Commercial Building Inspector Training Programs and Courses

Commercial building inspectors make sure that commercial structures comply with local ordinances and codes. This article profiles the most common training programs and courses for aspiring commercial building inspectors.

Essential Information

Training for commercial building inspectors is available through various postsecondary programs in building inspection technology. Continuing education courses are also offered to current commercial building inspectors who might need refresher or recertification courses. Many states and localities require building inspectors to be licensed or certified.

Training programs for commercial building inspectors tend to include training to inspect both buildings and their blueprints. Topics routinely found in these courses include:

  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • Building plan reviews
  • Construction technology
  • Safety measures
  • Building amenities
  • Drafting

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List of Common Building Inspection Courses

Introduction to Building Inspection Technology

Many programs include this course to familiarize students with the requirements of their building inspection technology program as well as with opportunities for careers in building inspection. It introduces students to the basic tasks and skills required to assess building code compliance for both residential and commercial building projects. Topics include blueprint reading, entrance and exit requirements, electrical wiring, plumbing systems and fire prevention codes.

Introduction to Blueprint Reading

All aspiring commercial building inspectors must be able to read and understand building blueprints. This course is designed to introduce students with limited construction experience to the process of reading blueprints and so is often taken early in the building inspection technology program. Lectures focus on plan reviewing procedures and how they contribute to whether or not a construction project qualifies for a building permit.

Building Code Requirements

This course focuses on the set of industry standards established by the IBC. It also provides students with the information required to accommodate the industry's move from using the previously endorsed Uniform Building Code (UBC) to the currently accepted IBC. Some programs also include discussions of other building codes, including the International Mechanical Code (IMC), the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) and the International Fire Code (IFC).

Building Requirements for Plumbing

This course addresses aspects of the various building codes that pertain to plumbing and piping, including drinking water and sewage and storm systems. Some courses may only cover plumbing codes within buildings of a certain set parameter, such as height.

Fire Safety Parameters Course

Students are instructed in the fire safety regulations established by the IFC building requirements. Specific topics include structure occupancy levels, evacuation options, availability of a water source and fire alert systems. Students are also taught to identify and verify fire safety parameters in blueprint plans.

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