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The Ministry has developed an Examination Program for each type of qualification:
- Examination Program for Chief Building Officials and Inspectors
- Examination Program for Designers
- Examination Program for On-site Sewage System Installers
- Examination Program for Registered Code Agencies
All persons seeking qualification must pass a legal examination and the technical examinations that apply to their area(s) of practice.
There are different legal examinations that must be taken by different building practitioners. Details are set out in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Examination Program and in the General Legal/Process Course.
Building practitioners must successfully complete the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Examination Program related to their area(s) of practice. Table 188.8.131.52. of Division C of the Building Code set out categories of qualifications that correspond to a type of building or area(s) of practice. By identifying which type of buildings or building systems you work with, you should be able to determine in which category(ies) of qualification you must be qualified.
The categories of qualification correspond with technical examinations, outlined in the Examination Program. Therefore, the technical examinations you must successfully complete as part of your qualification, are those that match with the category(ies) of qualification you have determined to be within your area(s) of practice.
The process for applying for examinations is as follows:
- Identify examination(s) you wish to write;
- Visit the Building Code website to determine preferred locations and dates;
- Complete the examination application ;
- Include fee of $80 per examination $70 if submitted electronically through QuARTS;
- Submit at least 21 days in advance;
- If application accepted, an Admission Letter will be sent to applicant;
- Candidates must bring the Admission Letter and photo identification to examination centre; and
- If the application is not accepted (i.e., the sitting is full), the Ministry will call you to reschedule.
Each examination is 3 hours in length and contains 75 multiple-choice questions.
Sample examination questions are available from the Building Code website.
Yes. The examinations are “open book”, however only certain Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Building Code publications are permitted in the examination room. The Candidate Protocol indicates which Building Code publications may be brought into the examination room. All publications may be scrutinized by the invigilator who has the final say about whether or not the participant may use it to write the examination.
Is it permissible to bring a marked up Building Code with tags and notations into the examination room?
Yes, it is permissible to bring a Building Code to the examination session that has been marked up with tags and notations, provided that it was marked up prior to the examination session. Marking up a Building Code and/or Supplementary Standards during the examination period will result in receiving a fail mark on the examination.
Is it permissible to bring a printed copy of the Building Code downloaded from the government website into the examination room?
Yes, printed copies of the Building Code downloaded from the government website, such as e-laws, is permitted.
Is it permissible to bring a CD-ROM of the Building Code into the examination room?
The pass mark for the examinations is 70%. Examination candidates receive a letter from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing informing them if they have passed or failed the examination. The percentage mark that an examination candidate achieves will not be released, nor will marks be released over the phone.
The fee for writing an examination is $80.00 per examination if the examination application is submitted by mail or fax. The fee is $70.00 per examination if the application is submitted electronically via the Qualification and Registration Tracking System (QuARTS).
Non-transferable, as it relates to Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing examinations, means that a candidate cannot apply for a given examination in a given examination session and then change either the examination or the session or switch with another candidate after the application has been submitted to the Ministry.
Optional classroom-based Building Code training courses are offered through Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing authorized delivery agents. Two types of courses are available: detailed technical training and overview/refresher courses. A list of the authorized delivery agents and the Ministry training courses can be viewed on the Building Code website under the “Training” tab.
The overview/refresher training courses are also available in a self-study format. Self-study manuals can be purchased through Publications Ontario at www.publications.serviceontario.ca or 416-326-5300, 1-800-668-9938 .
No. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Building Code qualification examinations are challenge examinations. There are no prerequisites to writing the examinations; however, some building practitioners may find it beneficial to attend training courses or using a self-study manual in preparation to writing the examinations.
If a candidate fails an examination, the candidate may apply to retake the examination. Candidates must reapply for the examination at least 21 days in advance of the examination session date and repay the full examination fee.
Will persons who have passed examinations be required to upgrade their qualifications in the future?
Yes. The Building Code is updated on a 5-year cycle. Should the Code undergo significant change, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing may take the view that updating of qualification is required. If so, the Director of the Building and Development Branch will give notice of the new Examination Program.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is responsible for administering the Building Code examinations. Examination candidates must review the Examination Program – Candidate Protocol prior to applying for an examination. The Examination Program – Candidate Protocol can be obtained from the Building Code website under the “Qualification and Registration” tab.
Information and schedules for upcoming examinations can be obtained from the Building Code website under the “Qualification and Registration” tab.
The latest versions of the Building Code Act, 1992 and Building Code are necessary to prepare for and write the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing examinations. The Qualification Examination Syllabi lists all of the Ministry examinations and the specific Building Code Act, 1992 and Building Code references that will be tested in each examination.
The Qualification Examination Syllabi can be obtained from the Building Code website.
Copies of the Building Code Act, 1992 and Building Code can be purchased through:
- College Park Building
777 Bay Street, Market Level, M5G 2C8
- 416-326-5300, 1-800-668-9938