How to Become an Associate

Residential

Single and two-family dwellings under 600 square metres that do not require certification or specific engineering calculations.

Associate Diploma

Associate Residential Diploma Requirements:

Member of ACBOA Provincial Association Courses Completed:

  • Provincial Legal Course
  • Introduction to Building Codes
  • Communications Course
  • Building Envelope
  • Health and Safety
Note: Upon completion of the above courses a Diploma is issued by ACBOA for an Associate Residential.

Certification

Canadian Certified Building Official Residential Requirements:

  • All of the above Residential Associate Requirements
  • Appointment of 2 years enforcing Building Codes
  • Log book or verification from supervisor that you completed 60 Part 9 residential plan reviews and/or inspections as per definitions.

Part 9:

Buildings that qualify under Part 9 of the National Building Code.

Associate Diploma

Associate Part 9 Diploma Requirements:

Member of ACBOA Provincial Association Courses Completed:

  • Provincial Legal Course
  • Introduction to Building Codes
  • Communications Course
  • HVAC and Fire
  • Structural Course
  • Basic Plan Examination
Note: Upon completion of the above courses a Diploma is issued by ACBOA for an Associate Part 9.

Certification

Canadian Certified Building Official Part 9 Requirements:

Canadian Certified Building Official Part 9 Requirements:

  • All of the above Part 9 Associate Requirements
  • Appointment of 3 years Enforcing Building Codes
  • Log book or verification from supervisor that you completed 60 Part 9 residential plan reviews and/or inspections as per definitions.

Part 3:

Buildings that do not qualify as Part 9, but that require specific engineering calculations to ensure safety standards are met.
Applicants must successfully complete introductory courses in law (must contain an ethics component), building codes and communication (with curriculum appropriate to the province), along with other courses that may be required depending on areas of specialty.
Associates are considered ready to be “appointed” to perform inspections and conduct plan reviews within their areas of specialty. Being appointed means they have been granted the authority by municipalities or other jurisdictions to enforce building codes.

Associate Diploma

Associate Part 3 Diploma Requirements::

Member of ACBOA Provincial Association Courses Completed:

  • Provincial Legal Course
  • Introduction to Building Codes
  • Communications Course
  • Large Building Health and Safety
  • Plan Examination Strategies
  • Life Safety Systems
  • Fire Protection
  • Large Building Classification and Construction
Note: Upon completion of the above courses a Diploma is issued by ACBOA for an Associate Part 3.

Certification

Canadian Certified Building Official Part 3 Requirements:

  • All of the above Part 3 Associate Requirements
  • Appointment of 5 years Enforcing Building Codes
  • Log book or verification from supervisor that you completed 60 Part 3 residential plan reviews and/or inspections as per definitions.

This Prestigious certification is issued to an individual who has successfully achieved all of the Requirements for the three levels of certification defined as:

Canadian Certified Building Official Residential
Canadian Certified Building Official Part 9
Canadian Certified Building Official Part 3

How to Apply

After successfully completing the required courses, Candidates can apply for Associate status in their area(s) of specialty, by completing an application for a background review, which describes how to meet the requirements under the National Certification Program.

Definitions used in this Application

‘Appointed’ or ‘Appointment’

  • The authority to enforce building code(s)
  • The authority is granted to an individual by municipalities or other political jurisdictions

Inspection

  • A typical Part 9 ‘Housing’ project (such as a 2000 square foot house) may require 4 to 6 inspections
  • A typical Part 9 ‘Rest of Part 9’ project may require from 4 to 6 inspections
  • A typical Part 3 project (such as a ‘big box’ store) may require from 6 to 10 inspections

Plan Review…or Plan Examination

  • A typical Part 9 ‘Housing’ project (such as a 2000 square foot house) may require 1 to 3 plan reviews
  • A typical Part 9 ‘Rest of Part 9’ project may require from 1 to 5 plan reviews
  • A typical Part 3 project (such as a ‘big box’ store) may require from 2 to 5 plan reviews