This 18-credit-hour certificate program will prepare you 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. As a building inspector and plans examiner you will review and inspect various building types from permit applications through construction phases to ensure that they are safe and structurally sound.
This program is available evenings only. This program is financial aid eligible.
You will receive an academic certificate upon successful completion of the program.
Building Inspector and Plans Examiner Certificate
|Course Number||Course Title||CL||LAB||CR|
|BIPE 101C||Introduction to the International Code Council (ICC) Codes||3||0||3|
|BIPE 105C||Construction Document Reading||3||0||3|
|BIPE 110C||Plan Review||3||0||3|
|BIPE 115C||State Construction Laws||3||0||3|
|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
Specific Admission Requirements
- 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., and;
- One page essay explaining reasons to join the Building Inspector & Plan Examiner Certificate Program
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.
Liaquat Khan, DAArchitectural Engineering Technology,Civil Engineering Technology, Landscape and Environmental DesignDepartment ChairGrappone 213
Dr. Khan joined the faculty as ARET Department Chair in 2002. He has worked professionally in Washington D.C. – Maryland area, and overseas. His academic experience includes teaching undergraduate Design Studios, Contract Documents, AutoCAD, Post Occupancy Evaluation – a graduate course, and designing 2-year Diploma programs for the Architecture Department, College of Architecture & Planning at KFU. Dr. Khan’s areas of interest include learning models and architecture education, technology, urban design, and use of computers in architecture education. Dr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Engineering & Technology – Lahore, a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a Doctor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.