Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions about the inspection program? Check out the answers to some of the most common questions we get below. Can't find what you are looking for? Feel free to contact us!

 
General Questions


Where do I start?

If you are in the process of needing an inspection for a lightning protection system, the best place to start is with choosing an application. Choosing the right application is a must, but feel free to contact us if you need help. More information in choosing the right one can also be found in other FAQ's. After choosing the right application, read carefully through the whole thing. It will tell you everything that is needed when submitting for a certification or inspection. Click here for the application instructions.


When do I start?

For most projects, the application process should start when the grounding system of a project is installed. A witness sign off on the grounding system is required for all certifications where the grounding is a part of the scope.  


Why would I want an inspection?

An LPI-IP inspection certificate gives owners, architects, engineers, etc. piece of mind that the lightning protection system installed on a building is done correctly per national safety and trade standards. If a system is not installed correctly, it could do more harm than good.


I am finishing a project and I want to get the old LPI certification, is it still available?

Unfortunately no. As of April 1, 2011, the certifications under the old LPI system are no longer available. If you have questions about your specific project or an application already in progress please contact us.


 

Application Questions


Which application do I want?

There are three different applications to choose from for the LPI-IP. The most common is the Master Installation Application and applies to most stand alone structures. However, if the structure is connected to another structure via a walkway, canopy, etc., all connected structures must be protected with one lightning protection system in order to be eligible for the Master Installation Certificate. If this is not the case, then the Limited Scope Inspection is the only other option.


Your applications say to provide pictures, what are you looking for?

In order to provide a more thorough inspection program, the LPI-IP requires that "typical" pictures be submitted with every application. For most projects, this means a close up picture and a picture a few steps back to show where the object being photographed is installed in relation to the structure. Each of the typical grounding electrodes (e.g. ground ring, ground rods, ground plates, etc.) and concealed portions (e.g. down conductors, roof penetrations, etc.) of the lightning protection system must be documented. For further clarification on specific projects, please feel free to contact us.


The location or project I am work at will not allow pictures to be taken, what do I do?

This will require special coordination between the LPI-IP office and the contractor. Please contact us for these type of projects as early in the project as possible.


What do I need to submit to get certification with surge suppression?

In order to get a full certification with surge suppression, pictures of the surge protection device must be taken showing the device installed on the electric panel, telecom system, etc., including it being wired into the panel or system. Cut sheets of the devices must also be submitted to verify the device conforms with the standard being used for the inspection.


The grounding of the lightning protection system was installed by another contractor in a different bid package or project, which application do I use?

Unfortunately, unless all the required documentation is obtained for all parts of the lightning protection system, and the entire project is overseen by an LPI Master Installer, a Limited Scope Inspection is the only application that can be used for the portions that meet the required criteria.


 

Pricing Questions


How much does it cost?

The cost of a certification or inspection varies with the type of structure. Special discounts are offered to members of the LPI. For current pricing please contact us.


I have multiple buildings or structures near each other, can I get a discount on the rates?

The LPI-IP has a Campus Re-inspection Program that can help reduce re-inspection costs for institutions with four or more buildings. Contact us for more information about this great program.

If your projects do not qualify for the campus program, please know we are looking into how to develop this in the near future. Feel free to contact us with the specifics of your project to better help us tailor this portion of the program to you.


Can I cancel an application? How much will it cost?

Applications may be canceled at any time by contacting the LPI-IP. However, if the application has already begun the review process, fees may be charged. Check out the policies section of the website for more information.