review inspection reports from staff for completeness and content, and report work, including minor   field modifications, results, non-conformances, and actions taken.


 Prioritize and coordinate inspection activities of available inspection personnel.


 Inspect project activities for general conformance with OSHA safety requirements.


 Prepare, compile, organize, and maintain accurate project documentation for all activities within the   inspector’s scope of responsibility.


Level IV Performance Measures


 Identify critical construction activities, based upon their impacts on safety, the project schedule, or   the public.


 Identify, and verify conformance with, hold-points for critical and complex inspections.


 Develop project inspection plans.


 Identify, diagnose, and respond to unforeseen factors or events, initiating plans of action that   minimize delays.


 Verify that the project schedule conforms with the project scope and specifications.


 Verify that schedule updates match the work completed to date and the work remaining.


 Identify schedule conflicts.


 Verify that work completed satisfies contract requirements for payment.


 Accurately estimate remaining inspection and testing costs based on remaining construction work.


 Identify plan errors and omissions and changed conditions in advance of construction.


 Identify ambiguities or conflicts in project documents in advance of construction.


 Identify the qualifications required for project inspections and testing and assess whether individuals   meet them.


 Recognize appropriate contract modifications; prepare a rationale that justifies each change as   conforming with the owner’s requirements; and manage the change order process.


 Calculate price adjustments required by the contract.


 Verify that project wage rates comply with prevailing wage requirements.


 Verify that project DBE and SBE work is in conformance with requirements for commercially useful   functions.


 Manage a project’s final inspection, acceptance, and closeout to meet contract requirements.


 Maintain effective communications and relationships with coworkers, contractors, and other   stakeholders.


 Prepare, compile, organize, and maintain accurate and complete project documentation for all   activities within the inspector’s scope of responsibility.