This accelerated certificate program provides students the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in construction code enforcement or for existing professionals to upgrade their skills. The courses meet one night a week and the program can be completed in two semesters. Successful completion of the Building Inspection Technology Certificate gives students the required training and points to take the State of Minnesota's Certified Building Official Limited exam.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIT         Course Number:1050
    Course Title:Foundations of Construction Codes and Inspections      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an introduction to the field of building inspection and construction codes. Provides an introduction to the field of building inspection and construction codes. The student will learn about the history of codes, what codes and standards are and how they are developed, along with receiving an introduction to plan reading, field inspections, department administrations, plumbing, mechanical systems and information on the industry and types of positions that work in a building department. This course is intended to provide a student with a broad overview of the building inspection industry and construction codes.
    Foundations of Construction Codes and InspectionsView-BIT 1050n/a3
    Course Subject: BIT         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:Residential Plan Review and Field Inspections      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Emphasizes techniques for plan review and field inspections on single family dwellings, townhomes, and accessory structures associated with dwellings, in accordance with the current International Residential Code (IRC). Students will learn about egress components, basic fire and life safety, building construction techniques, building components and systems, and other requirements related to residential dwellings.Prerequisite: BIT 1050
    Residential Plan Review and Field InspectionsView-BIT 1150n/a4
    Course Subject: BIT         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Commercial Plan Review and Field Inspections      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Emphasizes techniques for plan review and field inspections on commercial, industrial, multi-story buildings, and multi-family structures in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC). Discussion topics shall include, but not be limited to, occupancy classification, allowable area, types of construction, fire resistive construction, fire protection requirements, building systems and exiting.Prerequisites: BIT 1050 and 1150
    Commercial Plan Review and Field InspectionsView-BIT 1250n/a4
    Course Subject: BIT         Course Number:1900
    Course Title:Legal and Administrative Aspects of Construction Codes      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Provides students with foundational concepts of modern administrative government, legal responsibilities in building inspection, inspector's authority, courtroom procedures, building inspection liability, the application of legal rules pertaining to public negligence, governmental liability and ethics. Current issues in the industry will be discussed and integrated into the course as appropriate. The course will provide students with an understanding of public administration as it relates to a code official. Prerequisites: BIT 1050 and BIT 1150
    Legal and Administrative Aspects of Construction CodesView-BIT 1900n/a3
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    4 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required14

  • Program Outcomes

    Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, including:

    • Understand the purpose and intent of construction codes.

    Personal and Social Responsibility, including:

    • Apply building codes and referenced standards to construction projects.

    Integrative Learning, including:

    • Perform inspections and plan reviews on both residential and commercial construction projects.
    • Prepare for and take the Minnesota Building Official Limited exam

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and


  • Transfer Information

    ‚ÄčIf you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504