47 Hour COMPLETE Plan Reviewer Course Package | Michigan Code Official


This package fulfills all 47 hours of continuing education for Plan Reviewers ($560 Value)

Administrative:  4 hrs
1 hr
24 hrs
 6 hrs
Plan Review:  12 hrs





Weatherization and Renewable Energy


Course Description

Homes that are well protected from the weather should be a priority for any building professional.  The majority of problems stem from improper procedures and workmanship, but often the problem is found in the design of a home. This six hour video course will explore factors that contribute to exterior shell failure, and identify practical solutions that will preserve the integrity of the building envelope.

A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building.  This course will help professionals identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project. This 6-Hour course applies six hours towards Technical credit.


Weatherization I

Why is There a Problem? (20 Minutes)

1.  Rationale
2.  Primary Warranty and Insurance Claims
3.  Solutions
4.  Experience
5.  Contractor Responsibilities
6.  Insurance Availability and Affordability

The Building Envelope System (20 Minutes)

1.  Building Envelope System
2.  Performance Objectives
3.  Physical Components
4.  Sources of Moisture Intrusion
5.  Results of Failure

Foundation Construction (20 Minutes)

1.  Thermal and Moisture Protection
2.  Groundwater
3.  Gutters
4.  Crawl spaces
5.  Damp proofing and Waterproofing
6.  Girders and Beams

Assessment – 5 Questions

Weatherization II

Wall Construction (30 Minutes)

1.  Wall Framing
2.  Vapor Diffusion Problems
3.  Recommendations
4.  House Wrap and Underlayment
5.  Window and Door Openings
6.  Flashing and Caulking
7.  Siding

Roof Construction (20 Minutes)

1. Skylights
2. Moisture Penetration
3.  Roof Valleys
4.  Shingles and Shakes
5.  Roof Sheathing
6.  Repairs
7.  Flashing

Window and Door Installation (20 Minutes)

1. Windows, Doors and Skylights
2. Proper Flashing
3. Door and Window Installation

Assessment – 5 Questions


Weatherization III

Ventilation System Installation and Requirements (20 Minutes)

1.  Code
2.  Attic Ventilation
3.  Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Building Envelope Best Practices (20 Minutes)

1. Moisture Retarding Construction
2. Capillary Breaks
3.  House Wrap Installation
4.  Window and Door Installation
5.  Siding Installation
6.  Roofing Best Practices

Consumer Remedies (20 Minutes)

1.  Common Mistakes
2.  Preventative Measures
3.  Warranties
4.  Complaints
5.  Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Assessment – 5 Questions

Wind Power I (20 Minutes)

1.  History
2.  Products and Components
3.  Sources of Energy Production
4.  Offshore Production:  Pros and Cons
5.  Onshore Production:  Pros and Cons

Assessment – 5 Questions

Wind Power II (20 Minutes)

1.  Distributed wind power
2.  Automation and Safety Factors
3.  Grants and Incentives
4.  Residential and Small Business Wind Generation

Assessment – 5 Questions


Solar Energy Use I (20 Minutes)

1.  Solar Energy:  Passive/Active
2.  Solar Photo Voltaic
3.  Industry Acronyms and Terms
4.  Residential and Small Business Solar Use
5.  Rebates and Incentives

Assessment – 5 Questions


Solar Energy Use II (40 Minutes)

1.  Small Business Systems
2.  Residential Use
3.  Solar Pros and Cons
4.  Structural Considerations
5.  Installation and Mounting Considerations

Assessment – 5 Questions


Solar Energy Use III (20 Minutes)

1.  Solar Harvesting
2.  Solar Power Plants
3.  Industry Acronyms and Terms

Assessment – 5 Questions


Construction Safety Standards

Course Description

This six hour video course is a review of the safety codes required for residential construction. Students will be able to understand and describe the basic components of a construction safety program. They will recognize the hazards inherent at a construction jobsite, and describe ways to prevent those hazards. Finally, students will learn the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee in observing established safety practices. This 6-Hour course applies six hours towards Technical credit.

