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Inspector Training Program

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Program Facts
Scheduled Trainings (Code Change, Cross Training, OIC)
Helpful Tools
License Continuing Education

Program News & Updates
Training Program Clarification
2014 OESC and OPSC Code Change Classes Open To Stakeholders
Informational Seminar Form
Newly Adopted Rules (within the last 90 days)
Program Facts

The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed a series of bills that impacted how inspectors are trained and obtain their continuing education classes. Building Codes Division (BCD) is taking a more direct role in providing both the training and continuing education of inspectors. The division created the Training Program, which is responsible for developing and providing training for Building Officials and inspectors. BCD has filed administrative rules to change the training process for inspectors. In order to assist building officials and inspectors meet the new state code-change training requirements, BCD has developed a new curriculum and is offering code-change classes for the electrical, energy, mechanical, plumbing, residential and structural codes.

Continuing Education Clarification
Recent inspector continuing education rule changes have prompted a number of inquiries about how to report "hours" to other certification groups. While BCD no longer tracks hours, BCD issues certificates of attendance to all course attendees, which can be used by attendees to work with these organizations to determine how BCD courses will be recognized.

These recent changes adopted by the division create a more efficient system of inspector training because the division can more closely tailor continuing education offerings to the relevant content and the needs of Oregon's building officials, inspectors and plans examiners rather than building training based on arbitrary minimum hour requirements. Some of those changes are as follows:

  • BCD no longer mandates or tracks a minimum number of continuing education training hours.
  • BCD will now deliver targeted training specific to the needs of the individual building official, inspector or plans examiner. This means that the time spent in training is tailored to the needs of the student.
  • The division now only tracks completion of the required code change and high priority training.

Training Contacts:

Andrea Simmons
Enforcement and Training Manager

John Powell
Field Training Coordinator

Dana Fischer
Training Program Support Coordinator

Scheduled Trainings and Registration Details:

Training Calendar At-A-Glance

Building Department Employees
To register for upcoming classes please have your building official email the following to Dana Fischer.

1. Your name
2. Your email address
3. Your phone number
4. Name of the jurisdiction
5. Training program you are requesting
6. Date of training

Non-Building Department Employees
Building Codes Division is pleased to announce that we are opening our remaining 2014 code change courses to individuals who are not employed or sponsored by local government. Code change seminars are now available to tradespeople and design professional at the low cost of $125. Registration and payment in advance are strongly encouraged.

Simply complete the Informational seminar registration form and submit payment 2 weeks prior to the date of the seminar you wish to attend.

Please contact Dana Fischer, 503-373-7509 with any questions.

Code Change Classes

2014 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC)
No classes scheduled at this time.

2014 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (OMSC)
No classes scheduled at this time.

2014 Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code (OPSC)
No classes scheduled at this time.

2014 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC)
(This class includes residential electrical, plumbing, structural and mechanical)
Class description and scheduled dates

2014 Oregon Structual Specialty Code (OSSC)
No classes scheduled at this time.


Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) Class

This class is designed for those who are new to the building industry and will be working in Oregon. The class highlights roles and responsibilities of Building Officials, Inspectors and Plans Examiners.

To register for an upcoming class or to be placed on the waiting list, please email Dana Fischer, or 503-373-7509.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Building Codes Division
1535 Edgewater St. NW, CR C
Salem, OR 97304


Inspector Training Courses

Inspector Training Registration

Residential Electrical Inspector Training Course
Course details and requirements (Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 7, 2014)

Residential Plumbing Inspector Training Course
No scheduled classes at this time. Please email Dana Fischer to be placed on a waiting list for the next scheduled course.

Helpful Tools

Code handouts
Electrical Bonding of Gas Pipe

Completed trainings
List of completed trainings
Questions? Contact Dana.C.Fischer@state.or.us or 503-373-7509.

Oregon Administrative Rules
Division 98 Certification Rules
Division 480 Low-Rise Residential Dwelling Code

Related programs
Questions about the examination process - Contact Gina L. Treichler or 503-378-2246.
Regional program