BOAF Online Training and Resource Center

Welcome to the BOAF Online Training and Resource Center, the online place for up to date training and the best resources for those working in the building industry.  Our online courses provide you with current training in required coursework for recertification as well as other topics of interest to Building Officials, Inspectors and Plans Examiners - and others in the construction industry.

Our online course are NOT canned PowerPoint slides or pre-recorded classroom sessions.  Instead, we have built engaging and interactive courses that provide current information and insights through text, video and audio.  Quizzes check for understanding and a final online exam ensures that learning has occurred.  

Want to know how BOAF Self-Paced Online Training works?  This five-minute video walks you through how our self-paced online classes work.

  

  


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Available courses

This course is a refresher and update for accessibility and fair housing ssues concerning building officials and building inspections.

This is a two-hour self-paced course.

In this course, students will review ethics and how to deal with the public, the business concerns and the government in a proper and ethical manner.

This is a one-hour self-paced course.

This course will offer the participants the chance to learn about the FBC Energy Conservation Code Introduction, the history and the legislature that created the framework for the FBC-Energy Conservation Code. Additionally, the participants will be exposed to the provisions of the FBC Energy Conservation Code, Residential Provisions prescriptive and performance measures contain therein.

In this course, the student will not only review the existing laws and rules concerning building officials and the building inspector vocation, but also look at new laws and rules.  There is a portion of the course that provides some practical application through simulation.

This course is a two-hour self-paced course.

This one-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge of code organization and definitions necessary toadminister and enforce the FBC Building Code, Seventh Edition.  Plans examiners, inspectors design professionals and contractors, completing this course will understand the organization of the FBC Building Code and the definitions addressed in the FBC Building Code.

At the completion of this course, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe the organization of the FBC Building Code (2020)
  • Define important terms associated with the FBC Building Code (2020)
  • Effectively locate important concepts associated with the FBC Building Code (2020)



This course is intended to provide the student with a basic understanding of the FBC Energy Conservation organization and specific terms related to the code.   

This one-hour course discusses the scope and administrative requirements governing the use of the Florida Building Code, 6thEdition (2017), Chapter One. 



This course includes concrete, aluminum, steel, wood, glass and plastics for the Building Inspector.

This course is intended to provide the student with a basic understanding of the FBC Residential organization and specific terms related to the code.   It is 

One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction 

 At the completion of this course, participants will be more familiar with the 2020 Florida Building Code (7th Edition) requirements regarding Residential Building Code. 

  • After completion, the student will be better able to:
  • Describe the intent and organization of the FBC Residential.
  • Familiarize with the scope and terms of each chapter of the FBC Residential.
  • Properly apply the FBC Residential Code to plans examination and inspections.


Electrical hazards generated by installation errors, danger of contact with electrical energy, conditions affecting severity of injury, electrical urns, thermal contact burns, safety protocol and standards.  This course comments on the philosophy of safety, avoiding electrical injury during inspections, specific electrical job site hazards, and the use of established procedures and standards to mitigate dangerous conditions.

Introduction to Article 90

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will help the participant better understand the requirements, provisions and recommendations found in the National Electrical Code, Article 90. This course is required for Electrical Cross Training Programs.

NUMBER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:  One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction

COURSE GOAL:  This course will introduce the student to the National Electrical Code, Part 90, the basis for electrical installations in the United States.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  After completion, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe the history and development of the National Electrical Code.
  • Describe the organization of the National Electrical Code.
  • Identify what is covered and what is not covered in the National Electrical Code.

 STUDENT PREREQUISITES: None


This course will help the participant improve verbal and written communication skills when interacting with customers, peers, supervisors and the public. This course is required for Electrical Cross Training Programs.

NUMBER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:  One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction

COURSE GOAL:  This course will familiarize the student with the twelve tables found in Chapter 9 of the National Electrical Code, including the application and use of each table.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

After completion, the student will be better able to:

·      Describe the background and use of the tables in Chapter 9

·      Describe the need for conversion between standard and metric measurements

·      Identify the use of each of the twelve tables in Chapter 9


Specific electrical requirements during improvement to existing buildings.  This course addresses repairs, alternations, and additions, and will define the scope of electrical work required within such work areas.

