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Enrollment Policies - Effective Jan. 30, 2018

Enrollment process

A student is enrolled in a course after his or/her completed registration form is received and payment of fees is validated. The training program may maintain a waiting list for courses. A student must complete this enrollment process:

  • Select course you want to register for posted on the registration page. Click registration link to begin online course registration. Once completed you will receive an automated email containing payment options.

  • If seating is limited, the date and time that registrations were received will generally determine the order in which students are enrolled.

Payment of fees

All fees must be paid and successfully validated (i.e., credit card transactions) before a student is considered enrolled in a course.

There are two exceptions to this policy to allow additional processing time:

  • Students whose fees are paid by employers or jurisdictions, such as cities and counties

  • Students whose fees are paid through special training programs, such as Job Corps

A student in these circumstances should contact the training program at 503-373-7974 or email training.bcd@oregon.gov.

Refunds

All refund requests must be submitted in writing to training.bcd@oregon.gov.

Qualifying refunds

  • 100% refund if inspector training course has not begun
  • 50% if no more than 50 percent of course has been completed
  • OIC only – no refund will be given as the OIC fee is considered an application fee. Failed exams require a new registration and application fee
  • BOC only – no refund but placed in next available course
  • All refunds are subject to a $30 administrative fee to be withheld from refund amount

Canceled classes

The training program reserves the right to postpone or cancel any scheduled course because of low enrollment, inclement weather, instructor illness, or other business related or extenuating circumstances. The instructor will determine if the class needs to be rescheduled. Classes will not be held on holidays and may be rescheduled during a holiday week.

Attendance

Residential inspector certification courses

  • Students choose to participate via an interactive online classroom or attend in person at the Salem training classroom. Either choice requires attendance during the designated class times.
  • Students are required to attend live in Salem twice during residential electrical and plumbing courses and three times during residential structural course for mid-term and final exams. Testing location will be provided two weeks in advance of test date so students can make travel arrangements if needed.

Other classes (Oregon Inspector Certification, Building Official Certification, Medical Gas Certification and Oregon Code Change classes)

  • Students are required to attend live at the designated class location.

Absences

Residential course

  • Students are allowed four absences (total of 10% of course)
  • Missing ½ hour or more on class day will result in a full absence for that class day & count towards the four absences allowed
  • A fifth absence will result in the student being dropped from the course
  • Student will be welcome in a future course
  • Unexcused absence – work related absences, vacations, etc
  • Excused absences for unique or extenuating circumstances will be approved on a case-by-case basis; students should notify program staff as soon as possible of a required absence (Emergency hardship, lengthy medical leave, funeral, etc)

Medical Gas course

  • No absences are allowed
  • A student who misses any portion of course will be dropped from the course
  • Student will be welcome in a future course

Building Official course

  • No absences are allowed
  • A student who misses any portion of course will be dropped from the course
  • Student will be welcome in a future course
  • There are no lessons or exams for this course
  • Meeting all attendance requirements ensures successful completion of course

Required course material

Each course has it's own required course materials. Students are responsible for purchasing materials for the course they enroll in. Some materials are available to downloaded from the BCD website. Please read individual course description pages for a complete list of materials. The following are helpful links:

Course completion requirements to receive certification

  • 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 absences 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 the 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.

Certification records

After a student has successfully completed a course (passed final exam with a score of 75% or higher), program staff will submit the student’s original course registration to the BCD licensing section for issuance of certification.

  • Certification is generally issued within 24 hours and can be viewed on the state's license holder search webpage.
  • A copy of the student’s certification will be sent by mail and should arrive within three weeks of course completion.

Questions? Email training.bcd@oregon.gov.

Note: These policies are updated periodically and subject to change.

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