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This page contains a list of continuing  education courses available to members seeking to upgrade their knowledge of the profession or the general public. The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors does not provide entry level (vocational) training for new home inspectors. The OAHI requires entry-level training being to be taken through an accredited Ontario community college, Ontario private career college or an accepted out of province equivalent. If you are looking for entry -level vocational training programs please see the "Entry Level Training for Home Inspectors " page. 


LIST OF COURSES AND DESCRIPTIONS OFFERED THROUGH OAHI

If you are interested in taking any of these courses please send an email to courseselection@oahi.com with the following information:

Additional Courses may be offered. Watch your e-mails for the additional courses.

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

GROUP 1

OF INTEREST TO STUDENTS AND NEW INSPECTORS                                                

                                                        Part 9: The House - Health & Safety - 2012

This is a five day (37 hour) basic Part 9 course on the plan examination and inspection of health & safety related aspects of the house. It includes the following topics:
An Introduction to the OBC; The House - General; Fire Safety & Protection; Chimneys; Fireplaces; Inserts & Solid-fuel-burning Appliances; Stairs; Guards; Insulation; Health & Comfort Requirements; Party Walls; Final Interior Inspection; Final Exterior Inspection; Inspection Field Trip. 
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Materia You will need to bring to first Class:            2012  Building Code Compendium, Calculator

  

                                                           House-2012

This overview course is to assist practitioners review, and become more familiar with, the portions of the 2006 Building Code requirements dealing with houses. It is largely based on Division B - Part 9 of the Building Code along with Supplementary Standards SB-1, SB-2, SB-3, SB-7 and SB-9. Some of the areas covered are:

 

  • Basics of Structural Requirements
  • Design of Areas and Spaces
  • Doors
  • Windows and Skylights
  • Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Protection
  • Sound Control
  • Excavation
  • Dampproofing, Waterproofing and Soil      Gas Control
  • Drainage
  • Footings and Foundations
  • Floors-on-Ground
  • Columns
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Attic and Roof Spaces
  • Above Grade Masonry
  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces
  • Wood Frame Construction
  • Sheet Steel Stud Wall Framing
  • Heat Transfer, Air Leakage,      Condensation Control and Part 12
  • Roofing
  • Cladding
  • Stucco
  • Interior Wall and Ceiling Finishes
  • Flooring
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Facilities
  • Garages and Carports
  • Cottages
  • Log Construction
  • Park Model Trailers

 

The course contains a pre-course self-administered quiz, exercises and answers which, when supplemented with the Ministry's sample examinations, should assist the student in preparing for the Qualification Examination.

 

This course also provides an overview and complements the material required for those who wish to complete the Small Buildings-2006 course and examination.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material You will need to bring to first Class:            2012 Building Code Compendium, Calculator

 

Special Notes: Successful completion of the Ministry Qualification Exam following this course fulfils the OAHI Membership requirements Part 9 -The House Health & Safety and Part 9 -The House Building Envelope in addition to obtaining BCIN certification.

 

 

                                                      OAHI New DEFECT RECOGNITION AND REPORTING COURSE

This is a four day (32 hour) course which contrary to its name contains very little defect recognition.  This is new course is the first half of the original OAHI Defect Recognition and Reporting Course expanded to include more in depth study of numerous topics relevant to new and experienced home inspectors including the OAHI Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct, risk management, communications, defensive report writing using the OAHI 5 Step thought process. This course contains several real life case studies regarding litigation against home inspectors and what can be done to reduce the risk of being subject to litigation. This is a mandatory course for those wishing to become Registered Home Inspectors. The course is taught by experienced RHI’s and provides opportunity for new members to share the experiences of their more seasoned peers. There is a 2 hour final exam at the end which students must pass in order to gain credit for this course. Persons wishing more exposure to Defect Recognition and Reporting and sharing the experience of seasoned RHI’s might be interested in taking also the Introduction to Residential Defect Recognition course also offered by the OAHI.

 

Note: This course would also be of interest to anyone in related industries where consulting and reporting are offered to the public.  
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Text Provided

 

 

                                            Introduction to home inspection and residential defect recognition 

This 2 day course starts with a brief introduction to home inspection with the remaining time spent on the popular defect recognition and reporting case studies of the original OAHI Defect Recognition and Reporting Course. This course provides exposure to the real experiences of seasoned home inspectors and is intended to be interactive with class participation encouraged. Numerous examples of deficiencies commonly found by home inspectors will be discussed.  