This one-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge of specific electrical code organization and definitions necessary to administer and enforce the electrical code.  Plans examiners, inspectors design professionals and contractors, completing this course will understand the organization of the National Electrical Code and the definitions addressed in the National Electrical Code.

At the completion of this course, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe the organization of the National Electrical Code

  • Define important terms associated with the National Electrical Code
  • Effectively locate important concepts associated with the National Electrical Code


This course provides a basic foundation of knowledge for utility-interactive photovoltaic systems including descriptions, general code requirements and key inspection points.

This one-hour online course is designed to help the inspector and plans examiner become familiar with the terminology and specific definitions that are commonly used in the Mechanical Code.  This course does not provide CEU credit at this time.

This eight-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge necessary to administer and enforce the plumbing code.  Design professionals, contractors, plans examiners and inspectors attending this course will review the code provisions and underlying scientific principles addressed in this chapter of the FBC Plumbing Volume.

To complete this course, the student must have the IPC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles book published by the International Code Council (ICC), 2015.  The book is provided with your registration.

This eight-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge necessary to administer and enforce the plumbing code.  Design professionals, contractors, plans examiners and inspectors attending this course will review the code provisions and underlying scientific principles addressed in this chapter of the FBC Plumbing Volume.

To complete this course, the student must have the IPC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles book published by the International Code Council (ICC), 2015.  The book is provided with your registration.

This one-hour online course is designed to help the inspector and plans examiner become familiar with the terminology and specific definitions that are commonly used in the Plumbing Code.  


This course provides the participants with an overview of the contents of Chapter 10 of the FBC- Plumbing Volume, covering Traps, Interceptors and Separators.  At the end of this course the participants will better understand the concepts and code provisions of the FBC-Plumbing volume requirements in Chapter 10, Traps, Interceptors and Separators .

This course provides the participant with an overview of the contents of Chapter 8 of the FBC- Plumbing Volume, covering Indirect and Special Wastes.  At the end of this course the participants will better understand the concepts and code provisions of the FBC-Plumbing volume requirements in Chapter 8, Indirect and Special Waste.

1 hour


This five-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge necessary to administer and enforce the fuel gas code.  Design professionals, contractors, plans examiners and inspectors attending this course will review the code provisions and underlying scientific principles addressed in this chapter of the IFGC.

To complete this course, the student must have the IFGC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles book published by the International Code Council (ICC), 2015.  The book is provided with your registration.

In a tragedy in Oakland, California in December of 2016, thirty-six people died in a preventable warehouse fire.  The leaseholder and the resident manager were both charged with thirty-six counts of negligent manslaughter, with the trial ending in September 2019.  The manager was acquitted and the leaseholder's case was declared a mistrial when the jury deadlocked.  Their defense was based on the failure of the city and county officials to take any action, even though they apparently knew about the dangerous and illegal conditions there.

In this course, participants will learn methods that will improve communication and cooperation between police officers, fire/EMS officials, the building department and others with the goal of improving public safety for the community.  As was the case in Oakland, the communication disconnect between these three public safety pillars can result in missing vital signs of trouble that can be corrected and public safety enhanced when these three work closely together. 

Quality Customer Service

In this course the student will learn how to provide quality customer service to customers by gaining public trust, building credibility, and ensuring safe buildings for the community. Chapter 4 (this is a reference to the Inspector Skills text book, chapter 4).

COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:  

At the heart of building positive working relationships with the public is providing good customer service. Good customer service applies equally to coworkers; associates, and those in other departments. It is important that people feel comfortable in approaching the Inspector. To accomplish this, the Inspector should consider the following: First Impressions. - Be punctual, introduce yourself and show identification as the building Inspector, be courteous and respectful, and always be helpful and fair.


