Hospital Inspection Services and Certification

Inspection Services Unit

OSHPD’s Inspection Services Unit is responsible for:

  •  Hospital Inspector Certification Program – testing, certification, and recertification of private-sector construction inspectors.
  • Construction Observation Bulletins – bulletins regarding statewide construction issues.
  • Reviewing and approving testing laboratories for the OSHPD Preapproved Laboratory Program.
  • Technical oversight review of work performed by State and certified private-sector construction inspectors.
  • Development and administration of programs, policies and regulations related to health facility construction inspection and OSHPD construction observation of staff safety.
  • Technical leadership, training, and quality control/quality assurance of OSHPD construction observation staff (Compliance Officers, District Structural Engineers, and Fire Life Safety Officers.)

General Information

for owners and designers

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Certification Program

Certification Program

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Apply

Learn about Classification Eligibility and Applying to Become an Inspector

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Examination

Examination

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Exam Types Examination Information
Recertification

Recertification

Learn about Seminars and Exams to Obtain Recertification

Recertification

Exam Day Materials

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Inspector Information

(for owners and designers)


All hospital construction work shall be continuously inspected by a certified hospital inspector approved by the architect or engineer in responsible charge and OSHPD.

The hospital governing board or authority shall provide for competent, adequate and continuous inspection by one or more Hospital Inspectors of Record (IORs) satisfactory to the architect or structural engineer or both, in responsible charge of the work, and OSHPD. OSHPD approval of proposed IORs shall be obtained for each specific project, or portion thereof, prior to commencement of construction in accordance with Title 24, Part 1, Section 7-135. The proposed inspector(s) must be appropriately certified by OSHPD in one of three classifications of inspection.

Certified Inspection Classifications


Class A

Certified Class A Inspector List

Hospital Inspector may inspect all phases of construction, including architectural, mechanical, electrical, fire and life safety, and structural elements.

NOTE: this class includes major structural construction.

Class B

Certified Class B Inspector List

Hospital Inspector may inspect only the following phases of construction: architectural, mechanical, electrical, fire and life safety, and anchorage of non-structural elements.

Class C

Certified Class C Inspector List

Hospital Inspector may inspect one or more areas of construction specifically, but may not inspect the complete scope of construction authorized for Class “A” or Class “B” inspectors.

Essential Guidelines


  • Retain an inspector with knowledge and experience appropriate to the nature of the proposed construction.
  • Architect(s) and/or Engineer(s) in charge of the project must carefully evaluate proposed inspector(s).
  • An inspector may work on more than one small project at a time; therefore, it is also important to evaluate the inspector′s time commitment to the project. Large projects may require the employment of more than one inspector.
CA Admin Code (CAC)

Excerpts from the California Administrative Code (CAC). These excerpts define the Health Facility′s responsibility to provide construction inspection by certified OSHPD inspectors

How to Update Inspector Contact Information

It is important to notify the OSHPD Facilities Development Division (FDD) Inspection Services Unit (ISU) of your name and address changes so that you will receive reminders of certification expiration and other notices. Notifying your local OSHPD compliance officer will NOT update your records with the ISU.

Hospital Inspector Certification Program

Exam & Recertification Seminar/Exam Information
Changes/clarifications to the recertification policy effective January 1, 2013.
      1. Certification expires after three years. Hospital Inspectors with expired certifications are not permitted to serve as Inspectors of Record (IORs) and must be replaced immediately.
      2. Up to six months after expiration, Hospital Inspectors may obtain renewal by:
        1. Attending the recertification seminar.
        2. Passing the recertification exam
        3. Paying a $100.00 delinquency fee (in addition to the $100.00 recertification seminar/exam fee).

    Hospital Inspectors are not permitted to continue to serve as IORs during the six month delinquency period.

    1.  
    2. Certification cannot be renewed more than six months after expirations; an individual would have to apply for, and pass, the certification exam to obtain a new certification.
    3. Recertification period starts from initial certification anniversary date (rather than the date of the recertification exam).
    4. The recertification seminar may be attended at any time; however, to obtain recertification, IORs must attend the seminar and pass the exam in the final 12 months of the certification period.

