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Building Codes Division Licenses

The Building Codes Division (BCD) is the agency in charge of providing code development, inspection, plan review, permit services, and licensing to the construction industry in Oregon. The BCD is made up of seven boards, of which some of them are in charge of managing certain licenses: the Board of Boiler Rules, the Building Codes Structures Board, the Construction Industry Energy Board, the Electrical and Elevator Board, the Mechanical Board, the Residential and Manufactured Structures Board, and the State Plumbing Board.

The Building Codes Division Differentiates between two types of contractor’s licenses: individual licenses and business licenses. Individual licenses are those that a private individual obtains for their own use. Business licenses are those obtained by companies for the company's use. Besides these two types of licenses, BCD offers inspector certifications.

Building Codes Division Individual Licenses

  • Boiler Class 1 Trainee/Helper (CL1)
  • Boiler Class 2 Pressure Vessel Installer (CL2)
  • Boiler Class 3 Service Mechanic (CL3)
  • Boiler Class 4 Boilermaker (CL4)
  • Boiler Class 5 Pressure Piping Mechanic (CL5)
  • Boiler Class 5A Process Piping Mechanic (CL5A)
  • Boiler Class 5B Refrigeration Piping Mechanic (CL5B)
  • Boiler Class 6 Welder (CL6)
  • Elevator Limited Journeyman (E)
  • Elevator Limited Mechanic (LEM)
  • General Journeyman Electrician (J)
  • General Supervising Electrician (S)
  • Journeyman Plumber (JP)
  • Limited Building Maintenance Electrician (BME)
  • Limited Energy Technician, Class A (LEA)
  • Limited Energy Technician, Class B (LEB)
  • Limited Journeyman Manufacturing Plant Electrician (PJ)
  • Limited Journeyman Sign Electrician (SIG)
  • Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician (ST)
  • Limited Maintenance Electrician (LME)
  • Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT)
  • Limited Residential Electrician (LR)
  • Limited Supervising Electrician (PS)
  • Manufactured Dwelling - Temporary Limited Installer
  • Manufactured Dwelling Installer (MDI)
  • Manufactured Dwelling Limited Skirt Installer (LSI)
  • Reciprocating Conveyor Mechanic (RCM)
  • Residential Water-Heater Installer (WHI)
  • Restricted Reciprocating Conveyor Mechanic (RRM)
  • Solar Heating and Cooling Installer (STL)
  • Water-Treatment Installer (WTI)

How to apply for Oregon's Building Codes Division Individual Licenses?

  1. Identify the category to which the chosen license belongs:
    • Boiler Category
    • Electrical Category
    • Elevator Category
    • Manufactured Dwelling Category
    • Plumbing Category
  2. Fill out the application form of the category corresponding to the selected license:
  3. Complete a work history document and fill out the experience verification form for the category of the chosen license:
  4. Sign an applicant’s affidavit and choose the preferred examination location.
  5. Mail or fax a sealed packet of all the previous documents to:
    Oregon Building Codes Division
    P.O. Box 14470
    Salem, OR 97309-0404
    Fax: 503-378-2322
  6. Schedule, pay, and take the examination administered by the Building Codes Division. For more information on the tests, refer to the following available study guides:
  7. After passing the examination, BCD will issue the license via mail.

Useful links for Building Codes Division Individual Licenses

Building Codes Division Business Licenses

  • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Business (BB)
  • Boiler Business and Electrical (BE)
  • Boiler Business and Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (BH)
  • Electrical Contractor (C)
  • Elevator Contractor Electrical (EC)
  • Elevator Contractor Mechanical (EM)
  • Elevator Electrical and Elevator Mechanical Contractor (EM)
  • Limited Energy Contractor (CLE)
  • Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (LMS)
  • Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor HVAC/R (LHR)
  • Limited Pump Installation Specialty Contractor (CPI)
  • Limited Renewable Energy Contractor (CLR)
  • Limited Sign Contractor (CLS)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business (BP)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business and Electrical Contractor (PBE)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business and Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor HVAC/R (PBH)
  • Plumbing and Boiler Business and Restricted Energy Contractor (PBR)
  • Plumbing and Limited Maintenance Specialty Contractor (PM)
  • Plumbing and Limited Pump Installation Contractor (PP)
  • Plumbing Business (PB)
  • Restricted Energy Contractor (CRE)

How to apply for Oregon's Building Codes Division Business Licenses?