 

This course would be of interest to a broad category of individuals including prospective home inspectors, home handy men, real estate agents, insurance appraisers, Tarion Inspectors, municipal building inspectors, builders, contractors or anyone interested in seeing what goes wrong in residential buildings

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          None

Member Price $550.00     Non-Member $750.00 



Complying with Energy Efficiency Codes in Ontario

 

The Ontario Building Code increased energy efficiency requirements for homes starting in 2012. Although EnerGuide 80 was the commonly recognized option at the time there are 3 other compliance routes available to builders. This seminar starts with a broad overview of the 4 compliance options.

 

Case studies will then be used to explore the prescriptive compliance options available under Supplementary Standard SB12 in detail, including some discussion of the changes coming in 2017. The performance compliance options will be explored with computer modeling for the same case studies. Energy Star for New Homes will be touched on briefly.

 

The new requirements for air barriers will be discussed as well as air barrier inspection requirements.

 

Throughout the seminar methods for demonstrating compliance to the building department will be discussed, including the need for additional documentation and product specifications. Participants are encouraged to bring their own plans and construction methods in order to get the full benefit of the seminar.

 

Builders, designers, HVAC contractors and building inspectors will all benefit by understanding which compliance option is most suitable for a given circumstance, as well as gaining insight into how to adjust their current construction methods in order to comply.

 

Copies of SB12 will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of the building code, however, the emphasis will not be on citing code references as much as developing a practical understanding.

 

 

John Harris, P. Eng., RHI (retired), RAS/HDT has been involved in Energy Efficiency of housing for over 15 years. He has consulted for the Ontario Ministry of Housing in the lead up to the 2012 changes to the Building Code as well as to Natural Resources Canada for the redevelopment of their leading edge R2000 energy efficiency program. John has performed energy analysis on thousands of existing and new homes as well as building science consulting in support of litigation                                                                                                             

 Member Fee -        $175.00

Non member Fee    $225.00

                                                               Commercial Building Inspection Course

 

The goal of the Carson Dunlop Weldon and Associates (CDW Engineering), Commercial Building Inspection Course is:

  • To help experienced real estate professionals expand their knowledge base of commercial building structures and systems.
  • To help experienced home inspectors expand their business to include commercial building inspections.
  • To assist all in understanding the scope of work for performing a Property Condition Assessment (PCA), in accordance with the  ASTM Standard E2018-08.

The course covers a wide variety of material including technical topics, business issues, the scope of work, fee quoting, proposal and report writing, cost estimating and risk management. A recurring theme in the course is the use of the TEAM (Technical Experts And Management) approach for performing PCAs.

The following modules are included in the course:

Business Issues

Consultants – The TEAM

Scope of Work

Roofing

Exterior

Structure

Plumbing

Electrical

Heating

Ventilation

Air-Conditioning

Interior & Insulation

Proposals & Contracts

Risk Management

Report Writing

Cost Estimating

Specialty Inspection Areas

Quoting Fees

This course is   based on the protocol for performing a Property Condition Assessment to the   ASTM  Standard E2018-08 and has been approved for 24 ASHI® Membership Renewal Credits, 24   NAHI CEUs, 24 CAHPI(BC) Membership Renewal Credits and 22 CREIASM Continuing Education Credits

REGISTER   TODAY!  A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY IS WAITING!

To register, please call   416-964-3246 (toll free 1-866-964-3246) and ask for Wendy Anielski (or emailanielski@cdwengineering.com

 

 

 

 

                                                         Carson Dunlop Field Training

These hands-on training sessions allow you to apply what you’ve learned and refine your skills in a safe, comfortable environment. There is no substitute for experience – and this is a great way to get it.

 

How Field Training Helps

By working in real-world situations, you’ll increase your confidence and competency while reducing your liability. You’ll learn to avoid the mistakes most new inspectors make and learn tricks of the trade that only seasoned veterans know. You’ll prepare yourself for test inspections and peer reviews – and more importantly, ensure your success in the world of home inspections.

 

About The Field Training Program

Developed by Carson Dunlop, these training sessions will help prepare you for success in home inspection. This course is available to both students and graduates. It is offered in either three eight-hour sessions, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or five eight-hour sessions, Monday through Friday.

 

Each day you will inspect a different house with an experienced Inspector acting as your Instructor. With the Instructor’s guidance you will write reports, compare your reports with the Instructor’s and discuss specific report items. You will have the opportunity to ask questions while learning tricks of the trade and gaining hands-on experience. This low-stress process is designed entirely for your benefit. You don’t have to present to the group or submit your reports, and there is no test to pass.

