WC³ Academy

Live Classroom Instruction from Building & Fire Code Experts

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WC³ is an approved preferred provider for both ICC and AIA. Our organization is often asked to provide building and fire code classes to programs all over the nation. We regularly present trainings at the following events:

– ICC Chapter Meetings          – AEC Trade & Industry Shows
– Educational Conferences      – Jurisdiction Seminars

– ICC Chapter Meetings
– AEC Trade & Industry Shows
– Educational Conferences
– Jurisdiction Seminars

WC³ conveniently customizes training sessions based on what is best for each individualized group. We’ll host group classes on-site, at your own facility, or through a virtual set up – you choose! Each course is taught by instructors who have years of experience and are well-respected in the industry. We continually stay abreast of current trends, regulatory code and adoption compliance issues to help educate…

– Building & Fire Officials        – Plans Examiners
– Building & Fire Inspectors    – Permit Technicians
– Design Professionals             – Contractors & More

– Building & Fire Officials
– Plans Examiners
– Building & Fire Inspectors
– Permit Technicians
– Design Professionals
– Contractors & More

find out where WC³ instructors are presenting next!

“Todd has presented at several OBOA educational institutes and many of his class participants have been quoted Todd as “the best and most knowledgeable and practical code official I have ever seen!”

– Oregon Association for Building Officials

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WC³ Academy Classroom Training Features:

  • Flexibility and convenience in training locations
  • Friendly, knowledgeable instructors
  • A variety of existing course listings
  • Customizable industry-specific topics
  • Industry tips and tricks
  • CEU’s – ICC Preferred Provider
  • Certificate of completion

Sample List of Available Course Listings

The following is a list of several classes that we have taught in the past. Customized courses are available to meet the needs of your organization.

INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE (IBC)

2015 IBC UPDATE

This class will provide a brief synopsis of some of the key changes from the 2012 International Building Code to the 2015 version. The class will primarily focus on changes made to nonstructural provisions (i.e. Chapters 1-16 and 24-33) with any significant issues that affect the structural requirements also being discussed.

2012/2015 IBC – COMMERCIAL PLAN REVIEW

This course provides a step-by-step approach to performing a complete plan review of a moderate-sized commercial project. The class covers the following portions of the review: (1) administration, (2) code analysis (i.e. occupancy classification, type of construction, location on the property, allowable areas & heights, etc.), (3) fire & life safety (fire resistance, fire protection, exiting, etc.), (4) accessibility, (5) structural & special inspections, (6) mechanical & plumbing, (7) electrical, and (8) energy. Each attendee will be given a sample set of plans and this example will be referenced throughout the class with sample plan review comments included in the notes.  The class will conclude with a question & answer session.

2-Day

2012/2015 IBC CHAPTER 7 – FIRE RATED CONSTRUCTION

This class focuses on the requirements of Chapter 7 of the International Building Code. It addresses all types of fire-rated construction including; structural members, exterior walls, fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, smoke barriers, smoke partitions, and horizontal assemblies. The class discusses the specific requirements for openings, penetrations, and air transfer openings in rated assemblies. Some of the class time will be spent discussing prescriptive and calculated fire resistance as well as performance based approaches.

1 Day

2012/2015 IBC CHAPTER 10 – MEANS OF EGRESS

This class provides an in depth look at Chapter 10 of the IBC. The layout of Chapter 10 will be dissected in such a way to help the attendee identify the different portions of the means of egress system, including exit access, exits, and exit discharge. The class covers the general provisions for the means of egress including sizing of egress width, exit signage, ramps, stairs, handrails, guardrails, etc. Time will also be spent determining the occupant load for various building functions and determining the number of required exits. Special requirements for assembly use groups and accessible means of egress are also addressed.

1 Day

2012/2015 IBC CHAPTER 11 - ACCESSIBILITY

This course focuses on the accessibility requirements of the IBC and ICC/ANSI A117.1. It covers requirements for commercial buildings including Use Group R-Occupancies such as hotels and apartment buildings. The course also includes a discussion of accessibility requirements for existing structures undergoing additions, alterations, or change of use. Changes from the 2003 to the 2009 ICC/ANSI A117.1 standards will be highlighted.

