Reinforced Concrete

ICC Reinforced Concrete Online Course

4 Steps to Reading Structural Plans Like a Senior Inspector

The 47P Reinforced Concrete Plans Exam is the main obstacle that keeps people from getting certified as a Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector. To address this problem, we created a 4-step process to teach you everything you need to know about reading structural plans.

Watch the video and read the paragraphs below to learn more.

1. 3 Digital Plans with Teaching Notes

We took 3 plan sets and added teaching notes right on them. The notes explain confusing details and point you to the important sections of the plans.

Also, all the plans are digital. You'll be better prepared to pass the 47P Reinforced Concrete Plans Exam because it now uses digital plans instead of physical plans.

2. Audio Teaching

We provide audio teaching that matches the teaching notes in the plan sets. Listening to the audio clips is like having a senior inspector sitting right there with you teaching you how to read plans.

3. Online Practice Test

This course includes an online practice test that looks similar to the 47P Reinforced Concrete Plans Exam. Therefore, you can get used to the way the ICC exam is presented on the computer. For example, you can flag questions in the practice test, which is useful for managing your time when you take the real test. You'll even see a test timer so you can get used to the time pressure.

Also, our users have told us that our practice test questions are a good representation of the ICC test.

After you finish the practice exam, we show you the correct answer to each question and we explain the thought process for each answer. This means you'll understand why you got certain questions wrong and you'll be ready for those type of questions when you take the ICC exam.

4. Personal Coaching

Within the course, there is a message button on the bottom right of the screen. If you have any questions, you can click the button and write us a message. We will respond within 24-48 hours.

Our Students Learn How to Read Plans

Check out these student reviews about our plan reading training. These quotes are from our user reviews page.

These Guys Have Plan Reading Teaching Down

Steve M.

The SI Certs Plan Set has helped tremendously. Having never had any formal education in plan reading the course was invaluable. Teaching plan reading concepts is the way to go because no matter the difficulty of a set of plans, I now have a much better understanding of how to navigate them and where certain information can and cannot be found.

I highly recommend this course to anyone, experienced or not. The value of this course cannot be overstated. Thank you SI Certs for creating a great course! I will not hesitate to purchase another course from you in the future when I start preparing for another certification.

Steve M.
New Orleans, LA

Newly Certified – Passed First Try

Jeff B.

I found the plans reading section to be invaluable to my preparation. As someone who has had quite a bit of experience reading transportation plans but a relatively little amount of experience reading plans for vertical construction, practicing these sections with the included practice plans sets, drilling down, again and again, from general to specific information, allowed me to walk into the test with the mindset that although the answers may be difficult to find, they were in fact somewhere in those plans.

If I continued to follow the methodology that I had learned and practiced in the modules, I would eventually find my way to the answer. I never panicked, but just kept trudging along having confidence in the process I learned. Of particular value to me were the explanations to the plans section practice test in the answer key; they detailed, step-by-step, the process I should have followed whenever I missed a question.

Another great trick was the suggestion that should the schedules not all be provided on a dedicated "schedule" page (and they most assuredly will not be), that I use the provided white board and dry erase marker to create an index of the schedules peppered throughout the plans — it was a real lifesaver.

The online modules were easy to navigate and understand and what was particularly useful to me was that I was able to access them using my phone or company issued iPad - allowing me to turn down-time in the truck into productive study time for the exam.

Jeff B.
Mt. Pleasant, SC

I Am Happy to Tell You That I Passed the ICC Exam!!!

Tabetha A.

I had never looked at structural plans before and was nervous. My supervisor and I went through the plan section of the course and he found it to be an excellent way to explain plan reading. I was able to loan a set of plans for a parking structure and sure enough I could read right through them.

I am happy to tell you that I passed the ICC exam!!!! It was one of the most stressful things I've ever done (lol) but I got through it. As far as your course is concerned it was very helpful. Thank you for all your help. It's a huge relief to have the exam out of the way!

Tabetha A.
Salt Lake City, UT

I Don't Think I Would Have Passed If It Wasn't for This Course

Ryan S.

I've been in the industry for years and taken this test several times, struggling mostly with the plan reading since ICC obviously goes out of their way to make their plans very hard to interpret within the limited amount of time. I read plans all the time in the field, but have never encountered anything like what you see on their test.

I hesitated to purchase your course because of all the money I spent on previous ICC tests. After looking through your site and reading Tabetha's testimonial, who I personally know, I decided try the course.

Your Plan Set helped me immensely. The test strategies and navigational key pointers with the Plan Set made all the difference for me, because the plans on the test are extremely difficult.

Thanks again, you really made this a positive experience for me, and now I'm finally certified.

Ryan S.
Payson, UT

What About the 47C Reinforced Concrete Codes Exam?

As you can see, we spent a lot of time and hard work to create plan reading training that actually works. That doesn't mean we skimped on teaching the code. We also spent a lot of time and effort to make sure you are ready for the 47C Reinforced Concrete Codes Exam.

The main problem people have with the code is being overwhelmed with the information. You need multiple reference books to pass the test and these books have a lot of pages.

Luckily, you don't have to read every page. You only need to be familiar with certain sections of the books. We'll show you exactly which chapters you need to study. Basically, we simplify the code for you so you don't get overwhelmed with all the material.

Also, we don't simply reiterate the code. We actually teach the concepts behind the code so you'll understand why things are done the way they are. For example, you'll learn the engineering principles behind structural concrete and the mechanics of reinforcing steel.

9 Modules About the Code

The course has nine teaching modules to prepare you for the ICC test. These modules cover the important topics you need to learn.

