Building Code Enforcement Program

This program deals with the issues involved in inspecting buildings and commercial structures to ensure municipal building code requirements are met. We are proud to offer the only building code enforcement program in the South Suburban region.

Building codes vary with each town or city depending on the construction of a commercial or residential structure. Enforcing codes and building within codes requires a knowledge of building construction. South Suburban College offers the only building code enforcement program in the south suburban region.

Preparation for technical occupations in building code enforcement. The program includes study of principles, emphasizing construction materials and methods, principles of construction codes, legal authority and enforcement techniques. This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework.

What will I learn in class?

Classes cover blueprint reading, basic code enforcement, decision-making in code enforcement, fire extinguishing and detection systems, construction materials and methods in wood, electrical and masonry. Specialized inspection training is provided in concrete, framing, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.

In South Suburban College’s building code enforcement program, you’ll gain a good overall knowledge of the field and preparation to take the certification examinations administered by the International Code Council. ICC codes, the most universally accepted in the United States, are emphasized in our program.

What is the employment outlook?

South Suburban College’s building code enforcement program prepares you for a career as a building inspector. Job opportunities are available in the public sector of the industry through work in local, State and government agencies.

Employment opportunities for building code enforcement graduates are excellent, with median annual earnings of $46,570 according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
General Education Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
GROUP II Humanities Elective 3
GROUP III Social and Behavioral Science Elective 3
GROUP IV/V Science Elective 4
Program Core Credits
BLD 101 Construction Materials and Methods I-Wood 4
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
ENG 121 Technical Business Writing 3
BCD 101 Introduction to Codes Enforcement 3
BCD 103 Residential Concrete and Framing Inspections 3
BCD 104 Residential Plumbing Inspections 3
BCD 105 Residential Electrical Inspections 3
BCD 106 Mechanical Inspections 3
BCD 108 Building Construction Fire Science 3
BCD 109 Property Maintenance 3
BCD 201 Decision Making in Code Enforcement 3
BCD 202 Plan Review 3
BCD 225 Light Commercial Inspection 3
BLD or BCD Course From Building Construction Electives Below
OR
Course From Building Code Enforcement Electives Below
5
Minimum for Degree: 61

Building Construction Electives (Select at least 10 hours)

Credits
BCD 190 International Energy Code 3
BCD 230 Internship 3
BCD 239 Green Building Inspections 3
BLD 103 Construction Materials and Methods V- Home Energy Dynamics 3.5
BLD 210 Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home 5

Building Code Enforcement Certificates

Building Code Enforcement Certificate (BCD.BASIC.CODENF)

Overview for College Success Credits
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Cluster 1 Credits
BCD 101 Introduction to Code Enforcement 3
BCD 103 Residential Concrete and Framing Inspections 3
BCD 108 Building Construction Fire Science 3
BCD 109 Property Maintenance 3
BCD 201 Decision Making in Code Enforcement 3
BCD 202 Plan Review 3
BCD 225 Light Commercial Inspection 3
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
Electives (Select a minimum of 5 hours) Credits
BLD 103 Home Energy Dynamics 3.5
BLD 210 Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home 5
BLD 220 Build Energy Efficient Green Home I 6
Minimum Hours for Certificate: 27.5

Basic Certificates

Total Credit Hours:24-25

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Concrete and Framing Inspections (BCD.BASIC.CONFRM) 3
Preparation for technical occupations in building code enforcement. The program covers the principles of construction codes enforcement with an emphasis on single family concrete and framing inspections.
BCD 103 Residential Concrete & Framing Inspections 3
BCD 202 Plan Review 3
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I – Wood 4
BLD 102 Construction Materials & Methods II – Masonry 4
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

Total Credit Hours: 22-23
Plumbing Inspections (BCD.BASIC.PLUMBINSP) Credits
Preparation for technical occupations in building code enforcement. The program covers the principles of construction codes enforcement with an emphasis on single family plumbing inspections.
BCD 104 Residential Plumbing Inspections 3
BCD 202 Plan Review 3
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I-Wood 4
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

BLD 221 Build Energy Efficient Green Home II 6
Mechanical Inspections (BCD.BASIC.MECHINSP) Credits
Preparation for technical occupations in building code enforcement. The program covers the principles of construction codes enforcement with an emphasis on commercial and residential inspections.
BCD 106 Mechanical Inspections 3
BCD 202 Plan Review 3
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I-Wood 4
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

BLD 221 Build Energy Efficient Green Home II 6
Total Credit Hours: 24-25
Electrical Inspections (BCD.BASIC.ELCINSP) Credits
BCD 105 Residential Electrical Inspecting 3
BCD 202 Plan Review 3
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I-Wood 4
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 206 Construction Material & Methods IV- Electrical 4
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

BLD 221 Build Energy Efficient Green Home II 6
Total Credit Hours: 22-23