Construction Administration and Licensing Programs


Construction Administration and Licensing Programs

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Bergen Community College provides comprehensive courses to complete the education requirement for both administrative and technical construction administration licensing.

These courses are open to anyone with an interest in construction and required for construction professionals looking to advance their careers and become New Jersey State Inspectors for local municipalities.

Mandatory for any construction professional without an engineering degree looking to obtain licensure in building, electrical, elevator, fire protection, plumbing; and administrative licensure in sub code official, construction official, and technical assistance. Successfully passing each course fulfills the education component of the three requirements in obtaining the individual stated licensures.

Courses are approved for licensure by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and must be taken in proper sequence (RCS-ICS-HHS). Individuals who are not yet licensed at the RCS level will not be licensed at the ICS or HHS levels until the lower license requirements are fulfilled.

Please note: Not all technical or administrative licensures require a course in each level. (For example, Building Inspector requires RCS, ICS, & HHS, whereas Plumbing Inspector requires only ICS & HHS and Elevator Inspector requires only HHS.) For all specific requirements in achieving licensure and the pre-requisite experience for each course please go to: https://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/publications/pdf_licensing/licens_info_bklet.pdf

The New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs offers students who successfully complete the course a 100% reimbursement of tuition when they apply for their licensure. (Information provided to registered students in class.) Any questions about qualifying for any of these courses must be cleared by the Department of Community Affairs before registration. (609 984-7834)

There are no refunds once classes are started.

For the most relevant information about licensing and the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/offices/licensing_cont_ed.html

 

 

Administrative Licenses:

There are only two administrative licenses-the Subcode Official license, and the Construction Official license. Possession of an R.C.S., I.C.S. or H.H.S. technical license is a prerequisite for award of a Subcode Official license in the same subcode area. Possession of the Subcode Official license is a prerequisite for award of a Construction Official license.


- Sub-Code Official 
- Construction Code Official 



Technical Licenses:

Technical level courses must be taken in sequence. Please register early.

 

Level 1 - RCS (Residential Commercial Structures)
The RCS level of the technical licenses indicate that the licensee is a (RCS) Residential and Small Commercial Specialist authorized to review plans for structures in Class III,* and to carry out field inspection activities for structures in Classes I, II and III.** The RCS level of licensure is used for inspector designations within the Building Subcode area only. 
Note: The RCS license requirements are a prerequisite for licensure to the ICS license level within the same subcode area.


Level 2 - ICS (Industrial Commercial Structures)

The ICS level of the technical licenses listed on page 1 indicates that the licensee is an (ICS) Industrial and Commercial Specialist authorized to review plans for structures in Classes II and III,* and to carry out field inspection activities for structures in Classes I, II and III.** The ICS level of licensure is used for inspector designations within four of the subcode areas, namely, Building, Fire Protection, Electrical and Plumbing. 


Note: the ICS license requirements are a prerequisite for licensure to the HHS license level within the same subcode area.


Level 3 - HHS (Hazardous High-rise Structures) 

The HHS level of the technical licenses listed above indicates that the licensee is a (HHS) Highrise-Hazardous Specialist authorized to review plans and to carry out field inspection activities for structures in Classes I, II and III.* ** The HHS level of licensure is used for inspector designations within all five subcode areas, namely, Building, Fire Protection, Electrical, Plumbing and Elevator.


*Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.11 
**Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-5.3

- Building Inspector RCS, ICS, HHS
- Electrical Inspector ICS, HHS
- Elevator Inspector HHS
- Fire Inspector ICS, HHS 
- Plumbing Inspector ICS, HHS 
- Technical Assistant 

• Attendance requirements are mandated for each course by the state; however, attendance does not ensure licensing. Prerequisites for all courses will be enforced by the Licensing Bureau, New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs.

• After successfully completing each of the required courses, please contact Experior Assessments (800) 864-5309, for a candidate guide (a licensing requirement), which will enable you to sit for the state exam.

• For information on how to apply for your license (or license number or log number), contact the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Construction Code Services by calling (609) 984-7834.

For more information, please call Continuing Education at (201) 447-7488.  

