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FHWA Bridge Inspector's Manual: Bridge Inspection Reporting

COURSE NO: S05-015
FHWA Bridge Inspector's Manual: Bridge Inspection Reporting
Course Highlights

This engineering online PDH course describes bridge inspection reporting, including structure inventory, condition and appraisal, record keeping and appraisal, the inspection report, and AASTO commonly recognized (CoRe) elements.


A uniform reporting system is essential to evaluate the condition of a structure correctly and efficiently and to protect the public’s safety and investment in bridge structures. It is a valuable aid in establishing maintenance priorities and replacement priorities, and in determining structure capacity and the cost of maintaining the nation’s bridges. It is, therefore, essential that bridge inspection data be clear, accurate, and complete, since it is an integral part of the lifelong record file of the bridge.


The 5 PDH online course is intended for civil, construction, and structural engineers, and would be of particular interest to consulting engineers or to engineers serving in government organizations concerned with the safety of bridges.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Applying FHWA structure inventory, appraisal, and condition ratings
  • Applying overall culvert ratings
  • Understanding the concepts of functionally obsolete and structurally deficient
  • Applying the concept of sufficiency rating
  • Knowing general items in the bridge record
  • Producing appropriate inspection documentation
  • Knowing the basic components of a comprehensive bridge inspection report
  • Using knowledge of the terminology, requirements and identification of AASHTO Commonly Recognized (Core) Elements
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, Chapter 4, "Bridge Inspection Reporting" of the Federal Highway Administration Bridge Inspector’s Reference Manual, Publication No. FHWA NHI 12-049, December, 2012.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
FHWA Bridge Inspector's Manual: Bridge Inspection Reporting (7.61MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 4 of this FHWA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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