Fire Cross Training Program Description, Goal and Objectives
The goal of the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) Fire Inspector/Cross Training Program is to provide an acceptable, practical alternative for the experience requirement for examination qualification pursuant to 468.609(2) (4), F.S.
The Certification Committee of the Building Officials Association of Florida has been established and is operated in order to gain recognition and approval by the Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board (BCAIB) of training developed and administered by the BOAF, in conjunction with appropriate field training monitored and certified by currently standard licensed and knowledgeable individuals in the trade desired under the supervision and tutelage of a standard licensed Building Code Administrator (BCA, aka Building Official) and Florida licensed Fire professional. Such training program will provide for practical training and qualification through relevant, recognized classroom education and on-the-job training (OJT) consistent with the original goals of the Legislature and BCAIB when proposing the statutory amendment (468.609 (2)(4) in 1998. This training program may allow agencies to utilize existing personnel resources as trainers while preparing other current employees for broader responsibilities and, at the same time, maintain accountability to the BCAIB and protection of the public in the built environment.
The BOAF Certification Committee has established training criteria for each inspector and plans examiner category, comprised of appropriate classroom education and OJT, for individuals seeking to improve their professional qualifications through BCAIB certification exams and meeting all other requirements of Florida Statute 468.609(2)(4). The Certification Committee recognizes the varying levels of complexity in each category and has established training requirements exceeding 200 hours, the statutory minimum. Classroom and OJT training for any category must be completed within the thirty-six (36) months immediately following the approval date of a pre-registration application to the BOAF Certification Committee. Training criteria consists of the following portions, identified and approved by the BOAF Certification committee, in conformity with Florida State Board (BCAIB) approvals:
- Completion of BOAF, ICC or equivalent approved preparatory coursework in the exam category sought.
- Field training (OJT), which must be under the supervision of and substantiated by a Trainer (an active, standard licensee in the appropriate specified category whose primary duty is practice in that category requested by the Trainee) with required documentation and pre-approval by BOAF.
- The Trainer’s supervising Building Official, properly licensed (must hold a standard BCA license) and designated as such, shall by application of his/her signature attest to said documentation.
- Submittal of a statement by that person properly licensed and designated as the Building Official (in the jurisdiction providing the OJT) indicating the applicant is reasonably qualified to take the BCAIB examination and assume responsibility for work in that category upon passing the exam, at the conclusion of the training.
- Submittal of an application with required documentation and any remaining portion of the application fee to the BOAF office for review and issuance of a certificate, upon approval, which must be submitted to the BCAIB as proof of experience in the requested area.
- The appropriate BOAF Certification Committee will review the application for compliance with these requirements, confirm the information contained therein, reject each insufficient submittal with written explanation, or approve and return it to the applicant for inclusion with his/her application to the BCAIB as proof of having met these requirements.
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All forms, instructions and other information needed for an applicant to apply for the program shall be maintained on the BOAF website at www.boaf.net. Forms for this program shall include, but be limited to:
- Pre-Registration Form for verification of qualification to participate
- Building Officials affidavit of monitoring of the program
- Fire Officials affidavit of program participation verifying Building Official oversight
- List of anticipated trainers for license verification
- On-The-Job Training (OJT) log sheets for documenting time and projects of training
- Explanations of the training received in various categories as appropriate
- Documentation of the training indicating the occupancy and use of structures trained on
- Documentation of training for various building types and construction methods
- Ability for the applicant to provide detailed explanations of additional information
- Trainers affidavits indicating their belief the trainee has gained the necessary knowledge
Many of the indicated forms are already in use and part of previously approved training programs. Additional forms and details needed for this program will be added as requested by the BOAF Certification committee. The basis for this new program is a solid and proven program to provide training to current licensees of the Board. Experience and background of the trainee is an important part of this program. The training will be under the direct supervision of a standard licensed Building Code Administrator in responsible charge and such oversight is required to be acknowledged by the Fire Official. This program is envisioned to provide a method for those persons with construction knowledge and a background in the fire and building codes, to advance their knowledge and areas of certification to better serve their communities and the public.