Certification Exam and Recertification Seminar/Exam Schedule

Certification Exams


Sacramento – April 2, 2019*

Final Filing Date: February 22, 2019
OSHPD 
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95833-1829

 

Los Angeles – April 9, 2019*

Final Filing Date: February 22, 2019
OSHPD
355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 1900
Los Angeles, CA 90071

*NOTE: Registration forms and all fees must be received at least 10 business days prior to the certification exam date.

Link to Cert Exam Notice

Recertification


Sacramento – February 5, 2019**

Final Filing Date: January 18, 2019
OSHPD 
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95833-1829

 

Los angeles – February 12, 2019**

Final Filing Date: January 18, 2019
Caltrans Building 
100 S. Main Street, Room 1.040
Los Angeles, CA 90012

**NOTE: If Space Constraints arise, priority will be given to those Hospital Inspectors whose certifications are due to expire near the current seminar date.

Recertification Seminar Handouts (to be printed in grayscale)
The following handouts will be available January 10, 2019
  • Introduction
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Fire and Life Safety
  • Architectural
  • Accessibility
  • Administrative

Eligibility

Class A


The Class A Hospital Inspector may inspect all areas of construction including:

  • Architectural
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Fire and life safety
  • Structural
Minimum Qualifications 
  1. High school graduation or the equivalent and six (6) years′ experience involving building projects of Type I or Type II construction as an architect′s, engineer′s, owner′s, local building officer′s, or general contractor′s representative in technical inspection or inspection supervision.

    NOTE: experience may be substituted with college education with major work in architecture, engineering, building inspection and/or construction on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two (2) years; or

  2. Possess a valid California registration/license as a mechanical, electrical, or civil engineer and two (2) years experience involving building projects of Type I or Type II construction as an architect′s, engineer′s, owner′s, local building official′s, or general contractor′s representative in technical inspection or inspection supervision; or

  3. High school graduation or the equivalent, and two (2) years working experience as a Class B Hospital Inspector; or
  4. Possess a valid California registration/license as a structural engineer or a valid California license as an architect.

Class B


The Class B Hospital Inspector may inspect only the following areas of construction:

  • Architectural, including accessibility
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Fire and Life Safety
  • Anchorage of Non-Structural Elements
Minimum Qualifications
  1. High school graduation or the equivalent and four (4) years′ experience involving building projects of Type I or Type II construction as an architect′s, engineer′s, owner′s, local building official′s, or general contractor′s representative in technical inspection or inspection supervision.

    NOTE: experience may be substituted with college education with major work in architecture, engineering, building inspection and/or construction on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two (2) years; or

  2. Possess a valid California registration/license as a civil engineer and two (2) years′ experience involving building projects of Type 1 or Type II construction as an architect′s, engineer′s, owner′s, local building official′s, or general contractor′s representative in technical inspection or inspection supervision; or

  3. Possess a valid California registration/license as a structural, mechanical, or electrical engineer or a valid California license as an architect.

Class C


The Class C Hospital Inspector may inspect one or more areas of construction specialty, including but not limited to the areas listed in Section 7-204(c)1 of the 2010 California Administrative Code, but may not inspect the complete scope of construction authorized for Class A and B inspectors. The Class C inspector must be OSHPD certified in the specialty area and possess a valid certification for the work to be inspected.

  1. High school graduation or the equivalent and four (4) years′ experience involving building projects as the representative in testing, inspection or observation of construction for an architect, engineer, owner, local building official, local fire authority, testing lab, specialty contractor, or general contractor, and possess a valid certification issued by:Minimum Qualifications
    • Fire Alarm – NICET, Level III
    • Fire Extinguishing Systems – NICET, Level III
    • Fire Resistive Construction – ICC Building Inspector Certification
    • Medical Gas Systems – NITC Certification
    • Plumbing – IAPMO Certification
    • Mechanical – IAPMO Certification
    • Electrical – ICC Certification
    • Concrete – (Pre-stressed and Reinforced both required) – ICC Certification
    • Masonry – ICC Certification
    • Steel – ICC, Structural Steel Certification
    • Welding – AWS Certification
    • Framing and Drywall – ICC Commercial Building Inspector Certification
    • Roofing – National Roofing Contractors Association
    • Anchorage and Bracing of Non-Structural Components – Certification to be administered by OSHPD (Refer to the Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams page)
    • Architectural – Certification to be administered by OSHPD (Refer to the Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams page)High school graduation or the equivalent and four (4) years′ experience involving building projects as the representative in testing, inspection or observation of construction for an architect, engineer, owner, local building official, local fire authority, testing lab, specialty contractor, or general contractor, and possess a valid certification issued by:

