The purpose of the National Association of Elevator Contractors’ (NAEC) Qualified Elevator Inspector (QEI) certification is to ensure inspectors have the skills, knowledge and education to safeguard the public by confirming elevators, escalators, and other conveyances are code compliant and operating safely. 

The following criteria is necessary to become a QEI:

Qualification & Experience Requirements

The following are the minimum criteria for NAEC to accept an application to become a Qualified Elevator Inspector:

  • The applicant must meet the experience requirements as outlined below and in the ASME QEI-1 Standard*
  • The applicant must complete all fields of the application online.
  • The applicant must include supporting documentation of your experience and/or education in the industry. Please attach copies of any transcripts (including NEIEP & CET.), licenses, degrees or other documentation to support the requirements as outlined below.
  • The applicant must include copies of any previous or current QEI certifications and any other official documentation if applicable.
  • In the event an applicant fails his or her first attempt to pass the Qualified Elevator Inspector exam, the applicant must reapply after each failed attempt. NAEC requires a waiting period of at least 30 days between the first and second attempts. Should the applicant fail the third attempt, they may reapply after 180 days from the date of his or her last attempt.

Experience & Education Requirements*

1) Four (4) years’ verifiable documented education and experience in the mechanical and/or electrical aspects in the elevator industry and is a person deemed to meet the A17.1 Code definition of “elevator personnel” and has at least one year’s experience performing inspections and performing or witnessing tests as specified in A17.1 Sections 8.10 or 8.11 and A18.1. This year may be concurrent with the 4 years’ experience.

OR

2) Two years of college courses in an elevator industry related engineering field (Documentation of education is required.) AND at least one year’s verifiable experience performing inspections and performing or witnessing tests as specified in A17.1 Sections 8.10 or 8.11 and A18.1.

OR

3) Meet the definition of “elevator personnel”* and have documented training and at least one year’s verifiable experience performing inspections and performing or witnessing tests as specified in A17.1 and A18.1 as one of the following:

  1. an Elevator Inspector performing inspections for an enforcing authority, or
  2. an Elevator Inspector trainee working under the direct supervision of an Elevator Inspector performing inspections for an enforcing authority, or
  3. an Elevator Inspector performing inspections and licensed by or under the jurisdiction of an enforcing authority,
  4. or an Elevator Inspector trainee licensed by or working under the direct supervision of a licensed Elevator Inspector performing inspections and working under the jurisdiction of an enforcing authority.

*A person deemed to meet the A17.1 Code definition of “elevator personnel” described as: “Persons who have been trained in the construction, maintenance, repair, inspection, or testing of equipment.”

For complete details on the QEI Certification Program, click here.  
Click here to complete the online application.

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