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If you're someone who can study on their own but would like some structure, any SI Certs course is for you. I have purchased all 3 CWI courses and the reinforced concrete course from SI Certs and have passed both the CWI and reinforced concrete exams the first time around. I plan to take another course with SI Certs (PT or masonry) because of the success rate.
Leaving the one week AWS seminar, I felt overwhelmed, even after doing the month long study prep prior to the seminar that AWS provides. I wasn't very confident after taking the part B portion of the exam. Admittedly, I didn't go through much of the SI Certs course for part B.
Side note: You HAVE TO make the time to study folks! Take it from me. Give yourself time, don't rush through the material, and by the end of the SI Certs course, you will be prepared and confident enough to pass any test you're preparing for.
I digress. Since AWS allows you to focus on one portion of the exam at a time now, taking computer-based exams for parts A & C on separate dates, separately from part B, I was able to focus on the other 2 portions of the exam one at a time. I gave myself time to go through the last two SI Certs courses. (Again, ample study time is highly recommended.) Let me tell you! I haven't felt more confident taking an exam as I did taking parts A & C. I scored higher on parts A & C than part B. (I wonder why.) If I may "beat a dead horse," give yourself ample time to comprehend the entire course. The courses are great with the right study behaviors. After taking the CWI exams, I took the reinforced concrete exam. As I said before, I proudly passed that too and plan to take another course with SI Certs.
P.S. Shout out to Gabe and the SI Certs team. Seriously, the best customer service I have EVER experienced.
I purchased CWI Part B. It really helped me with things I missed from other seminars that I had gone to. I failed the test previously but I took the test again in January and I received my stamp two days ago so I want to thank you guys.
You helped me fine tune and know how to look up procedures and specs so I was able to pass. I appreciate it. If I need anything else, I definitely will come back and get your service. Thank you.
I would like to inform you that I have cleared my CWI Exam. I got the result two days ago. Thanks for your help, and thanks to Matt too.
I did all of the three parts, and this was my first attempt.
I took the CWI Exam without any experience in welding. I found that SI Certs adequately prepared me for all three parts by honing in on essential content. In particular, the welded joint molds and tool kit from SI Certs were critical for simulating part B of the actual exam.
I tried another popular online preparation course but found it to be far less helpful. The team is also quick to respond to questions and provide additional explanation when requested. I would highly recommend the SI Certs prep course over other courses for anyone looking to take the CWI Exam!
Guys, I can't thank you enough for your CWI training course. I signed up for the course to become a CWI after being in the Machining trade for 15 years. I had limited training in welding and weld practices, and your course made it very easy to study and get up to speed.
Your course was truly what I needed. You provide all the necessary topics and tricks needed to become a CWI. I took the test and I passed on my first time through using the techniques and information provided in your course. I can't thank you enough for making a great course.
First off, I want to say the online class you give is great. I have such a better understanding of the CWI part B with the pieces and how to navigate the BOS and the CWI part A is so informative that it makes me understand how the process works.
I am so glad I found this and I tell colleagues and coworkers to sign up for any of your online courses. Thank you very much and I feel I have a great chance of passing now that I have this online course you give.
Hey Gabe. I passed the ICC 47 plans exam last night. This completes my RC SI training. Next is ACI certification. Maybe I will be back for the Welding training when I am called back to work. Thank you.
Also you don't have to answer the question about the N/S vs W/E grid questions any more, but you may wonder how did some body who can't tell the difference between N/S vs W/E pass the plans exam?! Ha ha ha. I know your answer. SI Certs training can do wonders.
I have recently passed the code exam and am scheduled for the plan test on Monday afternoon.
[A few days later]
Just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for all of your help and the training program you offer here. I was a bit worried about the concrete plans test, but I just got out today and I am smiling ear to ear. If anything, the test was noticeably easier than any of the prep I had done here. The code test was also a high pass.
I hear (read?) about many people having a hard time with the blue print test; if I am not mistaken many people fail that exam the 1st time around.
I got a blue print test date only 14 days in advance, leaving me the two weeks alone to take your course to prep after I finished code exam.
Your 47P (and 47C) course was thorough and rigorous. I did invest an hour to two hours every night for the two weeks to prepare myself. When the test date rolled around, I was surprised to finish all of the questions with time to spare. I even went through my answers again to check for any errors. There was no hand wringing or lost sleep over this - I can recommend the study program to anyone interested. I have not worked in the industry or done any kind of blue print review other than what I did in your course and I sailed through the ICC exams.
Hey guys, I want to say thank you for this program. I took your soils module and I passed both tests on my first try!
I want to say thank you for all your help! Now I have a career that I am working on and trying to get better. I took another program and I failed it 3 times and I took your problems. I passed it on my first try for both exams!
Thank you so much for the support.
I passed the GR, Codes, and Plans Exam. It’s official. I am an ICC certified Structural Steel and Bolting Inspector!
