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Summary of Code Enforcement Training Requirements

19 NYCRR Part 1208
Minimum Standards for Code Enforcement Training in the State of New York

Effective January 1, 2015

This document includes a brief summary of some, but not all, of the requirements relating to Code Enforcement Training in New York State. For the complete requirements please refer to Part 1208 of Title 19 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of New York.

DEFINITIONS

Building Safety Inspector (BSI) means a person who performs fire safety and property maintenance inspections on existing buildings. Building Safety inspector enforcement activities include fire safety and/or property maintenance inspections of existing buildings and structures. Under the new Training Regulations CCT's are required to complete the following application to receive thier Building Safety Inspector (BSI) Certification. Code Enforcement Official (CEO) means a person who performs any enforcement activity. Code enforcement official enforcement activities include: building safety inspector enforcement activities; review and/or approval of plans incidental to the issuance of a permit for the construction or alteration of buildings and structures; construction inspections performed during and/or upon completion of the construction or alteration of buildings and structures; and any other enforcement activity that is not also a building safety inspector enforcement activity.    

MINIMUM TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

BSI’s and CEO’s designated by local governments, counties or state agencies shall be certified. To perform building safety inspector enforcement activities a person must be certified as a building safety inspector. To perform code enforcement official enforcement activities a person must be certified as a code enforcement official.

CERTIFICATION OF BSI’S AND CEO’S

BSI Certification To be a certified building safety inspector, an individual must successfully complete the required basic training (a minimum of 60 hours of basic training) and maintain the required yearly in-service training (6 hours annually) and any required advanced in-service training. CEO Certification To be a certified code enforcement official, an individual must successfully complete the required basic training (a minimum of 120 hours of basic training) and maintain the required yearly in-service training (24 hours annually) and any required advanced in-service.

LEVEL INCREASE

A BSI can increase level of certification to a CEO by:
  • Notifying DOS in writing (DBSC Form available)
  • Completing the required basic training courses
  • Maintaining 24 hours of in-service training

Note: A BSI's certification status must be active to request a level increase.

LEVEL DECREASE

A CEO can decrease level of certification to a BSI by:
  • Notify DBSC in writing (DBSC Form available)
  • Certifying that they will not perform any enforcement activities other than those defined as BSI enforcement activities
  • Maintaining 6 hours of in-service training
Note: A CEO's certification status must be active to request a level decrease. CEO's must forfeit their CEO Certification upon issuance of a BSI Certification.

BASIC TRAINING PERIOD

Individuals must successfully complete the code enforcement basic training program for their certification level by attending all courses and achieving a passing score on each examination within 18 months. The starting date of this 18-month period is determined by whichever of the following options occurs first.

  1. The starting date of the Course 9A that you attend

    OR
  1. Your initial appointment date to one of the following positions listed below:
    • Code Enforcement Official or Building Safety Inspector for a city, town, village or county
    • Code Compliance Manager or Code Coordinator for a construction-permitting state agency

Failure to successfully complete the basic training program within the basic training period:

  • will result in the forfeiture of any and all accrued basic code enforcement training credit, and
  • prevent you from being able to perform any Uniform Code or Energy Code enforcement activities.

IN-SERVICE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

In-service hours for BSIs and CEOs can be obtained by participating in:
  • Courses developed and presented by DBSC
  • Courses approved and certified by DBSC and presented by approved adjunct instructors
  • On-Line course approved and certified by DBSC
  • Professional Development Electives (both online and in-person)
  • ICC Certification Exams accepted by DBSC – Each Exam counts toward 8 hours of In-service credit

BSI’s must complete 6 hours of in-service training each year.

  • Three hours must be obtained through DBSC approved in-service training courses and must be in the category of:
    • Code Enforcement and Administration
  • The remaining three hours of in-service training may be obtained through DBSC approved courses or through Professional Development Electives.

CEO’s must complete 24 hours of in-service training each year.