1-Day

2012/2015 IBC CHAPTER 17 - SPECIAL INSPECTIONS & TESTING

This seminar will dissect the requirements of Chapter 17 of the IBC. A detailed discussion will be provided for each designated special inspection, structural testing and structural observation item listed in the building code. Project scenarios will be provided and a roundtable discussion will be had as to what inspection and testing items would be required for each example. A substantial amount of time will be used to discuss what qualifications are necessary for special inspectors, testing agencies, and structural observers. If possible, each attendee will be provided with a copy of the ICC Model Program for Special Inspection.

Half Day

2012/2015 IBC CHAPTER 18 - DEEP FOUNDATIONS

This seminar will follow the requirements of Chapter 18 of the IBC for deep foundations and will be catered to the plan reviewer and building inspector. Topics that will be covered include geotechnical report requirements, submittal requirements, and special inspection requirements. Specific requirements for common non-proprietary and proprietary systems frequently used in the United States will be discussed (i.e. micropiles, helical piers, rammed aggregate piers, etc.).

Half Day

2012 IBC CHAPTER 34 - EXISTING BUILDING

In most jurisdictions we deal with existing buildings on a daily basis. This class will focus on what particular items we should be concerned about when an existing building is undergoing repair, alterations, an addition, or a change in occupancy. The specific structural, life-safety, and accessibility requirements of Chapter 34 will be discussed in detail in addition to alternative compliance methods discussed in both the IBC and the IEBC. Requirements for moved structures and historic buildings will also be discussed.

1-Day

2012/2015 IBC & IEBC - STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS

There are many instances where the adopted codes require a mandatory seismic upgrade of an existing building. This class will discuss when such an upgrade is triggered, as well as other items that may require a structural analysis by the code. We will discuss what should be required by the building official at the plan review stage and what building inspectors should look for in the field. An emphasis will be made on what the actual intent of the code is and how a win-win scenario can be created for both the jurisdiction and the building owner. A bound copy of the course notes will be provided to each attendee.

1- Day

2015 IBC - MULTIFAMILY DWELLINGS

This class will focus on the specific IBC requirements for multifamily dwellings such as apartment complexes. There will be some discussions of podium structures and the new 2015 IBC requirements.  The course will include accessibility requirements of IBC 1107 and Chapter 10 of ICC A117.1-09 for Type A and B units. It will also cover some common problems associated with the design of multifamily buildings including fire rating, exhaust systems, construction types, etc. Requirements for accessory structures such as pools and carports will also be discussed.

1-Day

PERMIT TECHNICIAN ZONING INSPECTOR

IZC 2012 & 2015 (Zoning) Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement
IBC Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, & 34

This class is design to help those planning to obtain an ICC certification as a Permit Technician and as a Zoning Inspector. Code enforcement staff, building inspectors, plans examiners as well as additional jurisdictional staff will gain valuable zoning understanding, legal training, and IBC code updates. Instruction in Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement will also assist those preparing for building official certification. Topics to be covered:

  • Zoning Overview (2012 IZC) with 2015 IZC Updates
  • Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement
  • IBC Chapters Overview with 2015 Updates of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 12 & 34

The last hour will have a discussion on electronic plan review and document control solutions. WC³​ will share what local jurisdictions should consider when making plans to move into the electronic age of processing permits.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE (IRC)

2015 IRC UPDATE

This class will provide a brief synopsis of some of the key changes from the 2012 International Residential Code to the 2015 version.

1-Day

2012/2015 IRC - COMPLETE PLAN REVIEW

This seminar will discuss how to perform a residential plan review ensuring compliance with the International Residential Code. The class will focus on the requirements of Chapters 1 through Chapter 10 of the IRC. Topics that will be discussed include administration, design criteria, site considerations, foundations, floor construction, roof construction, wall construction, braced wall provisions, wall coverings, roofing, chimneys, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and energy. The seminar does not teach how to design a single-family residence, but rather explains how to verify the project’s design assumptions and overall compliance with the IRC.