In this course, students learn the tricks and techniques for reviewing plans as well as specific techniques for successfully completing inspections.  

(This course is a required course for the Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Inspector Cross Training Programs)

This course addresses the soft skills that are essential for construction inspectors to excel in their mission to ensure safe, code-compliant buildings for the public.

After completing this course, participants will be able to exhibit non-technical traits, positive behaviors, and problem-solving skills to enhance their ability to interact with others and carry out effective communication, diplomacy, customer service and public relations skills.

This course will help the participant improve verbal and written communication skills when interacting with customers, peers, supervisors and the public. This course is required for all Cross Training Programs.

 NUMBER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:  One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction 

 COURSE GOAL:  Inspectors must interact with a variety of people and situations daily.  The outcome of these interactions depends on the ability and skill of the inspector to properly communicate verbally and in writing – which includes effective listening skills.  This course will help the inspector improve these critical skills.

 COURSE OBJECTIVES:

After completion, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe and properly utilize the communications cycle.
  • Apply active listening skills to conversations with customers and the public.
  • Apply correct written composition skills to written communication, including email, written reports and other written instruments.

(This course is a required course for the Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Inspector Cross Training Programs)

This course was designed to assist the Florida Principle and Practice Licensure Exam Candidate prepare for the exam by becoming familiar with the exam format; how the exam is presented; and how to use the P&P Manual to complete the exam successfully.

This course is a refresher and update for accessibility and fair housing ssues concerning building officials and building inspections.

This is a two-hour self-paced course.

In this course, the student will not only review the existing laws and rules concerning building officials and the building inspector vocation, but also look at new laws and rules.  There is a portion of the course that provides some practical application through simulation.

This course is a two-hour self-paced course.

This course will offer the participants the chance to learn about the FBC Energy Conservation Code Introduction, the history and the legislature that created the framework for the FBC-Energy Conservation Code. Additionally, the participants will be exposed to the provisions of the FBC Energy Conservation Code, Residential Provisions prescriptive and performance measures contain therein.

In this course, students will review ethics and how to deal with the public, the business concerns and the government in a proper and ethical manner.

This is a one-hour self-paced course.

This one-hour course discusses the scope and administrative requirements governing the use of the Florida Building Code, 6thEdition (2017), Chapter One. 



This course includes concrete, aluminum, steel, wood, glass and plastics for the Building Inspector.

This one-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge of code organization and definitions necessary toadminister and enforce the FBC Building Code, Seventh Edition.  Plans examiners, inspectors design professionals and contractors, completing this course will understand the organization of the FBC Building Code and the definitions addressed in the FBC Building Code.

At the completion of this course, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe the organization of the FBC Building Code (2020)
  • Define important terms associated with the FBC Building Code (2020)
  • Effectively locate important concepts associated with the FBC Building Code (2020)



This course provides a basic foundation of knowledge for utility-interactive photovoltaic systems including descriptions, general code requirements and key inspection points.

This one-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge of specific electrical code organization and definitions necessary to administer and enforce the electrical code.  Plans examiners, inspectors design professionals and contractors, completing this course will understand the organization of the National Electrical Code and the definitions addressed in the National Electrical Code.

At the completion of this course, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe the organization of the National Electrical Code

  • Define important terms associated with the National Electrical Code
  • Effectively locate important concepts associated with the National Electrical Code


Specific electrical requirements during improvement to existing buildings.  This course addresses repairs, alternations, and additions, and will define the scope of electrical work required within such work areas.

This course will help the participant improve verbal and written communication skills when interacting with customers, peers, supervisors and the public. This course is required for Electrical Cross Training Programs.

NUMBER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:  One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction

COURSE GOAL:  This course will familiarize the student with the twelve tables found in Chapter 9 of the National Electrical Code, including the application and use of each table.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

After completion, the student will be better able to:

·      Describe the background and use of the tables in Chapter 9

·      Describe the need for conversion between standard and metric measurements

·      Identify the use of each of the twelve tables in Chapter 9


Introduction to Article 90

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course will help the participant better understand the requirements, provisions and recommendations found in the National Electrical Code, Article 90. This course is required for Electrical Cross Training Programs.

