Inspection and test plan

Why would you use an inspection and test plan?

Poor workmanship is one of the main causes of delays and extra costs on a project

Too many people get to the end of a project and say my builder is no good

Therefore, there must be a process in place to prevent this happening

The best way to do this is to use an Inspection and Test Plan (ITP)

What is an ITP?

The purpose of an ITP is to put together a single document that records all inspection and testing requirements relevant to your project

It is a Quality Assurance tool

On a construction contract the process is likely to be a construction activity, element of work, or work by a specific trade

An ITP identifies the items of materials and work to be inspected or tested. It identifies who will inspect them and at what stage or frequency, as well as Hold and Witness Points

An ITP when properly implemented, will help ensure that work has been undertaken to the required standard. And in accordance with the correct drawings and relevant British Standards

Hold point

This is a mandatory verification point. Therefore, work cannot proceed without approval from the person in charge of the project


A new central heating system is being installed using copper pipe. The floorboards cannot be put back down until the Project Manager is satisfied that all the joints have been soldered properly and all pipes have been clipped down

Witness Point

This is a point identified in the process where the Project Manager may review, witness or inspect the method of work. The activities may however proceed


A house is being rewired. The first fix cabling is complete and the electrician is ready to carry out dead testing. It is a requirement that this cannot be done until the Project Manager is present to witness the testing

Using an ITP is a very useful process when undertaking any form of property development or refurbishment. Be it adding an extension to a house, a loft conversion or doing an HMO

As a result, an ITP is the number 1 method of preventing poor workmanship

This in turn will eliminate reworks which can lead to additional costs and delays to the project

The paperwork generated by this process is called Quality Assurance ( QA) documentation

Having QA documentation can help achieve a higher valuation when the project is complete

A Quantity Surveyor cant see whats under the floorboards or above the ceilings

But when they are presented with QA documentation they will know the work has been carried out by a professional


If you need help preparing an ITP pleaseĀ contact us us as we have extensive experience in this area

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