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Certified Building Inspector 

A Building Inspector, commonly referred to as Code Enforcement, makes professional judgements to determine whether a building meets specific code requirements. In Kentucky, an individual may not be classified as a Building Inspector unless he or she is enrolled in and has completed the Kentucky Certified Building Inspector Program. This program is overseen by Kentucky’s Public Protection Cabinet, Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC). For veterans and transitioning service members interested in pursuing a career in building inspections, KYVALLO has teamed up with DHBC to provide accelerated pathways to licensure for several inspector-related occupations.

  • One & Two Family Dwelling Inspector

  • Building Inspector I

  • Building Inspector II

  • Building Inspector III

  • Mechanical Inspector - One & Two Family Dwellings

  • Mechanical Inspector General (other than one or two family dwellings)

  • Mechanical Inspector and Plan Reviewer

Construction Engineer

Program Requirements & Qualifications

Step 1

Complete an Initial Application Form for the Kentucky Certified Building Inspector Program

Step 2

Submit a $50 application fee made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer”

Step 3

Provide a copy of your high school diploma/equivalent

Step 4

Experience

  • A letter from an employer showing two (2) years’ experience in a responsible, directly related construction position, such as a foreman, which required the ability to effectively read and interpret building plans and specifications; OR

  • A letter from an employer showing two (2) years’ experience in an architect’s or engineer’s office performing building design or drafting duties

In regard to the “two (2) years’ experience in a responsible, directly related construction position, such as a foreman, which required the ability to effectively read and interpret building plans and specifications,” experience gained in the military may count towards this requirement. To substantiate military experience, submit the following documentation along with your application -

 

 

For applicants who do not meet the above experience requirements, submit proof for one of the following -

  • Applicant must have graduated from a college or university with an associate degree in a design, building technology, or construction-related subject; OR

  • Applicant must have graduated from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, fire science, or building technology.

Step 5

Attend orientation training provided by/or approved by the department

  • Submit proof of completing a minimum of twelve (12) hours of continuing education training annually. Acceptable forms of proof include -

    • Completed Continuing Education Verification Form, DHBC - BC/CE 1; or

    • Certificate of completion provided by a pre-approved training provider.

 

Mail application along with fee and supporting documentation to:

 

Kentucky Certified Building Inspector Program

Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

500 Mero Street

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412

Exam Requirements

Applicants must also satisfy exam/module requirements. Each occupation has its own set of examinations/modules. Applicants who have not taken the required exams/modules prior to applying to the program must complete them during enrollment. A passing score of 70% or higher is required for each exam/module taken.

 

Exam fees are determined by the testing facility however, fees will range between $130/exam through Prov Inc. to $240/exam through Pearson Vue. For a complete list of examinations required based on each occupation, refer to the following table.

One and Two Family Dwelling Inspector 

1. NCPCCI test modules:
a. Test 1A Building One- and Two-Family Dwelling; and
b. Test 4A Mechanical One- and Two-Family Dwelling; OR

2. ICC test modules:
a. Test B1 Residential Building Inspector; and
b. Test M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector

Building Inspector I

1. NCPCCI test modules:
a. Test 1A Building One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
b. Test 4A Mechanical One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
c. Test 1B Building General; and
d. Test 3B Fire Protection General; OR

2. ICC test modules:
a. Test B1 Residential Building Inspector;
b. Test B2 Commercial Building Inspector; and
c. Test M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector

Building Inspector II

1. NCPCCI test modules:
a. Test 1A Building One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
b. Test 4A Mechanical One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
c. Test 1B Building General;

d. Test 3B Fire Protection General; and
e. Test 4B Mechanical General; OR

2. ICC test modules:
a. Test B1 Residential Building Inspector;
b. Test B2 Commercial Building Inspector;
c. Test M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector; and
d. Test M2 Commercial Mechanical Inspector

Building Inspector III

1. NCPCCI test modules:
a. Test 1A Building One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
b. Test 4A Mechanical One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
c. Test 1B Building General;
d. Test 3B Fire Protection General;
e. Test 4B Mechanical General;
f. Test 1C Building Plan Review;
g. Test 3C Fire Protection Plan Review; and
h. Test 4C Mechanical Plan Review; OR

2. ICC test modules:
a. Test B1 Residential Building Inspector;
b. Test B3 Building Plans Examiner;
c. Test M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector; and
d. Test M3 Mechanical Plans Examiner

Mechanical Inspector –

One and Two Family Dwellings

1. NCPCCI Test 4A Mechanical One and Two Family Dwelling test module; OR

2. ICC Test M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector test module

Mechanical Inspector General 
(other than one or two family dwellings)

1. NCPCCI Test 4B Mechanical General test module; OR

2. ICC Test M2 Commercial Mechanical Inspector test module

Mechanical Inspector and Plan Reviewer

1. NCPCCI test modules:
a. Test 4A Mechanical One- and Two-Family Dwelling;
b. Test 4B Mechanical General; and
c. Test 4C Mechanical Plan Review; OR

2. ICC test modules:
a. Test M1 Residential Mechanical Inspector; and
b. Test M3 Mechanical Plans Examiner;

Program Contact Info

Licensing Branch

Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (DHBC)

500 Mero Street, First Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

502-573-2002

licensing@ky.gov

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