Because our seminars are frequently used to help people prepare for ICC certification exams, or taken for ICC certification renewals (SSTC is an ICC Education Preferred Provider, we are often asked questions about the ICC examinations, renewals and transitioning. This page is intended to provide you guidance.
To get your certification for ICC Structural Steel and Bolting (S1) or Structural Welding Inspection (S2), with no prior ICC certifications
Download the latest ICC National Certification Examination Program Bulletin from the ICC website page Certification & Testing . Also, download any other information you may wish, such as sample exam questions. You are encouraged to go directly to the ICC website Certification and Testing to make sure you have the latest information, as the Bulletin is updated every two months.
SSTC recommends you study using the Structural Steel Inspector’s Workbook (LINK) and by taking the appropriate online on-demand seminars:
S1 Special Inspection of Steel Construction under the International Building Code (LINK)
Structural Bolting Inspection (LINK)
Plan Reading for Steel Construction (LINK)
S2 Structural Welding Inspection (LINK)
About your ICC Certification Renewal
Special Inspectors need CEUs (Continuing Education Units), a certain number of contact hours of approved credit, to renew their Special Inspection certification(s). For details, go to the ICC website on Certification Renewal. Here, you download the ICC Certification Renewal Bulletin and the Certification Renewal Application. You can also renew online, saving $15 compared to a paper application.
SSTC seminars qualify for ICC Continuing Education requirements.
About your ICC Structural Steel and Welding Certification (85) Transition to the S1 and/or S2 Certifications
Special provisions apply regarding transition from the old Structural Steel and Welding Special Inspector certification (85) to the new Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector certification (S1) and/or the new Structural Welding Special Inspector certification (S2)
Go the the ICC website on Certification and Testing. You need the Certification Transition Form – Structural Steel & Bolting Special Inspector (S1) and Structural Welding Special Inspector (S2).
You can transition, even without renewal, if you recently renewed your Structural Steel and Welding Inspection certification (85), but your S1/S2 certification will expire on the same date as your 85 certification would have expired.
Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector (S1)
Current ICC Structural Steel and Welding Special Inspector (85) Certification holders automatically qualify for the S1 certification, upon transition application.
Structural Welding Special Inspector (S2)
You qualify under any one of the following three provisions:
A – If you have a current ICC Structural Steel and Welding Special Inspector (85) Certification, but are not an AWS CWI or CAWI, you can take SSTC’s Structural Welding Inspection seminar and then you need not take the S2 examination. The SSTC seminar has been approved by ICC for this purpose.
B – If you have a current ICC Structural Steel and Welding Special Inspector (85) Certification, and a current AWS CWI or CAWI Certification, you qualify for the S2 certification without examination or the SSTC seminar. You’ll need to submit a photocopy of your CWI or CAWI Certification with your transition application.
C – If you have a current AWS CWI or CAWI Certification, but do not have a current ICC Structural Steel and Welding Special Inspector (85) Certification, you can qualify for the Structural Welding Special Inspector (S2) Certification by FIRST passing the Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector examination (S1), and then submitting a copy of your AWS Certification with your transition application. SSTC seminars are not applicable to waive the Structural Steel and Bolting certification examination.
Where to get more information?
ICC Certification and Testing Service Center
Phone 1-888-ICC-SAFE (1-888-422-7233), ext. 5524