Introduction to OSHA (25 Minutes)

1.  Role of OSHA
2.  Record Keeping
3.  Employee/Employer Rights & Responsibilities
4.  Inspections
5.  OSHA Resources

Assessment: 5 questions

Personal Protective Equipment (40 Minutes)

1.  Protecting Employees
2.  Head Injuries
3.  Eye Protection
4.  Hearing Protection
5.  Foot Protection
6.  Hand and Body Protection

Assessment: 5 questions

Falls in Construction (30 Minutes)

1.  Fall Protection
2.  Personal Fall Arrest Systems
3.  Guardrails and Safety Nets
4.  Skylights and Other Openings
5.  Excavations
6.  Roofs
7. Training
8. OSHA’s Fall Protection Policies for Residential Construction Video

Assessment: 5 questions

Stairways and Ladders (30 Minutes)

1.  Stairs/Dangers
2.  Ladder Safety
3.  Assembly & Use

Assessment: 5 questions

Scaffolds (35 Minutes)

1.  Types/Hazards
2.  Fall Protection
3.  Safe Scaffold Construction
4.  Types of Scaffolds
5.  Inspections/Training
6.  Assembly & Use

Assessment: 5 questions

 Excavations (25 Minutes)

1.  Overview
2.  Hazards
3.  Safe Working Conditions
4.  Protective System Design
5.  Inspections
6.  Soils & Testing

Assessment: 5 questions

Electrical Safety (35 Minutes)

1.  Electricity
2.  Injuries
3.  Hazards
4.  Power Tools
5.  Best Practices
6.  Employer Responsibilities

Assessment: 5 questions

Hazard Communication (30 Minutes)

1.  Employer Responsibilities
2.  Labeling
3.  Material Safety Data Sheets
4.  Training
5.  Protocol
6.  Disposal

Assessment: 5 questions

Tool Safety (30 Minutes)

1.  Hazards
2.  Safety Rules/Precautions
3.  Abrasive Wheels
4.  Radial Saws
5.  Pneumatic Tools
6.  Powder Actuated Tools
7.  Employer Responsibility
8.  Training

Assessment: 5 questions

Materials Handling (20 Minutes)

1.  Hazards
2.  Manual Material Handling
3.  Mechanical Handling (Cranes)
4.  Training
5.  Rigging
6.  Stacking and Storing
7.  Disposal

Assessment: 5 questions


2010 ADA Standards:
Exterior & Interior Code Elements



Course Description

The 2010 ADA Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for newly designed and constructed, or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This six hour video course covers the third through tenth chapters of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including on-site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector. This 6-hour course applies six hour towards Technical credit.


Chapter 3: Building Blocks

Lesson One 301-304.4 (25 minutes)

1.  Floor and Ground Surfaces
2.  Changes in Level
3.  Turning Space


Lesson Two 305-309 (25 minutes)

1.  Clear Floor or Ground Space
2.  Knee and Toe Clearance
3.  Protruding Objects
4.  Reach Ranges
5.  Operable Parts



Chapter 4: Accessible Routes

Lesson One 401-404.2.11 (35 minutes)

1.  General
2.  Accessible Routes
3.  Walking Surfaces
4.  Doors, Doorways, and Gates


Lesson Two 404.3 -407.4.1 (35 minutes)

1.  Ramps
2.  Curb Ramps
3.  Elevators



Chapter 5: General Site & Building Elements

Lesson One 501- 505.10.3 (35 minutes)

1.  Parking Spaces
2.  Passenger Loading Zones
3.  Stairways
4.  Handrails


Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities

Lesson One 601-604.96 (30 minutes)

1.  Drinking Fountains
2.  Toilet and Bathing Rooms
3.  Water Closets and Toilet Compartments


Lesson Two 605- 612.3 (30 minutes)

1.  Urinals
2.  Lavatories and Sinks
3.  Bathtubs
4.  Shower Compartments
5.  Grab Bars
6.  Seats
7.  Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers
8.  Saunas and Steam Rooms



Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features

Lesson One 701- 707 (30 minutes)

1.  Fire Alarm Systems
2.  Signs
3.  Telephones
4.  Detectable Warnings
5.  Assistive Listening Systems
6.  Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines



Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces and Elements

Lesson One 801-806.3.2 (30 minutes)

1.  Wheelchair Spaces, Companion Seats, and Designated Aisle Seats
2.  Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms
3.  Kitchens and Kitchenettes
4.  Medical Care and Long-Term Facilities
5.  Transient Lodging Guest Rooms


Lesson Two 807- 811.4 (30 minutes)

1.  Holding Cells and Housing Cells
2.  Courtrooms
3.  Residential Dwelling Units
4.  Transportation Facilities
5.  Storage



Chapter 9: Built-In Elements

Lesson One 901- 904.6 (20 minutes)

1.  Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces
2.  Benches
3.  Check-Out Aisles and Sales and Service Counters


MI 2015 Residential Code Review

Course Description

This six-hour course is a review of the codes required for residential construction. This course focuses on the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book and the latest changesThe 2015 MRC is a comprehensive stand-alone residential code that establishes minimum requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses, with the purpose of safeguarding the health and safety of the public. This 6-Hour course applies six hours towards Technical credit.