 

For more information or to enroll:

800.268.7070 ext 251 | Education@carsondunlop.com

carsondunlop.com/fieldtraining

                                                                        

 

                                          

GROUP 2

GENERAL INTEREST & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL INSPECTORS

 

 

 

Starting your Home Inspection Business (4 hours – 1x 4 hours)

 

This workshop will assist participants in learning and understanding the requirements of starting and setting up a home inspection business. The home inspection industry is an untapped market open to business opportunities. Some believe that it is as easy as a 3 hour course, taking an online test, or simply hanging out your business shingle.

 

This course includes tips and discussions on the role of the inspector, how to get started on the right foot, client expectations, the tools necessary, are you a people person, report writing, and the basics of business.

 

Text Required – none

Member Fee          $ 75.00

Non member Fee $ 125 .00

 

 

                                                         REPORT WRITING WITH CARL INGLIS RHI (Retired)

This is a one day workshop on the do’s and don’ts and of report writing as a primer for new inspectors or as a refresher for seasoned inspectors. Effective report writing is an essential skill in the home inspection business. Once the inspection is complete your report is the only tangible evidence of your work. The course includes tips on wording choices and presentation. Feel free to bring in a sample report for an informal critique. 
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          None

 

 

 

                                                ONTARIO ELECTRICAL CODE SAFETY UPDATE

This is a part day updated on recent changes to the Ontario Electrical Code with specific attention paid to changes which may affect the practicing home inspector. In addition to providing code updates this is excellent opportunity to have your electrical questions answered by a seasoned Electrical Safety Authority Inspector. The course duration varies depending on the number of questions.  
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Provided

 

 

                                                       CAHPI  NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTOR TRAINING

The program focuses on performing inspections of new homes either at or after the Pre-Delivery Inspection phase. Emphasis is placed on understanding the process and working with home builders, the Tarion Warranty Program, municipalities and most importantly - homeowners, to provide value in a consistent and professional manner.
The course is available through a self-paced online delivery format. Participants will take a timed online examination on completion of the program. Results will be available immediately after finishing the exam. Upon successful completion of the program, which includes passing the exam, participants will receive a "Letter of Completion" leading to the credential - CAHPI New Construction Inspector after successful completion of the Report Review process.

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Tarion Documents Downloadable from Internet

 

 

                                                                                 LEVEL 1 THERMOGRAPHY

This 40 hour 5 day course provides basic competency training for inspectors wishing to become certified to do thermal imaging inspections.  
Recommended Prerequisites:           TBC

Reference Material:                          TBC

 

 

                                                                        Working at Heights –ladder safety

This is a part day course on ladder safety. There is no requirement for an inspector to bring a ladder to an inspection but if you do this course is a must. Safety first-always! 
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          None

 

 

                                                                          Hydronics with Robin Parnell

This is a full day course presented by Mr. Robin Parnell CBCO a former head HVAC Inspector with the City of Toronto. This course is geared towards the practicing home inspector. Mr. Parnell will explain the design principles, operation and inspection of all types of Hydronic (hot water) heating systems.  
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          TBC

 

 

                                                                            Venting with Robin Parnell

This is a full day course presented by Mr. Robin Parnell CBCO a former head HVAC Inspector with the City of Toronto. This course will explain proper venting techniques for gas and oil fire appliances as well as what to look for when inspecting them.  
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          TBC

 

                                           Mentoring for Home Inspectors (40 hours – 4 x 8 hours plus 8 hours personal study)

This workshop will assist participants in combining requisite technical home inspection theory with the onsite home inspection and reporting process. It will emphasize the vital importance of site inspection protocol, occupational health and safety, use of home inspection tools, the onsite home inspection process, and the importance of conveying home inspection information to clients in a precise manner. The course will include 6 practical site visits with a professional experienced home inspector. This will be supported through course notes including 10 hours of reporting theory based instruction. Course includes 6 inspection reports from  Inspection Support Services .

