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OBOA Course Descriptions

AHJ Fire Alarm Systems Course (3 days, 18 points)

Prerequesite: None

This course is designed for AHJs and will benefit building inspectors.
The CFAA's AHJ Fire Alarm Systems Course will cover:
Engineering, design, installation, verification, operation, testing and inspection of fire alarm systems as outlined by the various Codes and Standards. An overview of the principles and technology of fire detection devices, signal appliances, control equipment and ancillary devices controlled by a fire alarm system will also be covered.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Describe the role and importance of CFAA in the Fire Alarm Industry.
- Describe the role and importance of the Fire Alarm Technician.
- Identify the codes and standards which govern the proper installation, verification and maintenance of fire alarm systems.
- Locate specific codes and standards to confirm compliance.
- Understand the requirements for ancillary system interconnects such as elevators and air handlers.
- Identify fire alarm system related deficiencies.
- Identify errors or omissions in fire alarm system related documentation.
- Identify issues related to fire safety that involves fire alarm systems and problem-solve to determine the appropriate solution.
- Enforce with confidence the codes and standards related to fire alarm systems.
- Describe the functionality of fire alarm systems and components.
- Describe the interface requirements of fire alarm systems with other building systems.

Cost includes:
- Lunch and refreshments each day (please send any dietary restrictions to training@oboa.on.ca)
- Participant Manual "Fire Alarm Systems for AHJs"
- Participant Handouts
- Certificate of Completion upon writing of final knowledge review exam

Building Officials & the Law (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: General Legal

Who is this course for?

- To the extent that the material is relevant it is also of significance to new and veteran
- CBO, I/CBO-P, I/CBO-SS, DCBO
- Inspectors who are Supervisors and Managers of Inspectors
- RCA's
- Persons authorized by RCA's
- Those designers who want to enhance their knowledge of the legal processes under and around the BCA

Course Objectives
- Introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act - responsibilities of employees and supervisors and their rights and extracts from selected regulations
- Overview of the legal environment within which a Building Inspector operates
- Review procedures to exercising lawful entry
- Tips to achieve professional conduct and to enhance communications skills
- Explanation of the nature of evidence - Preparation and use of notes and inspection reports
- Generalities of the inspection process and informal and formal means to obtaining compliance with the BCA and the OBC
- Procedures under Parts I and III of the Provincial Offences Act
- Identification of personal information and authority to collect and release same under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
- Preparing a court brief and getting ready to go to court
- Court decorum and the Building Inspector as a witness

Exam will be on the final day of the course.

Building Services - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite:

This OBOA course has been designed to introduce or increase (where applicable) a practitioner’s knowledge of the OBC and to hone skills in terms of their ability to FIND (search the Code and identify non-familiar Code provisions), UNDERSTAND (to comprehend the language, structure and intent of a Code provision), and APPLY the Code provision(s) using case examples, situations and scenarios.
The objective of this course is to help you understand the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) applicable to the area of Building Services. This includes requirements contained in Division B, Parts 1, 3, 6, 9, 11 and 12.
This course covers the requirements of the OBC as applied to building services in all types of buildings. Requirements for building services in the OBC have been identified to have an impact on the following:
•Energy efficiency,
•Combustible and non-combustible construction,
•Fire dampers, fire separations and fire rated assemblies,
•Building fire safety,
•Safety within floor areas,
•Exits,
•Service facilities,
•Health requirements,
•Barrier-free design, and
•Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning.

Note: The course material is revised to include the changes to reflect residential fire sprinkler and related changes of the Code and Supplementary Standard SB-4 which came into force on January 1, 2014.

While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Building Services, participants must have a basic understanding of the OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when challenging exams.

