ISU Hospital Inspector Certification Program (HICP)

Applying for the Exam

Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements as stated in Section 7-204 of the 2013 California Administrative Code (CAC) may apply for the Hospital Inspector Certification Examination (HICE) by submitting to OSHPD the following items.

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Items to Submit to OSHPD

  • 1. A completed HICE Application

    • HICE Application
    • Exam title (Class A, B or C)
    • Preferred examination location (Sacramento or Los Angeles area)
    • Applicant′s name
    • Mailing address
    • Telephone number
    • Email address

    Qualifying work experience must be listed on the application and include:

    • The length of employment
    • Inspection related duties performed
    • Facility name
    • Building name
    • A description of the inspection duties performed for type(s) of construction
    • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the completed application.

  • 2. Evidence of High School Graduation or the equivalent

    Evidence of High School Graduation or the equivalent. (Exceptions - California licensed/registered structural, mechanical, electrical or civil engineers and Architect as stated in Section 7-204 of the 2013 California Administrative Code (CAC)).

  • 3. Recognized certificates, licenses, registrations, and/or official sealed transcripts

    Copies of recognized certificates, licenses, registrations, and/or official sealed transcripts indicating educational courses completed by the applicant used to meet the minimum eligibility requirements as stated in Section 7-204 of the 2013 California Administrative Code (CAC).

  • 4. Work Verification Forms

    Forms must be from a current and/or previous employer regarding all jobs that meet the minimum qualifications for the certification examination.

  • 5. Application Fee

    An application fee of $100.00 must accompany each application. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Applications, supporting documentation, and application review fee must be received by OSHPD by the final filing date date for a scheduled exam. Incomplete submittals will be rejected by OSHPD and returned to the applicant with a statement of reason for non-acceptance. Upon review, verification, and evaluation of the applicant′s qualifications, OSHPD will notify the applicant, in writing, of eligibility or ineligibility for entrance to the requested certification examination.

    Applications are valid for one year commencing with the first available examination date.

Exam Types

OSHPD administers certification examinations every six months in the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas. Upon approval of the application, a confirmation notice of the test date and location will be mailed to the candidate. The candidate must provide written confirmation for the approval date and the examination fee must be received no later than 10 business days before the examination date.

  • Class A Exam

    The Class A Hospital Inspector examination is an eight-hour test consisting of two parts:

    • Part One

      Part One consists of code questions (open book) which measures the candidate′s:

      • Ability to identify and understand the application of Chapter 7 of the 2013 California Administrative Code, the 2013 California Building Standards Code, and Referenced Standards.
      • Knowledge of appropriate inspector duties.
      • Ability to communicate in writing.

      Refer to the Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams web page for a complete list of codes and standards. Most questions are multiple-choice; however, there may also be true-false and/or essay questions.

    • Part Two

      Part Two consists of questions on plan reading which measure the candidate′s:

      • Ability to read and understand construction documents consisting of plans and specifications of a hospital construction project.
      • Knowledge of appropriate inspector duties.
      • Ability to communicate in writing.

      Most questions are multiple-choice; however, there may also be true-false and/or essay questions.

    The test is divided into sections covering the following code enforcement areas of construction inspection:

    • Administrative, including inspector duties and responsibilities
    • Structural including anchorage and bracing of non-structural components
    • Architectural, including civil, accessibility
    • Fire and Life Safety (FLS)
    • Mechanical and Plumbing
    • Electrical

  • Class B Exam

    The Class B Hospital Inspector examination is a six-hour test consisting of two parts:

    • Part One

      Part One consists of code questions (open book) which measures the candidate′s:

      • Ability to identify and understand the application of Chapter 7 of the 2013 California Administrative Code, the 2013 California Building Standards Code, and Referenced Standards.
      • Knowledge of appropriate inspector duties.
      • Ability to communicate in writing.

      Refer to the Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams web page for a complete list of codes and standards. Most questions are multiple-choice; however, there may also be true-false and/or essay questions.

    • Part Two

      Part Two consists of questions on plan reading which measure the candidate′s:

      • Ability to read and understand construction documents consisting of plans and specifications of a hospital construction project.
      • Knowledge of appropriate inspector duties.
      • Ability to communicate in writing.

      Most questions are multiple-choice; however, there may also be true-false and/or essay questions.

    • The test is divided into sections covering the following code enforcement areas of construction inspection:

      • Administrative, including inspector duties and responsibilities
      • Anchorage and Bracing of Non-structural Components
      • Architectural, including civil, accessibility
      • Fire and Life Safety (FLS)
      • Mechanical and Plumbing
      • Electrical
  • Class C Exams

    One-hour Exam

    For all Class C specialties except "Anchorage and Bracing of Non-Structural Components" and "Architectural" specialties, the Class C Hospital Inspector examination is a one-hour examination consisting of multiple-choice questions (open book) to measure the candidate′s understanding of Chapter 7 of the current California Administrative Code. To be successful in the Class C one-hour certification examination, a candidate must obtain an overall minimum score of 75%. The Class C Section of the webpage will be substituted for the technical aspect of the exam for all Class C Hospital Inspector specialties except for the "Anchorage and Bracing of Non-Structural Components" and "Architectural" specialties.

    Two-hour Exam

    For the "Anchorage and Bracing of Non-Structural Components" or "Architectural" Class C specialty, the candidate must take a two-hour examination consisting of multiple-choice questions (open book) to measure the candidate′s understanding of Chapter 7 of the current California Administrative Code, as well as applicable portions of the current California Building Standards Code. To be successful in the Class C two-hour certification examination, the candidate must obtain an overall minimum score of 75%.

    If a certified Class C Hospital Inspector applies for additional Class C certification(s) within three years of passing the administrative section of the exam, additional certifications will be issued upon receipt of evidence of valid certification; it would not be necessary to retake the administrative exam. To add the "Architectural" or "OSHPD Anchorage and Bracing of Non-structural Components" Class C certifications to the applicant would have to present evidence of successful completion of the OSHPD examination in these specialties.

We welcome your feedback, comments, and questions. Please direct them to the Inspection Services Unit, OSHPD.FDDISU@oshpd.ca.gov.


This page was last updated on Friday, September 9, 2016.