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What is BICS?

The Bridge Inspection Certification Scheme (BICS) is a accreditation recognising the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of bridge inspectors across the industry in the UK and Ireland.

• Designed to match the requirements for bridge inspectors as set out in CS 450 Inspection of Highway Structures, used by National Highways, devolved organisations and local authorities.

• BICS is a UKAS accredited certification allowing registration under National Highways.

• Bridge Inspection Certification

Scheme – it is not a training scheme, rather is a way of certifying experience you already have.

Why BICS? – Individual Benefits

• Industry recognised - BICS is an accreditation, recognised and supported across the industry by clients and employers. (Please see our supporters page and testimonials for further details.)

• Certification - BICS provides certification of competence for Inspectors and Senior Inspectors.

• Recognition - BICS enables you to demonstrate and obtain professional recognition for your breadth of knowledge and experience.

• Career Progression - You can plan your career route to Inspector and progress to Senior Inspector.

• Opportunities - Having BICS makes you more valuable and marketable to employers and opens up a wider range of opportunities.

• Commitment - Working towards and achieving BICS demonstrates commitment to your role.

• Development - With BICS, you can identify areas for your own development and the limits of your own knowledge.

• Become an assessor – Senior Inspectors can become BICS assessors, responsible for certification of prospective Inspectors.

• Become a mentor - Once certified, you can assist in mentoring others and help to develop new Bridge Inspectors.

• Industry Links - The BICS LANTRA team have strong links with key industry personnel and organisations.

• Online support - The BICS scheme provides access to an online support team, online CPD records and an

e-portfolio recording your achievements and experience.

• Continuous Improvement - The BICS scheme is managed by LANTRA, who are committed to continuous improvement to ensure the scheme remains relevant.

Why BICS? – Benefits for Organisations

• Safety – having BICS certified inspectors increases surety of their competence and ability to carry out inspections safely, reducing the risk of accidents.

• A competitive edge – having BICS certified Inspectors may give an advantage when tendering for work.

• Staff development – supporting BICS demonstrates a commitment to developing your staff, making you more attractive to prospective employees.

• Skills assurance – having BICS certified inspectors provides assurance to your clients that your staff have the sufficient knowledge, skills and experience to undertake inspection works.

• Quality Product – BICS can result in higher quality and accuracy for inspections and reporting, which can boost your company’s reputation within the industry.

• Consistency – BICS provides greater efficiency and consistency for bridge inspections and recommendations.

• Compliance – having BICS certified inspectors demonstrates compliance with the requirements of the DMRB.

Why BICS? – Benefits for Bridge Owners

• Safety - having BICS certified inspectors reduces the risk of unplanned events on the network from missed structural defects.

• Right first time – having BICS certified inspectors results in quality and consistent inspections and reporting.

• Staff development – supporting BICS demonstrates a commitment to developing your staff, making you more attractive to prospective employees.

• Skills assurance – having BICS certified inspectors provides confidence that inspectors have the required skills and knowledge.

• Asset Management Data – BICS provides increased confidence in the quality of data used to manage assets.

• Inspection Planning – BICS certified inspectors increase assurance of current structure condition, enabling more efficient forward planning of maintenance and future inspection

Bridge Inspectors Renewal Process

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