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Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges - WEB-BASED

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
1 Hours
0 Units
$0 Per Participant


NOTES:This training is a prerequisite of another NHI training and is offered at no cost.


Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges (FHWA-NHI-130101A) is a required prerequisite necessary for those interested in taking the course Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges (FWHA-NHI-130055). The assessment is divided into three sections; participants are given three opportunities to pass each section with a score of 70% or better. Passing all three assessment sections signifies successful completion.

The assessment covers a range of topics that includes the bridge inspection program, bridge components and elements, bridge mechanics, design features, bridge materials, decks, superstructures, bearings, substructures, channels, inspection preparations, inspection reporting activities, and work area safety. To access this online assessment, enroll in NHI 130101A "Prerequisite Assessment for Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges" via the NHI Web site.

Upon successful completion of 130101A, participants will have met the prerequisite requirement for participation in the 130055 Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course (for sessions beginning March 5, 2012 or later).* If participants would like to enroll in the 130055 course, they will be required to demonstrate their certificate of completion for 130101A as proof that the prerequisite requirement has been fulfilled.

Participation in 130101A is not the only option to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for 130055.* Individuals have the option to 1) successfully complete NHI-130054 Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors (Instructor-led course) or 2) successfully complete the Web-based training and assessment (130101 Introduction to Safety of In-Service Bridges)

*Please note: Upon successful completion of this prerequisite course, you will be eligible to take the 130055 training course for up to 2 years.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • There are no course outcomes associated with this prerequisite assessment.


This assessment has been developed for Federal, State, and local highway agency employees and consultants involved in inspecting bridges or in charge of a bridge inspection unit. A background in bridge engineering is strongly recommended.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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