Those who desire to become Registered Exterior Wall Observers must fulfill certain requirements. These requirements include completion of an application, agreement to abide by the RCI Code of Ethics, and earning a satisfactory score on an online examination.
REWO Application Requirements
Applicants must have experience in one of the following areas:
- QA observer/consultant in exterior walls for two cumulative years
- Exterior wall construction for two cumulative years
- Exterior wall manufacturer’s technical or sales representative for a period of four years
Twelve hours of continuing education earned at a minimum of three building envelope-related seminars are needed for application approval, as well as five references.
REWO Application Process
A user account is all that is required to log in to the portal to complete an application. You may enter and save the information until the application has been completed. It can then be electronically submitted to RCI for review and approval. Once begun, the application must be completed and submitted to RCI within one year or the application in process will expire.
The computer-based REWO exam is available at over 1,000 conveniently located testing centers worldwide. Ninety days should be allowed for processing once an application is submitted to RCI. Applications will be processed within 60 days for an additional expediting fee ($50 member/$75 nonmember). An exam registration form will be provided to the candidate when the application has been approved. Once registered, the candidate will be contacted by Castle Worldwide, the internet-based testing company, to schedule an exam.
Computer-based testing is offered on demand to approved candidates subject to individual testing center hours and availability. Consult castleworldwide.com for testing center locations.
The exam is 75 multiple-choice questions designed to measure the applicant’s knowledge regarding construction documents, ethical standards, communication skills, safety practices, exterior wall systems, field observation practices and reporting.
Note: RCI Educational Programs, in particular the new Building Observer Fundamentals and Exterior Walls Quality Assurance courses (both anticipated to be available in December 2016) may prove useful for anyone planning to pursue the REWO credential.
Annual renewal is required in order to maintain the REWO registration. The REWO must maintain activities as a quality assurance observer or perform job duties requiring the skills of a quality assurance observer.
An annual renewal fee is required and 10 building envelope-related continuing educational hours (CEHs) must be earned each year. All registrants are encouraged to self-report CEHs via the RCI website.
In the event the REWO discontinues employment in the construction industry or takes employment with a firm that provides services that cause a conflict of interest, the REWO registration will be forfeited. Registration granted by RCI shall remain its property.
|Application Fee||Examination Fee||Annual Renewal Fee*|
|$350 – RCI member||$250 – RCI member||$175 – RCI member|
|$425 – Nonmember||$325 – Nonmember||$250 – Nonmember|
*There is a 10% discount from the base renewal rate for each additional designation.