The Plans exam was so hard because the drawings were scanned in and they were not clear. Also, the drawings were “special”. All of this I knew in advance because of the course.
I am definitely coming back to SI Certs for all my SI needs.
Completed my testing for Structural Steel Special Inspection last week. I want to thank the SI Certs team for providing an in-depth training program to prepare for the two tests. The strategies they provide should be used as explained. The tests were presented exactly as they are in the training.
I personally thought the plans test was easier than I expected because you don't have to go thru the entire set for the answer. I started on paper prints so I took the plans pre-test over and over (at least ten times) knowing that navigating thru the digital prints would be the key.
On the code portion, pay attention to what tables to get the answer out of i.e. pre-installation vs. pre-tension. Thanks again!!!!🤑
I passed Reinforced Concrete - Plans and Codes. Thanks for all your support! This course prepared me very well to pass and obtain my certification. SI Certs is a user-friendly format and an overall great study program that helped me achieve my certification goal within 90 days.
I plan to pursue my next Cert "Prestressed/Post Tension" especially now that time has been given in abundance with this current covid19. I encourage others to take a look at SI Certs and take advantage of study time with great prep materials through SI Certs.
I’m taking the plans and codes tests tomorrow. Hoping I pass. I’ve been studying like crazy so we’ll see what happens.
[The next day]
They were tough but I was able to pass both!!!
Hey guys, I wanted to let you know I PASSED the p47 plans test today.
I’m sure glad you added module 17 test strategies. It helped a lot. I'm going to order my books for masonry. When I receive them, I will be buying the masonry program. Thanks again.
I appreciate the help and support. I passed all 3 CWI parts finally. Good course, very informative.
Just passed both parts for ICC structural steel and bolting codes and plan reading.
I found the program very helpful for the codes. With the plan reading, I did have some trouble with the module. I didn't quite find on the print everything I was looking for. I took the practice exam and it was very detailed on how to find the proper information. All in all, it was very helpful and prepared me to pass both sections of the exam, thanks.
Hi Gabe, wish to update you. I passed ICC soil plan already, first try. The plan module was really helpful!
The test was really tricky. On toggle amplify almost every page. Finding out the info like a video game. But once you found it, it's easy.
I have taken SI Certs courses from no experience, starting with wondering if I can pass the tests, if I can successfully find a job, and if I can apply the knowledge I learn to the site. I was full time taking courses since early Jun 2019. I know nobody from this career and I'm new to U.S.A from a non-English speaking country, most of my English is self-learned.
In short, I just follow God's leading. Gabe kept encouraging me, explaining almost everything to me about this job including pay scale, how to find a job, and how to negotiate with potential employers. He's just acted like my mentor and personal coach.
What happened next? I passed Reinforced Concrete, Masonry, Structural Steel, and Prestressed Concrete (all including code and plan test) until Sept 10th. That’s just 3 months and a half. Of course this is a long time for me. I pushed myself to the limit, even not allowing myself to drink water before finishing the study. Gabe also instructed me to tackle the ACI too and you can assume I did.
Did I find a job quickly? I got 4 offers by interviewing with 5 companies within 2 weeks right after I passed the prestressed plan test. Once I passed ACI, I already signed one of the offer letters and I'm working in a great company right now with guaranteed future.
Is the knowledge learned applicable to the job site? Let me put it this way, when I'm doing the job site training, the knowledge I thought I might forget all came back to memory. This is my last fear but now gone.
I compared a few training agencies before I chose SI Certs. I thought Gabe was a passionate tutor after I talked with him on the phone. But I found the major reasons should be totally different. Here is what I think now:
Every course starts with an understandable explanation. Without such, it would be much more difficult to dive into the knowledge. This may lead to fatigue or even giving up. For example, I am in the ICC welding course now with no welding knowledge. Just by one day learning, I can almost read all types of welding symbols, joint types and dimension info and WPS. Importantly I know I comprehend the knowledge, not just fooling myself.
The courses control the learning pace very well. They will not waste your precious time by studying useless knowledge or knowledge you can pick up at the field easily. This is the most important reason when I looked back and saw what I'm doing in the field now. How about if you need 1 week to study the safety procedures? If you would learn the same thing, your company will train you the same thing. How much does 1 week cost you? How much can you do in 1 week? 1 week is a long time for me, how about you? But don't doubt if they provide enough knowledge for you to pass the tests or what you need to know before you go to the field. I promise you it is super good enough.
Self control timing. I put segment in studying, some just 20-60 mins, some up to 3 hours. I always know how much time should I set aside for the next segment so that I won't waste time and I can set my schedule very well. I move on at my own pace and I almost exactly predicted the date I can take the test before I started. It’s pretty precise. My wife was shocked at my prediction. This is a great feeling. You are in your own control.