Building Structural - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: Any Part 9 or Part 3 course

This OBOA course assists those who may wish to become more familiar with structural requirements. The goal of this course is to provide a participant-centered learning environment in order to:
•Review the specific code requirements that relate to structural provisions as indicated in the 2012 Examination Syllabus.
•Facilitate the location, understanding and application of the structural code requirements.
•Evaluate the accuracy of the participant’s application of these code requirements to the problems provided.
•Propose and justify code specific solutions to participant questions and concerns.
The objective of this course is to help the reader understand the requirements of the 2012 Ontario Building Code Division B, applicable to building structures, and to assist candidates with preparation for the qualification examination.
Upon completion of this overview course, learners will be better able to:
•Describe where to apply Part 4 and Part 9 in the structural design of buildings,
•Find climatic and seismic data necessary for the structural design of buildings,
•Identify the different types of structural loads,
•Classify building by their Importance Category,
•Calculate and verify load combinations for give loading scenarios,
•Calculate and verify dead and live loads, and other combinations for buildings,
•Verify calculations for determining wind loads, using the static method,
•Identify specific earthquake provisions that apply to buildings and portions of buildings
Using Part 4:
•Calculate the specific snow and rain loads using Part 4 with given factors,
•Relate the code provisions for anchor systems and special structures including parking structures and air-supported structures,
•Recognize the importance of design of excavations and backfilling, including dewatering
For Part 9 buildings:
•Identify the importance of spans in determining snow loads,
•Recognize the limitations of conventional footings and provisions for alternate foundation types,
•Identify structural requirements for foundation walls,
•Identify the requirements to support joists, beams, structural framing, and above-grade masonry and ICF walls,
•Identify the importance of connections made at fire separations,
•Identify the anchorage, bearing and strapping/bridging requirements for floor systems, as well as wall systems and roof and ceiling construction,
•Apply structural requirements for other structural components,
•Apply structural requirements for special building types, farm buildings and renovations.
Completion of this course alone may not be sufficient preparation for the examination, for all persons. Additional independent reading and review of the Code may be required.
Neither this course, nor the qualification examination, address structural engineering principles and design methods. Additionally, the various documents referenced by the Building Code do not form part of this course , nor the qualification examination.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.

Complex Buildings - 2012 (3 days, 18 points)

Prerequesite: Large Buildings

This OBOA course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) with respect to Complex (Vol. 1 Division B Part 3) buildings.
Some areas covered by this course include:
•Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance ratings (review)
•SB-2, Flame spread, Smoke development (review)
•Building Fire Safety (review)
•Safety within Floor Areas (review)
•Environmental Separation/fixed ladders (review)
•Change of Use, Renovations and Compliance Alternatives
•Additional requirements for high buildings,
•SB-4 Measures for Safety in high Buildings
•Mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces
•Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing
•Resource Conservation
•Sample Examination Questions (including all Part 3 Buildings)
•Post Course Study Plan
While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Complex buildings, participants must have a basic understanding of the entire Part 3 OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when challenging the Complex exam.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.

Exterior Insulating Sheathings (EIS) - Online (0 days, 3 points)

Prerequesite: None

Exterior insulating sheathings increase the thermal resistance of above grade walls, they reduce the incidence of thermal bridging and can also act as both a weather barrier and as the primary air barrier within the wall assembly.

From a building code perspective these sheathing materials require building officials to understand the code requirements and the underlying building science mechanisms related to:
• Protection from weather and the uncontrolled movement of air and water vapour,
• Wall bracing and sheathing thickness requirements,
• Protection from interstitial moisture,
• Rain shedding including flashing protection around windows and at the bottom of the wall

Building officials should understand the range of product types on the market and the new novel uses these products are beginning to enjoy.

This web-based course utilizes the core material from the in-class sessions delivered to OBOA members. It extends the reach of the in-class course to building officials and municipalities not served by the current in-class offering.

House - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: None

This OBOA course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) with respect to Houses (Vol. 1 Division B Part 9).
It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the OBC that apply to all Houses as defined in the OBC as
A detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse or row house:
1) containing not more than two dwelling units in each house
2) three or fewer storeys in building height
3) having a building area not exceeding 600 m2
4) used for major occupancies classified as Group C-residential occupancies.
This course is designed to make use of your previous understanding of the Ontario Building Code, training, education and on the job experience. While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Houses, participants must have a basic understanding of the OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams.
This course will assist in learning how to find and apply applicable OBC requirements. Through the exercises contained herein, it will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.
The areas covered in the instructor-led course are:
• Basics of Structural Design Requirements,
• Stairs, ramps, handrails and guards
• Fire Protection
• Sound Control
• Excavation
• Dampproofing, waterproofing and Soil Gas control
• Drainage
• Footings and foundations
• Attic and Roof Spaces
• ICF Walls
• Wood Frame Construction
• Heat transfer, air leakage and condensation control
Other House topics will be covered during assigned self-led instruction and practice each evening and will be reviewed in depth the following morning during the instructor-led session.