    In addition to the certification organization listed, OSHPD may accept the equivalent certification by a state or nationally recognized organization. Experience may be substituted with college education with major work in architecture, engineering, building inspection and/or construction on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two (2) years; or

  2. Possess a valid California license/registration as an engineer and two (2) years′ experience involving building projects as an architect′s, engineer′s, owner′s, local building official′s, local fire authority′s, specialty contractor′s or general contractor′s representative in testing inspection or observation of construction and must possess at least one (1) valid certificate issued by an organization that is listed or described in item 1 above; or
  3. Possess a valid California license/registration as a structural, mechanical, or electrical engineer, or a valid California license as an architect and must possess at least one (1) valid certification issued by an organization that is listed or described in item 1 above.

Applying for the Exam

Items to submit to OSHPD


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.

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 1

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 2
  • 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


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

Part 1

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 2
    • 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


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-hourcertification 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.

 

Examination Information

Day of the Examination

The candidate should allow time to arrive to the examination location, check-in, and setup for the examination. Directions to the locations may be requested from OSHPD, if needed.

Examination times* for Class A, B, & C:

Class A 
8:00 a.m.* – 5:00 p.m.

Class B 
8:00 a.m.* – 3:00 p.m.

Class C 
8:00 a.m.* or 1:00 p.m. (as scheduled)
Lunch period: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


*All examinations will start promptly at the beginning time listed above. Exceptions to these times must be approved in advance.

Candidates:

  • Must have received written approval and paid all fees to participate in the examination.
  • Must bring a valid form of photo identification with signature (example: a driver′s license).
  • May bring any of the codes and standards referenced on the Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams web page.
Conduct Relative to the Exam

An applicant/candidate who participates in any of the following acts before, during, or after the administration of the examination shall be disqualified by OSHPD. The applicant or candidate shall not engage in activities that would compromise the integrity of the exam including but not limited to the following:

  1. Copy any portion of the examination.
  2. Participate in collusion regarding the examination
  3. Disclose contents of the examination questions to anyone other than a person authorized by OSHPD.
  4. Solicit, accept or compile information regarding the contents of the examination. 
    This includes annotating or highlighting code books as a means to compile information regarding the contents of the examination
  5. Falsify documents required for the examination entrance.
  6. Engage in harassment of proctors or other candidates.
  7. Write on the examination booklet, plans or any other document other than the provided answer sheet.
  8. Use literature other than those referenced on the OSHPD web page (View Acceptable Reference Materials for ExamsNo notes, loose paper (except ASTM E580-10a which may be printed out and stapled) or binders (except Code binders) are allowed.
  9. Share materials with another candidate.
  10. Bring any electronic devices into the exam room including but not limited to cellular phones.

Questions that seem ambiguous or incorrect may be challenged on the scratch paper provided. The challenge must be filed immediately upon conclusion of the test in writing. The challenge must include the question(s) and grounds for the challenge (i.e. incorrect code section, typographical error, etc.), exam date, and the candidate′s signature. Differing opinions on code interpretation are not grounds for challenge.The results of the challenge will be returned by mail. Make sure to mark the best answer; do not leave the challenged question blank.

Scratch paper is provided in your exam booklet and will be collected at the conclusion of the exam.

Fees

All applicants must submit the “Application Review Fee” (non-refundable and non-transferable*) with the exam application. The “Examination Fee” may accompany the application or be submitted later with the confirmation letter. All fees listed below must be received no later than 10 business days before the examination date in order to participate in the exam.

    • Application Review Fee (non-refundable/non-transferable) – $100.00
    • Examination Fee (Class A or B)- $300.00
    • Examination Fee for each specialty (Class C)- $100.00

    *The “Application Review Fee” is only applicable to one application and cannot be transferred to another Exam Classification (i.e. an Application Review Fee for the Class A exam cannot be transferred to the Class B or Class C Application Review Fee).

    Fees shall be made payable to “OSHPD”. Acceptable methods of payment are:

    • Check
    • Money Order
    • Novus/Discover card
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express

Payments must be submitted and/or mailed to:

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Facilities Development Division
Hospital Inspector Certification Program
700 North Alameda St., Suite 2-500
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Results

Examination results will be mailed to the candidates approximately four weeks after the examination date.

