How to become a Licensed Building Code Enforcement Official

Overview

There are two routes to becoming a licensed building code enforcement official within the State of Connecticut – training and testing. To be admitted to either the Pre-Licensure Training Program or the credentialing examination for one of the nine categories of licensure, you must first meet the statutory and/or regulatory requirements established for that license.

Training
The Pre-Licensure Training Program is designed to assist qualified individuals prepare for their licensure examination. This year OEDM is in the process of redesigning the Pre-Licensure Training Program into a modular format, and this fall we will be piloting the Administrative module.  For individuals with code experience, this may be enough training to prepare them to take the challenge exam.  For others, the Administrative module will be a first step in the entire training program, which will be offered in fall 2022. 

Classes are offered both day and evening in September and October.  See brochure/application for details.  Application deadline is July 26, 2021.

Testing
The tests for Building Official and the eight subcategories of licensure are offered four times a year (Quarterly Exams). The exam for Building Official licensure is six-hours in length; for the other subcategories, length of exams vary by licensure type.  See exam application for details.

Both the Pre-Licensure Training Program final exams and the Quarterly Exams are based on the code books adopted in the current Connecticut State Building Code.

Specific exam details can be found in the OEDM Building Licensure Testing Policy.