Steel is a material that plays a fundamental role in the construction industry; it is used in industrial complexes, buildings, bridges, and recreation centers. However, the industries that carry out these projects must use a certain type of steel that meets the standards and norms so that they can guarantee the safety of their work; the best way to achieve this is by obtaining the steel through suppliers that are certified and accredited. One organization that gives these types of certifications is the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction or CISC.

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) was founded in 1930 and has represented the steel construction industry and the Canadian steel industry ever since. CISC is an organization that fosters steel efficiency, quality, innovation, and design and promotes dialogue, collaboration, and trade among industry stakeholders.

Additionally, CISC promotes the use of steel to builders, buyers, the consulting/academic community, and government agencies. In this way, the CISC supports the needs of its members and the industry through technical expertise and the contribution of knowledge, development, industry standards, promotion, and certifications to the relevant communities and industries.

CISC Quality Certification

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction grants the CISC Quality Certification, demonstrating that the certified company complies with having an adequate quality management system for a specific type of structure (in other words, ensuring the company’s operation processes can consistently produce high enough quality materials, not certifying the materials themselves). A company wishing to obtain quality certification for steel bridges or steel structures must apply to the CISC and demonstrate that it currently carries out the practical activities on a regular basis and has its operations plant located in Canada or the United States.

CISC Certification and Accreditation Programs

CISC currently offers the following two certification programs:

CISC Steel Structure Certification

This CISC Quality Certification program focuses on the “in-shop” manufacturing of steel structures, plate works, various metals, and short-span steel bridges, which do not involve “long-span” type 3-plate beams or other forms of the welded plate.

CISC Steel Bridge Certification

This CISC Quality Certification program focuses on the “in-shop” fabrication of steel bridges involving long-span 3-plate girders or other advanced bridge shapes or designs. It should be noted that this program fully complies with the CSA S6 certification requirements.

CISC Accreditation

CISC accreditation programs are unique to the steel erection industry. Within this industry, then, these accreditations distinguish an “elite network” of professionals who have extended their steel fabrication and installation expertise. Aggressive Tube Bending is privileged to be part of this distinguished network of professionals with our CISC accreditation.

The CISC ensures through training and examinations that accredited persons and companies have the proper knowledge and systems to correctly apply and identify design standards, codes, and practices in steel construction projects.

Buildings: Accredited Steel Inspector

This accreditation shows that the holder has experience in welding inspection, has the appropriate knowledge of welding processes and standards, and is competent in applying the standards corresponding to the review of steel buildings. All applicants (except the most experienced steel inspectors) take the CISC Steel Building Structures Inspection course, which lasts four days, to prepare for the exam, which is taken in three hours under the supervision and requires a minimum score of 80% to pass and receive the certification.

Conventional Construction: Accredited Designer of Steel Connections

This type of CISC accreditation is awarded to a Registered Professional Engineer who specializes in designs and who has passed the exam with a minimum score of 80%. This accreditation shows that the holder has experience in manufacturing, engineering, and consulting and has demonstrated detailed knowledge and competence in designing steel connections for various structures. To prepare for the three-hour exam, applicants take the 40-hour online course.

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