HVAC - House - 2012 (2 days, 12 points)

Prerequesite:

This OBOA course has been designed to introduce or increase (where applicable) the concepts of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and to hone skills in terms of their ability to FIND (search the Code and identify non-familiar Code provisions), UNDERSTAND (to comprehend the language, structure and intent of a Code provision), and APPLY the Code provision(s) using case examples, situations and scenarios.

The objective of this course is to help you understand the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) applicable to the area of HVAC House (primarily dwelling units). This includes requirements contained in Division A and B, particularly Parts 1, 6, 9, 11 and 12 of the code.

This course covers the requirements of the OBC as applied to HVAC House (primarily dwelling units). Requirements for HVAC House in the OBC have been identified to have an impact on the following:
• Design and Installation
• Air Ducts
• Heating and Cooling Systems
• Heat Transfer, air leakage and condensation
• Ventilation
• Heating and Air-conditioning
• Renovation – Compliance Alternative
• Electrical

While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for HVAC House, participants must have a basic understanding of the OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when challenging exams.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.

Instructor Training Course (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite:

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for the effective delivery of the Ontario Building Officials Association courses. The course consists of five modules: 1. Introduction; 2. The Principles of Adult Education; 3. The Principles of Teaching; 4. Teaching the OBOA Courses; and 5. The Practicum.

Note: New applicants, Please email your CV to training@oboa.on.ca

Land Use Planning and Zoning Enforcement- 2016 (3 days, 18 points)

Prerequesite: None

Formerly Community Planning and Zoning Administration.
A 20-hour course, revised and updated in 2016, designed for building officials who require a general knowledge of community planning and a working knowledge of the purpose and effect of zoning but who do not process planning applications. At the end of this course, the student will have sufficient knowledge of the importance of the subject matter to: understand the importance of land use planning to the province, municipality and the public; identify the legislative authority for planning in the province and recognize the most important components of this legislation that have a direct effect on his/her job responsibilities, understand the general purpose and contents of an official plan and the role that an official plan plays with respect to local planning functions; understand the purposes and generic contents of a zoning by-law, different types of zoning by-laws and amendment procedures; recognize problem areas that may arise from conflicts between planning decisions or regulations and responsibilities under the Building Code Act or building code requirements and identify mechanisms to resolve such problems; recognize other planning tools, the role of the committee of adjustment, and minor variances and non-conforming uses; understand the procedures and requirements of zoning administration and the use of letters of compliance.
Note: A final exam mark falling between (0%-39%) is considered a fail and the student will have to re-take the course. A one-time re-write is offered if a passing mark falls between (40%-69%). A fee of $25.00 is payable to the OBOA prior to the exam being issued to the Proctor. Responding to the OBOA Provincial Office after 60 days from the date of notification of the re-write dissolves the option to a re-write an exam. The re-write can be proctored by, a course facilitator, a CBO, Municipal Clerk or at the OBOA Provincial Office. If you fail a second time, you will be obliged to take the course again.

Large Buildings - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: None

This OBOA course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) with respect to Large (Vol. 1 Division B Part 3) buildings.
Some areas covered by this course include:
• Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance ratings
• SB-2, Flame spread, Smoke development
• Building Fire Safety (Passive)
• Building Fire Safety (Active)
• Safety within Floor Areas
• Exits, Means of Egress
• Vertical Transportation/Service Spaces/Environmental Separation & fixed ladders
• Health Requirements/Barrier Free/Portable Classrooms/Self Service Storage buildings
• Public Pools/Rapid Transit Stations/Signs/Shelf and Rack Storage Systems
• Change of Use/Renovations
• Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing
• Resource Conservation
• Sample Examination Questions
• Post Course Study Plan
While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Large buildings, participants must have a basic understanding of the entire Part 3 OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when challenging the Large Building exam.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.

Leadership Day (1 days, 6 points)

Prerequesite: None

Topic: The Silver Tsunami and Talent Management Challenges in Municipal Building Departments
Invited: Chief Building Officials, their direct reports, their superiors, and municipal HR professionals.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:30 – 4:45.

