Coolidge Center offering IBC course in commercial inspection starting Aug.19


By Tom Di Camillo

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – Even though new construction has slowed across the nation, building code inspectors on old and new properties are still needed to ensure public safety.

Central Arizona College’s International Building Code (I.B.C.) course with a focus on commercial properties is being offered this fall at the Coolidge Center.

The class will begin on Thursday evening, Aug. 19, and will run every Thursday through Dec. 9 with the exception of Thanksgiving Day.

The class will take place from 6:10-9:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Center located at 168 South Main Street.

The course will focus on the study and use of the 2009 International Building Code.

“This is a model code that provides minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare of the occupants of new and existing buildings and structures,” Gilbert Peru, the chief building official for the city of Eloy who teaches the class, explained.

The textbook for the class will be the 2009 International Building Code as opposed to the International Residential Code which has been the textbook for previous classes.

The 2009 International Building Code will be the required text for certification by the International Code Council for commercial building inspectors beginning in January of 2010.

The IBC addresses structural strength, use and occupancy classifications, height and area limitations for buildings, fire resistive construction, automatic fire extinguishing systems, and exiting requirements for all occupancies that are not within the scope of the International Residential Code.

For the last two years, the emphasis of the class has been on residential building code, something the students of the program desired after completing the commercial course in the fall of 2006. Now there has been a call for the commercial course again.

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

The three-credit class costs $306 for Arizona residents - $195 for tuition and $111 for the 2009 International Building Code book.

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

The International Building Code is the regulating set of design principles and standards for the construction of all new buildings and occupancies. The I.B.C. sets safety standards relating to the protection of property and the preservation of health and safety for all building occupants. The code has been adopted by every jurisdiction in Arizona.

For students interested in taking the voluntary examination offered by the International Code Conference for building inspector certification, the course instructor will provide dates and times for the exam. There is a fee for the examination.

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

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814