Passing Class A or B Examinations

To be successful in the Class A or B examination, a candidate must obtain a minimum, combined score of 75% of the Code and Plans parts within each of these sections:

  • Administrative
  • Structural and Anchorage (Class A), Anchorage only (Class B)
  • Architectural
  • FLS
  • Mechanical & Plumbing
  • Electrical

A candidate who passes all sections of the Class “A” or “B” exam except one, and obtains a score of at least 50% in the one failed section, may retest that section within six weeks of the original exam date. Failure to achieve a minimum score of 75% on the retested section will be considered failure of the entire exam. The candidate may apply for a new exam pursuant to the procedures explained in the Applying for the Certification Exam section at the top of this page.

Certification

A candidate who is successful in passing the examination will receive an OSHPD Hospital Inspector Certificate and photo ID card. The candidate′s name, email address and telephone number will be posted on the OSHPD list of certified Hospital Inspectors available to the public through the OSHPD website.

Certification by OSHPD:

  • Is valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance.
  • Must be renewed prior to expiration in accordance with the process explained under the Recertification section.
  • Does not guarantee job placement.

Duplicate Hospital Inspector certification cards may be issued to replace a lost, destroyed, or mutilated card by submitting a written request with the accompanying $25.00 duplicate certification fee.

Reapplication

A candidate who has failed an examination may apply to participate in a re-examination no sooner than six months from the exam previously taken by the candidate.

Disqualification

An applicant/candidate who is disqualified from an examination may not participate in an examination for a period of one year from the date of disqualification. Please refer to the “Conduct Relative to the Exam” section on this page for a list of inappropriate activities.

Rescheduling or Canceling an Examination Appointment

If OSHPD reschedules an exam, OSHPD will notify the candidates of the new date in writing. If a candidate is unable to participate on the new date, the candidate may reschedule within a 12-month period and fees will be transferred to the new date.

With a one week notice to OSHPD, candidates who are accepted for an exam, but are not able to attend for any reason will receive a one-timetransfer for a future examination. The examination fee collected from the first appointment may be applied to the new test date. A candidate may request to reschedule or cancel an examination appointment by submitting a written request or by contacting OSHPD before the examination date. No refunds will be made for late cancellations or no-shows.

Request for Excused Absence from the Reserved Examination

All candidates seeking excused absences must submit written verification and supporting documentation of the situation to OSHPD within 14 days of the original examination date.

The following are valid reasons for an excused absence:

  1. Death in the immediate family;
  2. Disabling traffic accident;
  3. Court appearance or jury duty;
  4. Military duty; or
  5. Illness (either the exam candidate or an immediate family member)

If a candidate is absent from an examination appointment and has not rescheduled or canceled according to this policy, OSHPD will be owed the full examination fee for that missed examination session.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants must submit the Reasonable Accommodation Request form (pages 3-6 of Policy Intent Notice (PIN) 61) at least 30 days prior to the exam date. Please direct questions regarding accessibility and/or reasonable accommodation to Nancy Rebenstorff at (916) 440-8316 or email nancy.rebenstorff@oshpd.ca.gov.

Recertification Information

Hospital Inspector Recertification Seminars are being offered by OSHPD′s Facility Development Division (FDD). These one-day seminars:

  • Cover code updates.
  • Cover inspection procedures.
  • Cover requirements and techniques used in Health Facilities and Acute Care Hospitals.
  • Are designed to fulfill the education requirement for recertification.

Link to PDF

All Class A, B, and C Hospital Inspector Certifications issued by OSHPD expire three years from the most recent certification examination date. All Hospital Inspectors shall participate in a Hospital Inspector Recertification Seminar and pass a Recertification Examination conducted, sponsored, or co-sponsored by OSHPD within a three-year certification period in order to maintain a valid certification in the same Hospital Inspector class. If an inspector upgrades to another certification class, the recertification will be issued for the higher level only. Class C inspectors are required to submit evidence of continuing certification in the specialties for which they are certified.

OSHPD shall rescind approval of a Hospital Inspector of Record on a project if the inspector does not maintain valid certification throughout the term of the specific project per California Administrative Code (CAC) 7-212(f).

