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Advanced QEI Elevator Inspector Training


If you didn't skip over the "About Us" page, you know that Dale and Kevin worked as elevator mechanics for 15 years and have been NAESA Certified QEI Inspectors for an additional 30 years. Our experience in conducting elevator safety code training has taught us that we can all benefit from periodic safety code training.  In conducting the annual NAVFAC Elevator Inspector Training Course, we invariably come across a change in the code that we were not aware of or an interpretation that differs from our understanding of the requirement.  

We know we aren't alone.  In preparation for the "Advanced Elevator Inspector Training", we scan the more involved code sections, to find requirements that inspectors need to know but don't use on a regular basis.  We use these requirements for the closed-book pre-test that we give on the first day of class.  Several years ago, one of the certified inspectors blurted out  "I don't know the answers to these questions.  I feel like I'm getting dumber with each question that I try to answer."   

This reaction is not surprising, given the volume of technical material, the continual code updates, and the limited time available for true continuous learning study and discussion of ASME A17.1. 

This 3-day class is designed for elevator personnel who have a working knowledge of the safety codes that apply to elevators and want to increase their understanding of, and maximize their proficiency in, the application of building and safety codes to elevator installation, maintenance, service, and inspection & testing. 

Class presentations and discussion focus on some of the more complex sections of ASME A17.1 that are often misunderstood, resulting in varied interpretations that impact the effective practical application of the requirement.  Topics include hoistway vertical clearances, capacity & loading,  SIL rated devices, emergency communication, emergency and auxiliary power operation, security & key control, seismic design requirements, comprehensive controller acceptance testing, and design & testing of building systems that interface with the elevator installation.  

Safety and safety protocol are emphasized throughout the course.


Technical and Safety Code Instruction includes the following:

Day 1

  • Introduction and objectives
  • Overview of ASME A17.1 sections to be covered  
  • Safety, Safety Hazards, & Safe Conduct
  • Machine Room (MR), Control Room (CR), 

                 Machinery Space (MS), & Control Space (CS)

  • Elevator Hoistway Vertical Clearances  
  • Elevator Capacity & Loading

Day 2

  • Safety code requirements for Elevator Operation
  • Building Systems that interface with elevator operation    
  • Maintenance, Repair, Replacement, and Testing 


Day 3

  • Seismic Design & Operation
  • A17.1 Acceptance Inspection & Testing
  • Question, Answer, and Discussion 
  • Final Test for Understanding & Retention
  • Course Evaluation Forms provided to all attendees