PCI_Education_Logo_3015For professionals in the design and construction industries, continuing education is not only a requirement but a means of ensuring that designers stay up to date on the latest research, innovations, and options available for future projects. Continuing its drive toward the design and construction of high-performance structures, PCI wants to ensure that professionals have a full understanding and knowledge of high-performance precast concrete and its benefits, applications, and design methodologies.

PCI is proud to introduce PCI’s Online Academy, a continuing education series for engineering professionals and students. Each course consists of weekly, 90-minute sessions over a period of four to six weeks. Continuing education credits will be awarded at the conclusion of each course. Courses are offered via an online delivery system, allowing courses to be taken from anywhere in the world!

The courses are taught by leading professors and industry experts in precast/prestressed concrete design. These subject matter experts have significant experience teaching precast/prestressed concrete topics and format classes to optimize learning.

Participants are not required to have prior precast/prestressed concrete experience. Program content will be technical and useful to those designing precast/prestressed concrete structures or who intend to do so in the near future, such as licensed engineers, EITs, professors, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Course – Special Inspections of Precast Concrete Structures

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Length: Three Sessions (90 minutes each)
PDHs Earned: 4.5
Start Date: November 6, 2018
Chuck Wynings, Vice President/General Manager, Tindall Corporation, Virginia Division

Registration: Click here to register for the course



Section 1704 of the International Building Code requires that Special Inspections be carried out by individuals who have demonstrated competence and relevant experience or training.   It is with this requirement in mind that the Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has developed a training program that describes precast concrete construction and offers guidelines for the effective inspection of this type of structure. 

As precast/prestressed concrete construction continues to grow in the United States, there is a need for building with knowledge of precast/prestressed concrete production and erection quality standards and best practices. Many inspectors, inexperienced with the PCI Body of Knowledge, are wary of precast/prestressed concrete structures and, consequently, are unsure of how to proceed with the inspection of such structures. This program will dispel any special inspector’s such worry; detailing precast concrete structures, how they are erected and how precast concrete structures should be inspected during the erection process – all according to the 2012 IBC. Created by PCI’s Special Inspections Task Group, this program comes directly from PCI’s Body of Knowledge and is a don’t miss for those engaged in special inspections activities.

The program will be presented in three 1.5 hour sessions which will focus on inspection procedures for those areas of precast concrete construction that PCI considers vital to the safe and successful erection of a precast concrete building.  Topics to be discussed include welding, grouting, member condition assessment, bearing assemblies and bracing.


The prices for the PCI Online Academy are listed below. To take advantage of one of the discounts, please use the listed discount code when registering. Please note that use of a discount code is subject to PCI review. PCI membership status will be verified for each registrant. Click here to register today.

Class Schedule


Discount Code


Tuesday Evenings

PCI Member **


$ 75

November 6, 13 and 20

ICC Members **


$ 75

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CST



$ 105


Non Member


$ 195


** Membership will be verified for each registrant


If you have any questions about this upcoming course, please contact Sherrie Nauden, Senior Manager, Continuing Education at snauden@pci.org or 312-360-3215.


Technical Requirements

All courses for the PCI Online Academy will run via the GoToTraining.com software. To participate fully in the course, participants will need internet access.