Text Size: A+| A-| A   |   Text Only Site   |   Accessibility

New Certification Requirements Q and A

I am already certified, but I want to apply for another certification. What do I do?
I am currently certified. Do I need to do anything?
I am enrolled in an in-training program before July 1, 2005. How does this affect my certification?
What are the requirements to work as a building official, inspector, or plans examiner in Oregon?
What is an Oregon Code Certification (OCC)?
If I currently have an Oregon Code Certification, is my certification still valid?
What other changes are planned for the certification program?
What is the purpose of an Oregon inspector certification (OIC)?
 

Q. I am already certified, but I want to apply for another certification. What do I do?


A. Additional certifications are treated as a new certification regardless of certifications currently held; therefore, anyone intending to add a (structural) building inspector, mechanical inspector, or plans examiner certification must follow the process outlined above for new applicants. (This does not apply to building officials, electrical inspectors, and plumbing inspectors at this time.)

 

Q. I am currently certified. Do I need to do anything?


A. No. Individuals who hold valid Oregon Code Certifications may continue to perform work under current certifications. One- and two-family inspectors and plans examiners may now inspect row houses and town houses in addition to one- and two-family dwellings.

 

Q. I am enrolled in an in-training program before July 1, 2005. How does this affect my certification?


A. Upon completion of training, any individual enrolled in an in-training, cross-training, or approved educational program prior to July 1, 2005, may either apply for an Oregon code certification as planned or Oregon inspector certification. Individuals who opt for the OIC must also have the appropriate certification from the International Code Council (ICC) and requisite experience to work as an inspector or plans examiner in Oregon.

Building inspection programs that have a division-approved in-training program may continue the program for trainees who enrolled in the program prior to July 1, 2005.

 

Q. What are the requirements to work as a building official, inspector, or plans examiner in Oregon?


A. Every person who performs building official duties, building code inspections, or plan reviews must possess either an Oregon Code Certification as defined below or an Oregon Inspector Certification and the current appropriate International Code Council certification and a minimum of two years of qualifying construction or inspection-related experience and training.

 

Q. What is an Oregon Code Certification (OCC)?


A. In general, the term “Oregon Code Certification” refers to all of division-issued certifications, including A-level, B-level, and one- and two-family certifications issued prior to July 1, 2005. The complete list includes building official; fire and life safety plans examiner; A-level structural plans examiner; recreational vehicle inspector certification; manufactured structure construction inspector; park and camp inspector; manufactured structure installation inspector; A-level structural and mechanical inspector; B-level structural plans examiner; B-level structural and mechanical inspector; and one- and two-family dwelling plans examiner; one- and two-family dwelling structural inspector; one- and two-family dwelling electrical inspector; one- and two-family dwelling plumbing inspector; and one- and two-family dwelling mechanical inspector.

 

Q. If I currently have an Oregon Code Certification, is my certification still valid?


A. Yes. Current certifications remain valid and no action need be taken. Oregon Code Certifications will no longer be issued for structural/mechanical inspectors and plans examiners except for a limited number of applicants who are in training programs.

 

Q. What other changes are planned for the certification program?


A. The division is exploring the opportunity for persons holding an Oregon Code Certification related to residential or commercial structures or both to transition those certifications to a nationally recognized ICC certification.

 

Q. What is the purpose of an Oregon inspector certification (OIC)?


A. The OIC demonstrates that a person has passed a division-approved examination that covers Oregon laws relating to state building codes including, but not limited to, architectural barriers, administrative procedures, and Oregon amendments to the specialty codes.

   
   
 

Get Adobe Acrobat ReaderAdobe Reader is required to view PDF files. Click the "Get Adobe Reader" image to get a free download of the reader from Adobe. Available for Macintosh or Windows.