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Load and Resistance Factor Rating for Highway Bridges

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
2 Days
1.2 Units
$875 Per Participant
2 Days
1.2 Units
$875 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 40


This course provides novice and experienced bridge engineers with the fundamental knowledge necessary to apply the most recent AASHTO Load and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) Specifications to bridge load rating.


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

  • Describe the purpose of performing a load rating
  • Identify the benefits of the LRFR methodology
  • Demonstrate the LRFR process and the general load rating equations
  • Explain legal loads and their use in load rating
  • Determine distribution factors for load rating
  • State the LRFR limit states
  • Select evaluation factors for rating
  • Describe the process for load posting and importance of load posting
  • Describe the procedure for checking overload permits
  • Demonstrate the application of LRFR requirements by completing load rating exercises


Bridge engineers with 0-20 years of experience.

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


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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