 

CD 166 Home Improvement Workshop

1 session; $60

001, Sat; February 23, 2019 

Hours: 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: TBA

This 3-hour seminar is designed to guide you through the Building Permit Application process, when undertaking a home improvement project. Prior approvals such as zoning, engineering and floor plan management will be discussed. Building department operations are identified and all questions will be answered.

Instructor: Thomas Yotka, Village of Ridgewood, Construction Code Official

NJ UCC Education Calendar 2016 2017

Please click here to view the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Education Program - Regional Calendar for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017.

Be sure to view our current Bergen Community College UCC offerings within this Construction Administration section of our catalog!

CD 063 Sub-Code Official

Sub Code Official 
CD-063 002
Date:
Mondays & Wednesdays, February 17 – April 6, 2020
Hours:
6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Sessions:
15
Fee:
$525

Location:
TBA

This 45-hour course is divided into three main areas: Administration, Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement and related Legislation. You must have at least one technical license in order to get the Sub Code license. Duties include: reviewing construction documents and building plans for sub-code compliance.

Required text:
Uniform Construction Code book  
Instructor:
Anthony Merlino 

CD 062 Construction Official

Construction Official 
CD-063 001
Date:
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 13 – June 3, 2020
Hours:
5:45 – 8:45 pm 

Sessions:
14
Fee:
$525

Location:
TBA

This 45-hour course is divided into four main areas: Administration, Legal Methods of Code Enforcement, Legislation and Sub-Code. This course reviews the duties of the construction code official.

Required text:
Uniform Construction Code book. Please bring this book to the first class.

Prerequisite Course: Sub Code Official 

Instructor: Ron Ferrari 

 

CD 075 Building Inspector RCS

Building Inspector RCS
CD 075 002
Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 
February 18 - May 14, 2020
Hours:
6:00-9:30 pm

Sessions:
26
Fee:
$785

Location: TBA

This 90-hour course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and educational experience required by the state for licensure under this title. Topics include: structural design and analysis techniques, wood framing construction foundations; materials – materials standards, field identification of requirements, inspection techniques, inspection tools and methods; and other related topics from the International Residential Code.
 
Required text: International Residential Code (latest New Jersey edition). Available at www.iccsafe.org
Instructor: Felix Esposito


 

CD 225 Building Inspector ICS

CD 225 Building Inspector ICS
23 sessions; $715
001, Mondays & Wednesday; January 22 - April 13, 2020
Hours: 5:45 - 9:00 pm
Note: One Saturday field trip.
Location: Ciarco Learning Center, Hackensack, NJ

This 75-hour course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and educational experience required by the state for licensure under this title. The course covers: building construction and technology, structural systems foundation design, wood and steel frame construction, requirements for the building sub-code; basic fire protection systems, systems design and installation procedures, plan review and other related topics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Building Inspector RCS.

Required text: International Building Code 2009, (New Jersey edition) and International Mechanical Code 2009. Available at www.iccsafe.org. UCC and IBC books are required by the second class meeting.

Instructor: Ron Ferrari

CD 290 Building Inspector HHS

CD 290 Building Inspector HHS
20 sessions; $650
001, M/W; February 3 - April 8, 2020
Hours: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Ciarco Learning Center, Hackensack, NJ
This 60-hour course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and educational experience required by the state for licensure under this title. Topics are: structural systems; design and analysis; fire protection and safety systems; special use of occupancy; advanced mechanical systems; design principles for heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems; energy conservation and other related topics.
Prerequisite: Building Inspector RCS and Building Inspector ICS
Instructor: Thomas Cohen

CD 227 Plumbing Inspector HHS

Plumbing Inspector HHS
CD-227 002
Date
: Wednesdays & Saturdays, February 19 – April 11, 2020
Hours: Wed, 6:00 – 9:00 pm & Sat, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Paramus
Sessions: 10

Fee: $525

This 60-hour course is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge and educational experience required by the State for licensure under this title.