The practice. I believe the best way to learn is to make it in a diversified pattern. After each module, I must take the practice to test if I was truly familiar with the module. If I fail too many (I make it 80% as failure), I go back. The 2nd time studying is always much quicker. Then I must gain a much better understanding on the 2nd time. It will just take another 20-30 minutes. Wasting 30 mins is much better than wasting a whole or a few days.
My last advise is don't miss any sentence or word in this course. As I said, they make every word useful and good enough here. I am confidently saying I will get the rest of the 3 ICC certs and CWI within my self-controlled pace and I do wish you have a great success!
I am going to pursue as many Certs as possible through you guys. I have been with SI Certs for 4.5 years now and have acquired all the special inspection Certs but welding ones. You have been awesome to help me achieve these Certs!!!
[Later in the year]
I just wanted to let you know that I finally passed the plans portion of welding cert!!!! I have now passed all the 7 certifications through ICC using your courses. See attached for my new cert and the Master of Inspection cert. Woot Woot!!!
Hi Gabe, I just wanted to inform you that I passed the welding codes exam yesterday! - This course has been really helpful and I will continue to recommend it to my colleagues. - I will update you once I pass the plans section. Thanks!
[3 1/2 weeks later]
I passed both exams on my first try. Thanks for your help!
I passed the plans portion. Thanks for your help. I’m taking the codes on Saturday.
[Six days later]
I passed!!! Masonry next!
I passed the plans portion. Thanks for your help. I’m taking the codes on Saturday.
[Six days later]
I passed!!! Masonry next!
Hi, Gabe and Matt. Just for an update, I tried the Masonry Code Test today.
The first half of the test was mostly math, doable but very time consuming. When I came to question No 35, I found I only have 45 mins left, and I try do it faster. Questions after 35 are easier. The last 10 questions I only have 9.5 mins but they are pretty easy. I did all of them by memory and luck. The lucky thing is I passed.
I will take the Plan Test in a few days and start the next course. Thanks, Gabe, for all your help!
I passed the test and was happy with the course.
[A month later]
Hi Gabe! I aced the job interview and landed the job AND a signing bonus. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful program as well as you personally for your excellent customer service and flexibility. I’ve sung SI Certs’ praises to my new company’s HR lady for use for our in-house training.
I passed fireproofing!
Took the exam yesterday evening and passed.
The course definitely helped clarify a lot of the ambiguous sort of stuff in the code. The code section was much easier than the course's practice test. For the plans, the hardest part was just navigating the digital print set. Thanks.
I just wanted to thank you for the awesome program you put together for the AWS CWI Part B Exam. I passed the Part B after studying with your program.
Prior to this, I had used what AWS had given me to study for two tests with no improvement in scores. Thank you again for a great program and awesome customer service!
I honestly don’t think I would have passed without this program.
I tried out your online course for reinforced concrete. I took my Code exam last weekend. It was one of the easiest ICC exams I ever wrote. Thanks to your package.
Not only as it helped me pass the exam, it has also improved my inspection competency. 👍
This app is perfect and their customer support is unbelievable! All I had to do was follow the class, step by step, and I passed all 3 tests (first try) to become a reinforced concrete inspector. I was extremely nervous about the plans-reading test, but I passed that as well.
I was especially impressed with how helpful these guys are when I had questions. They always respond within a day or two and answer all my questions, even after my paid class had ended. I am now taking their masonry class and so far it is equally impressive. I highly recommend these classes.
Matt, I passed! Many thanks!
I'm so going to advocate for your business. You'll get business coming your way. Not that you need it, but just as a token of my appreciation.
I enrolled in one of those brick and mortar venues and while it was helpful, I can tell you that if I had gone to take the exams required for reinforced concrete special inspector, I would have without a doubt, failed them.
I purchased the course from SIC (SI Certs) and without question it was the best thing I could have done. I have passed all but the plans portion (taking that one in a week) on the first attempt and with the practice tests along with the digital plans provided in the SIC course, I expect to at least do well on my upcoming plans exam.
Even if I fail that one, it won’t be because of a lack of knowledge of plan reading but rather the graphic user interface and quality of the plans provided on the actual exam. SIC is a great value that you won’t find elsewhere online.
Gabe has always been available to help. There is no better and more user friendly online course to prepare you for the exams. I have worked for 30 years in the concrete field. I'm just an average guy.
This course was perfect for me because I work six days a week and am able to study effectively on my off time.
I will update you if/when I pass the plans exam. I don’t work for SIC and this is just my honest to goodness review of my experience with them so far. I plan on going as far as I can using SIC.
I passed the test 47C today :)
Thanks for the feedback.
The training really covers ICC inspection not just to pass the test but also covers materials to be a good inspector, so I believe more and more industry professional will acknowledge SI Certs to be some sort of benchmarking for hiring a good and qualified ICC inspector on top of getting the ICC certification.
Hey I just want to let you know that I passed the ICC structural masonry exam and I owe a thanks to these trainings.
I actually found your study exams more difficult than the ICC exam, which made it significantly easier.