Coolidge Center offering International Building Code with emphasis on residential inspection starting Jan. 21

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – Even though new construction has slowed down across the nation, the forecast is not all doom and gloom for the building inspection field.

Inspection services normally provided by local governments will most likely shift in part to the private sector as the economy improves. As a result, the demand for certified building inspectors may continue to grow as private companies scramble to meet the need to supplement local building departments.

Central Arizona College will offer the International Building Code class with emphasis on residential construction pertaining to one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses during the spring 2010 semester.

The class will begin on Thursday evening, Jan. 21 and will run every Thursday through May 13 with the exception of spring break (March 18). The class will meet from 6:10-9:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Center located at 168 South Main St.

“The International Building Code is fully compatible with the Residential Code used in the inspection of residential homes and townhouses,” Gilbert Peru, building official for the city of Eloy and instructor for the class, said. “Inspectors charged with the enforcement of the building codes also must be certified by the International Code Council as a condition of employment in almost all instances.”

The class is being offered by Central Arizona College as the institution continues to meet the needs of the region.

“We need to respond to the requests of our students and our community,” Dr. Jim Fedenia, community outreach coordinator at the Coolidge Center, explained. “The students who previously participated in the commercial course have asked that we run the residential program as well.

In recognition of the requirement that all new certifications will be administered under the 2009 International Codes, or “I” Codes, the CAC course will be taught using the 2009 International Residential Code.

The three-credit class costs $280.30 for Arizona residents - $186.00 for tuition and $94.30 for the 2009 International Residential Code For One- And Two-Family Dwellings book.

Current inspectors requiring certification by their employers or those seeking to enter the commercial building inspection field should strongly consider taking this course.

For students interested in taking the voluntary examination offered by the International Code Council for building inspector certification, the instructor will provide dates and times for the exam. The exam administered by the International Code Council is separate from Central Arizona College.

For more information about the class, or to register for the course, please contact Dr. Jim Fedenia by phone at 520-494-6700, or by e-mail at

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