Code Book Basics

1. Introduction
2. Adoption
3. Marginal Markings
4. Navigation

Chapters 1 and 2

1. Scope and Application
2. Administration and Enforcement
3. Definitions

Chapter 3 Building Planning

1. Design Criteria
2. Minimum Requirements
3. Glazing
4. Egress
5. Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
6. Decay
7. Flood Resistant Construction

Chapters 4-11

1. Foundations
2. Floors
3. Wall Construction/Covering
4. Roof Ceiling Construction
5. Roof Assemblies
6. Chimneys and Fireplaces
7. Energy Efficiency


Building Green

Course Description

This six hour video course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment, while providing a greater economic benefit to the homeowner. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This 6-hour course applies six hours towards Specialty credit.

Heat Transfer and Thermal Imaging (20 Minutes)

1.  Energy Consumption
2.  Energy Conservation
3.  Diagnostic Testing

Assessment:  5 questions

Advance Framing Techniques (20 Minutes)

1.  Techniques
2.  Raised Heel Trusses
3.  Double 2 x 4 Walls
4.  Prefabricated Walls

Assessment:  5 questions

Air Barriers (20 Minutes)

1.  Design and Implementation
2.  Air Sealing
3.  Airtight Drywall
4.  Prefabricated  Walls

Assessment:  5 questions

Insulation (20 Minutes)

1.  Fiberglass Batts
2.  Cellulose Insulation
3.  Roof Installation

Assessment:  5 questions

Foam Insulation/Sheathing (25 Minutes)

1.  Spray Foam
2.  Configurations
3.  Insulated Sheathing

Assessment:  5 questions

U-Factor and R-Value (20 Minutes)

1.  Radiant Barrier Sheathing
2.  Windows
3.  U-Factor and R-Value

Assessment:  5 questions

Lighting and Duct Design (20 Minutes)

1.  Incandescent Lighting
2.  Compact Fluorescent Lighting
3.  Light Emitting Diodes
4.  Duct Design

Assessment:  5 questions

Green Appliances (25 Minutes)

1.  Energy Guide Labels
2.  Energy Recovery Ventilation
3.  Sealed Combustion Heating Appliances
4. Water Heaters
5. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

Assessment:  5 questions

Geothermal and Solar (25 Minutes)

1.  Heating and Cooling
2.  System Types
3.  Solar Thermal Water Heating

Assessment:  5 questions

Wind Turbines (25 Minutes)

1.  Electricity Generation
2.  Considerations
3.  Utilities and Metering
4. Types

Assessment:  5 questions

Green Marketing (20 Minutes)

1.  Waste Management
2.  Marketing
3.  Solar Voltaic Roofing
4.  Fuel Cells

Assessment:  5 questions


Successful Site Design and MI Energy Code


Course Description

While land developers are seeking to maximize their land use and minimize their development costs, governmental regulations are applying pressures on budgets that can kill a project. Architects are being relied upon to steer site decisions and engineering professionals in order to produce cost-effective and functional designs that meet the myriad of growing municipal requirements. 

The new code reflects several changes in energy efficiency for the 2015 Michigan Energy Code. Generally, the purpose of these changes is to conserve energy through improved efficiency in envelope design, mechanical systems, lighting, and new materials and techniques. It sets the baseline for the building envelope, systems, and equipment.

This course applies 6 hours towards Plan Review credit.





Securing Information (25 Minutes)

1.  Pre-Design: Scope, Terms, Responsibilities, Permits
2.  Securing Information: Services, Surveys, Contaminants, Authorities, Fees


Programming and Site Evaluation (20 Minutes)

1.  Programming: Basics
2.  Site Evaluation: Utilities, Site Constraints


Site Selection, Utilization and Wayfinding (20 Minutes)

1.  Site Selection: Restrictions, Storm Water, Landscaping, Parking
2. Wayfinding


Laying Out the Design (20 Minutes)

1.  Layout: Fire Lanes, Traffic, Space Considerations
2.  Examples


Site Standards (20 Minutes)

1.  Accessibility
2.  Site Lighting
3.  HVAC
4.  Grading
5.  Pavement
6.  LEED


Preparing a Site Plan (55 Minutes)

1.  Video


Utility Coordination (20 Minutes)

1.  Water Service
2.  Sanitary
3.  Storm Water Management
4.  Franchise Utilities
5.  Examples


Documents and Contract Administration (20 Minutes)

1.  Documentation: Drawings, Lighting, Paving, Utilities, Landscaping, GPS
2.  Construction Administration
3.  Conclusion





Scope (50 minutes)

1. Application
2. Scope and General Requirements
3. Alternative Materials
4. Construction Documents
5. Inspections
6. Definitions
7. Climate Zones and Design Conditions
8. Materials, Systems and Equipment

Residential (50 minutes)

