“Consistent training programs support consistent enforcement that is critical to ensuring safety and fairness with designers and builders,” said Code Council CEO Richard P. Weiland. “This joint effort is a first step that will support Canada’s use of the National Occupational Standards that describe the range and depth of skills, knowledge and ability necessary to perform occupational tasks as a competent national building official.”
The underlying goal to develop and provide standardized training and certification across Canada has got a solid start with seven training courses and 10 certification exams available to all Canadian building officials through their provincial Chapters.
“The primary objective of the partnership between ACBOA, its provincial members and the Code Council is to establish and develop a training and certification model that leads to a country-wide recognizable and credible inspection program while increasing an inspector’s mobility between jurisdictions,” ACBOA President Lynn Balfour said.
During the last 12 years, ACBOA and its partners have conducted a thorough review and assessment of existing provincial certification models for building officials and established a national certification model compliant with international standards and based on Canada’s National Building Code. Since then, ACBOA and ICC have developed technical training courses and challenge exams based on the national model using volunteer subject matter experts in each province and complying with all psychometric and legal standards.
The new ACBOA courses and challenge examinations are available for any province to use. Individual provinces can contact their local ACBOA representative for more information. The current technical training courses include:
Introduction to Part 9 – Navigating the Building Code
The Framed House Inspection, Building Envelope – Part 9 NBC
Health and Safety – Part 9 NBC
Increasing the Credibility of Code Officials
The Permit Counter Skills and Strategies for the Front Line
Communications for Code Administration
Financial Management for Building Departments
Canada’s national certification program for building officials includes Associate and Certified levels in three separate categories: Residential, Part 9, and Part 3. Achieving each level and category requires a combination of experience, education, and assessment. For more information on Canada’s building official certification program, visit www.acboa.ca.
The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.