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Ontario has instituted a new regime in 2006 in which all building officials and non-professional designers(plumbers, sewage system inspectors, house designers, etc) submitting drawings for permits have to pass government set and supervised examinations. Those who pass are assigned a BCIN (building code identication number) which has to be placed on all drawings and correspondance so that others can check on a gov't web site whether they are registered and certified. This scared the pants off a few building officials. The government tried to apply it to architects and professional engineers but the PEO sued the gov't and won and the judges said also applied to archies. The exams are not easy; I tried the Part 3-Life, Safety and health- and failed twice. The structural part was not easy ( it is code knowledge, not engineering); I passed it the first time but I know two engineers who tried 3 times before succeeding. Then, after all that we won the court case and were exempted. This is more bureaucracy, but arguements can be made in its favour, i.e. now building officials are tested to the same standards and are more qualified; it made a few people retire and it weeded out some fly-by-night designers.

ASLCSE(--nospam--at) wrote:
In a message dated 2/12/2008 8:05:10 AM Pacific Standard Time, Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)SMGOV.NET writes:

    In California, unfortunately the CBO and other building code
    related certifications are not regulated like engineer and
    architect licenses. The process is pretty much unregulated and
    given the fact that state law requires for plan checkers and
    building officials to obtain the certs, it is amazing that so far
    the State has not looked at regulating these tests.

    Ben Yousefi, SE, CBO

    Assistant Building Official

    Santa Monica, CA


    310-458-2201 x 5025

Ben, thank you so much for the "sad" information regarding the certs. At least California has a State Board for licensing engineers, unfortunately the average "investigation" of a complaint takes 3 years! Antonio S. Luisoni
Consulting SE

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