PROGRAM
8:30 Welcome - Aubrey LeBlanc, CAO, OBOA

8:35 The Challenge
Matt Farrell, CBO, Huron-Kinloss, VP OBOA, Joyanne Beckett, Certification/Continuing Education Chair, OBOA
Setting the Scene: Silver Tsunami and implications
Challenges of defining, labeling and communicating a building official career/profession/trade/function
Certification, Qualification, Licensure
Changes in the role of building officials
The need for new tools and approaches
Discussion

9:30 Human Capital
Sandra McKenzie, Manager of Human Resources, Aurora
Session 1 HC plan and process, advertising/search channels and messaging, screening and interview process, evaluation of credentials and personal suitability, onboarding, training, retention, monitoring results

10:45 Coffee

11:00 Human Capital
Sandra McKenzie
Session 2 - Continued: HC plan and process, advertising/search channels and messaging, screening and interview process, evaluation of credentials and personal suitability, onboarding, training, retention, monitoring results
Discussion

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Education
Grant Brouwer, CBO, Town of St. Marys, VP OBOA, Joe Sirianni, Chair, Technology/Trades, George Brown College,
Andrew Pariser, VP, RESCON
College programs for building officials and related disciplines
Discussion

1:45 Internship
Frank Bidin, CBO, Ottawa, Richard Ashe, Manager, Permit Approvals, Ottawa
Case study: Internship Model, City of Ottawa
Adapting internship/apprenticeship models to smaller municipalities
Discussion

3:00 Coffee

3:15 Wrap-Up Panel
Brenda Lewis, Director- Building Services Transformation, Alan Shaw, President, OBOA, CBO Sarnia,
Sandra Burrows, Executive, LMCBO, CBO St. Catharines
Moderator: Mike Leonard, CBO, Oshawa
Reflections, key concepts, best practices, and next steps for CBOs
Discussion

4:30 Close Aubrey LeBlanc

Legal Process for Building Officials & Designers - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: None

Who is this course for?
The Legal Process for Building Officials & Designers course is intended as an introduction to the legal process for all building officials, persons authorized by RCAs and individuals considering entering the world of Building Code administration in Ontario. The Legal Process for Building Officials course can also be an excellent training and preparation tool for designers preparing to write the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s legal qualification examination.

Beyond gaining a basic knowledge of the legal process related to building code administration, the course is designed to help prepare individuals to write the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s legal qualification examination, the common element for all areas of MMAH qualification.

While all participants are encouraged to complete all 15 Chapters of the course, Chapters 1 through 12 are intended for all code practitioners and Chapters 13 through 15 provide information for Chief Building Officials, aspiring Chief Building Officials, Inspectors who have the same powers and duties as the Chief Building Official in relation to sewage systems or plumbing, Inspectors who are Supervisors and Managers of Inspectors and Registered Code Agencies.

The Legal Process for Building Officials & Designers Course is a prerequisite course for the Building Officials and the Law.

Course Objectives
In addition to explaining the structure of the 2012 Ontario Building Code, how the Act is linked to the provisions of the Code and the identification of the Principal Authority, the course addresses the following topics:

- Understanding Roles and the Legal Framework of the Act
- Various Qualifications and Registration under the Act and the Code
- Permit Applications and the Issuance Process for Permits
- Exercising Lawful Entry
- The Inspection and Compliance Processes
- The Occupancy Process
- Co-operation, Conflict and Dispute Resolution under the Act
- Offences, Liability and Immunity from Actions
- Change of Use and Renovations, and
- Complying with Division B.

Examination
No examination is included with this course.

[Visit the MMAH website to schedule the applicable Legal Examination, including payment of examination and registration fees.]

Part 3 - Large Buildings - Classification & Construction-2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: Any Part 9 Course

A 37-hour course which considers the important elements of a structure regulated by Part 3 Large buildings including mid-rise construction. This is considered to be an introduction to part 3 buildings and includes the following: building classification; separation of major occupancies; building area and height; streets; building size and construction; occupant load; fire separation/fire-resistance ratings; fire protection ratings; firewalls; closures – Ontario Building Code requirements; fire stopping; fire blocking; provisions for fire fighting; and mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces.