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                         Your Home Inspection Report” and handout provided by  Inspection Support Services

 

                                                           Commercial Inspections with  Inspection Support Services

This 24 hour (3x8 hoursworkshop provides home and building inspectors with the necessary guidelines and resources required to conduct a commercial inspection. The workshop is not intended to provide all the technical knowledge necessary, but it does provide guidelines for defining components and identifying problem in accordance with the ASTM Standard E2018. Home and building inspection experience is recommended.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          ASTM Standard E2018         

 

 

                                                  A guide to mechanical equipment with  Inspection Support Services

This 16 hour (2x8 hours) workshop focuses on current information on heating, cooling and ventilation systems and equipment used in low-rise residential buildings. Various types of heating, cooling and ventilation systems are presented with discussions on how they affect the indoor air quality of a home.

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Free download from CMHC

 

 

                                        Residential energy management with blower door  :  Inspection Support Services

This workshop focuses on air infiltration in residential dwellings.  Participants are trained on building science and how it relates to air infiltration.  The workshop will show the process and use of blower doors and infrared technology in pinpointing and locating air infiltration in the house.

Text required –

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Various texts provided to student from CMHC.

Having a blower door and an infrared camera is an asset but not      required.

 

 

                                                                      Enhanced structural inspection 

This is a one day course presented by Mr. George Eastwood P. Eng, RHI for those interested in having a better understanding of the engineering aspects and fundamental principles of residential structure.  
Recommended Prerequisites:           Part 9  OBC   Building Envelope Recommended

Reference Material:                          TBC

 

 

                                                                           Windowwise with Sawdac 

This is a one day course presented by Mr. Gerry Quackenbush RHI also of SAWDAC (Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada). This course teaches about the proper method of installing windows according to the CAN/CSA –A440 Windows standard. At the end of this course Gerry will have you chanting “plumb, level & square”.

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Text Provided

 

 

                                                         Vinyl siding enhanced structural inspection 

This is a one day course presented by Mr. Gerry Quackenbush RHI also of SAWDAC (Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada) showing the proper method of vinyl siding installation and what details to look for when inspecting buildings with vinyl siding.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          TBC

 

 


 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

GROUP 3A

DetailedTechnicalBuildingCode Courses

 

 

These in-classroom training courses are intended to provide in-depth technical training in the Building Code, Building Code Act and associated practices as continuing education for the seasoned inspector or as preparation for those wishing to take the BCIN overview courses for certification with the MMAH.

 

                                                     Part 9 Buildings - Structural Requirements - 2012

This is a four day (30 hour) more advanced course dealing with the structural requirements and limitations of Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code. This course does not deal specifically with the design of structural elements.
The course addresses: excavations; footings and foundations (including general principals of concrete mix design; cold and hot-weather concreting); transfer of forces acting on a building; trusses; spatial separations and exposure protection as they apply to the structural elements of a building. 
Recommended Prerequisites:           a Part 9: The House course

Reference Material:                          Building Code, calculator

 

 

                                                    Part 3: Large Buildings - Classification & Construction - 2012

This is a five day (37 hour) basic course which considers the elements of a structure which are important when dealing with it as a Part 3 building. It is an introduction to Part 3 buildings. It includes the following topics: 
Building Classification; Separation of Major Occupancies; Building Area & Height; Streets; Building Size & Construction; Occupant Load; Fire Separation/Fire Resistance Rating; Firewalls; Closures - OBC requirements; Fire stopping; Provisions for Fire Fighting; Mezzanines & Interconnected Floor Spaces.
Recommended Prerequisites:           a Part 9 Buildings course

Reference Material:                          2012 Building Code, Supplementary Standards, and calculator

 

 

                                                     Part 3: Large Buildings - Health & Safety Requirements - 2012

This is a five day (37 hour) basic course which deals with the health and safety requirements of Part 3 buildings. It includes the following topics: 
Separation of Occupancies; Spatial Separation & Exposure Protection; Exits; Lighting & Emergency Power; Flame Spread Rating & Interior Finishes; Service Spaces & Rooms; Egress & Exiting from Mezzanines; Health Requirements; Fire Alarm & Detection Systems. 
Recommended Prerequisites:           PART 3 CLASSIFICATION & CONSTRUCTION

Reference Material:                       2012   Building Code Compendium, calculator

 

 

                                                        Part 10/11 Building Renovation and Change-of-Use - 2012

A 30 hour course which looks at the means of ensuring that a building's use and occupancy is appropriate and the required construction requirements due to a Change-Of-Use in an existing building are implemented.
This course covers the following areas: Requirements for Permits; Applicability of Parts 10 and 11; Code Terminology for Evaluating Renovation Projects; Building Systems; Change in Major Occupancy; Fire Separations; Basic Renovations; example Projects; Site Generated Challenges; and Change-Of-Use Without Construction.
Recommended Prerequisites:           a Part 9 Buildings course or a Part 3 Large Buildings Course

