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Press Release: House Bill 909
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PRESS RELEASE (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)

Contact: Ann Russo

Building Officials Association of Florida

528 W. Lake Mary Blvd.

Sanford, FL 32773

Phone: 407-804-1001

Email: arusso@boaf.net

Website: www.boaf.net

BUILDING OFFICIALS PROPOSE BILL TO ATTRACT GEN Y & GEN Z

Sanford, Fla, March 15, 2017 – As Florida’s economy grows, construction projects increase and current building code compliance personnel come closer to retirement, the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) is proactively seeking ways to attract younger applicants to this career.

 

While most people certified to work in these jobs have years of experience, success in this field is also achieved with a combination of the love for the science behind the building codes, focused training, standard examination and evaluation. To create an environment for success, BOAF’s building official members are proposing an internship program that will provide the next generation with much needed competent building code inspectors and plans examiners.

 

To facilitate this internship path, BOAF has proposed legislation in HB 909 that will authorized the Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board (BCAIB) to create the guidelines for an internship path to certification, as well as addressing other related changes that will benefit the construction industry.

 

Specifically, HB 909 provides for the following changes:

1.       Adds language that clarifies that a building official for one jurisdiction has the same authority provided by statute when working as a relief building official for another jurisdiction under an interlocal agreement.

2.       Creates a Residential Plans Examiner definition and certification category.

3.       Creates an internship application category as a path to certification that would include:

• Employment with a sponsoring authority having jurisdiction.

 • Passing grade on state examination in category sought prior to starting internship.

 • Passing grade on principles and practices examination prior to completing internship.

 • Structured formal training (40 hours).

 • Specialized on-the-job training as determined by sponsoring building official.

 • Internship period from one to four years depending on verified education and/or experience.

 • Be eligible for provisional status certification when recommended by sponsoring building official.

 4.       Strikes language to clarify eligibility that provisional inspector or plans examiner status is not limited to newly hired or promoted employees.

5.       Authorizes BCAIB to accept a comparable ICC examination from another state.

6.       Adds building code administrator to the list of entities that can perform services as a private provider.  

 

The internship program combines experience and/or education, structured training, examinations, individualized advanced training, and evaluation under the supervision and direction of an appointed AHJ building official. 



ABOUT 
The Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) is a not-for-profit member association of building code compliance professionals. Established in 1953, BOAF serves the needs of code professionals and contractors, and the welfare of the general public as a whole by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.  For more information, contact Executive Director Ann Russo at arusso@boaf.net.

 

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