Public Administration and Process | Virginia Code Official Course


6 Credit Hours | Online HD Video & Text Course | Instructor:  J. MacDowell
Learn the inspection process, enforcing codes and handling complaints, how to read plans, monitor and evaluate construction projects, and efficiently manage and document each inspection.

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VA Code Enforcement Personnel
 Public Administration and Process



Course Description

Code enforcement personnel employed by a county, city or other unit of government for the express purpose of enforcing the state building code shall be required to have experience in the construction industry and demonstrate ability to perform competent inspections throughout all phases of the construction project.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

· Outline the process of an inspection, recognize and enforce applicable codes, and understand the process of filing, receiving and investigating complaints.

· Be able to read designs, plot plans and maps, building diagrams (prints) and building schematics in order to verify accuracy and compliance. He/she must be able to create a logical method of inspection (sequence of events) that will reduce the risk of oversights that may endanger the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

· Monitor and evaluate construction projects to ensure overall compliance even when there are unique circumstances and variables that may not fall under “normal” protocol, and recognize the guidelines for approval of alternative materials, design and methods of construction.

·  Plan and demonstrate the ability to efficiently manage a busy schedule of site visits, investigations, and to properly document each inspection.




Inspection Report

1.  Inspection Process: Checklist/Report
2.  Types of Inspections
3.  Stop Work Orders

Assessment: 5 questions

Violation Notice

1.  Notices
2.  Common Violations
3.  Elevators

Assessment: 5 questions

Complaint Investigation

1.  Purpose
2.  Systems
3.  Egress
4.  Application and Enforcement

 Assessment: 5 questions



Construction Documents

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

Assessment: 5 questions


1.  Section 110 Inspections
2.  Section 111 Certificate of Occupancy
3.  Purpose, Systems and Methodology

Assessment: 5 questions


1.  Special Inspections and Trades
2.  Administration and Support
3.  Enforcement


Assessment: 5 questions



Inspection Procedures

1.  The Building Site: IRC, IPC
2.  Mechanicals
4.  Evaluation and Follow-up


Assessment: 5 questions

Material and Equipment

1.  Tools of the Trade
2.  Reporting System
3.  Equipment Safety


Assessment: 5 questions

Special Inspection

1.  Definitions
2.  Section 1701 General
3.  Section 1704 Mandatory Special Inspections
4.  Responsibilities and Duties of Building Official
5.  Competency

Assessment: 5 questions

Manufacturer Installation Instructions

1.  Independent Testing
2.  Instructions
3.  OSHA: Onsite Safety and the Manufacturer


Assessment: 5 questions

Product Acceptance

1.  Alternative Materials, Design and Methods
2.  Product Evaluation
3.  Documentation
4.  Quality
5.  Manufacturer Responsibility
6.  Sections 1713-1716

Assessment: 5 questions

Alternate Approvals

1.  Construction Codes
2.  Guidelines for Approval
3.  IBC: Appendix K


Assessment: 5 questions

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