Inspector certifications

​Scope of work

Residential structural inspectors conduct construction inspections (but not plan reviews) on the structural and mechanical work performed in one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. They may also conduct inspections and plan reviews on manufactured dwelling parks, recreational parks, organizational camps, and picnic parks.

They ensure compliance with the following codes and standards:

  • ​Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC)
  • Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR 3280 and 3282
  • Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code (OMDISC)
Applicable rules: OAR 918-098-1015(5)(a)(A)

Certification pathways​

There are two ways to obtain this certification: enroll in the division CAS training course​ or convert a national certification to the Oregon code certification. Review the following qualifications to decide which path is best for you.

Core qualifications

An individual seeking this code certification must first obtain the Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC)​. In addition, one of the following must be met:

  • ​Two years of experience performing building permit inspections or plan reviews for or on behalf of a jurisdiction
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in architecture or engineering; or be a certified architect or engineer​

Individuals who do not meet one of the above qualifications may instead complete a code certification training course administered by the division. (If hired by a municipality, this requirement must be met within six months of hire.)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​