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Master Builder Program Description

The Certified Master Builder (CMB) program was created in 1997 as a pilot program in Marion County and the City of Salem. In 2001 the Legislature expanded the program statewide, allowing building officials around the state to grant certain privileges to Certified Master Builders with regard to plans review and inspections. A certified master builder may perform portions of plan reviews and/or certain inspections of basic, non-complex structures that are designed and constructed under the requirements of the Oregon One-and Two-Family Dwelling Code.

Builders who meet a strict set of standards involving background checks and demonstrated experience in home building and/or remodeling, are eligible to apply for the training program. Each applicant must complete a thirty-six (36) hour course in building codes and business management approved by the Building Codes Division. Upon successful completion, an examination is administered by the division. If the applicant passes the examination, the division issues a master builder certificate to the builder, who may then use the Certified Master Builder designation.

For details on how to apply for the training and the qualifications required contact Building Codes Division at (503) 373-1268.

To view training and experience required to become certified as a master builder and complete program requirements, see: Administrative Rules