Inspector training

This Residential Structural Inspector course is split into two modules:

  • Module 1: During this module, students will learn the codes and processes for performing residential structural and mechanical inspections covered by the Oregon Residential Specialty Code, and the various components of structural and mechanical installations that are verified during the inspection process. Students who successfully complete module 1 will receive a Residential Structural Inspector (CAS) certification. This certification will not be issued until module 2 is successfully completed.
  • Module 2: During this module, students will learn the process and responsibilities of reviewing residential plans. This process includes how to read plans, note corrections, write a plan review, and read approved plans provided on the jobsite during the inspection process. Students who successfully complete module 2 will receive a Residential Plans Examiner Inspector (CAX) certification.
​The course is taught through interactive training between the instructor and students, specific questions and assigned homework/research, a progress review, and final review. Students who successfully complete the course will be issued two separate certifications; one to perform residential and mechanical inspections and one to approve plan reviews.

2017 Dates

  • Begins Oct. 24; opens for registration Sept. 11 at noon - Registration closed, class full.

October course: 7:30-10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, for approximately 15 weeks. Note: All students must attend class in person in Salem on the last day for the final exam. 

Building Codes Division
1535 Edgewater St. NW, CR C
Salem, OR 97304
(or attend online via Adobe Connect)

Dennis Clark​

$750​ (includes certification fee)


  • 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.
  • A student that has more than three unexcused absences will be asked to either withdraw or be unenrolled.​
  • Course work (i.e., assigned homework, progress reviews, and final reviews):
    • 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 for each area of course work is required.
    • ​Homework and review scores will be added together at the end of the course and must have a cumulative score of 75 percent or higher for the course to be considered complete.
  • ​Students who do not pass the class may attend additional classes and take another review.
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. ​​​​​​


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