General Building Code

This course is not being offered at this time. We will update this website when the course becomes available.

Tuition: $350

Getting anything built nowadays, even a comparatively modest structure or renovation, is a complicated affair not for the faint of heart. Whether you are designing and/or building a structure, scoping out the cost of building a structure or inspecting such a structure for the presence of code violations on behalf of a municipal or state agency, the reality of the relevant building code in place is very powerful.

This course addresses the use and understanding of International Building Code with special emphasis on New Jersey building code. The scope of the course encompasses the essential components of the building code and how they are applied to commercial construction. Students learn how to use the code book to find applicable codes so as to avoid particular construction code violations likely to be cited by building inspectors. The course content is equally applicable to building inspectors, anyone planning to take the General Contractor Licensing Exam, contractors, constructions firms and home builders.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand and explain the categories of different building codes and relevance of building codes to building occupants’ health and safety. Differentiate between building code and zoning requirements
  • Demonstrate an understanding of construction types and building permit and inspection processes.
  • Locate relevant code requirements that govern a particular construction situation
  • Interpret and apply relevant sections and objectives of the building code to a given construction situation.
  • Read and select relevant data from applicable tables from the code book.

Course Topics include:

  • Use and Occupancy Classifications
  • Types of Construction
  • Fire and Smoke Protection Features
  • Interior Finishes
  • Means of Egress
  • Exterior Walls
  • Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures
  • Soils and Foundation
  • Materials: Concrete; Masonry; Steel; Wood
  • Glass and Glazing; Gypsum Board and Plaster

The course is divided into 8 modules, and the assumption is that students will spend approximately 3 hours per week on each module.

Refunds and Transfers:
If a course for which a student has registered has not yet begun, he/she will usually be allowed to transfer the registration to another course. However, if the student has been sent any materials for the original course, or had other expenses incurred on his behalf, he/she is responsible for the cost of such materials. Students seeking to transfer courses should contact If there is a difference in tuition between the two courses, the student will either be given a partial refund or asked to pay the balance.

Refunds are not typically granted once a course has begun. Exceptions are sometimes made in cases of extreme emergency and are handled on a case-by-case basis. Students requesting a refund should email their request to