NUMBER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:  One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction

COURSE GOAL:  This course will introduce the student to the National Electrical Code, Part 90, the basis for electrical installations in the United States.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  After completion, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe the history and development of the National Electrical Code.
  • Describe the organization of the National Electrical Code.
  • Identify what is covered and what is not covered in the National Electrical Code.

 STUDENT PREREQUISITES: None


Electrical hazards generated by installation errors, danger of contact with electrical energy, conditions affecting severity of injury, electrical urns, thermal contact burns, safety protocol and standards.  This course comments on the philosophy of safety, avoiding electrical injury during inspections, specific electrical job site hazards, and the use of established procedures and standards to mitigate dangerous conditions.

This eight-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge necessary to administer and enforce the plumbing code.  Design professionals, contractors, plans examiners and inspectors attending this course will review the code provisions and underlying scientific principles addressed in this chapter of the FBC Plumbing Volume.

To complete this course, the student must have the IPC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles book published by the International Code Council (ICC), 2015.  The book is provided with your registration.

This one-hour online course is designed to help the inspector and plans examiner become familiar with the terminology and specific definitions that are commonly used in the Mechanical Code.  This course does not provide CEU credit at this time.

This one-hour online course is designed to help the inspector and plans examiner become familiar with the terminology and specific definitions that are commonly used in the Plumbing Code.  This course does not provide CEU credit at this time.

This eight-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge necessary to administer and enforce the plumbing code.  Design professionals, contractors, plans examiners and inspectors attending this course will review the code provisions and underlying scientific principles addressed in this chapter of the FBC Plumbing Volume.

To complete this course, the student must have the IPC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles book published by the International Code Council (ICC), 2015.  The book is provided with your registration.

This five-hour course serves as an overview of the fundamental knowledge necessary to administer and enforce the fuel gas code.  Design professionals, contractors, plans examiners and inspectors attending this course will review the code provisions and underlying scientific principles addressed in this chapter of the IFGC.

To complete this course, the student must have the IFGC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles book published by the International Code Council (ICC), 2015.  The book is provided with your registration.

This course will help the participant improve verbal and written communication skills when interacting with customers, peers, supervisors and the public. This course is required for all Cross Training Programs.

 NUMBER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS:  One (1) Hour presented as online self-paced instruction 

 COURSE GOAL:  Inspectors must interact with a variety of people and situations daily.  The outcome of these interactions depends on the ability and skill of the inspector to properly communicate verbally and in writing – which includes effective listening skills.  This course will help the inspector improve these critical skills.

 COURSE OBJECTIVES:

After completion, the student will be better able to:

  • Describe and properly utilize the communications cycle.
  • Apply active listening skills to conversations with customers and the public.
  • Apply correct written composition skills to written communication, including email, written reports and other written instruments.

(This course is a required course for the Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Inspector Cross Training Programs)

Quality Customer Service

In this course the student will learn how to provide quality customer service to customers by gaining public trust, building credibility, and ensuring safe buildings for the community. Chapter 4 (this is a reference to the Inspector Skills text book, chapter 4).

COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:  

At the heart of building positive working relationships with the public is providing good customer service. Good customer service applies equally to coworkers; associates, and those in other departments. It is important that people feel comfortable in approaching the Inspector. To accomplish this, the Inspector should consider the following: First Impressions. - Be punctual, introduce yourself and show identification as the building Inspector, be courteous and respectful, and always be helpful and fair.


This course addresses the soft skills that are essential for construction inspectors to excel in their mission to ensure safe, code-compliant buildings for the public.

After completing this course, participants will be able to exhibit non-technical traits, positive behaviors, and problem-solving skills to enhance their ability to interact with others and carry out effective communication, diplomacy, customer service and public relations skills.