To be eligible for the recertification examination, a Hospital Inspector shall meet the following minimum criteria:

    1. Possess a valid Hospital Inspector Certification or an expired certification that meets the provisions described in the “Renewal of Expired Hospital Inspector Certification” section below.
    2. Complete a seminar conducted, sponsored, or co-sponsored by OSHPD within the final twelve months of the three year certification period.
    3. Submit a recertification seminar/exam fee as indicated in the Recertification Fees section below.

Note: everyone is welcome to attend the recertification seminar at any time; however, certified hospital inspectors must attend within the final twelve months of their certification period in order to obtain recertification.

A Hospital Inspector may apply for the recertification by submitting:

    1. A completed Hospital Recertification Seminar/Exam registration form to the Sacramento office. This form can also be obtained from OSHPD′s office. The completed form must include the inspector′s contact information and certification number. Any change of address, email address, or telephone numbers should be indicated on the form. This contact information, including email address and phone number, will be posted to OSHPD′s list of certified inspectors.
    2. Seminar and Examination fees as indicated in the Recertification Fees section below.

The Seminar Fee and Recertification Examination Fee should accompany the Recertification Seminar Registration Form. All fees must be received at least 10 days prior to participating in the seminar/examination.

Seminar Fee – Refer to Registration Form
Recertification Examination Fee – $100.00
Delinquency Fee – $100

Fees shall be made payable to “OSHPD”. Acceptable methods of payment are:

  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Novus/Discover Card
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express

Payments must be submitted and/or mailed to:

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Facilities Development Division
Hospital Inspector Certification Program
700 North Alameda Street, Suite 2-500
Los Angeles, CA 90012

OSHPD administers a recertification seminar and examination every six months in the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas. All inspectors are responsible for monitoring their certification expiration dates. A schedule with the recertification seminar and examination dates and locations is available under the Schedule section or, upon request, a registration form can be mailed or emailed to an inspector by the Sacramento Office.

All Class A, B, and C Hospital Inspector Certifications issued by OSHPD expire three years from the most recent certification date. All hospital inspectors shall participate in a Hospital Inspector Recertification Seminar and shall pass a Recertification Exam.

Hospital Inspectors with Class A, B, or “C Architectural” and/or ” C Anchorage and Bracing of Non-Structural Components” specialties seeking recertification must attend an eight-hour seminar and pass a two-hour recertification examination consisting of multiple-choice questions (open book) based on information presented at the recertification seminar. The exam tests the candidate′s knowledge of new or revised requirements of the California Administrative Code and the California Building Standards Code. The exam may also include questions regarding changes in OSHPD policies, critical changes in new construction materials or inspection procedures covered at the seminar. A candidate must obtain a minimum passing score of 75% on the written exam.

Class C hospital inspectors (other than those with “Architecture” and/or “Anchorage and Bracing of Non-Structural Components” specialties) may elect to attend only the California Administrative Code portion of the seminar (four hours) or may attend the entire seminar. These inspectors must pass only the California Administrative Code portion of the exam (30 minute test) and may not take the portion of the examination covering the technical code updates.

 

The candidate should allow time to arrive to the seminar/examination location and check-in. Directions to the locations may be requested from OSHPD, if needed.

Seminar times are as follows:

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Lunch period: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Seminar will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Candidates must have received written approval and paid all fees to participate in the seminar/examination. Candidates must bring a valid form of photo identification with signature (example: a driver′s license).

An applicant/candidate who participates in any of the following acts before, during, or after the administration of the recertification examination, shall be disqualified by OSHPD and may lose Hospital Inspector certification. The applicant or candidate shall not engage in activities that would compromise the integrity of the exam including by not limited to:

  1. Copy any portion of the examination.
  2. Participate in collusion regarding the examination
  3. Disclose contents of the examination questions to anyone other than a person authorized by OSHPD.
  4. Solicit, accept or compile information regarding the contents of the examination. 
    This includes annotating or highlighting code books as a means to compile information regarding the contents of the examination
  5. Falsify documents required for the examination entrance.
  6. Engage in harassment of proctors or other candidates.
  7. Write on the examination booklet or plans.
  8. Use literature other than those provided in the recertification seminar. No notes, loose paper or binders are allowed.
  9. Share materials with another candidate.
  10. Bring any electronic devices into the exam room including but not limited to cellular phones.
Certification

Upon successfully passing the recertification exam, an updated OSHPD Hospital Inspector Certificate will be issued. The expiration date of the renewal certification is based on the date of issuance of the most recent examination and not from the original expiration date.

