Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
September 2004
WCBC Training Opportunities

July of 2004 marked the two-year anniversary of the State of Wisconsin's adoption of model codes to serve as the foundation for the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (WCBC). Coupled with the Safety and Buildings division mission to educate first, then regulate, a variety of classes and one-day training sessions continue to be developed and offered.

Design Advantage is the title of a class scheduled for October 6, 2004 in Milwaukee. This one-day session is the result of a collaborative effort between the Department of Commerce, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the City of Milwaukee. Participants will increase their knowledge of advantages to installing fire sprinkler systems in buildings under construction and the associated advantages of reducing building cost. The class is open and geared to meet the needs of owners, designers, and contractors. Under the sponsorship of the NFSA, this class is also being offered to architectural and engineering upper classmen and graduate students at no cost.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce continues to provide a fifteen day training session designed to prepare potential commercial building inspector candidates to take the certification exam, as well as serve as a concentrated introductory course to the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code. Following the July 2002 revision to the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (WCBC), which adopted the International Building Code (IBC), energy (IECC), mechanical (IMC) and fuel gas (IFGC) the Department of Commerce has established this general introductory curriculum to meet the needs of all individuals affected by the change. Designers, building owners, facility managers as well as fire and building officials are the focus of these sessions.

Currently the course is structured to meet one day a week for a full day and run fifteen consecutive weeks. The location of the course is based on a regional need that at the present time has been lead by area municipalities. Currently the fall session is being held in Oshkosh and is scheduled to end in early December. An additional fall evening session is scheduled to begin in October 6, 2004 in Oak Creek and will be held at the Oak Creek Fire Department. Finally, we are looking forward to offering a winter session in Rice Lake beginning in January in cooperation with the Wisconsin Technical College System.

The four state building inspector associations, in cooperation with the Department of Commerce, have scheduled their annual winter code training sessions. Commercial building, one and two family home, and electrical sessions will be held in Green Bay January 19 and 20, Milwaukee January 31 through Feb 3, Lake Delton Feb 14 through 17, and Eau Claire February 28 through March 3.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Department has just completed the third annual fall session titled the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Fall Intensive. Planning is currently underway for the annual Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Refresher which is scheduled for February 21 - 24, 2005. Attendees can expect full day sessions geared toward new users as well as hands on application of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code during case study sessions.

To register for any of these classes please visit the Department of Commerce Safety and Buildings website. To plan or schedule future classes in your area please contact Henry Kosarzycki at (608) 212-0138 or by email at hkosarzycki@commerce.state.wi.us. Additional classes can be added to the current schedule as well as future training sessions in 2005.

--Henry Kosarzycki, A.I.A.

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