In this course, students learn the tricks and techniques for reviewing plans as well as specific techniques for successfully completing inspections.  

(This course is a required course for the Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Inspector Cross Training Programs)

In a tragedy in Oakland, California in December of 2016, thirty-six people died in a preventable warehouse fire.  The leaseholder and the resident manager were both charged with thirty-six counts of negligent manslaughter, with the trial ending in September 2019.  The manager was acquitted and the leaseholder's case was declared a mistrial when the jury deadlocked.  Their defense was based on the failure of the city and county officials to take any action, even though they apparently knew about the dangerous and illegal conditions there.

In this course, participants will learn methods that will improve communication and cooperation between police officers, fire/EMS officials, the building department and others with the goal of improving public safety for the community.  As was the case in Oakland, the communication disconnect between these three public safety pillars can result in missing vital signs of trouble that can be corrected and public safety enhanced when these three work closely together. 

This course was designed to assist the Florida Principle and Practice Licensure Exam Candidate prepare for the exam by becoming familiar with the exam format; how the exam is presented; and how to use the P&P Manual to complete the exam successfully.

This course is provided to help new and current instructors update their skills, knowledge, and abilities in the field of teaching in the classroom; at a meeting or conference; online; and in online webinars.  BOAF realizes that as technology, methodologies and requirements change and evolve in the world of teaching, instructors must also meet and exceed student expectations in these new and changing environments.

Course Objectives

  • Students will describe how adults learn and ways to enhance the adult learning process.
  • Students will create an outline of a course of their own design.
  • Students will demonstrate effective presentation methodologies.
  • Students will describe the best methodologies for online webinar presentations.
  • Students will create and present a fifteen-minute webinar topic.

This course is separated into Seven Modules presented over six weeks.  Each module looks at a different aspect of Instructor Techniques.  These modules are presented through an online printable manual, an online classroom and through live online webinars.  Each module contains reading in a manual with online assignments, exercises, videos, and other activities.  Each module has a quiz online.  There will be a final webinar presentation and a final exam.

 Following the five weeks of online and webinar learning, the final module will allow students to present their topics in a webinar format.  Students will practice their presentation skills with extemporaneous speaking and a presentation in a live webinar environment.

Here are the seven modules:

August 15-21  Module One: Course Introduction in an online webinar.  Students will meet with the instructor and the class on WednesdayAugust 17 in a one-hour online webinar to discuss the course, the course requirements and student expectations.  AND   Module Two: Introduction to Adult Learning and the Instructional Process.  Students will use the online environment to explore how adults learn, how adults apply what they have learned, and how to supercharge the adult learning process.

August 22 - 28  Module Three: Creating the Outline: Designing instructional Programs That Work.  Here students will continue in the online environment to determine the most important points to bring to their students, then create an outline design that will address student needs.

August 29 - September 4  Module Four: Bringing It To Life – Effective Presentations.  Students will meet in a two-hour online webinar on Wednesday, August 31 to discuss the jump from outline to presentation, including guidelines for effectiveness in live and webinar presentations.

September 5 - 11  Module Five: Instructional Media.  Here students will design the media that will be used to present their material to the class. 

September 12 - 18  Module Six: Effectively Using Webinars to Teach.  In this module, students will learn more about the best ways to present in a webinar format, preparing for their own final presentations.  A one-hour webinar wrap-up will complete the module and will take place on September 13 at 10:30 AM.

September 19 - 25  Module Seven: Final Presentations. Students will present their own topics in a strict fifteen-minute webinar to the rest of the class.  Webinar presentations will be scheduled on Tuesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 22 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Just because this is an online course developed to be completed when you have time, there are weekly deadlines that must be met!  Each module is one week long, and assignments must be completed and submitted so that the instructor can review them, make comments and return them to you.  All work is graded, and late work will not be accepted.  Each module builds on the previous module, so there is no "catching up."  

Should you have any questions or concerns, your instructor, Kevin Duffy, is only an email or phone call away.  You can email Kevin at KRDuffy@me.com or call at 386.547.9625.