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Notice: Specialized Electrical and Plumbing Inspector Courses

Due to concerns brought to the legislature through HB 2907, effective October 30, 2017, the Specialized Electrical and Plumbing Inspector Certification classes have been suspended. This action does not impact existing certification holders or for existing holders to maintain and renew their certification(s). At this time the division does not know when or if the program will be reinstated.​


The Specialized Plumbing Inspector course explains the codes and processes for performing plumbing inspections covered on light commercial plumbing installations covered by the Oregon Plumbing Specialty Code. The course addresses the various components of plumbing 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 final review. Students employed by a municipality* who successfully complete the course will be issued an Oregon Specialized Plumbing Inspector (SPI) certification.

*Those who currently work for a company that provides inspections and plan reviews for a city or county may take the course, but may not use the certification while employed by the company. Only city, county, and state employees may use a specialized certificate unless issued prior to Jan. 1, 2014. [ORS 455.715]

Prerequisite: You must have one year of experience as a residential plumbing inspector to be accepted into this course. This prerequisite is waived if you received your residential certification from an Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) inspector training course.​​

​2017 Dates

  • None at this time

Time

Two-hour sessions held twice a week for approximately ten weeks.​

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

Fee
$200 (includes certification fee)

Instructor
Andy Skinner​

Registration​ ​​​​​​

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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