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State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board
Application for Initial Certification by Examination or Endorsement- Inspectors and Plans
Examiners
Form # DBPR BCAIB 1
APPLICATION CHECKLIST – IMPORTANT – Submit all items on the checklist below with your
application to ensure faster processing.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL License Applicants must submit:
Fees:
• Applicants employed by local governments - $5 unlicensed activity fee.
• All other applicants - $101.25, broken down as follows:
$25 application fee
$25 certification fee
$46.25 examination fee
$5 unlicensed activity fee
• Make check payable to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Official transcripts from colleges or universities, if using education as part of experience requirement.
Copy of current, active (Florida) firesafety inspector license if applying by completing a cross-training program
and by holding a firesafety inspector license.
Copy of documentation demonstrating satisfactory completion of a Board approved cross-training or training
program.
Supporting legal documentation, or copies of charges or disciplinary record, if necessary. See Sections 2(e-g) of
Instructions.
If you are applying by endorsement, submit a copy of the exam passing certificate with your application.
If affiant of your work experience is not Florida licensed, submit a copy of affiant’s license from issuing authority
or proof of the affiant position if licensure is not required from the government authority..
If you are seeking your first standard license by possessing 2 years’ experience in the field of construction,
building code inspection, plan review, fire plans review of new building as a firesafety inspector by completing a
board-approved training program and providing proof of completion of at least two hundred (200) but not more than
three hundred (300) hours of cross-training program in the licensure category sought , affidavits of work
experience are not required to be submitted with your application to the Department.
Please mail your completed application, documentation and required fee(s) to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
WORK EXPERIENCE
Work experience detail is often too general and is missing hands-on experience. The person certifying your
experience (affiant) should be specific when explaining your duties and actual hands on experience. In
order to process your application more quickly, and not have your application returned to you, describe
work experience in detail including hands-on, supervisory or management responsibilities. If affiant of your
work experience is not Florida licensed, submit a copy of affiant’s license from issuing authority, or proof of
the affiant position if licensure is not required from the government authority.
468.613 Certification by endorsement.—The board shall examine other certification or training programs, as
applicable, upon submission to the board for its consideration of an application for certification by endorsement. The
board shall waive its examination, qualification, education, or training requirements, to the extent that such
examination, qualification, education, or training requirements of the applicant are determined by the board to be
comparable with those established by the board. The board shall waive its examination, qualification, education, or
training requirements if an applicant for certification by endorsement is at least 18 years of age; is of good moral
character; has held a valid building administrator, inspector, plans examiner, or the equivalent, certification issued by
another state or territory of the United States for at least 10 years before the date of application; and has successfully
passed an applicable examination administered by the International Code Council. Such application must be made
either when the license in another state or territory is active or within 2 years after such license was last active.
BCAIB 1 Certification Exam- Inspector/Examiner
Eff. date: May 2021
Incorporated by Rule: 61-35.008
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State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board
Application for Initial Certification by Examination or Endorsement- Inspectors and Plans
Examiners
Form # DBPR BCAIB 1
APPLICATION CHECKLIST – IMPORTANT – Submit all items on the checklist below with your
application to ensure faster processing.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
ALL License Applicants must submit:
Fees:
• Applicants employed by local governments - $5 unlicensed activity fee.
• All other applicants - $101.25, broken down as follows:
$25 application fee
$25 certification fee
$46.25 examination fee
$5 unlicensed activity fee
• Make check payable to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Official transcripts from colleges or universities, if using education as part of experience requirement.
Copy of current, active (Florida) firesafety inspector license if applying by completing a cross-training program
and by holding a firesafety inspector license.
Copy of documentation demonstrating satisfactory completion of a Board approved cross-training or training
program.
Supporting legal documentation, or copies of charges or disciplinary record, if necessary. See Sections 2(e-g) of
Instructions.
If you are applying by endorsement, submit a copy of the exam passing certificate with your application.
If affiant of your work experience is not Florida licensed, submit a copy of affiant’s license from issuing authority
or proof of the affiant position if licensure is not required from the government authority..
If you are seeking your first standard license by possessing 2 years’ experience in the field of construction,
building code inspection, plan review, fire plans review of new building as a firesafety inspector by completing a
board-approved training program and providing proof of completion of at least two hundred (200) but not more than
three hundred (300) hours of cross-training program in the licensure category sought , affidavits of work
experience are not required to be submitted with your application to the Department.
