Building Inspector and Plans Examiner Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
BIPE 101C Introduction to the International Code Council (ICC) Codes 3 0 3
BIPE 105C Construction Document Reading 3 0 3
Spring Semester
BIPE 110C Plan Review 3 0 3
BIPE 115C State Construction Laws 3 0 3
Fall Semester
BIPE 120C Legal Aspects of Enforcement 3 0 3
BIPE 125C Building Inspector Skills (Capstone) 3 0 3
CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

This 18-credit-hour certificate program prepares Building Inspectors and Plans Examiners to critically examine permit applications and plans for residential, commercial, and other building types and to subsequently ensure that the construction of buildings with permits is conducted in accordance with and within the provisions of relevant building codes.  It is  the responsibility of building inspectors and plans examiners to review and inspect various building types from permit applications through construction phases to ensure that they are safe and structurally sound. 

This program is financial aid eligible.  To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. High School Algebra 1 & Algebra II, each with grades of C or higher and High School Geometry with a grade of C or higher, OR prior experience in architecture, engineering, construction, and materials manufacturing industries as evidenced by academic degrees, industry-accepted credentials, employment experience, etc.
  2. One page essay explaining reasons to join the Building Inspector & Plan Examiner Certificate Program


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Liaquat Khan, D.A.
Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4221

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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Dawn Michaud, Building Inspector and Plans Examiner Students

Dawn Michaud
Residential Plans Examiner, Nashua Building and Safety Department

The mother of four girls, Dawn started her academic career on a different path, putting herself through Nashua Community College for an associate degree in Accounting. She went on for a bachelors in Business at SNHU, and then found herself working for the Nashua Building and Safety Department.

“The first time I opened up the code book, here at NHTI,” she says, “it was a life-changing experience. There’s no better feeling than understanding what a code is for, explaining it to someone, and seeing them really ‘get it,’ helping them realize this code is here to protect them. Plus, if you love to learn every day, this is the career for you. I don’t think there’s another career out there that requires you to know so much – and it’s always changing. “I feel very lucky to be part of this fledgling program – the only one of its kind in the nation”

With some 85% of New Hampshire’s inspectors approaching retirement age, Dawn says that expanding her skill set will open up a wide variety of jobs she can perform, enlarging her choice of occupations in the future.