1. R401 General
2. R402 Building Thermal Envelope
3. R403 Systems
4. R405 Simulated Performance Alternative
5. General Information

a. Insulation
b. Duct Design
c. Window Selection
d. Lighting

Commercial (50 minutes)

1. C401 General
2. C402 Building Thermal Envelope
3. C403 Building Mechanical Systems
4. C404 Service Water Heating
4. C405 Electrical Power and Lighting Systems
5. C407 Total Building Performance
6. C408 System Commissioning

Assessment: 25 Questions

Responsibilities of Building Officials

Course Description

Building inspectors employed by a county, city or other unit of government for the express purpose of enforcing the state building code shall be registered with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Construction Codes, Building Division; (517) 241-9347. Registered building inspectors are required to have experience in the construction industry and demonstrate ability to perform competent inspections throughout all phases of the construction project. This 4-Hour course applies four hours to Administration.



1972 PA 230  (70 Minutes)

1.  Construction Codes
2.  Administration and Enforcement
3.  Use and Occupancy

Assessment: 5 questions

Licensing  (60 Minutes)

1.  Education and Experience Requirements
2.  Application and Registration Process
3.  Act 54 of 1986

Assessment: 5 questions

1980 PA 299 (70 Minutes)

1.  Powers and Duties: LARA
2.  Rules, Penalties and Fines
3.  Complaints and Hearings

Assessment: 5 questions

School Site Plan (60 Minutes)

1.  Submission Requirements
2.  ADA and Public Schools
3.  Turning Space

Assessment: 5 questions


Recreational Facilities and Construction Documents


Course Description

Recreational Facilities:  This video course covers the tenth chapter of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Recreation Facilities. The material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including on-site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.    

Construction Documents:  This portion of the course focuses on the specifics of documentation, methodology, and coordination of the plan review process.  

This 4-Hour course applies four hours towards Plan Review credit.

Recreational Facilities (100 Minutes)

1.  Amusement Rides
2.  Recreational Boating Facilities
3.  Exercise Machines and Equipment
4.  Fishing Piers and Platforms
5.  Golf Facilities
6. Miniature Golf Facilities
7. Play Areas
8. Swimming Pools, Wading Pools and Spas
9. Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions

Assessment: 5 questions

Construction Documents (100 Minutes)

1. Examiner, Timing and Submittal
2. Drawings, Illustrations, and Specifications
3. Bulletins, Addenda and Instructions
4. Permits
5. Section 107 Submittal Documents
6. Section 1603/MUEC Section 103 Construction Documents

Assessment: 5 questions

7. Section 110 Inspections
8. Section 111 Certificate of Occupancy
9. Purpose, Systems and Methodology

Assessment: 5 questions

10. Special Inspections and Trades
11. Administration and Support
12. Enforcement

Assessment: 10 questions


Legal Descriptions


Course Description

Legal descriptions, as the name implies, are the way and means by which real property, or real estate, is legally identified, conveyed, assessed and taxed. When real estate is transacted, it is the legal description that uniquely describes and identifies the property involved in the transaction and all of its appurtenances. Legal descriptions are used in all types of transactions, not just those involving the sale or purchase of real estate. Legal descriptions are used in deeds of conveyance, mortgages, claims of title, leases, title insurance policies, easements, etc. To do this effectively, an adequate understanding of legal descriptions is necessary. This two hour video course describes the history of legal descriptions in the state of Michigan. This course applies 2 hours toward Plan Review credit.


Metes and Bounds

1. Introduction 

a. Metes and Bounds
b. Survey System 
c. Subdivisions

2. Metes and Bounds

a. POB
b. Distances
c. Directions

Survey System

1. History

2. Survey System

a. Principal Meridians
b. Base lines
c. Range lines
d. Township lines

3. Michigan Survey History

a. Townships

Numbering System

1. Examples
2. Practice Questions


1. Methods
2.Land Division Act

a. Subdivision
b. Condo
c. Division
d. Exempt Split

3. Bonus Splits


Positive Communication Strategies


Course Description

As a building official it is important to have strong interpersonal and communication skills that will foster effective, cooperative working relationships with city staff members, property owners, the building and development community. Very often, a building official functions as an overall office manager, planning and assigning work, and providing guidance and training clerical and technical staff. This one hour course outlines some of the strategies used to create a positive work environment.

This 1-Hour course applies one hour towards Communication credit.



1.  Organizational Conflict
2.  Strategies to Resolve
3.  Use and Occupancy

Listening Skills

1.  Hearing vs. Listening
2.  Active Listening

Body Language

1.  Facial Expressions
2.  Arms and Legs
3.  Torso


1.  Basics
2.  Building Trust
3.  Spoilers

Workplace Culture

1.  Bonding
2.  Structure
3.  Defense

Assessment: 15 questions


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