  1. Choose the preferred license type.
  2. Fill out the Business License Application Form.
  3. Provide the company’s Construction Contractors Board number and expiration date:
    • According to OAR 918-030-0015, businesses registered with the Building Codes Division and applying for a business license must show an active license with the Construction Contractors Board.
    • If the business/company is exempt from CCB licensure, the applicant must attach a letter with the application packet explaining the reason for the exemption.
  4. Register the company’s name with Oregon’s Secretary of State.
  5. Designate a Signing Supervisor:
    • All businesses applying for a BCD business license, except those applying for a boiler or a plumbing license, must have a signing supervisor.
    • Refer to BCD’s chart for more information on the options for designating a Signing Supervisor for each license.
    • If the business’ designated signing supervisor is a Qualified Person (QP), verify QP’s experience for business licenses.
  6. Submit a list of the business's employees if applying to any of the following licenses:
    • Restricted energy contractor (CRE)
    • Limited maintenance specialty contractor (LMS)
    • Limited maintenance specialty contractor HVAC/R (LHR)
    • Elevator contractor mechanical (ECM) - Include license numbers of all employees and proof of insurance as an elevator contractor
  7. Submit a complete packet including all the previous documents by mail or fax (do not email the application packet) to:
    Oregon Building Codes Division
    P.O. Box 14470
    Salem, OR 97309-0404
    Fax: 503-378-2322

Useful links for Building Codes Division Business Licenses

Building Codes Division Inspector Certifications

  • Boiler Inspector
  • Building Official (BO)
  • Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI)
  • Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF)
  • Limited Plumbing Inspector, Building Sewer (PIS)
  • Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector (MCI)
  • Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA)
  • Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)
  • Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI)
  • Recreational Vehicle Inspector (RVI)
  • Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)
  • Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)
  • Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)
  • Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)
  • Specialized Finals Inspector (SFI)
  • Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector (SSI)
  • Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA)
  • Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA)
  • Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL)
  • Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB)
  • Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI)

How to Obtain a Building Codes Division Inspector Certification in Oregon?

  1. Select one of the four pathways through which an inspector certification can be obtained:
    • Application pathway
    • Examination pathway
    • Training pathway
    • National certification conversion pathway
  2. Check the following list to identify the pathway that applies for the chosen inspector certification (more than one pathway may apply to some inspector certifications):
    • Application pathway:
      • Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB)
      • Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI)
      • Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL)
    • Examination pathway:
      • Boiler Inspector
      • Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)
      • Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)
      • Electrical Specialty Code Inspector (EI)
      • Manufactured Structure Construction Inspector (MCI)
      • Plumbing Specialty Code Inspector (PI)
      • Limited Plumbing Inspector, Building Sewer (PIS)
      • Recreational Vehicle Inspector (RVI)
    • Training pathway:
      • Building Official (BO)
      • Residential Electrical Inspector (CAE)
      • Residential Plumbing Inspector (CAP)
      • Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)
      • Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)
      • Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)
      • Specialized Finals Inspector (SFI)
      • Specialized Solar Photo-Voltaic Inspector (SSI)
    • National certification conversion pathway:
      • Residential Structural Inspector (CAS)
      • Residential Plans Examiner (CAX)
      • Medical Gas Plumbing Inspector (MGI)
      • Mechanical Inspector A-Level (MIA)
      • Structural Plans Examiner A-Level (PEA)
      • Fire and Life Safety Plans Examiner (PEF)
      • Structural Inspector A-Level (SIA)

Application Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

  1. Fill out the application form corresponding to the chosen certification:
  2. Submit the following documents alongside the application:
    • For the Third Party Plan Review & Inspection Business Registration (SRB) certification:
      • General liability insurance certification
      • Quality-control manual
    • For the Third Party Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRI) certification:
      • Qualifying experience documents
    • For the Third Party Limited Plan Reviewer & Inspector (SRL) certification:
      • Qualifying experience documents

Examination Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

  1. Complete one of the following certification forms:
  2. Fill out a certification experience verification form and sign an applicant’s affidavit.
  3. Choose an exam location.
  4. Schedule the exam. For more information on the test, refer to BCD’s exam information document.

Training Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

  1. Take and pass the course that corresponds to the chosen license:
  2. Meet the prerequisites for the corresponding course:
    • Building Official Certification course:
      • Be employed, or in negotiations to be employed, by a municipality to conduct building official work.
    • Residential Electrical Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Residential Plumbing Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Residential Structural Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Residential Plans Examiner Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
    • Medical Gas Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and a Commercial Plumbing Inspector (PI) Certification.
    • Specialized Finals Inspector course:
      • Hold a minimum of one certification in Oregon to perform either residential or commercial mechanical, structural, electrical, or plumbing inspections.
    • Specialized Photo Voltaic Inspector course:
      • Hold a current Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).

National Certification Conversion Pathway Instructions for Inspector Certifications in Oregon

This pathway allows the applicant to convert any nationally recognized or International Code Council (ICC) certification into an Oregon inspector certification.

  1. Hold a valid Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC).
  2. Review the Building Codes Division’s conversion chart.
  3. Complete the National Certification Conversion Application.
  4. Attach evidence of national or ICC certification. Include name, license type, and expiration date.

Building Codes Division Inspector Certification Useful Links

Important Contact Information for Building Codes Division Licenses

Building Codes Division

BCD Contact Information
1535 Edgewater St. NW
Salem, OR 97304

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503-378-4133 Fax: 503-378-2322

Building Codes Division License Contacts

License Specialists
D'On Baugh​​
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503-378-2246
​Gina Cadile​​
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503-373-1248​
​Dannielle Clark
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​503-378-3980
​​Rebecca Thompson
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503-378-4046​​

BCD Inspector Certification Training

Inspector Training Program
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503-373-7974

Inspector Certification Specialist​

​Cherilyn Alamani
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503-378-4162