Please mail your completed application, documentation and required fee(s) to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
WORK EXPERIENCE
Work experience detail is often too general and is missing hands-on experience. The person certifying your
experience (affiant) should be specific when explaining your duties and actual hands on experience. In
order to process your application more quickly, and not have your application returned to you, describe
work experience in detail including hands-on, supervisory or management responsibilities. If affiant of your
work experience is not Florida licensed, submit a copy of affiant’s license from issuing authority, or proof of
the affiant position if licensure is not required from the government authority.
468.613 Certification by endorsement.—The board shall examine other certification or training programs, as
applicable, upon submission to the board for its consideration of an application for certification by endorsement. The
board shall waive its examination, qualification, education, or training requirements, to the extent that such
examination, qualification, education, or training requirements of the applicant are determined by the board to be
comparable with those established by the board. The board shall waive its examination, qualification, education, or
training requirements if an applicant for certification by endorsement is at least 18 years of age; is of good moral
character; has held a valid building administrator, inspector, plans examiner, or the equivalent, certification issued by
another state or territory of the United States for at least 10 years before the date of application; and has successfully
passed an applicable examination administered by the International Code Council. Such application must be made
either when the license in another state or territory is active or within 2 years after such license was last active.
BCAIB 1 Certification Exam- Inspector/Examiner
Eff. date: May 2021
Incorporated by Rule: 61-35.008
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Instructions
If you have any questions or need assistance in completing this application, please contact the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Customer Contact Center, at 850.487.1395.
1. General Requirements for Certification by Examination:
If you are applying for Certification by Examination or Endorsement as an Inspector or Plans
Examiner, in order to qualify for licensure, you must prove a minimum of four (4) years of either
construction and/or inspection experience in the category sought, or demonstrates a combination of
post-secondary education and experience which totals four (4) years. For example, for a mechanical
plans examiner license, you must provide proof of four (4) years of experience conducting mechanical
inspections/plan review and/or working for/as a mechanical contractor.
If you are applying for Certification by Endorsement by holding a valid building administrator,
inspector, plans examiner, or the equivalent, certification issued by another state or territory of the
United States for at least 10 years before the date of application; and has successfully passed an
applicable examination administered by the International Code Council. Such application must be
made either when the license in another state or territory is active or within 2 years after such license
was last active.
If you are seeking a standard license by completing a board-approved cross-training program, you
must currently hold a standard license from this board or a firesafety inspector license pursuant to
Chapter 633, F.S., you must verity three (3) separate years of experience in firesafety inspection or
firesafety plan review, and you must provide proof of completion of the cross-training program in the
licensure category sought. [Cross-training program]
If you are seeking your first standard license and possess two (2) years’ experience in the field of
construction, building code inspection, plan review, fire plans review of new buildings as a firesafety
inspector by completing a board-approved training program, you must provide proof of completion of
at least two hundred (200) hours but not more than three hundred (300) hours of cross- training
program in the licensure category sought. Affidavits of work experience are not required to be
submitted with your application to the Department for this licensure method. [Training
program]
If you are seeking an additional certification, except for residential inspector, and you currently hold
certifications issued by the board or a firesafety inspector license pursuant to Chapter 633, F.S., with
at least four (4) years’ experience by completing a board approved training program of at least two
hundred (200) but not more than 300 hours, you must provide proof of completion of the training
program in the license category sought. [Training program]
If you are seeking a residential inspector certification and you have four (4) years of verifiable
experience and you hold at least one standard certification issued by the board, you may qualify by
submitting a course completion certificate from a board-approved training program provider which
verifies completion of a program of not less than 500 hours. If you are a firesafety inspector licensed
pursuant to Chapter 633, F.S., who has at least four (4) years of verifiable experience, you may
qualify for a residential inspector certification by submitting a course completion certificate from a
board-approved training program provider which verifies completion of a program of not less than 500
training hours. [Training program]
If you are licensed by the Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, you have maintained
an active license, continuous employment and continuing education, you will not be required to take
the Florida Principles and Practice examination again in order to receive a license or add an
additional category of licensure.
2. Application Instructions (by section)
a. Section I- Application Type (Certification by Exam or Certification by Endorsement)
i.
Check only one application type. Applicant must submit a separate application for
each category of licensure sought.
b. Section II- Applicant Personal Information
i.
Fill out each section completely. A Social Security number is required in order to apply
for any individual license within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
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ii.
In the Full Legal Name section provide your full legal name as it appears on your Social
Security card. Do not use any nicknames or initials. Please list any aliases or prior names
in the prior name information section.
iii.
Provide your mailing address. This will be used for sending correspondence regarding
your application and license.
iv.
Contact information is often used to quickly resolve questions with applications by
telephone call or email. If contact information is not provided, questions regarding
applications will be mailed to the applicant’s mailing address and may take longer to
resolve.
v.
Additional contact information is optional and will be used when the applicant cannot be
reached using their primary contact information.
vi.
