Inspector training

You must hold a valid Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) prior to registering for this course.

Course information:
The Residential Electrical Inspector course explains the codes and processes for performing residential electrical inspections covered by the Oregon Low-rise Residential Dwelling Code. The course explains the various components of electrical installations that are verified during the inspection process. The course is taught through interactive training between the instructor and students, specific questions and assigned research, a progress review, and a final review. Students who successfully complete the course will be issued an Oregon Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE) certification.

Please note: All registrations received will automatically be placed on a wait list. Those interested should register immediately once registration is open so your application can be reviewed for consideration. Although we are aware many are waiting to take this course, seating will be limited. Those who work for an Oregon building department (county, city or state) will be considered for seating first as we have a responsibility to meet the needs of current inspection services in the state. All other registration requests will be considered in the order received. 

Course length
20 weeks. 

Note: All students must attend class in person in Salem for the mid-term and the final exams.​​​

Building Codes Division
1591 Edgewater St. NW, CR C
Salem, OR 97304​
(or attend online via Adobe Connect)

$750 (includes certification fee)

Dennis Clark​


  • Course is typically limited to 30 students, but depending on jurisdictional need course size may be increased.
  • Class is held twice a week in two-hour sessions.
  • Class will not be held on holidays and may be rescheduled during a holiday week.
  • Class may be attended online through our interactive Adobe Connect program or in person at BCD’s inspector training classroom in Salem. ​​​​​​​​​​
  • Students attending class online are required to log into the classroom individually, as individual participation during class is required. This includes interacting in class discussions and answering questions posed by the instructor. Students who live or work together must be on their own computer during class.
  • A student that has more than four unexcused absences;(10% of course) will be asked to either withdraw or be unenrolled.​ Some exceptions apply. Contact training staff for more information on what absenses are considered excused.
  • Course work (i.e., assigned homework, lesson quizzes, mid-term, and final exam):
    • Course work must be submitted by the assigned due date.
    • Course work submitted after the due date will not be accepted unless an extension was requested and approved in writing. Employer-related matters will not be considered for extensions.
  • A cumulative score of 75 percent or higher on the final exam is required to pass course.
  • ​Students who do not pass the class will be given the opportunity to re-test by submitting an application request and $80 processing fee.Form will be provided upon request.​ A 30 day wait period is required before re-testing.

Students are required to purchase the materials listed below and have them available on the first day of class. Please be aware it can take up to three weeks for an order to arrive.

  • ​2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Oregon Amendments Table I-E​
  • Ugly’s Electrical References
  • Electrical Black Book - Circuits, Formulae, Calculations and Electrical Tables
  • Calculator
  • Codebook vendors​​​
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