Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
February 2005
Safety and Buildings Serves as a Training Resource

July 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. Coupled with the Safety and Buildings Division's mission to educate first, then regulate, a variety of classes and one-day training sessions continue to be developed and offered.

With the intent of serving both private industry (which includes owners, designers, and contractors, as well as a variety of government agencies from municipal to state), the Division of Safety and Buildings continues to serve as a resource in planning, developing, and providing a variety of program training sessions.

Currently the Division of Safety and Buildings is in the midst of its yearly continuing education and training cycle. The Division of Safety and Buildings, along with the four regional Building Inspector Associations, is offering Uniform Dwelling Code (one and two-family building code), Electrical Code (both residential and commercial), and Wisconsin Commercial Building Code (WCBC) Winter Training Sessions. Registration and program information is available on the Department of Commerce, Safety and Building website.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce continues to provide a 15-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. Designers, building owners and facility managers, as well as fire and building officials are the focus of these sessions.

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. Currently the course is structured to meet one day a week for a full day and run for 15 consecutive weeks. The location of the course is based on a regional need. The winter session is being held in La Crosse on Monday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. beginning February 7, followed by a Tuesday class in Ladysmith from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. A tentative schedule has been set for a summer session in Fitchburg and a fall offering in the Green Bay area. For more information please check the website.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Department presents the 34th Annual Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Refresher 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 inquire about, plan or schedule future classes for your organization please contact Henry Kosarzycki at 608.212.0138 or by email at hkosarzycki@commerce.state.wi.us.

- Henry Kosarzycki

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