Applicants must provide information on current or prior licenses held in Florida or any
other state, territory, or jurisdiction of the United States or in any foreign national
jurisdiction.
vii.
Applicants must provide information on any prior names or aliases used by applicant. If
the name on supporting documentation does not match the applicant’s legal name, the
alias used in the supporting documentation must be provided in this section. Failure to do
so will result in a deficient application.
c. Section III- Employment History
i.
Make sure that you clearly describe your work experience on the application form. Each
section must be filled out completely. If you do not have enough space to list all of your
experience history, you may submit additional copies of that section as necessary.
If you were issued a Provisional Certificate for the examination category for which you
ii.
are applying on or after November 30, 2011 you are exempt from the Employment
History and Education portions of this application.
d. Section IV- Education
i.
List your educational history, if applicable.
ii.
If you intend to use any post-secondary education to qualify for the examination, you
must have your college/university forward an official transcript to the Central Intake Unit
for consideration.
e. Section V- Background Information
i.
Applicants must submit answers to each of the background questions.
ii.
For each “Yes” answer the person must provide an explanation in Section VI or VII, as
applicable.
f.
Section VI- Explanation for Background Question 1
i.
For this section, provide as much detail as possible.
ii.
Question 1:
If you answer “yes” to this question, you must complete Section VI [make additional
copies as necessary] of the application please provide the full details of the criminal
charges including dates, outcomes, sentences, and/or conditions imposed; the dates,
name and location of the court and/or jurisdiction in which any proceedings were held or
are pending. If you answer NO to this question because you believe that previous
incidents have been dismissed, no action taken, nolle prossed, or expunged, you may be
asked to supply documentation as proof of the disposition.
g. Section VII- Explanation for Background Questions 2-4
i.
For this section, provide as much detail as possible.
ii.
Question 2:
If you answer “yes” to this question, you must complete Section VII [make additional
copies as necessary] of the application and provide a copy of the judgment or decree.
You must also supply documentation proving all sanctions have been served and
satisfied, or if not, stating the current status of any proceedings.
iii.
Question 3:
If you answer “yes” to this question, you must complete Section VII [make additional
copies as necessary] of the application and supply copies of documentation explaining
the denial or pending action.
iv.
Question 4:
If you answer “yes” to this question, you must complete Section VII [make additional
copies as necessary] of the application and supply copies of the order(s) showing the
disciplinary action taken against the license, or documentation showing the status of the
pending action.
h. Section VIII- Work Experience
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i.
Please use the Work Experience form to document your work experience. The
experience detail must be completed by the licensed building code administrator,
licensed contractor, licensed fire marshal, licensed architect or licensed engineer who
has knowledge of your duties.
ii.
Be sure to list your current employer on the application. You must submit experience
detail verifying your current position with the city/county.
iii.
Work experience detail is often too general and is missing hands-on experience. The
person certifying (affiant) your experience should be specific when explaining your duties
and actual hands on experience. In order to process your application more quickly, and
not have your application returned to you, describe work experience in detail including
hands-on, supervisory or management responsibilities. If affiant of your work experience
is not Florida licensed, submit a copy of affiant’s license from issuing authority
, or proof of
the affiant position if licensure is not required from the government authority.
i.
Section X- Affirmation by Written Declaration
i.
Applicant must sign the Affirmation by Written Declaration.
3. Exam Information
a. Technical Examination:
The technical examinations are only offered via computer-based testing. The exam will be
administered by Pearson VUE on the date and location of your choice.
ICC is responsible for conducting reviews for those individuals that fail the examination(s).
For those individuals that pass the technical portion of the examination, ICC will send you a
certificate as per their usual procedures. This certificate in no way indicates or implies that
you are licensed by the Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board. The Department
will officially notify you when a standard license has been issued. If you are requesting an
additional category, the website will be updated once the category has been added.
b. Florida Principles and Practice (P&P) Examination
In addition to the technical examination, applicants are required to pass the Florida Principles
and Practice (P&P) examination before a new license can be issued. There is one P&P
examination for all categories (i.e. inspector, plans examiner, building code administrator).
This examination will take approximately two and one-half hours to complete. Please refer to
the Candidate Information Booklet for additional information concerning this examination. To
obtain reference material for this exam, you may contact the areas listed in the Candidate
Information Booklet or contact the Building Officials Association of Florida at 407.804.1001.
The P&P examination is given daily at various locations and is a computer-based
examination. Site information and the dates of the examination will be given to the applicant
once the applicant has been approved to take the examination.
