Coolidge Center offering IBC course in commercial inspection starting Jan. 20

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – Even though construction has slowed across the state, building code inspectors are still needed to ensure public safety on new and existing residential buildings.

This spring, Central Arizona College is offering a course in the use and study of the 2009 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings.

The class will cover requirements of major systems of residential building construction to include administration, foundations, floors, wall construction, roof-ceiling construction, roof assemblies, chimneys and foundations.

The class will be held each Thursday from 6:10-9:30 p.m. starting Jan. 20 and will run through May 5 with the exception of March 17 when Central Arizona College will be closed for spring break. The class will be held at CAC’s Coolidge Center located at 168 S. Main Street in Coolidge, Ariz.

The textbook for the course is the 2009 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, now the required code edition for students wishing to obtain a national voluntary certification as a Residential Building Inspector from the International Code Council.

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

“The International Residential Code is fully compatible with the International Building Code for use in the inspection of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses and serves as a comprehensive set of construction safety guidelines based on principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs,” Gilbert Peru, Building Official for the City of Eloy and instructor for the class said.  “Inspectors charged with the enforcement of building codes must be certified by the International Code Council as a condition of employment in the government and private sector.”

The three-credit class costs $287.65 for Arizona residents - $195.00 for tuition and $92.65 for the 2009 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings text book.

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

Students interested in taking the voluntary examination offered by the International Code Council for building inspector certification may request dates and times for the test. 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.

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