Reference Material:                          2012  Building Code, Supplementary Standards

 

  

                                                                    Plan Examination - Basic - 2012

A 37 hour course which deals with basic plan examination procedures and skills related to Part 9 and Part 3 buildings. The course addresses the following topics:
Symbols and Abbreviations; Drawings; The language of the Industry; Drawing Practice; Specifications; Measure Scale; Scale and Site Plans; Zoning and Official Plans; Site Plan Agreements; the Plan Examiner; Case Studies; Developing a Plan Review System; and Hints and Techniques. 
Recommended Prerequisites:           a Part 9 course and a Part 3 course

Reference Material:                          2012  Building Code, Supplementary Standards, and calculator

 

 

 All courses require that student to bring their own copy of the latest edition of the Building Code. In addition, some courses will require that student have their own copy of certain reference material including; Supplementary Standards, Referenced Standards and other supporting material such as a calculator. Students are advised to contact the course delivery agent to find out if they or the student are responsible for providing this material.

 

 


 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

GROUP 3B

BCIN OVERVIEW COURSES

 

These in-classroom training courses are intended to assist participants in passing the BCIN (Building Code Identification Number) exams certification with the MMAH.  Taking of the course is not required in order to attempt the certification exams. These courses are of interest to those persons who prefer to study in a disciplined group environment rather than self study at home. . 

 

                                                                                Small Buildings-2012

This overview course has been developed to assist experienced practitioners review and become more familiar with the portions of the 2006 Building Code dealing with Part 9 small buildings. It is largely based on Parts 3, 9 and 12 of Division B of the Building Code along with Supplementary Standards SB-2, SB-3, and SB-7, Note: SB-9 is covered in the companion course entitled House - 2006. The Small Building Course covers the following topics:

  • Special Structures and the Basics of      Structural Requirements
  • Design of Areas and Spaces
  • Doors
  • Windows and Skylights
  • Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Protection
  • Floor-on-Ground 
  • Wood Frame Construction 
  • Plumbing, Public Pools and Spas 
  • Electrical Facilities
  • Resource Conservation

The course also contains exercises and answers which, when supplemented with the Ministry's sample examinations, should assist the student in preparing for the actual qualification examination.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           House-2012

Reference Material:                          Latest version of; 2012 Building Code, 2012 Supplementary Standards, (Volumes 1 & 2 of the 2012 Building Code Compendium)

 

 

                                 General Legal/Process for Inspectors and Designers, Powers and Duties of CBO’s, and RCA’s-2012

The General Legal/Process Course reflects the requirements of the Building Code Act and the provisions of the 2006 Objective-Based Building Code which came in force on December 31, 2012. The contents of the “Transition Training for the Objective-Based 2012 Building Code” Course have been abridged and incorporated into this course.

 

The General Legal/Process Course has been designed to be 4 days (30 hours) in length to prepare those Building Code Act Practitioners who intend to challenge either the General Legal/Process - 2012 or the Designer Legal/Process - 2012 examination.

 

During the first four days, in addition to explaining the structure of the 2012 Building Code, the linking of Act requirements with the provisions of the Code and the identification of the Principal Authority, the General Legal/Process Course addresses the following topics:

 

  • Understanding Roles and the Legal      Framework of the Act
  • Qualifications and Registration under      the Act and the Code
  • Permit Applications and the Issuance      Process
  • Exercising Lawful Entry
  • Inspection and Compliance Processes
  • The Occupancy Process
  • Co-operation, Conflict and Dispute      Resolution under the Act
  • Offences, Liability and Immunity from      Actions
  • Change of Use and Renovations, and
  • Complying with Division B.

 

Who Should Attend?

  • Inspectors who have the same powers      and duties as a CBO in relation to sewage systems or plumbing,
  • Persons who intend to become      registered as Designers engaged in the business of providing design activities      to the public and their staff, if any, or obtain the qualifications of      "Other Designers".
  • Persons who intend to become      registered as Registered Code Agencies and Persons who will be authorized      by a Registered Code Agency.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

 

Reference Material:                            The Building Code Act S.O. 1992, c. 23 as amended to January 1, 2007 and the provisions of the 2006 Building Code, Ontario Regulation 350/06 as amended to April 2, 2007.

