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Qualification and Certification

Qualification and Certification of Building Officials

Qualifications - Building Officials are qualified when they have completed the education requirements of the Nova Scotia Building Code Training and Certification Board. The requirement for this training is outlined in our Professional Studies Program.

Effective April 1,2008 Building Officials in Nova Scotia are required to be qualified in order to administer and enforce the Nova Scotia Building Code.

The requirements for qualification are consistent with the training requirements of the National Certification Model adopted in 2005 by the Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Association ( ACBOA ) and the Nova Scotia Building Officials Association.

Where Qualified Building Officials gain the necessary work experience they can become certified. Requirements for Certification in Nova Scotia exceed the minimum requirements for certification in the National Certification Model.

There are two categories of Certified Building Official. The first is Certified Building Official Level 1 (CBO I). This is an inspector who has completed all of the training and work experience requirements for Part 9 of the Building Code (residential building and other building smaller than 600M²). The second category is Certified Building Official Level 2 (CBO II). Denoting Certification for all building types and scope.

The educational requirements for level 1 Certification are the same requirements used by the Nova Scotia Building Code Training and Certification Board to issue a diploma to Qualify a Building Official. Therefore, the difference between a Qualified and Certified Building Official is the work experience component.

Under our Code of Ethics, building officials will only be allowed to inspect buildings for which they are Qualified or Certified. This means that a Qualified Building Official who has not completed the pre-requisite training for Level II Certification cannot inspect buildings larger than 600M² (Part 9 scope).

The National Certification and Accreditation Model for the Professional Building Official is the document that oversees all aspects of National and Provincial Certification. It is consistent with the National Occupational Standard. The National Occupational Standard is the document that defines the Blocks, tasks and sub-tasks that define this occupation. These documents are the foundation for the qualification and certification of building officials.

Scope of Practice by Qualification

Qualified or Certified Building Officials in Nova Scotia receive diplomas from the Nova Scotia Building Code Training and Certification Board. There are two Levels of Diplomas of Qualifications. These diplomas limit the scope of practice of Building Officials as outlined in the chart as described under the Building Code Act and Regulation of Nova Scotia as follows:

Qualified and Certified Level One

All Part 9 buildings as determined by the National Building Code of Canada, including all buildings of three storeys or less in building height, having a building area not exceeding 600 square metres [6,460 =/- sq. ft.] classified as a

  1. residential occupancy,
  2. business and personal services occupancy,
  3. mercantile occupancy, or
  4. Course/program outline; and,
  5. low and medium hazard industrial occupancy,
  6. assembly occupancies of not more than one storey in building height, having a building area of not more than 200m2,
  7. high hazard industrial occupancy of not more than one storey in building height, having a building area of not more than 200m2.
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