Prerequisite: Students must have Plumbing Inspector ICS
Instructor: James Zaconie

CD 065 Plumbing Inspector ICS

Plumbing Inspector ICS
CD 065-001
Date:
Wednesdays & Saturdays, Fall 2020  
Hours:
Wed, 6:00 – 9:00 pm & Sat, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Location:
Paramus 

Sessions:
20
Fee:
$950

This 120-hour course is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and educational experience required by the state for licensure under this title.

Required text:
Uniform Construction Code book

Instructor: James Zaconie

CD 066 Electrical Inspector ICS

Electrical Inspector ICS 
CD-066 002
Date: Monday & Wednesday,
Fall 2020    
Hours:
6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Location:
Paramus 

Sessions:
20
Fee:
$650

This 60-hour course covers system designs, electrical service design and sizing branch circuits, plan review and field inspection. Also systematic plans analysis, material requirements, installation methods, basic inspection, report writing, violation notices, and record-keeping. Uniform Construction Code organization and content, electrical sub code and other related topics.

Instructor:
Norman Finkel

BI 609 Technical Assistant Certification Program

Technical Assistant Certification Program 
BI-609 002 
Date:
Wednesday & Thursday, February 5 – April 2, 2020     
Hours:
6:00pm – 8:30pm 

Location:
TBA

Sessions:
18
Fee:
$450

This 45-hour certification for Technical Assistants to Construction Officials is designed for the individuals working in a municipality (specifically, the building department), or contractors and their staff wanting to understand the construction permit process as required by the State. It provides an understanding of the Uniform Construction Code as it relates to permit processing. This course covers: UCC Law, Regulations, Administration, UCC Standard Blue Form, Blue Print Reading, Reporting & time management and Technical Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution, and critical thinking. 

Required text:
Book is included in this class.

Instructor: Linda Aiello

 

CD 228 Electrical Inspector HHS

Electrical Inspector HHS 
CD-228 001
Date: Monday & Wednesday,
February 12 – April 2, 2020     
Hours:
6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Location:
Paramus 

Sessions:
15
Fee:
$525 

This 45-hour course covers: system design, electrical service design and sizing, branch circuit and feeder design, appliance and motor circuits, plan review and field inspection, systematic plans analysis, material requirements, installation methods, basic inspection, report writing, violation notices, inspection and recordkeeping, Uniform Construction Code organization and content, electrical sub code and other related ICS.

Instructor:
Norman Finkel

 

CD 496 Fire Protection Inspector ICS

40 sessions; $999

001,T/Th; February 8 - June 19, 2018

Hours: 6:00-9:00 pm

Location: TBA

This 120-hour program is designed to prepare the students to obtain the licensing in the Fire Protection discipline of the NJ UCC. Course work includes the building use groups, types of construction, height and area, fire protection systems and means of egress. Students will learn when the building codes require such systems and equipment in new renovated structures along with the standards for systems installations and acceptance testing, course textbook information is provided the first day of class.

Instructor: Thomas Yotka

CD 521 Fire Protection HHS

Fire Protection Inspector HHS  
CD-521 001
Date:
Tuesday & Thursday, Fall 2020     
Hours:
6:00  – 9:00 pm 

Location:
Ciarco Learning Center, Hackensack, NJ

Sessions:
20
Fee:
$600

This 60-hour program is designed to prepare the students to obtain the licensing in the Fire Protection discipline of the NJ Uniform Construction Code, after they have completed Fire Protection ICS (CD 496). Course work includes the building use groups, types of construction, height and area, fire protection systems and means of egress. Students will learn when the building codes require such systems and equipment in new renovated structures along with the standards for systems installations and acceptance testing, course textbook information is provided the first day of class.

Instructor:
Thomas Yotka

 

CD 229 Elevator Inspector HHS

Elevator Inspector HHS  
CD-229 001
Date:
Wednesdays & Saturdays, January 29 – April 11, 2020   
Hours:
Wed, 6:00 – 9:00 pm & Sat, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Location:
Paramus 

Sessions:
19
Fee:
$975

This 90-hour course is designed to provide Elevator Inspectors with the fundamental knowledge and educational experience required by the state for licensure under this title. Topics include: testing and inspections on escalators, elevators, lifts and hoisting equipment and all related construction.

Prerequisite:
Seven years related experience.


Instructor:
Elizabeth Neilsen