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The Steps To A USRC Building Rating

These are the steps required to obtain a USRC Verified or Transaction Rating.

  1. Select Rating Type

    The building owner determines the type of USRC Rating desired: Transaction or Verified.



  2. Select Certified Rating Professional (https://www.usrc-portal.org/search)

    The building owner selects and contracts with a USRC Certified Rating Professional (CRP) to complete a seismic evaluation of the building – certified raters are listed on the USRC Portal - www.usrc-portal.org. The qualifications for, and application procedure to become a CRP are provided on the certification page and the USRC portal - www.usrc-portal.org

  3. CRP Performs Detailed Evaluation

    The CRP performs a seismic evaluation of the subject building using one of the USRC approved methodologies contained in the USRC Implementation Manual. The evaluation is an engineering product produced by the CRP, independently of the USRC, and the opinions produced by the CRP are solely his or her responsibility.

    You may View or Download the USRC Implementation Manual on the link provided on the upper left of this page.
  4. CRP Determines Preliminary Rating

    The CRP translates the findings of the evaluation into a three-dimension Rating using the USRC approved translation methodologies.

  5. Submittal of Rating and Evaluation Report to USRC

    The proposed rating based on the CRP’s evaluation is submitted by the CRP to the USRC web portal (www. usrc-portal. org) along with appropriate documentation listed in the implementation manual, the application fee and the request for either a Transaction or a Verified Rating.

  6. USRC Issues Rating and Performs Technical Review

    The USRC reviews the submission for completeness and will either issue a Transaction Rating certificate or organize a technical or elevated review for the issuance of a Verified Rating certificate.

  7. Details of Level of Technical Review

    The USRC provides quality control in the form of a technical or elevated review of the submitted rating types. In general, each USRC CRP is responsible for the quality of their Rating, just as he or she is responsible for the quality of the underlying structural evaluation upon which the rating is based. The specific details of technical and elevated reviews for USRC seismic hazard evaluation methodologies are given in the Implementation Manual.

  8. Qualifications of Raters and Reviewers

    Technical and elevated reviews are performed by USRC Certified Rating Reviewers (CRR); licensed design professionals with at least ten years of experience in the evaluation of buildings subject to earthquakes and other natural hazards.

Start the Rating Process Now

If you are interested in engaging a USRC certified rater to obtain a USRC Rating go to the USRC portal (www.usrc-portal.org). If you want to learn more about the benefits of a Building Rating, please fill out the Contact Form below, and someone from the USRC will follow up shortly.


If you want to learn more about the benefits of a Building Rating, please fill out the Contact Form below, and someone from the USRC will follow up shortly.

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(USRC Ratings for other hazards are under development)
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