This course also makes reference to other topics which are covered by additional courses and involves a written exam at the conclusion of the week.

Part 3 - Large Buildings - Health & Safety - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: Part 3 Classification & Construction (Mandatory)

This five day (37 hour) course has been designed to enable Code practitioners to interpret and implement the Health and Safety requirements within Division B, Part 3 of the 2012 Ontario Building Code. It includes the following topics: review of Classification & Separation of Major Occupancies; Spatial Separation & Exposure Protection; Exits; Lighting & Emergency Power; Flame Spread Rating & Interior Finishes; Service Spaces & Rooms; Egress & Exiting from Mezzanines; Interconnected Floor Space; Health Requirements; Fire Alarm & Detection Systems & Barrier Free Design.

This course concludes with an examination covering the material.

Part 8 - On-Site Sewage Systems - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: None

This OBOA 5 day (35 hr.) course deals with the fundamental requirements related to the administration and enforcement of the 2012 Ontario Building Code as related to private on-site Sewage Systems with design capacity less than 10,000 Litres per day. The regulatory requirements related to these systems are generally found under Div. B., Part 8 of the Code, but do also include and refer to substantial portions of Division C of the OBC, the Act as well as the Supplementary Standards SB5 and SB6. Designed as an introduction to the fundamental principles behind the topic, the course addresses the following topics and areas;
• duties and responsibilities under the Act as related to Sewage systems
• Site evaluations, Test Pits and T-Times,
• Characteristics and distinguishing of Systems and Design Flows,
• Design and Construction of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Sewage Systems,
• Inspection and Review of Class 1,2,3,4 and 5 Sewage systems,
• Operation and Maintenance minimum requirements for existing systems, and
• Occupational Health and Safety as related to sewage system inspection or enforcement.

Part 9 - Buildings - Fire Protection - 2012 (4 days, 24 points)

Prerequesite: Any Part 9: The House course

This is an OBOA four day (30 hour) more advanced course dealing with building permit requirements and plan review of Part 9 buildings where the 2012 Ontario Building Code requires fire separations because of building and occupancy classification. The course will also address fire protection features such as exiting, means of egress, wayward finding, service spaces, fire alarm and detection, suppression methods and the effective inspection of these fire protection features.

Part 9 - Buildings - Structural Requirements - 2012 (4 days, 24 points)

Prerequesite: Any Part 9: The House course

This OBOA four day (30 hour) advanced course dealing with the structural provisions of Part 9 of Division B of
the 2012 Ontario Building Code. The course material describes the provisions, their applications and limitations but does not deal specifically with the design of structural elements. This course will detail how to use Part 9 to size structural components and what to look for during inspections.

Topics to be covered include: General Structural Requirements, Loads on Buildings, Soils, Foundations, Floor Systems, Wall Systems, Conventional Roof Framing, Roof Trusses and Masonry & ICF

Part 9 -The House - Building Envelope - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: None

This is a five day (37 hour) basic course dealing with the construction of houses as single detached dwellings under Part 9 of Division B of the 2012 Ontario Building Code.

The course provides participants with an introduction to the 2012 Ontario Building Code. The course will focus on the perimeter building envelope including below-grade components, insulation requirements, air barrier, vapour barrier and exterior finishes.

This course concludes with an examination covering the material.

Part 9 -The House - Health & Safety - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: Part 9 Building Envelope (Mandatory)

This revised 37 hour course has been designed to enable the Code practitioners to interpret and implement the principles of the 2012 Ontario Building Code during both the examination of plans and in the inspection of the health and safety components of the House. During this course you will gain the knowledge and understanding of how various Code requirements applicable to detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse or row house, are interpreted and applied in ensuring Code compliance.

The areas covered in the instructor based course include the following: Plans Examination and Permit Issuance; Design of Area and Spaces; Windows, Doors and Skylights; Stairs, Guards, and Landings; Insulation; Fire Safety and Protection; Chimney, Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Appliances; Party Walls and Sound Control; Final Interior Occupancy Inspection; and Final Exterior Inspection.

This course also makes reference to other topics which are covered by additional courses and involves a written exam at the conclusion of the week.