The same topics covered in the P&P examinations are also covered in the Modular
examinations. Therefore, any applicant taking the Modular Inspector or Modular Plans
Examiner examination will be exempt from taking the P&P examination. This exemption is
ONLY for the Modular examinations. Applicants taking any other examinations will be
required to pass the Florida Principles & Practice examination.
c. Once you have passed the required examination, submit a copy of the passing certificate to
the Department at the address listed on page 1 or via fax delivery to 850.488.8040.
4. Required Fees
Fee Type
City/County
All Others
Employees
Certification Fee
N/A
$25 per category
Application Fee
N/A
$25
Examination Fee
N/A
$46.25
Unlicensed Activity Fee
$5
$5
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QUALIFICATION FOR CERTIFICATION
Please
The experience and education submitted should demonstrate one of the
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following methods of qualification. PLEASE SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS OF
ONE
QUALIFICATION BY INDICATING YOUR SELECTION IN THE APPROPRIATE CHECK BOX.
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Demonstrates four (4) years combined experience in the field of construction or a related field, building
code inspection, or plans review corresponding to the certification category sought. 468.609(2)(c)1,
F.S.
Demonstrates a combination of postsecondary education in the field of construction, building
experience which totals three (3) years, with at least one (1) year of such total being experience in
construction, building code inspection, or plans review. 468.609(2)(c)2, F.S.
Demonstrates a combination of technical education in the field of construction or a related field and
experience which totals three (3) years, with at least one (1) year of such total being experience in
construction, building code inspection, or plans review. 468.609(2)(c)3, F.S.
Currently holds a standard certificate issued by the board or a firesafety inspector license issued
pursuant to Chapter 633, F.S., with a minimum of three (3) years of verifiable experience in firesafety
inspection or firesafety plan review, and satisfactorily completes a building code inspector or plans
examiner cross-training program that provides at least 100 hours but not more than two hundred (200)
hours of cross training in the certification category sought. 468.609(2)(c)4, F.S. [cross-training
program
Demonstrates a combination of the completion of an approved training program of at least two hundred
(200) hours but not more than three hundred (300) hours of cross –training in the field of building code
inspection or plan review and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the field of building code
inspection, plan review, fire code inspection and fire plans review of new buildings as a firesafety
inspector certified under Section 633.081(2), F.S., or construction. 468.609(2)(c)5, F.S. [training
program]
Currently holds a standard certificate issued by the board or a fire safety inspector license issued
pursuant to Chapter 633, F.S., has at least four (4) years of verifiable full-time experience as an
inspector or plans examiner in a standard certification category currently held or has a minimum of four
(4) years verifiable full-time experience as a fire safety inspector licensed pursuant to Chapter 633,
F.S., and has completed a building code inspector or plans examiner classroom training course or
program that provides at least two hundred (200) but not more than three hundred (300) hours in the
certification category sought, except for residential training programs which must provide at least five
hundred (500) hours, but not more than eight hundred (800) hours of training as prescribed by the
board. 468.609(2)(c)6, F.S. [training program]
Currently hold an equivalent certification issued by another state or territory of the United States with a
minimum of 10 years of experience and have passed an examination administrated by the International
Code Council and seeking a standard license by endorsement.
Meets eligibility requirements for certification as a residential inspector as set forth in Rule 61G19-6.017, Florida
Administrative Code.
a. Five years’ experience as a registered or certified state general, building, or residential contractor in a supervisory
capacity that included operational control and direction of building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing personnel or
subcontractors on residential projects; or
b. Five years’ experience as a job superintendent or project manager in a supervisory capacity that included
operational control and direction of building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing personnel or subcontractors on
residential projects; or
c. Five years’ experience including two years of hands-on electrical experience, two years of hands-on building
experience, and one year of hands-on experience in either mechanical or plumbing; or
d. Standard certification as an inspector in any of the categories listed in Section 468.603(6), F.S., plus at least six
months’ hands-on experience in each of the following areas in which the applicant does not hold standard
certification: building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical; or
e. A combination of postsecondary education in the field of construction or a related field and experience in the
category sought which totals four years, with at least one year of such total being experience in the category sought
in construction, building code inspection, or plans review; or
f. A combination of technical education in the field of construction or a related field and experience in the category
sought which totals four years, with at least one year of such total being experience in the category sought in
construction, building code inspection, or plans review; or
g. Standard certification as an inspector in any of the categories listed in Section 468.603(5), F.S., plus satisfactory
completion of a residential training program of not less than 500 hours. [training program]
h. Standard certificate/license as a firesafety inspector issued pursuant to Chapter 633, F.S., with four years verifiable
full-time experience conducting firesafety inspections plus satisfactory completion of a residential inspector training
program of not less than 500 hours. [training program]
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