The code change training is broken into modules, which are then grouped into discipline bundles. These bundles are the same whether you attend the live training or complete the self-paced sessions. The Code Change Training Requirements Guide indicates the required bundles based on the certifications held.
- Day 1 - Residential Bundle - VRC, Residential Energy,
- Day2 - Commercial Bundle - VBC, Commercial Energy, VEBC
- Day 3 - Admin Bundle - Admin (MH, IBSR, VCS, ADI), ISPSC, Elevator, Fire, Property Maintenance, and Fire edits
- Day 4 - Trades Bundle - Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical/Fuel Gas
- Chapter 1 Admin Refresher (Required for all - self-paced only)
The classroom schedule will run in a four-day format with each day focused on a specific discipline bundle. Students will register for each day separately and need only attend the day or days that offer the bundle required for the certifications held. Registration and credit are based on full-day attendance of the required sessions. Certificate holders can choose to attend the live virtual class, complete the self-paced bundles, or a combination of both based on individual preference, convenience, etc.
In addition to the live virtual classroom, individuals may take advantage of self-paced online training provided through the Commonwealth of Virginia (COVLC). Online programs are available on demand at any time and are offered as standalone presentations based on the VBCA classroom curriculum. Code officials looking for flexibility in when and where they complete code change training will find this delivery method convenient yet still comprehensive.
Although DHCD is the primary provider of code change training in Virginia, the agency partners with several organizations to maximize the availability of Code Change Training to code officials. These approved providers utilize DHCD materials and VBCA-approved instructors. Completion of these offerings is reflected on the JPVBCA Online Registration System once attendance sheets are submitted to the VBCA. For information regarding training provider schedules, please contact the provider directly.
OTHER STATE AGENCY APPROVALS
Besides DHCD, other certifying or licensing entities may require the completion of continuing education or code update training. In cooperation with the Department of Professional Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and with the Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), DHCD courses qualify for continuing education credit training towards journeyman or master license, and 1031 certification, respectively.
DHCD is an approved DPOR provider of continuing education. Students who wish to receive DPOR credit for VBCA classroom classes must provide their complete licensure information, including license number, before the end of each course. VBCA will then forward all data to DPOR for processing. Any questions regarding license renewal should be directed to DPOR.
Certain DHCD programs also qualify for continuing education credit with the VDFP for 1031 credit. Appropriate forms are provided during the designated approved programs and submission of those forms is handled by DHCD. All questions regarding VDFP credit should be directed to VDFP.