Part10/11 Building Renovations & Change of Use - 2012 (4 days, 24 points)

Prerequesite: Any Part 9 Buildings OR Part 3 Large Building Course

This OBOA four day (30 hr.) course looks at the means of ensuring that a building’s use and occupancy is appropriate and the construction requirements due to a change-of-use in an existing building are in compliance with the appropriate parts of the code to ensure that the required performance standards are maintained. This course covers areas of the 2012 Ontario Building Code including but not limited to: requirements for permits; applicability of Parts 10 and 11; code terminology for evaluating renovation projects; building systems; occupant load; change in major occupancy; fire separations; basic and extensive renovations; example projects; site generated challenges; and change-of-use without construction.
The course also introduces accessibility and care and care treatment facilities and requirements when converting or undertaking renovations to existing buildings.
Within the course there is often reference to the fire code and while it is not the intent to delve into the fire code one should at least have an awareness of the 9.8 retrofit provisions as they may well need to be evaluated when considering part 10 and part 11 applications.

Plumbing All Buildings - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: Plumbing House

This OBOA course explains the theory that is the basis for the provisions of the Code that regulate drainage, venting and water systems Assistance will be provided to the participant in learning how to find and apply applicable OBC requirements. Through the exercises contained herein, it will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.
The areas covered in the instructor-led course are:
• Materials and Equipment
• Piping
• Drainage Systems
• Venting Systems
• Potable Water Systems
• Non-Potable Water Systems
This course also assists those who may wish to become more familiar with aspects of Plumbing - All Buildings. The goal of this course is to provide a participant-centered learning environment in order to:
• Review the specific code requirements that relate to Plumbing – All Buildings as indicated in the 2012 Examination Syllabus.
• Facilitate the location, understanding and application of the code requirements dealing with Plumbing – All Buildings.
• Evaluate the accuracy of the participant’s application of these code requirements to the problems provided.
• Propose and justify code specific solutions to participant questions and concerns.
Upon completion of this overview course, learners will be better able to:
• Relate Code requirements that govern plumbing
• Determine the requirements applicable to specific plumbing systems
• Identify deficiencies in plumbing design and installation
• Develop a plan of action to inspect plumbing installations
• Become familiar with plans of buildings and drawings of plumbing installations
This course is designed to help prepare individuals to write the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Plumbing All Buildings qualification examination, the common element for all areas of MMAH qualification.

Plumbing House - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: None

This OBOA course has been designed to introduce or increase (where applicable) the concepts of Plumbing - House and to hone skills in terms of their ability to FIND (search the Code and identify non-familiar Code provisions), UNDERSTAND (to comprehend the language, structure and intent of a Code provision), and APPLY the Code provision(s) using case examples, situations and scenarios.
The objective of this course is to help you understand the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) applicable to the area of Plumbing - House (primarily dwelling units). This includes requirements contained in Division A and B, particularly Parts 1, 7, 9, 11 and 12 of the code.
This course covers the requirements of the OBC as applied to Plumbing - House. Requirements for Plumbing - House in the OBC have been identified to have an impact on the following:
• General, Health and Safety, Accessibility, Energy Efficiency
• Materials and Equipment
• Piping
• Drainage Systems
• Venting Systems
• Potable Water Systems
• Part 9
• Renovation and Compliance Alternatives
Objectives:
Upon completion of this overview course, learners will be better able to:
• Relate the regulations relevant to plumbing and the inspections.
• Explain the role of a plumbing inspector.
• Explain the basic theory of plumbing systems.
• Explain, in detail, the plumbing in a typical single-family dwelling
• Apply a set of materials and attitudes common to other plumbing inspectors to help you on the job.
• Describe how to inspect plumbing installations.
• Explain the authority, responsibility and accountability of a plumbing inspector.
• Analyze plans of buildings and drawings of plumbing installations.
This course is designed to help prepare individuals to write the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Plumbing House qualification examination, the common element for all areas of MMAH qualification.

Residential HVAC Inspection (2 days, 12 points)

Prerequesite: None

This course examines forced air heating requirements and
related compliance and enforcement issues as per Part 6 and
Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code.
Participants in this course will be able to:
- Describe the various principles associated with space heating
and air movement.
- Identify important HVAC system terminology.
- Describe what to look for when inspecting warm air and
return air supplies.
- Describe the proper installation of ducts and plenums.
- Identify inspection issues with regard to exhaust ducts and
outlets.
- Describe typical HVAC defects that might be encountered in
houses.
- Identify inspection concerns related to heat recovery
ventilators.

