National Certificate for EIFS Inspectors

This EIFS—Doing It Right® category teaches correct application procedures, how to examine EIFS applications for conformance with contract documents and how to evaluate compliance with recognized industry standards and specifications. The focus is on EIFS applications for new construction. Although this course does not specifically deal with EIFS on existing buildings, knowledge of proper system installation is crucial to understanding EIFS, be it during installation or review thereafter.

While learning proper application procedures, the inspector will also learn how to better monitor installation of EIFS. Successful participants of the EIFS Inspector Program will be certified as having learned and demonstrated their knowledge of EIFS. This is not a training class to become a third-party inspector or EIFS residential inspector, nor does it certify one as such.

Target Participants

Established independent third-party inspectors and building officials who want to learn more about EIFS.

Four Pre-Qualifications for Acceptance

Those who are employed by a firm that is regularly engaged in independent inspections and who meet the following criteria may apply for the EIFS Inspectors' category:

  1. Ability to read blueprints.
  2. High school diploma, GED or higher.
  3. Physical ability to observe work in progress from the ground, on scaffolding and on swing stage.
  4. Have one of the following:
    1. More than three years of documented prior inspection experience or an inspection license. EIFS experience would be helpful in order to have a sufficient on-site learning experience and to be successful with passing the exam; OR
    2. More than five years of jobsite installation and/or inspection experience in EIFS distribution, manufacturing or contracting. Important Note: Those currently employed by contractors, manufacturers or distributors are not eligible for the EIFS Inspectors' category.
Benefits
  • Receive a three year certificate upon passing the exam.
  • Tap into the demand for this specialized and high-profile market.
  • Satisfy the growing requirements for credentials such as special inspections required by the IBC.
  • Add EIFS inspection to your inspection business.
  • Learn proper application techniques to hone the inspection process.
  • Learn about relevant industry standards.
Important Note for Inspectors

Previous EIFS—Doing It Right® participants in the Inspector category have noted that it can be difficult to keep up with the course pace if the individual has little or no EIFS knowledge or experience. Based on their feedback, we strongly recommend that anyone not familiar with EIFS do some or all of the following prior to the course:

  • Visit EIFS work sites—perhaps ask to accompany a local EIFS contractor to jobs in progress.
  • Request and review thoroughly the EIFS—Doing It Right® course materials.
  • Read background information about EIFS components, installation and products. Start with www.eima.com and www.awci.org/cd (search past issues for EIFS articles).
  • Stop in at your local EIFS distributor and supplier—look at products and ask questions.

Inspection experience is required to be accepted to the program. A background in EIFS will help you be successful in achieving the certificate.