CTAC’s International Building Code breeds success for 58 students

June 25, 2008

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – Since the first International Building Code course was offered at Central Arizona College’s Coolidge Training and Assessment Center in the fall of 2006, 58 students have become qualified to inspect commercial and residential buildings.

“We developed the courses as a means to stem the shortage of qualified building inspectors in Pinal County and the surrounding suburban Phoenix region,” Jim Fedenia, program manager at the CTAC, said. “We now have several graduates from the four classes we have offered now employed with various cities and planning commissions throughout Pinal County.”

The course prepares students to take the I.B.C. certification test. More courses are being developed for the future with the program possibly expanding to other campuses and centers.

Gilbert B. Peru, an employee with the city of Eloy, serves as the lead adjunct instructor for the program.

Who should take the course? Current inspectors requiring certification by their employers or those wishing to enter the building inspection field should strongly consider the opportunity.

The International Building Code is the regulating set of design principles and standards for the construction of all new buildings and occupancies. The I.B.C. sets safety standards relating to the protection of property and the preservation of health and safety for all building occupants. The code has been adopted by virtually every jurisdiction in Arizona.

For more information about the class, call 520-494-6700.





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