ICC Structural Bolting

ICC Structural Steel and Bolting Online Course

How Does SI Certs Teach Plan Reading?

We have multiple ways to teach you how to read plans so that you can pass the S1P Structural Steel and Bolting Plans Exam. Learn more by watching the video and reading the paragraphs below.

Digital Plans with Teaching Notes

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

Also, the plans are digital. You'll be prepared for the S1P Structural Steel and Bolting Plans Exam because it now uses digital plans instead of physical plans.

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.

Online Practice Test

This course includes an online practice test that looks similar to the S1P Structural Steel and Bolting 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.

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.

What About the Code?

As you can see, we spent a lot of time and effort with the plan reading training. That doesn't mean we forgot about the code. We also teach people how to pass the S1C Structural Steel and Bolting Codes Exam.

11 Modules About the Code

The course has 11 modules to prepare you for the ICC test. These modules cover the topics you need to learn to pass.

  1. Introduction to Structural Steel
  2. Structural Steel Shapes and Products
  3. General Requirements and Fastener Components
  4. Bolted Parts
  5. Joint Types
  6. Pre-installation Verification
  7. Installation
  8. Inspection Procedures
  9. Inspection Requirements from AISC 360 and AISC 341
  10. Arbitration
  11. Overview of AISC 360 and AISC 303

Structural steel is one of the most common structural framing systems. It is used with concrete and masonry structures on most projects. Understanding how it works with the other structural disciplines and how to inspect it gives you opportunities for career advancement including job promotions.

With this course, you'll learn a great deal about structural steel and high strength bolting. For instance, we'll teach you about the differences between pretensioned and snug-tightened connections. You'll get training on how to inspect turn-of-the-nut, DTIs, and twist-off bolts. You'll learn why steel framing is selected over a concrete system and you'll understand the engineering properties of structural steel.

Steel inspectors are some of the highest paid inspectors in the industry. Understanding steel and bolting is step one for a steel inspection career and it lays the groundwork for learning structural welding.

How to Remember the Material

Research from education experts 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 S1C Structural Steel and Bolting Codes Exam.

Student Reviews

In 2011, we created one of the first online special inspector courses. We learned a lot since then about what works and what doesn't work in training people to pass the special inspector exams.

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

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

There Were Three Key Aspects of the Course That Were Most Valuable.

Mark Y.

Your course helped me organize my studies and gave me the confidence I needed going into the exam. There were three key aspects of the course that were most valuable to me.

First, organizing the exam components into clear and concise study modules that I could tackle at my own pace. The quizzes at the end of each module let me know if I was ready to move onto the next module.

Second, the full set of plans was a great study aid which helped with that portion of the exam.

And third, the timed practice exam with alternating questions each time you take it was most valuable because it helped me understand the pace I needed to set for the exam. When I went for the exam, I was ready thanks to your course.

Mark Y.
Holmdel, NJ

Overall I Found the Course to Be Very Beneficial

Mitch Q.

Overall I found the course to be very beneficial in combining independent study with the provided narrative, commentary, figures…etc. The figures provided are very beneficial in transforming the large amount of technically written text into a very easy to understand image.

Also, the controlled progression through modules was very wise. The practice questions at the end of each module and practice test at the end I think provide the most confidence for taking the test. After taking the test I found the study questions to be representative of what can be encountered on the exam. I do agree as stated on the website that this is not a “Cheater Course”.

Overall I found the course to be very well organized and would say it would be beneficial to anyone preparing for the test.

Mitch Q.
Pocatello, ID

Frequently Asked 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 25-hour course so you get 2.5 CEUs when you successfully complete it.

How much does the course cost?


How long do I have access to the course?

90 days.

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 and he made the course look great.

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 teach you how to use the notepad and how to organize your workspace. You'll learn tips about 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 course study and for the test. Purchase of our courses do not include these references.

AISC Steel Construction Manual
14th edition
Course Includes
90 Day Course Access
Interactive Training Plan Set
Insightful Audio Instruction
Code & Plans Practice Tests
Detailed Charts & Illustrations
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