Residential Plumbing Inspection (3 days, 18 points)

Prerequesite: None

This course is an introduction for inspectors to Residential Plumbing Systems. Participants in this course will be able to:

1. Describe the Plumbing Model, and key concepts.
2. Properly use important plumbing system terminology.
3. Describe sewer, drain, and waste management systems.
4. Describe water service systems.
5. Describe water distribution systems.
6. Describe venting, stacks & waste pipes.
7. Describe fixtures, appliances, and Part 9 plumbing.
8. Describe typical plumbing defects that might be encountered in houses.

Participants must supply their own copy of the 2012 Ontario Building Code Volumes 1 & 2.

SB-12 Energy Efficiency for Housing - 2017 (2 days, 12 points)

Prerequesite:

This OBOA course is focused on Ontario Regulation 332/12 as amended; Supplementary Standard SB-12 - including revisions released July 7, 2016. The course will provide a review of building science principles (heat, air, and moisture) and House-As-A-System learning objectives. The course will assist participants to become familiar with not only the content of the SB-12 regulation, but also the “objectives” of the code relating to carbon reduction and energy efficiency. Training will also focus on the administration of the regulation from both a design review and technical perspective – to the more practical field inspection and construction process. Best practices and building science principles encouraging health and comfort of occupants with elements related to HVAC, ventilation and indoor air quality will also be stressed.

SB-12 Energy Efficiency for Housing - 2017. (2 days, 12 points)

Prerequesite:

This OBOA course is focused on Ontario Regulation 332/12 as amended; Supplementary Standard SB-12 - including revisions released July 7, 2016. The course will provide a review of building science principles (heat, air, and moisture) and House-As-A-System learning objectives. The course will assist participants to become familiar with not only the content of the SB-12 regulation, but also the “objectives” of the code relating to carbon reduction and energy efficiency. Training will also focus on the administration of the regulation from both a design review and technical perspective – to the more practical field inspection and construction process. Best practices and building science principles encouraging health and comfort of occupants with elements related to HVAC, ventilation and indoor air quality will also be stressed.

Small Buildings - 2012 (5 days, 30 points)

Prerequesite: House

This Ontario Building Officials Association/George Brown College course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of code practitioners to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the Ontario Building Code with respect to Small Buildings as defined under Div.B - Part 9. While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Small Buildings, participants must have a basic understanding of the OBC and associated requirements in order to be successful when challenging exams.

Topics covered by this course include:


- Special Structures & Basics of Structural Requirements
- Design of Area and Space
- Doors, Windows, Doors and Skylights, Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
- Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Floors on Ground, Masonry and Wood Frame Construction
- Plumbing, Public Pools and Spas, Electrical Facilities, Resource Conservation
- Post Course Study Plan

NEW! In preparation to challenge the MMA Small Building qualification exam, an on-line practice exam will be provided upon completion of the training. (Student will be required to provide a laptop on the final day of course)

The SB-12 2017 Ontario Tour (1 days, 3 points)

Prerequesite:

Packed into a half-day workshop with curriculum endorsed by the Ontario Homes Builders Association and the Ontario Building Officials Association, Ross Elliott will analyze changes to the new Ontario Building Code SB-12 Supplement that will require all new houses to reach higher performance levels of energy efficiency, effective this coming January 1, 2017.
This workshop will

-Compare and contrast 2012 to 2017 OBC SB-12 requirements
-Conduct a deep review of critical energy changes
-Review key non-energy related changes
-Discuss cost-effective technology pathways and allowable code trade-offs
-Explore challenges and opportunities presented by the new code
-Discuss compliance strategies and the Energy Efficiency Design Summary Form

Discover for yourself how OBC 2017 fits the path of continual improvement. Understand how the competition will be building in 2017. Develop strategies to meet requirements and deliver on consumer expectations in a cost-effective fashion including the cost benefits of building to a higher ENERGY STAR® standard.

This workshop is still in development. Course content subject to change.

Register Online at www.enerquality.ca/training