Up to six months after expiration, Hospital Inspectors may reinstate their certification by:

  1. Applying for, and attending, the recertification seminar,
  2. Passing the recertification exam, and
  3. Paying a $100.00 delinquency fee (in addition to the $100.00 recertification seminar/exam fee).

Hospital Inspectors are not permitted to continue to serve as Inspectors or Record (IORs) during the six month delinquency period.

Certification cannot be reinstated more than six months after expiration. To obtain a new certification, an individual would have to apply for and pass the certification exam.

For Recertification Seminars and Examinations, please see the HICP Exam and Recertification Seminar/Exam schedule on the Inspection Services Unit (ISU) Certification Exam and Recertification Seminar/Exam page for upcoming dates and the current seminar/exam flyer. Completed seminar registration forms should be faxed to (213) 897-1122 or mailed to:

OSHPD/FDD
Attn: Nancy Rebenstorff
700 North Alameda Street, Suite 2-500
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please direct questions regarding accessibility and/or reasonable accommodation to Nancy Rebenstorff at (916) 440-8316 or email nancy.rebenstorff@oshpd.ca.gov.

Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams

Only the applicable reference material listed below will be permitted in the exam room.

Class A and Class B Exam


  • 2016 California Administrative Code (CAC)
    Part 1, Title 24, California Code of Regulations (CCR)
  • 2016 California Building Code (CBC)
    Part 2, Title 24, CCR
  • 2016 California Electrical Code (CEC)
    Part 3, Title 24, CCR
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code (CMC)
    Part 4, Title 24, CCR
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code (CPC)
    Part 5, Title 24, CCR
  • 2016 California Fire Code (CFC) 
    Part 9, Title 24, CCR
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
    ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete
    Building Code Requirements & Specification for Masonry Structures 
    (TMS 402-13 / ACI 530-13 / ASCE 5-13) 
    (TMS 602-13 / ACI 530.1-13 / ASCE 6-13)
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
    AISC Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition (which includes AISC 360-10)
    AISC 341-10 Seismic Design Manual, 2nd Edition
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
    AWS D1.3-08 Structural Welding Code – Sheet Steel
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    NFPA 13-16 Installation of Sprinkler Systems, as amended in 2016 CBC, Title 24, Part 2, Volume 2, Chapter 35
    NFPA 14-13 Installation of Standpipe and Hose System, as amended in 2016 CBC, Title 24, Part 2, Volume 2, Chapter 35
    NFPA 72-16 National Fire Alarm Code, as amended in 2016 CBC, Title 24, Part 2, Volume 2, Chapter 35
    NFPA 99-15 Health Care Facilities Code
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    ASTM E580-14 Standard Practice for Installation of Ceiling Suspension for Acoustical Tile and Lay-in Panels in Areas Subject to Earthquake Ground Motions
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
    AWS D1.1-10 Structural Welding Code – Steel 
    AWS D1.8-09 Structural Welding Code – Steel 
    AWS D1.4-11 Structural Welding Code – Reinforcing Steel

Class C Exam


2016 California Building Standards Code
  • 2016 California Administrative Code (CAC)
    Part 1, Title 24, California Code of Regulations (CCR)
2016 California Building Standards Code
  • 2016 California Administrative Code (CAC)
    Part 1, Title 24, CCR
  • 2016 California Building Code (CBC)
    Part 2, Title 24, CCR
Referenced Standards
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    ASTM E580-14 Standard Practice for Installation of Ceiling Suspension for Acoustical Tile and Lay-in Panels in Areas Subject to Earthquake Ground Motions
2016 California Building Standards Code
  • 2016 California Administrative Code (CAC)
    Part 1, Title 24, California Code of Regulations (CCR)
  • 2016 California Building Code (CBC), Volumes 1 and 2
    Part 2, Title 24, CCR
Referenced Standards
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
    ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    ASTM E580-14 Standard Practice for Installation of Ceiling Suspension for Acoustical Tile and Lay-in Panels in Areas Subject to Earthquake Ground Motions
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    NFPA 13-16 Installation of Sprinkler Systems, as amended in 2016 CBC, Title 24, Part 2, Volume 2, Chapter 35