 

                                                                                             House-2012

This overview course is to assist practitioners review, and become more familiar with, the portions of the 2006 Building Code requirements dealing with houses. It is largely based on Division B - Part 9 of the Building Code along with Supplementary Standards SB-1, SB-2, SB-3, SB-7 and SB-9. Some of the areas covered are:

 

  • Basics of Structural Requirements
  • Design of Areas and Spaces
  • Doors
  • Windows and Skylights
  • Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Protection
  • Sound Control
  • Excavation
  • Dampproofing, Waterproofing and Soil      Gas Control
  • Drainage
  • Footings and Foundations
  • Floors-on-Ground
  • Columns
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Attic and Roof Spaces
  • Above Grade Masonry
  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces
  • Wood Frame Construction
  • Sheet Steel Stud Wall Framing
  • Heat Transfer, Air Leakage,      Condensation Control and Part 12
  • Roofing
  • Cladding
  • Stucco
  • Interior Wall and Ceiling Finishes
  • Flooring
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Facilities
  • Garages and Carports
  • Cottages
  • Log Construction
  • Park Model Trailers

 

The course contains a pre-course self-administered quiz, exercises and answers which, when supplemented with the Ministry's sample examinations, should assist the student in preparing for the Qualification Examination.

 

This course also provides an overview and complements the material required for those who wish to complete the Small Buildings-2012 course and examination.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          2012  Building Code Compendium, Calculator

 

 

 

                                                                                              HVAC - House – 2012 

This overview course has been developed to assist experienced practitioners review and become more familiar with the particular parts of the Building Code dealing with Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning for houses. It also aims to help students prepare for the associated qualification examination. The course is largely based on Division A and Division B, particularly Parts 1, 6, 9, 11 and 12 of the Building Code. The course covers: • The Building Code and HVAC - House - Definitions and Scope • HVAC Design and Installation - All Buildings • Air Ducts for Low Capacity Systems • Heating and Cooling Systems / General Requirements • Heat Transfer, Air Leakage & Condensation Control • Ventilation - Part 9 Requirements • Heating and Air Conditioning • Renovation

 

Recommended Prerequisite: None

Reference Material: 

Latest version of; 2012  Building Code and the Building Code Act as amended and the Supplementary Standards.

 

 

                                                                         On-Site Sewage Systems- 2012

This 5 day (35 hr) overview course largely deals with the requirements related to the onsite sewage systems regulated under the Building Code (systems with design capacity less than 10,000 Litres per day). The Code requirements related to these systems are found in Part 8 of the Code. The course addresses the following areas; • The Building Code, Permits, responsibilities and the concept of septic systems • Site conditions, Test Pits and T-Times • Characteristics of Systems and Design Flows • Class 1, 2 and 3 Sewage Systems • Class 4 Sewage Systems • Class 5 Sewage Systems • Construction of On-Site Sewage Systems • Occupational Health and Safety, and • Evaluation of Malfunctioning Systems, Remedial Work and Change-Of-Use Procedures.

 

Who Should Attend?

Persons who require qualifications under Row 10, ON-Site Sewage Systems of Table 3.5.2.1. This also an excellent course for home inspectors performing rural home inspections regardless of whether or not you are pursuing certification.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          Building Code compendium, Calculator

 

                                                                          Plumbing - House-2012

The Plumbing - House-2012 Course largely reflects the provisions of the 2012 Building Code, Ontario Regulation 350/06 which came in force on December 31, 2012 and as amended to April 2, 2007.

This is a five day (37.5 hour) course to prepare those Building Code Practitioners that intend to challenge the Plumbing - House-2006 examination associated with the Category of Qualification described in Row 5 of Table 3.5.2.1. of Division C of the Code. The course is geared towards a new or relatively new Part 7 of Division B practitioner. The course is structured to mirror the order that the drainage, venting and water systems for a house may typically be inspected. Participants will relate the provisions of Part 7 to inspections of plumbing, learn the terminology associated with drainage, venting and water systems and the theory of plumbing systems, review plans of buildings and drawings of plumbing for a typical house as addressed under the following Modules:

• Water Supply and Waste-Water Management • The Plumbing Model: Service and Distribution • Water-Service Inspection • Water Distribution System Inspection • The Plumbing Model: Drainage • Sewer and Drain Inspection I • Sewer and Drain Inspection II • Stacks and Waste Pipes and their Inspection • Venting Systems and their Inspection • Fixtures and Plumbing Appliances Inspection

 

Who Should Attend?

