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NBIS Recurrent Training

Field Proficiency Exam

All team leaders are required to successfully pass the Field Proficiency Exam once every 24 months to maintain the ability to perform NBI inspections in Michigan. The exam requires two bridge inspections to be conducted in the field and includes questions tailored towards deficiencies identified during MDOT's annual quality assurance reviews. The routine inspections should be conducted from the shoulder and greenbelt. Traffic control or aerial lifts should not be necessary to complete the tasks.

Bridge List

STR 6767: 130th Ave over Little Muskegon River, Grand Region

STR 6770: 18 Mile Road over S Br Chippewa River, Grand Region

STR 2070: McMasters Bridge Road over Au Sable River, North Region

STR 8668: Randal Road over Big Creek, North Region

STR 10076: Yale Road over Eves Drain, Bay Region

STR 4184: FAS 303 Idlewild over Fortune Creek, Superior Region

STR 6849: D-1 Road over Cedar River, Superior Region    


To complete the field proficiency exam all of the following must be satisfied:

  • Select two structures from the bridge list and perform a routine and element inspection at each structure selected. Complete each BSIR and Element tab in the Field Proficiency Exam - BSIR and Element Spreadsheet.
  • Use the completed spreadsheet to answer the questions linked below for each structure selected.
  • Download and save the Team Leader Qualifications form. Enter all applicable information and submit the form. Once the email automatically generates, attach the completed "Field Proficiency Exam - BSIR and Element" spreadsheet prior to sending.
  • Complete the exam by answering the bridge inspection related questions Field Proficiency Exam - Online Questions.

Inspectors are required to wear personal protective equipment in the highway right of way and should ensure that they have standard bridge inspection equipment.  

Allie Nadjarian, MDOT Bridge Inspection Program Manager