The Building Construction Inspection Program is designed to equip and prepare those enrolled to apply for the position of a building inspector. Candidates will gain vast knowledge of the responsibilities and duties one must perform as a building inspector or code enforcement officer, from effective communication skills, awareness of workplace safety requirements, to a deep comprehension of the intent of the building code and how it applies to both residential and commercial structures.
Upon successful completion of the Building Construction Inspection Certificate of Achievement, completers will be better prepared to take the International Code Council’s (ICC) Residential Building Inspector B1 examination, a national certification that is recognized in all U.S. jurisdictions. This is considered a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program which provides students with the skills required to safely and effectively be employed as a building inspector or code enforcement officer for Los Angeles Building and Safety (LADBS), Los Angeles County, or in other public and private settings.
A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
We are seeing an increase of completions due to offering more classes within each academic year, which started in 2019-20. Currently, we see around 9-16 completers. We are aiming to have between 20-40 completions each year, with potential for that number to continue to grow as program expands.
|CB01: Course Department Number||CB02: Course Title||Annual # Sections||Annual Enrollment Total||Annual # Sections||AnnualEnrollment Total|
|BLDG 212||Print Reading for Construction||1||35||0||N/A Not Offered|
|BLDG 213||Building Codes and Standards||1||49||1||44|
|BLDG 214||Materials & Methods of Construction: Sub-Grade to Roof||1||34||0||N/A Not Offered|
|BLDG 223||Principles of Plumbing Inspection||1||47||0||N/A Not Offered|
|BLDG 224||Principles of Heating and Refrigeration Inspections||1||43||0||N/A Not Offered|
|ELTY 217||Electrical Inspection and Codes||2||70||3||91|
Pasadena City College’s Building Construction Inspection program has been in close communication with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) and Los Angeles County with the intent of creating a partnership to fulfill our respective institutional goals. Research has shown that there is a great need for skilled building inspectors. With construction trends still on the rise, LADBS needs to expand its current yield for construction inspection and other construction related matters. The other fact in consideration is the anticipated departure of a large number of LADBS employees leaving for retirement within the next few years, leaving a wide array of positions available.
This expansion will be done with great consideration of the recommendations set forth by our continued communication with LADBS and LA County. The newly appointed general manager and superintendent of LADBS, Osama Younan, has been advised by Mayor Garcetti to create a taskforce with the immediate goal of hiring specifically African American and/or women as building inspectors for LADBS. They are looking to partner with accredited schools interested that already have a construction inspection program in place. We have been asked to join this taskforce and help create a network for LADBS to select individuals with completed certificates of achievement for employment. This partnership will greatly enhance the likelihood of students becoming gainfully employed in the construction industry. We will work closely with them and will adapt our program to best serve these goals.
The attached documents have labor market data for jobs/careers in Construction Inspection. The data shows that jobs in the field are growing and the median compensation is higher than the entry level national average, with starting salaries ranging around 70K. Students will, upon successful completion of the Building Construction Inspection Certificate of Achievement, be better prepared to take the International Code Council’s (ICC) Residential Inspection certification exam and will be primed for employment as a trained building inspector or code enforcement officer. This is also the starting point for anyone generally interested in entry level career paths in the construction industry.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Based on labor market data provided, the Building Construction Inspection program addresses the following EMP institutional mission priority strategies:
1. Engage in college-wide comprehensive curriculum design and redesign to ensure viable degree and certificate programs
2. Collaborate with statewide agencies and partners to develop and/or sunset degree and certificate programs that are responsive to market needs
3. Align all degrees and certificates with appropriate workforce demand
(Y1 or S1)
|BLDG 212||PRINT READING FOR CONSTRUCTION||3.0||S1|
|BLDG 213||BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CODES AND STANDARDS||3.0||S1|
|BLDG 214||MATERIALS & PROCESSES OF CONSTRUCTION: SUB-GRADE TO ROOF FRAMING||3.0||S1|
|BLDG 223||PRINCIPLES OF PLUMBING INSPECTION||3.0||S2|
|BLDG 224||PRINCIPLES OF HEATING AND REFRIGERATION INSPECTIONS||3.0||S2|
|ELTY 217||ELECTRICAL INSPECTION AND CODES||2.0||S2|