Persons who require qualifications under Row 5, Plumbing - House, of Table 3.5.2.1.- Division C to be eligible to be appointed as Chief Building Officials (CBO), Inspectors who have the same powers and duties as a CBO in relation to plumbing, Inspectors whose duties include the supervision or management of other Inspectors and all types of Inspectors including Intern Inspectors.

Persons who require qualifications under Row 5, Plumbing - House, of Table 3.5.2.1.- Division C and who intend to become registered as Designers engaged in the business of providing design activities to the public and their staff, if any, or obtain the qualifications of Other Designers. The same would apply to Designers who need to upgrade either their class of registration or category of qualification.

Persons who intend to become registered as Registered Code Agencies in the House Class of Registration and Persons who will be authorized by the Registered Code Agency to do plans review and/or inspection of Plumbing under Part 7 of Division B of the Code for Houses.

 

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Reference Material: 

The Building Code Act S.O. 1992, c. 23 as amended to January 1, 2007 and the 2012 Building Code, Ontario Regulation 350/06 as . Alternatively, participants may use the Code and Guide to Part 7 (Plumbing) of the Ontario Building Code 2006.

 

 

                                                                           Plumbing - All Buildings-2006

The Plumbing - All Buildings-2006 Overview Course largely reflects the provisions of the 2012 Building Code, Ontario Regulation 350/06 which came in force on December 31, 2006 and as amended to April 2, 2007.

This is a five day (37.5 hour) course to prepare those Building Code Practitioners that intend to challenge the Plumbing - All Buildings-2006 examination associated with the Category of Qualification described in Row 6 of Table 3.5.2.1. of Division C of the Code. The course is geared towards an intermediate Part 7 of Division B practitioner. The course elaborates the theory that is the basis for the provisions of the Code that regulate drainage, venting and water systems. The course is designed to help participants find Code requirements that apply to specific plumbing systems, identify deficiencies in plumbing design and installation, develop a plan of action to inspect plumbing installations and become familiar with plans of buildings and drawings of plumbing as addressed under the following Modules:

• Drainage • Traps • Venting • Water Supply System • Fittings and Fixtures • Equipment • Other Requirements including minimum plumbing fixture requirements for various occupancies, barrier-free provisions that apply to fixtures, fire protection requirements as they relate to piping in fire separations and fire rated assemblies and surface burning characteristics and plumbing for public pools and public spas • Optional Module on Water Properties is included as an Appendix

 

Who Should Attend?

Persons who require qualifications under Row 6, Plumbing - All Buildings of Table 3.5.2.1.- Division C to be eligible to be appointed as Chief Building Officials (CBO), Inspectors who have the same powers and duties as a CBO in relation to plumbing, Inspectors whose duties include the supervision or management of other Inspectors and all types of Inspectors including Intern Inspectors.

Persons who require qualifications under Row 6, Plumbing - All Buildings of Table 3.5.2.1.-Division C and who intend to become registered as Designers engaged in the business of providing design activities to the public and their staff if any or obtain the qualifications of Other Designers. The same would apply to Designers who need to upgrade either their class of registration or category of qualification.

Persons who intend to become registered as Registered Code Agencies in theSmallBuildings,LargeBuildingsor Complex Buildings Class of Registration and Persons who will be authorized by the Registered Code Agency to do plans review and/or inspection of Plumbing under Part 7 of Division B of the Code for saidSmallBuildings,LargeBuildingsandComplexBuildings.

 

Recommended Prerequisites: Plumbing - House-2012

Reference Material:

The Building Code Act S.O. 1992, c. 23 as amended to January 1, 2007 and the 2012 Building Code, Ontario Regulation 350/06 as amended April 2, 2007. Alternatively, participants may use the Code and Guide to Part 7 (Plumbing) of the Ontario Building Code 2006.

 

 

                                                             Part 12 Resource Conservation-House 2012

The Resource Conservation - House 2006 Course is produced to largely reflect the provisions of Division B, Part 12 as found in the Building Code, Ontario Regulation 503/09 which came in force on January 1, 2010. This course addresses the mandatory and enabling energy efficiency and minimum insulation levels as they apply only to houses.

