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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
CODE ENFORCEMENT BASIC TRAINING PROGRAM

A building safety inspector performs fire safety and property maintenance inspections on existing buildings. To receive a building safety inspector certification, an individual must complete Courses 9A, 9B and 9C. These courses must be completed within 18 months of your appointment date to the position or within 18 months from the date of the first training course attended, whichever is the shorter. Failure to complete these courses within that time frame will result in the forfeiture of the accrued basic code enforcement training credit.

A code enforcement official performs any enforcement activity. To receive a code enforcement official certification, an individual must complete Course 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E and 9F. These courses must be completed within 18 months of your appointment date to the position or within 18 months from the date of the first training course attended, whichever is the shorter. Failure to complete these courses within that time frame will result in the forfeiture of the accrued basic code enforcement training credit.

Course Names and Descriptions

COURSE 9A_________________________________
Introduction to Code Enforcement Practices
Part 1 - Regulations, Administration and Enforcement

This program will discuss the role of the Code Enforcement Official and the practices necessary to carry out the job for a local government, including the process; from permit issuance, inspections, records and paperwork, through enforcement actions and legal recourse. In addition, a quick historical side trip will provide a perspective for the laws and regulations which have been enacted to create a uniform statewide approach to code enforcement. This course is designed to provide 21 hours of classroom training including a 1-hour final exam.

COURSE 9B________________________________
Introduction to Code Enforcement Practices
Part 2 - Fire Safe Design
Prerequisite: 9A

The focus of this portion of the course is to understand the basic principles which create a building that will endure the effects of fire and enable its occupants to safely escape. The New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code provides this blueprint. This course addresses the basic concepts in the code which establish the minimum construction standards for all new buildings, and demonstrates how the code balances the potential hazards of the occupancy with the benefits of fire-resistant construction techniques, notifications and suppression equipment and systems, and proper planning. This course is designed to provide 21 hours of classroom training including a 1.5-hour final exam.

COURSE 9C________________________________
Inspection Procedures for Existing Structures
Prerequisite: Course 9A and 9B

Course 9C will provide the individual with the skills required to conduct inspections of existing buildings using the Fire Code of New York State and the Property Maintenance Code of New York State. The course will consist of standard lecture on a topic, followed by a virtual inspection, requiring the student to utilize the information gained from the lecture. This course is designed to provide 21 hours of classroom training including a 1.5-hour final exam.

COURSE 9D________________________________
General Construction Principles
Prerequisite: Course 9A and 9B

This program will acquaint code enforcement officials with the systems and equipment requirements and the structural requirements of the Uniform Code. In the first module, “Systems and Equipment”, the organization, applicability and content of the Mechanical Code of New York State, Fuel Gas Code of New York State, Plumbing Code of New York State, Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State and Residential Code of New York State will be addressed. The second module, “Structural Requirements”, will consist of basic load and design theory and the resulting structural requirements in the Building Code of New York State and Residential Code of New York State. This course will provide 21 hours of classroom training including a 1.5 hour final exam.

COURSE 9E________________________________
Residential Construction
Prerequisites: Course 9A, 9B, 9D

This course will address the construction requirements for one and two-family dwellings and low-rise multiple dwellings using the Residential Code of New York State as the compliance method. The program is designed to take the student through the steps of a typical code enforcement permit process, including code research, plan review and the inspection process. This course will provide 21 hours of classroom training including a 1.5-hour final exam.

COURSE 9F_______________________________
Building Construction
Prerequisite: Course 9A, 9B, 9D, 9E

Course 9F addresses the construction requirements for a commercial structure using the Building Code of New York State as the method of compliance. This program will take the students through a typical plan review process utilizing information from the preceding courses as well as specific code references pertaining to the detailed drawings used for this course. An inspection form following the course outline is included in the student handout material. This course is designed to provide 21 hours of classroom training including a 1.5-hour final examination.

Basic Training Courses

Basic training courses are currently being provided via webinars. Please submit a completed Registration Form if you wish to be admitted into the program. A link to the form is found on the bottom of this page. Please email the form to: dosCodesTraining@dos.ny.gov.

Educational Services Training Program Registration Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully to avoid any delay in processing your registration.
INSTRUCTIONS

Please read the following instructions carefully to avoid a delay in the processing of your application form. An application form must be submitted for the courses you want to attend. You will not be automatically enrolled in subsequent courses once you have completed the prerequisite course unless you have applied for them.

Registration Form:

  • The form must be typed or printed legibly. Illegible applications will not be processed.
  • The entire form must be completed. Incomplete forms may require us to return your application for completion and delay your registration into the requested course(s).
  • Phone registrations will not be accepted.
  • Application forms must be received at least 21 days prior to the scheduled starting date of the course for which you are applying.
  • A confirmation letter will be sent to you upon acceptance into the course. Do not plan to attend unless confirmation of registration has been received or verified by this office. You will not be allowed into class unless you are preregistered and have been confirmed to attend.
  • Please do not contact the Department of State to check on your registration status unless you have not been notified within 14 calendar days of the class starting date.

Prerequisites:

Participants must complete the course prerequisites as indicated in the course listing.

Fees:

Courses conducted in Schuyler County (at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls) require a registration fee of $25. (The registration fee for out-of-state residents is $50 per course.) Registration fees are non-refundable. When you are confirmed for the class, you will receive payment instructions. Do not send payment with your application form. There is also a Commuter Fee of $8 per day for individuals not requesting lodging at the Academy. The Commuter Fee includes breakfast and lunch. The Commuter Fee may be paid upon arrival. A registration fee is NOT required at any other location.

Materials:

A hand-held calculator, paper and pencils are required.

Uniform and Energy Code Books are required for each of the basic training courses.  Please use the table below to determine which books are needed for each course. Under the title of the basic training course, an X is provided next to each code book that will be used in that course.  Please note that you must have the exact edition or printing of each book as indicated below. To order these books, please contact the International Code Council at 1-800-786-4452 or click here: https://codes.iccsafe.org/category/New%20York?year[]=2020&page=1.

Required Code Books for Basic Courses

Course
9A

Course
9B

Course
9C

Course
9D

Course
9E

Course
9F

2020 Building Code of New York State

X

 

X

 

X

2020 Residential Code of New York State

 

 

 

X

 

2020 Fire Code of New York State

 

X

X

 

 

X

2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State

 

 

 

X

 

X

2020 Existing Building Code of New York State

 

 

X

 

 

 

2020 Property Maintenance Code of New York State

 

 

X

 

 

 

2020 Plumbing Code of New York State

 

 

 

X

 

X

2020 Mechanical Code of New York State

 

 

 

X

 

 

2020 Fuel Gas Code of New York State

 

 

 

X

 

 


 

Registration forms for all courses should be mailed, faxed or emailed to the following address:

New York State Department of State
Division of Building Standards and Codes
One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231
Fax: (518) 474-5788
Email: dosCodesTraining@dos.ny.gov

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