Special Inspections Accreditation Program

The A2LA Special Inspections Accreditation Program assists jurisdictions or individual agencies in providing accreditation to confirm the technical competence and professional judgement necessary to perform special inspections.

Special inspections are inspections required by code, including those items listed in the International Building Code, for material testing, installation, fabrication, erection, or replacement of components and connections requiring special expertise to ensure compliance with approved construction documents and codes.  

Program Requirements

  • ISO/IEC 17020 Requirements for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection
  • ILAC P15-Application of ISO/IEC 17020 for the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies 
  • In addition, applicants must meet the requirements outlined within Chapter 17 of the International Building Code and any specific requirements set forth by the authority having jurisdiction.

Special Inspections Subprograms

In addition to the general Special Inspections Accreditation Program, sub-programs have been developed for those special inspection agencies within the following areas:

  • Clark County, NV Special Inspection Agencies
    • A2LA's program for the accreditation of special inspection agencies has been approved by the Department of Development Services, Building Divison of Clark County, NV. Clark County requires special inspection agencies doing business within its jurisdiction to be accredited by an approved, nationally-recognized accreditation body, such as A2LA. Special inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The Clark County Department of Development Services, Building Division then amplifies the requirements through technical bulletins and the Building Administrative Code (BAC).
  • New York, NY Special Inspection Agencies
    • The New York City Department of Buildings has recognized A2LA's program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies, as detailed on their website. This program is suited specifically for Special Inspection agencies doing work within the New York City jurisdiction. Special Inpections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The NYC Department of Buildings also has specific technical requirements which form part of A2LA's accreditation program in this area.
  • Philadelphia, PA Special Inspection Agencies
    • The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections has recognized A2LA's program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies, as detailed on their website. This program is suited specifically for Special Inspection agencies doing work within the City of Philadelphia jurisdiction. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections also has specific technical requirements which form part of A2LA's accreditation program in this area. 

 

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