  1. Introduction to ICC Reinforced Concrete
  2. Components of Concrete
  3. Introduction to Reinforcing Steel
  4. Reinforcing Steel Specifications
  5. Concrete Durability
  6. Concrete Mixing and Placing
  7. Embeds, Formwork, and Concrete Acceptance
  8. Reviewing the ASTMs
  9. The Concrete Manual & the IBC

How to Remember the Material

The research from educational psychologists shows that taking quizzes regularly is one of the best ways to learn. Therefore, at the end of each module, you'll take a quiz. These quizzes are very important for letting you know if you understood the material. If you did well on the quiz, you can move on to the next module. But if you struggled, we advise you to review the module again.

When you're done with all the code modules, you can take a timed practice test that looks like the 47C Reinforced Concrete Codes Exam.

More Student Reviews

In 2011, we created one of the first online Reinforced Concrete courses. Each year since then, we improved our teaching methods so the course got better and better.

But don’t take our word for it. Here are some more great reviews from students who got certified because of SI Certs.

Finally, I Passed Reinforced Concrete!

Besim H.

Hey Gabe, I just called you to tell you I finally passed this test! You know how hard this has been for me and what I've gone through, particularly since English isn't my first language.

I am extremely grateful for everything you have done. There's no way I would have passed this test without you. If you're ever in Washington and need a place to stay let me know. Now on to PT with SI Certs.

Besim H.
Mill Creek, WA

Passed RC Exam, First Try

Noah S.

I'm very excited to have passed this exam. This program was extremely helpful. The plans portion of the exam was the specific reason I purchased the program. I absolutely would not have passed that portion of the exam without them.

My background is in carpentry and my print reading skills have all been self taught on-site, prior to this experience. As a purchaser of this program, my experience has been nothing but positive. The program and all the clips (voice and notes) have been real helpful.

The most helpful part of it all for me personally was the ability to email and receive coaching support. I am willing to self-study and learn, but I knew I couldn't figure it all out alone. Thank you.

Noah S.
Las Vegas, NV

We’ve Been Using SI Certs for Company Training

Amelia W.

Covello Group uses SI Certs for all our inspector training in Reinforced Concrete. We have had several members pass the ICC exam with great ease due to the training they received via SI Certs' online course. The training was very clear and concise, while providing an enormous amount of information that was easy to read and comprehend. All of our inspectors said they loved the simplicity of the course since it allowed for self-guided learning.

The online modules and tests provided a perfect representation of what to expect on the ICC test. Our inspectors said they felt confident and prepared while going into the test after completing the online training. The material went above and beyond what was needed for the ICC test, but didn't overload them with too much unnecessary information.

We highly recommended using SI Certs for your preparation for ICC testing. We have had nothing but outstanding results within our company.

Amelia W. (Former Operations Coordinator for Covello Group)
Walnut Creek, CA

The Course was Instrumental to Me Passing

Bert P.

If most technicians are like me, you are told repeatedly that you need to be certified!!!

The problem for me was finding out what information was needed and how to use it to prepare for the exam. I looked at the ICC website, saw the list of references needed to prepare, ordered the Reinforced Concrete books, but with so much information and no real direction I was overwhelmed.

After finding SI Certs online, it seemed to be a good program, so I called and personally spoke with Gabe. After speaking with him I felt that this was the course I needed to help me, and it most definitely was. The course was laid out in an easy to follow outline, giving direction on where to go and look for information in the study references rather than going into information overload.

It helped me learn the information on codes that I wasn't familiar with, and reinforced what I knew already. I had experience reading plans, but this course and the Tutorial Plan Sets prepared me for the plans on the test. The practice quizzes and practice tests showed me what the exam is actually like.

Gabe was helpful and informative on whatever technical questions I had. This course was instrumental in me being able to pass my exam and become a Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector. Thanks to Gabe and SI Certs for the course and information!

Bert P.
Charlotte, NC

Answers to Your Questions

Are you recognized by ICC?

ICC Preferred Education Provider

Yes, we are an ICC Preferred Education Provider.

How many CEUs can I earn with this course?

This is a 30-hour course so you get 3.0 CEUs when you successfully complete it.

How much does the course cost?


How long do I have access to the course?

90 days.

Which ACI reference book can I use?

You can use ACI 318-11 or ACI 318-14. We offer Reinforced Concrete courses for both reference books.

How many digital plan sets are included?


What does the course look like?

We understand that a text-only course is not very engaging so we use lots of audio and pictures to teach you the material. Our course looks like a magazine more than a book. One of our founders is skilled in web design so the course looks great.

Here's a quick video of what the course looks like.

I get nervous when I take tests. How can you help me?

Being anxious on test day is common. There's a lot at stake because passing the exam means you can earn a higher salary.

At the end of the course, before you take the practice tests, we have module called "Test Taking Preparation". In this module, we give you valuable tips on what to do during the actual ICC exam.

We cover topics such as using the notepad, organizing your workspace, time management, pacing, and multiple-choice strategy.

Also, don't be afraid to ask us questions by clicking the chat button on the bottom right of the course.

We've found that being prepared is the best way to calm your nerves when taking the exam. We want you to be prepared as much as possible so if you're not sure about anything, leave us a question in the chat box and we'll reply within 24-48 hours with expert advice.

References Needed

These references are required for the Reinforced Concrete exam. Purchase of this course does not include these references.

ACI 318-11
American Concrete Institute 318 2011 Edition
ACI 318-14
American Concrete Institute 318 2014 Edition
(11) ASTM Standards
A615-04a, A706-05a, A775-04, C31-06, C33-03, C94-07, C143-08, C150-07, C172-04, C231-08c, C685-07
2012 Edition or Later
Concrete Manual
Concrete Quality and Field Practices 2015 Edition
Course Includes
90 Day Course Access
3 Interactive Training Plan Sets
Insightful Audio Instruction
Code & Plans Practice Tests
Detailed Charts & Illustrations
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