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Kansas State Polytechnic

Professional Education and Outreach
2310 Centennial Road
Outreach Center
Salina, KS 67401-8196

855-552-0079 toll free
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Pile Driving Inspection (PDI)

The CIT Program provides the following methods for obtaining certification:

1. Register for the Pile Driving Inspection class and pass the written exam. This option is required for initial certification.
Prerequisite: Pass Basic Inspection at least 30 days prior to enrolled class date.

2. Register for the Pile Driving Inspection Recertification exam and pass the written exam. The recertification option allows a person to take the written exam for recertification without attending class. If this option is chosen, the individual is expressing their knowledge and ability to perform test procedures without coaching. This option is recommended for individuals who have at least five years experience. The Pile Driving Inspection Workbook will be mailed to the address on the registration.
Prerequisite: Must hold a current Basic Inspection certification.

Course Description:

This class is designed to provide KDOT Inspectors with the basic understanding of driven pile installation using KDOT specifications and practices. The class will introduce participants to the various aspects of pile driving, pile driving equipment and the use of the bearing formula and the Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA).

It gives participants a background in the use, design and installation of driven piles used in KDOT bridges.

Learning Objectives:
  • How and why driven piles are used in Kansas bridge construction
  • The role of the inspector during the installation and monitoring of driven piles
  • Equipment utilized in pile driving
  • Soil conditions versus drivability
  • Uses, pros and cons of the various types of pile
  • Overview of the Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA)
  • Using the bearing formula verses using the PDA
  • The importance of re-strike
  • KDOT pile driving specifications
  • Overcoming problems - what to do and who to contact when things go wrong

Workbook included in course fee

You Must Bring:           


Pen and/or pencil

Testing Information:

Exam: This course requires a written exam.

Score: A score of 70% or higher is needed to pass.