  • Twelve hours must be obtained through DBSC approved in-service training courses with at least three hours in each of the following categories:
    • Code Enforcement and Administration
    • Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code
    • Energy Conservation Construction Code
  • The remaining twelve hours of in-service training may be obtained through DBSC approved courses or through Professional Development Electives

All in-service hours for BSI’s (6 hours annually) and CEO’s (24 hours annually) may be obtained through online training, provided that a BSI and CEO meet the respective categories listed above.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ELECTIVES (Click here for the FORM)

Professional Development Electives (PDE) means training courses whose subject matter advances the professional development of an individual code enforcement official or building safety inspector. Professional development electives include, but are not limited to, classes in the following topics:
  • Zoning
  • Writing skills
  • Planning
  • Time management
  • Ethics
  • Records management
  • Management
  • Media relations
  • Communications
  • Computer skills
  • Hazards
  • Other topics *
          *Other topics that contribute to the professional development of a code enforcement official or building safety inspector as determined by the Secretary BSI’s and CEO’s using professional development electives as part of their in-service requirement must:
  • Provide sufficient documentation of the course completion if requested by DBSC
    • Failure to submit adequate documentation when requested by DBSC shall result in forfeiture of the in-service training credit and could result in an inactive or revoked certification for the individual 
  • BSI’s and CEO’s that obtain in-service credit through Professional Development Electives must maintain the following information for a period of three years from the completion date of the course:
  • Title of course
  • Sponsor’s name
  • Description of course
  • Attendance verification
  • Number of contact hours completed
  • Date of the Course
  • Certificate of completion issued by the sponsor
  • Location of the course
Courses where attendance is not recorded (or registered) and maintained by the sponsor of the course will not be accepted as Professional Development Electives. Courses taken as Professional Development Electives can only be credited toward the annual In-service training in the calendar year which they are taken. Meetings, roundtable discussions, work experience, and prerecorded videos are not acceptable as professional development electives.

ADVANCED IN-SERVICE TRAINING

The Secretary of State may from time to time require certified Building Safety Inspectors and/or certified Code Enforcement Officials to receive advanced in-service training relating to amendments, revisions, or additions to the Uniform Code and/or the Energy Code; other changes in law or other matters which warrant specific training. The Secretary will issue a statement indicating that advanced in-service training is required. BSI’s and CEO’s are required to successfully complete advanced In-service training. DOS will issue a statement indicating that the advanced in-service is required and the time frame it is to be completed. Any required Advanced In-service Training shall count towards the annual in-service training requirement.

INACTIVE CERTIFICATION STATUS

A BSI’s certification status is determined on January 1 of each year and is based on the in-service training completed in the previous year.  A BSI certification status will be considered inactive on January 1:

  • if 6 hours of in-service training, with at least 3 hours of DBSC approved training in the required topic is not completed by the end of the previous year, and
  • if the required advanced in-service training is not completed in the specified time-frame.

A CEO’s certification status is determined on January 1 of each year and is based on the in-service training completed in the previous year.  A CEO certification status will be considered inactive on January 1:

  • if 24 hours of in-service training, with at least 12 hours of DBSC approved training in the required topics is not completed by the end of the previous year, and
  • if the required advanced in-service training is not completed in the specified time-frame.

ADJUSTMENTS FOR IN-SERVICE AND ADVANCED IN-SERVICE REQUIREMENT

DOS may grant an adjustment and/or condition to the in-service training requirement or advanced in-service training requirement if:
  • The BSI or CEO shows good for reasons of health certified by a health care professional, extended active duty with the armed forces of the United States or similar reasons.

REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATION

For additional information on revocation and suspension of certification, please see the Notice of Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule Making - 19 NYCRR Subpart 1208-6 - Suspension or Revocation of Certifications of Code Enforcement Personnel

DOS can revoke a certification for a BSI or a CEO if:
  • They did not actually attend or participate in class session required for basic, in-service or advanced in-service
  • They achieved a passing grade on an exam for any basic, in-service or advanced in-service by fraudulent or dishonest means.

CHANGING FROM INACTIVE CERTIFICATION TO ACTIVE CERTIFICATION

An inactive certification status of less than three consecutive years may be reclassified as active by completing the required in-service training for the current calendar year.

An inactive certification status of three or more consecutive years may be reclassified as active by successfully completing the basic training program.  The individual will not be able to perform any Uniform Code or Energy Code enforcement activity until they complete the basic training program.

Available Forms:

BSI Certification Form
Used for initial BSI Certification and when decreasing level from CEO to BSI

PDE Notification Form