47 Hour COMPLETE Plan Reviewer Course Package | Michigan Code Official

This package fulfills all 47 hours of continuing education for Plan Reviewers 


  • Administrative:  4 hrs
  • Communication:  1 hr
  • Technical:  24 hrs
  • Specialty:  6 hrs
  • Plan Review:  12 hrs
  • Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades





  • 6-hour Technical I: Building Construction 2015 MRC #CP-19-00024  (6 hr Technical)
  • 6-hour Technical II Building Construction 2015 MRC #CP-19-00023 (6 hr Technical)
  • 6-hour  ANSI A117.1-09  #CP-19-00032 (6 hr Technical)
  • 6-hour  Residential Code Review  #CP-18-00220 (6 hr Technical)
  • 6-hour  Building Green  #CP-18-00224 (6 hr Specialty)
  • 6-hour Successful Site Design and Michigan Energy Code #CP-18-00221 (6 hr Plan Review)
  • 4-hour Building Department Administration #CP 21-00015 (4 hr Administrative)
  • 4-hour  Recreational Facilities and Construction Documents  #CP-18-00222 (4 hr Plan Review)
  • 2-hour  Construction Documents for Successful Projects  #CP-19-00019 (2 hr Plan Review)
  • 1-hour  Positive Communication Strategies #CP-18-00218 (1 hr Communication)
  • Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades


Code Official Technical I: Building Construction 2015 MRC

Instructor: J. MacDowell

This fully narrated course is a review of building construction and techniques, including the related 2015 Michigan Residential Code covering the following topic areas: Footings and Foundations, Concrete, Carpentry, and Masonry.

This course covers:

Footings and Foundations 2015 MRC Chapter 4 (60 Minutes)

  • Installation R402 -R406
  • Construction Requirements
  • Footings R403
  • Foundation Walls R404
  • Anchoring R403.1.6

Concrete 2015 MRC Chapter 4 (70 Minutes)

  • Portland Cement
  • Flatwork R506
  • Formwork

Carpentry 2015 MRC Chapters 5 and 6 (110 Minutes)

  • Bracing and Bridging
  • Tables
  • Sole, Top Plate, Rim Joists
  • Notching and Boring
  • Floor Framing R502
  • Wall Framing Chapter 6
  • Roof Framing Chapter 8
  • Openings
  • Stairs Chapter 3
  • Decks Chapter 5
  • Finish Carpentry
  • MI Barrier Free Design

Masonry Chapters 4, 6, 7, 10 (70 Minutes)

  • Mortor and Grout R703.8, R606
  • Brick R703.8
  • Stone R703.12
  • Concrete Block R404, R606
  • Details R703.8
  • Reinforcement R606
  • Flashing R703.8
  • Fireplace and Chimney Construction Chapter 10, R1001

Code Official Technical II Building Construction 2015 MRC

Instructor:  J. MacDowell

This fully narrated course is a review of building construction and techniques, including the related 2015 Michigan Residential Code.

This course covers:

  • Covering Materials
  • Valleys
  • Ventilation R806
  • Reroofing R908
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Windows, Doors and Skylights R609
  • Siding Installation R703
  • Interior & Exterior Finishes R702
  • Specialties

Code Official ANSI A117.1-09

Instructor:  J. MacDowell

The ANSI A117.1-09 standards set minimum requirements 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 course provides an overview of these requirements with instructor commentary to highlight relevant topics.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Be able recognize what interior and exterior components can, and should comply with standards.
  • Identify the requirements for proper maneuvering space, clearance and accessible routes.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on standards for the construction of either a public or private building.
  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the standards.

Code Official 2015 Residential Code Review

Instructor:  J. MacDowell

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 changes. The 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.

This course covers:

  • Codebook Basics
  • Scope & Application
  • Building Planning
  • Foundations
  • Floors
  • Wall Construction
  • Roof/Ceiling Construction
  • Chimneys and Fireplaces

Code Official Building Green

Instructor:  Scott Corbat

This course will bring attention to methods of green building that allow homes to have less impact on the environment while providing a great economic benefit to the homeowner. Students will learn the importance of incorporating energy-efficiency into their building projects.

This course covers

  • Resource and Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Heat Transfer
  • Air Infiltration
  • Residential Energy Codes
  • Compliance Methods
  • Advanced Framing Techniques
  • Insulated Headers
  • Raised Heel Trusses
  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundations
  • Airtight Drywall Approach
  • Insulation
  • Cellulose
  • Spray Foam Insulation
  • Radiant Barriers
  • Solar Heat Gain
  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Geothermal Systems
  • Wind Turbines
  • Waste Management
  • Solar Photo-voltaic Products

Code Official Successful Site Design and Michigan Energy Code

Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe & J. MacDowell

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.

This course covers:

  • Pre-Design
  • Securing Information
  • Programming and Site Evaluation
  • Site Selection, Utilization, and Wayfinding
  • Laying Out the Design
  • Site Standards
  • Preparing a Site Plan
  • Utility Coordination
  • Documents and Contract Administration
  • Michigan Energy Code

Code Official Building Department Administration

Instructor:  Larry Rospierski

Building departments are complex and widespread. For timely and effective operations the department must have clear guidelines to follow and be led by a strong administrator. This course describes the duties of a Building Official, the characteristics of a successful manager, procedures for plan review and permits, advice for inspections, and considerations on ways to best support your community.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Outline the duties of a Building Official
  • Implement the required procedures for plan review and permitting
  • Describe inspection protocols

This Course Covers:

  • Introduction to History, Societies, ICC, Enforcement and Challenges
  • The Building Official
  • Tools and Personnel
  • Best Practices
  • Effective Permit Processing
  • Inspection Protocol
  • Permit Issues
  • Special Considerations

Code Official Recreational Facilities and Construction Documents

Instructor:  Rodger Peck

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.

This course covers:

  • Amusement Rides
  • Recreational Boating Facilities
  • Exercise Machines and Equipment
  • Fishing Piers and Platforms
  • Golf Facilities
  • Miniature Golf Facilities
  • Play Areas
  • Swimming Pools, Wading Pools and Spas
  • Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions
  • Construction Documents
  • Section 110 Inspections
  • Section 111 Certificate of Occupancy
  • Purpose, Systems & Methodology

Code Official Construction Documents for Successful Projects

Instructor:  Wayde Hoppe

A well prepared and accurate technical specification can be easily undone if Divisions 00 and 01 of the project manual are deficient. The ‘front-end’ specification, or general conditions, is the tool that directs the contractor from the day he is introduced to the project through to completion. Without it, the architect, the client, and the builder are vulnerable to being sadly surprised. A well written ‘front-end’ can protect the architect and the builder from accusations of neglect, cost over-runs, demands for an expansion of the scope and much more. This course will teach the many elements of the front-end specification that are essential to success.

After Completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
  • Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost-effective project.
  • Understand and be able to comply with federal laws if the project is paid for with governmental funds.
  • Specify and identify any code related issues or requirements in order to facilitate proper construction.

Code Official Positive Communication Strategies

Instructor:  J. MacDowell

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.

This course covers:

  • Conflict
  • Listening Skills
  • Body Language
  • Negotiating
  • Workplace Culture

Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades

Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.


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