Section 6.4 – Requirements for Certification.
The Board of Governors (BOG), upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of its members present and voting at a regular or special meeting or upon affirmative vote of two-thirds of those voting by letter ballot, may certify an applicant provided such applicant meets the qualifications as contained in Section 6.4.1. Provided further, that all admissions approved by letter ballot shall be reviewed by the BOG at its next meeting.
Section 6.4.1 – General Requirements.
- The applicant shall be of good moral character and of high ethical and professional standing, as determined by the BOG;
- The applicant shall possess a baccalaureate or higher degree in engineering from an ABET accredited college or university of recognized standing;
- The applicant must hold a valid license or a valid certificate of registration to practice engineering or architecture issued by the lawfully constituted registration board of any State, territory, possession or district of the United States, or from a foreign country, provided that said valid licenses or valid certificates of registration from foreign countries shall be evaluated by the BOG on a case-by-case basis to determine if they meet the minimum standards set by the BOG;
- Experience credit shall begin following the date of receipt of valid license or valid certification of registration granted by written examination, and as required by items “b.” and “c.” of this section;
- For educational studies and research, experience credit of up to one year shall be given for a Master’s degree and a total of up to three years for a Doctoral degree. No additional credit shall be given for work experience gained during the one- and three-year periods. Where more than one and three years, respectively, are taken to obtain an advanced degree and the periods include some full or part-time work experience, the BOG shall consider acceptability of such additional time on a case-by-case basis;
- The applicant shall submit a complete application on forms provided by the Institute and such other supporting documentation as may be required; and
- A person certified under any of the Sections herein, except as an Honorary Member, does not become a member of the Institute until he/she has paid the examination fees; the fee for purchase of a certificate upon notification of BOG approval of the applicant or nominee; and the annual certification renewal fee upon receipt of a statement from the office of the Executive Director, all as prescribed by the BOG.
Section 6.4.2 – Certification by Written Examination.
- In addition to meeting the general requirements under Section 6.4.1, the applicant must have had at least eight (8) years of building inspection engineering experience acceptable to the BOG. Four (4) of the eight (8) years of experience shall be in responsible charge of work acceptable to the BOG, which work must include active participation in inspection, evaluation, deficiency repair design, research related to building condition assessment or inspection, or teaching. In the case of teaching experience, responsibility shall be primarily in one or more fields of engineering or architecture related to building systems and evaluation in an ABET accredited educational institution of recognized standing;
- Written examination shall be held in such places as are indicated by the number and location of applicants and as determined by the BOG. Geographical locations may be selected so as to minimize travel on the part of the applicants and the examining boards. The examination will be designed to test the knowledge and ability of the applicant in the field of building inspection engineering. Where possible, re-examinations will be scheduled to coincide with normally planned examinations, and procedures will be similar in all cases;
- The candidate must be qualified as defined by the criteria established by the BOG.
Section 6.4.3 – Certification by Renewal.
In order to maintain certification, all Board-Certified Building Inspection Engineers must meet the following requirements:
- Complete forty (40) professional development hours during the preceding two-year period;
- Submit $100 renewal fee.
Failure to pay the annual renewal fee by February 28th of the year for which the fee is due shall result in the automatic revocation of the Building Inspection Engineer’s certification and membership in the Institute.
Section 6.4.4 – Fees
- Exam application fee (non-refundable) $75
- Certification fee (upon successful completion of the exam) $250
- Certificate (renewed annually at no charge) $125
- Annual renewal fee $100
Note: Purchase of certificate is optional ($125). A certificate can be purchased at any time once the certification fee ($250) is paid. Once a certificate has been purchased, an updated certificate will be provided annually at no charge.