South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Building Code Enforcement Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


BCD 101 - Introduction to Codes Enforcement (3, 3)

This course covers the principles of construction codes enforcement including legal authority, codes format, code fundamentals, plan review, permit processing and inspection procedures. Lab work is also included.  Fee.

BCD 103 - Residential Concrete and Framing Inspections (3, 4)

This course covers the principles of construction code enforcement with an emphasis on single family concrete and framing inspections.

BCD 104 - Residential Plumbing Inspections (3, 4)

This course covers the principles of construction code enforcement with an emphasis on single family plumbing inspections.  Fee.

BCD 105 - Residential Electrical Inspections (3, 4)

Prerequisite: BLD 206

This course covers the principles of construction code enforcement with an emphasis on single family electrical inspections.

BCD 106 - Mechanical Inspections (3, 4)

This course covers the principles of construction code enforcement with an emphasis on commercial and residential inspections.

BCD 108 - Building Construction Fire Science (3, 3)

Analysis of various methods of building design, construction and materials. Fire resistant features of materials and life safety methods of construction and an introduction to building codes. An in-depth study of automatic extinguishing and detection systems with emphasis on automatic sprinkler equipment. Included are water spray foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical systems, stand pipe system and protection systems for special hazards.

BCD 109 - Property Maintenance (3, 3)

This course will help the student learn how to perform property maintenance inspection tasks and sub-tasks in order to determine code compliance for the maintenance of a residential single-family home, multi-family home and commercial properties. Covers the principles of construction code enforcement with an emphasis on light commercial and residential inspection.

BCD 190 - International Energy Conservation Code (3, 3)

This class will cover the International Energy Conservation Code as it applies to residential and light commercial construction.

BCD 201 - Decision-Making in Code Enforcement (3, 3)

Advanced-level course on the legal and ethical issues faced by professional code enforcers. Case studies will address practical situations inherent in public service and codes enforcement. Processes for evaluating alternate materials and methods under the equivalency concept will also be covered.  Fee.

BCD 202 - Code Enforcement Plan Review (3, 3)

Prerequisite: BLD 105

Course will cover methods and procedures for reviewing construction drawings for codes compliance including plan review notations, calculations and reporting.

BCD 225 - Light Commercial Inspection (3, 4)

Prerequisite: BLD 105

This course covers the principles of Construction Code Enforcement with an emphasis on light commercial and residential inspection.

BCD 230 - Building Code Enforcement Internship (3, 3)

Prerequisite: BCD 101, 201, 202 and one of the following: BCD 103, 104, 105 or 106 and approval by coordinator

Supervised clinical experience at a local building inspection department. A minimum of 300 clock hours is required.

BCD 239 - Green Building - Residential Inspections (2, )

Students will be instructed in the requirements for energy efficient green technology for residential homes from indoor air quality to efficient use of land and green technology.

BCD 299 - Special Topics in Code Enforcement (Variable, 1-10)

A class, seminar, or lab investigating a special topic or issue in code enforcement. Topics may not be offered more than two times in three years. This course may be repeated once for credit.

For more information contact Steve Kasper, Program Coordinator at 708-596-2000 ext. 2295

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