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Oregon Bulletin

April 1, 2012

Department of Consumer and Business Services, Building Codes Division, Chapter 918

Rule Caption: Establishes specialized inspector training and certifications as authorized by House Bill 3462 (2009).

Adm. Order No.: BCD 2-2012(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 3-1-2012

Certified to be Effective: 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 918-098-1590

Rules Amended: 918-098-1510, 918-098-01530

Subject: HB 3462 (2009) authorized the Building Codes Division to create a program for training, qualifying, and certifying individuals as specialized building inspectors authorized to perform inspections and enforce portions of Oregon’s specialty codes. These rules establish new inspector certifications to cover limited commercial and other multidisciplinary inspections that are not presently independently authorized by the division’s existing inspector certifications. These rules establish the criteria for the Specialized Finals Inspector certification. This multidisciplinary certification allows an individual to perform all residential final inspections.

Rules Coordinator: Stephanie Snyder—(503) 373-7438

918-098-1510

Purpose and Scope

(1) The specialized inspector certification program, in OAR 918-098-1510 through 918-098-1590, establishes a program for training, qualifying and certifying individuals as specialized building inspectors authorized to perform inspections and enforce portions of the state building code. Inspector certifications cover limited commercial and other multidisciplinary inspections that presently are not independently authorized by the division in existing inspector certifications.

(2) Specialized inspectors may, after receiving certification issued under these rules, conduct inspections as provided in these rules. These rules apply to applicants and certificate holders, training providers, and participating jurisdictions for the purposes of administering and enforcing the restrictions and requirements under these rules.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11; BCD 25-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-18-11 thru 10-1-11; BCD 27-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12

918-098-1530

Training Programs

(1) Approved applicants must complete an appropriate division-approved training program and pass a division-approved examination for the desired specialized certification. Training program requirements are stated in OAR 918-098-1560 for the Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector Certification, in 918-098-1570 for the Specialized Plumbing Inspector Certification, in 918-098-1580 for the Specialized Electrical Inspector Certification, and in 918-098-1590 for the Specialized Finals Inspector Certification.

(2) Instructor Qualifications. Specialized certification training course instructors must be approved by the division under these rules.

(a) Training course instructors may apply for approval as part of the course approval process or independent of the course approval process.

(b) Approved training course instructors must be qualified by training, licensure, and experience to teach the subject matter and supervise the corresponding fieldwork training inspections of a specialized inspector certification training program.

(c) Approved fieldwork supervisors must be qualified by training, licensure, and experience to perform the specialized inspector certification fieldwork inspections being performed.

(d) Division staff teaching training courses of supervising related fieldwork in the normal course of their duties are considered approved instructors for the purposes of these rules.

(3) Fieldwork Training. A specialized inspector certification applicant is eligible to perform the required fieldwork training after the applicant has begun the required academic coursework.

(4) Fieldwork Supervision. All specialized certification fieldwork training must be supervised and verified by an inspector with a valid Oregon Inspector Certification required to conduct the inspections being performed.

(a) An applicant’s fieldwork training must be documented on a division-approved form and signed by the inspector who supervised the inspections.

(b) An inspector supervising and verifying an applicant’s fieldwork training may not be qualified to conduct the inspections performed based solely on a specialized inspector certification issued according to these rules.

(5) Fieldwork Training Approval. A specialized inspector certification applicant must submit proof of completed fieldwork training to the division for verification and approval, and issuance of specialized inspector certification.

(6) Examination Approval. A specialized inspector certification applicant is eligible to take a certification examination after the division receives proof that the applicant has successfully completed the required academic coursework and fieldwork training.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 10-2011(Temp), f. 4-15-11, cert. ef. 5-1-11 thru 6-30-11; BCD 15-2011, f. 6-30-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11; BCD 25-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-18-11 thru 10-1-11; BCD 27-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; BCD 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12

918-098-1590

Specialized Finals Inspector Certification

(1) Scope of Activities and Authority. Specialized finals inspectors may upon receipt of this certification conduct final inspections of one- and two- family dwellings constructed under the Oregon Residential Specialty Code as provided by the Director through rule.

(2) Procedure for Qualification. An applicant for certification under this rule must meet the general qualifications in OAR 918-098-1520, 918-098-1530 and this rule.

(3) Experience, Education, and Training Requirements.

(a) As a condition of entering a specialized finals inspector training program:

(A) Applicants must hold valid Oregon Inspector Certification and at least one appropriate certification to perform either residential or commercial mechanical, structural, electrical or plumbing inspections in Oregon; and

(B) Been employed as an inspector and performed inspections of the Oregon Structural or Residential Specialty Codes, Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code, Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, or Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code for a minimum of one year prior to applying for the Specialized Finals Inspector Certification.

(b) Applicants must complete a specialized finals inspector training program that meets the minimum requirements established by the division, and consists of:

(A) Classroom coursework; and

(B) Required fieldwork inspections

(c) After completion of the classroom coursework and required field inspections, applicants must successfully pass a division-approved examination.

(d) Certification. Upon completion of all training and after passing a division-approved examination, the division will certify an applicant as qualified to perform specialized finals inspections, and issue the appropriate documentation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Stats. Implemented: ORS 455.720, 455.730 & 455.735
Hist.: BCD 2-2012(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-1-12 thru 6-30-12

Notes
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