103.3.12 Trainee Program Requirements
Trainees shall meet the following requirements:
1. A trainee applicant shall be a full-time employee of a political subdivision.
2. A trainee applicant shall be under the direct supervision of a trainee supervisor.
3. A residential building inspector or residential mechanical inspector trainee applicant shall also have at least one year experience as a skilled tradesman for work subject to inspection under a residential or non-residential code adopted for buildings or structures regulated by this code or the "OBC," or shall submit evidence of eligibility for education credit pursuant to Section 184.108.40.206.
4. A residential plumbing inspector trainee applicant shall have at least three years experience in the installation of plumbing subject to inspection under either a residential or non-residential code adopted for buildings or structures regulated by this code or the "OBC," or submit evidence of eligibility for education credit pursuant to Section 220.127.116.11.
A trainee supervisor shall:
1. Be a full-time employee of the same political subdivision as the trainee and shall be available to the trainee during normal working hours;
2. Currently possess the residential certification for which the trainee is being trained;
3. Be responsible for no more than two trainees at one time and shall immediately notify the board of the trainee(s) under supervision;
4. Notify the board of any change in supervisor or trainee status within thirty days;
5. Supervise, check, and sign the trainee's inspections and reports or a residential plans examiner trainee's plans examinations; and
6. Provide to the board a report documenting at least twenty-five inspections or plans examinations made yearly by the trainee under the direct supervision of the trainee supervisor, with an evaluation of the trainee at the end of the first six months of the program, at the end of one year, and annually afterward.
The trainee sponsor (county, township, or municipal corporation) shall:
1. Direct the residential building official to certify to the board that the trainee is a full-time employee of the county, township, or municipal corporation and is under the direct supervision of an individual possessing the residential certification for which the trainee is being trained; and
2. Provide the trainee with a copy of the current rules of the board.
A residential building, mechanical, or plumbing inspector trainee shall attend and successfully complete one hundred hours of approved building code education courses. The trainee shall perform at least twenty-five inspections annually while in the trainee program under the direct supervision of the trainee supervisor. The trainee shall also complete the appropriate examination requirements in Section 103.3.6 prior to the completion of the trainee program.
An applicant for a residential building, mechanical, or plumbing inspector, or trainee certification may obtain credit for one year of the required experience through education, if one of the following is met:
1. The applicant shall document nine hundred or more contact hours of training in an Ohio department of education approved vocational education program at the high school or adult level; or
2. The applicant shall document the completion of a baccalaureate degree or an associate degree program in building design or construction.
Education credit shall not be prorated or combined for partial or full credit and shall be awarded only upon successful completion of a specific educational program. Miscellaneous course work or isolated classes shall not be considered.
1. Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation.
5. Plumbing and pipefitting.
6. Fire fighting.
Technical education instructional programs offering associate degrees include:
1. Architectural/construction technology.
2. Heating and air conditioning technology.
3. Fire science technology.
4. The successful completion of other specific technical education instructional programs offering degrees may be considered by the board if the training is directly related to the design and construction of buildings or structures within the scope of groups regulated by the rules of the board.