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.
Senior Training Program Specialist
Field Training Coordinator
Training Program Support Coordinator