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BUILDING OWNERS ARE HIRING CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS NOW!

You have the opportunity to be a pioneer in the implementation of meaningful rating systems that describe the performance of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazard events, to educate the general public to understand these risks, and thereby improve societal resilience.

  • Provide a new and valuable service to your clients.
  • Educate owners and the community about misconceptions around building performance in earthquakes.
  • Inform clients about the difference between sustainability and resilience.
  • Show clients how a building rating can be a key element of a resilience plan.
  • Provide clients with ratings that are a significant improvement on the broken PML system.
  • Be listed on the USRC portal where owners are looking for certified professionals.

USRC CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL RATER QUALIFICATIONS

  • The minimum requirements to become a USRC Certified Rating Professional include a professional engineering license with five years of relevant building evaluation experience after the date of license.
  • The cost to become a USRC Certified Rating Professional is $600 for individuals with a $100 annual renewal fee. Individual and corporate members enjoy discounts on certification application fees. Your application fee includes a one year individual membership in the USRC and the cost of attending two required web based seminars on the two USRC approved methodologies for seismic evaluations – ASCE 41 and FEMA P58.
  • You apply to become a rater on the USRC portal https://www.usrc-portal.org/

USRC CERTIFIED REVIEWER

  • The minimum requirements to become a USRC Certified Rating Reviewer include holding the highest professional engineering licensure offered in the state in which you practice and in which the project you are reviewing is located.
  • If that highest level of licensure in a state is an SE then 5 years of relevant experience after an SE license is required.
  • If the highest level is a PE then 10 years of relevant experience after licensure is required.
  • In states that offer a Structural Engineer designation, in lieu of that designation an applicant may have a combination of a Professional Engineering License, a PhD in structural or civil engineering and 5 years minimum qualifying experience.
  • Application fees, membership discounts and annual renewal fees are the same as for Certified Professional Rater.
  • Reviewers will be compensated by the USRC at the rate of $200 per hour, subject to USRC Terms and Conditions.
  • You apply to become a reviewer on the USRC portal https://www.usrc-portal.org/

DOWNLOAD IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

  • In the upper left download area, view and download the application process and other requirements for certification in the document Requirements to Become a USRC Certified Rater and/or Reviewer
 

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  • Requirements to Become a USRC Certified Rater and/or Reviewer
  • Implementation Manual