This is a two day (15 hour) course to prepare Building Code Practitioners to more fully understand the provisions found in Part 12 of the Code, for permits applied for before January 1, 2012 and after December 31, 2011. Although some of the information found in Part 12 has been relocated from other Parts of the previous Code, this course also deals with concepts which are new in the 2006 version of the Code. The course is structured to introduce the participant to the; application of Part 12, thermal insulation compliance options as well as thermal performance of windows, and doors, and limits on air infiltration, NRCan Energuide compliance option, motion sensors and water and furnace efficiency. Each topic within the modules is followed by practical exercises to reinforce the concepts as presented. Participants should, by the end of this course, not only be aware of the code requirements but also the concepts related to those requirements thereby giving a more profound knowledge of the Code provisions. Some of the topics which are covered within the various modules include:

  • Application of Part 12 Resource      Conservation
  • Thermal Insulation Compliance Option
  • Thermal Performance - Windows and      Doors
  • Thermal Design Compliance Option
  • Thermal Design - Windows and Doors
  • Thermal Performance - Air Infiltration     
  • NRCan EnerGuide Compliance Option
  • Supplementary Standard SB-12
  • Motion Sensors
  • Water Efficiency

While the Course deals with the provisions of Subsection 12.3.3. as they apply to houses, the Course will not address the “how-to-design” methodology of a thermal design under Subsection 12.3.3. nor how to perform a design under the NRCan, “EnerGuide for New Houses: Administrative and Technical Procedures”.

 

Who Should Attend?

Resource Conservation is not a separate Category of Qualification under the Provincial qualification program (see Table 3.5.2.1. of Division C).

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Reference Material: The Building Code Act, S.O. 1992 c. 23 as amended to January 1,  2012 Building Code, and the Supplementary Standards to the Building Code.

 

 

                                                          Transition Training for the Objective-Based 2012 Building Code

The “Transition Training Course” overviews the structure of Ontario’s 2012 Objective-Based Code and makes use of a sample process for the assessment of proposed alternative solutions. Under the 2012 Code, compliance can be achieved by using the acceptable solutions of Division B or by using alternative solutions that will achieve the level of performance required by the applicable acceptable solutions of Division B. This 15 hour course provides participants with an understanding of the organization of the Ontario’s 2012 Building Code in three Divisions. For those practitioners that are familiar with the provisions of the 1997 Code, the course provides “transition training” to help find administrative provisions that have been relocated from Part 2 in the 1997 Code to Division A, C or the Supplementary Standards of the new 2012 Building Code. The “Transition Training Course” is developed for Chief Building Officials, Inspectors, Registered Code Agencies, Persons authorized by Registered Code Agencies and Designers who are familiar with the 1997 Code and want to fast-track their understanding of the workings of the 2012 Building Code.

The “Transition Training Course” is also relevant to the newcomer who wants to become familiar with the structure of the 2012 Code. However, the “Transition Training Course” is not a substitute for but complements the “General Legal/Process for Inspectors and Designers, Powers and Duties for Chief Building Officials and Registered Code Agencies” course.

 

Note: This is NOT a technical course and does not deal with the technical changes contained in the newest version of the Code.

 

Recommended Prerequisites:           None

 

 

                                                                                         Building Structural - 2012

The Building Structural-2012  Overview Course reflects both Part 4 and Part 9 provisions of the 2012 Building Code, O. Reg. 350/06 as amended to April 2, 2007.

This course has been designed to be completed in five days (37.5 hours). The purpose of the course is to prepare Building Code Practitioners that intend to challenge the Building Structural-2006 examination associated with the Category of Qualification described in Row 9 of Table 3.5.2.1. of Division C of the Code. There have been major changes to the 2006 Building Code, and this course provides essential information for the designer, plans reviewer and inspector. Some commonly mis-interpreted issues are addressed.

The course includes the following topics; • Structural Design - General Requirements - Part 4 • Dead and live loads • Snow and rain loads • Wind loads • Earthquake loads • Special structures and their loads • Foundations designed to Part 4 • General requirements - Part 9 • Footings - Part 9 • Foundation walls - Part 9 • Roof and ceiling framing - Part 9 • Floors - Part 9 • Walls - Part 9 • Above grade masonry - Part 9 • Special structural components - Part 9 • Special building types - Part 9 • Farm buildings • Renovation - Part 11
Who Should Attend?

Building Officials, Designers and Registered Code Agency personnel that wish to be qualified under Row 9, “Building Structural” of Table 3.5.2.1. of Division C of the Building Code. 
Recommended Prerequisites:           None

Reference Material:                          The Building Code Act, S.O. 1992 c. 23 as amended to January 1,  2012 Building Code, and the Supplementary Standards to the Building Code.