1-Day

2012/2015 IRC - ELECTRICAL TRAINING

This full day class focuses on core residential electrical requirements and is based on the 2012 International Residential Code. The course will cover essential residential electrical requirements including wiring methods, overcurrent protection, services, branch circuits/feeder requirements, grounding, and devices and luminaires. This course will not only be beneficial for existing inspectors, plan reviewers, or installers, but will also be helpful for individuals seeking to become certified as a residential electrical inspector.

1-Day

2012/2015 IRC - DETAILED ELECTRICAL TRAINING

This detailed 16 hour (2 full days) course is designed to walk the student step by step through the entire electrical portion of the 2012 International Residential Code. Concepts covered include definitions, services, branch circuit and feeders, wiring methods, grounding, devices and lighting, appliances, swimming pools/hot tubs, and hydro massage bathtubs. This course will not only be beneficial for existing inspectors, plan reviewers, or installers, but will also be helpful for individuals seeking to become certified as a residential electrical inspector.

2-Day

2012/2015 IRC - DETACHED ACCESSORY STRUCTURES & DECKS

This seminar will focus on the conventional construction requirements for detached accessory structures (i.e. garages, sheds, etc.) and residential decks complying with the requirements of the International Residential Code. The intent of this class is to help building officials and plans examiners to know how to quickly perform a review of these projects at the counter to see if they are in compliance with the IRC and will also help building inspectors to know what to look for in the field. The class will also discuss 2012 IRC requirements that will need to soon be enforced.

Half Day

2012/2015 IRC - CARPORTS 7 PATIO COVERS

This seminar will focus on both the conventional and engineered construction requirements of the IRC and IBC for detached and attached carports and patio covers. Specific requirements for wood, steel, and light gage steel will be addressed. Common problems will be discussed and enforcement recommendations provided. The intent of this class is to help building officials and plans examiners to know how to quickly perform a review of these projects at the counter and will also help building inspectors to know what to look for in the field.

Half Day

2012/2015 IRC - STRUCTURAL CONCERNS IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

This seminar will follow the requirements of Chapter 18 of the IBC for deep foundations and will be catered to the plan reviewer and building inspector. Topics that will be covered include geotechnical report requirements, submittal requirements, and special inspection requirements. Specific requirements for common non-proprietary and proprietary systems frequently used in the United States will be discussed (i.e. micropiles, helical piers, rammed aggregate piers, etc.).

Half Day

2012/2015 IRC - BRACED WALL PROVISIONS

This course will go through the braced wall provisions of the International Residential Code in detail.  Multiple examples will be given throughout the class to build each attendees knowledge and understanding. In the end, several free” online programs will be used to help show how to quickly check that the requirements of the IRC have been met. This seminar is ideal for both the building plan reviewer and the building designer. It is also beneficial for the building inspector and contractor to understand the detailing requirements for conventional construction.

Half Day

2012/2015 IRC & IBC - BRACED WALLS VS. ENGINEERED SHEAR WALLS

The requirements for braced walls per the IRC and Section 2308 of the IBC will be discussed, as well as the requirements for engineered shear walls per the IBC and its referenced standards. This seminar is ideal for the building plan reviewer and building inspector alike. The conventional and engineered requirements for floor and roof framing provided in both the IBC and IRC will also be discussed during this seminar. Several examples will be provided as well as methods to quickly ensure that braced wall or engineered shear wall provisions are met.

Half Day

IRC - RESIDENTIAL PLAN REVIEW

This course will discuss how to perform a residential plan review ensuring compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. Topics covered include administration, design criteria, foundations, floor construction, roof construction, wall construction, braced wall provisions, wall coverings, roofing, chimneys, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, energy, etc. The seminar does not teach how to design a single-family residence, but rather explains how to verify the project’s design assumptions and overall compliance with the IRC. The State of Washington amendments to the IRC will also be discussed. This class is specifically designed to help those planning to obtain an ICC certification as a Residential Plans Examiner or Residential Building Inspector.

The last hour will have a discussion on electronic plan review and document control solutions. WC³​ will share what local jurisdictions should consider when making plans to move into the electronic age of processing permits.

1-Day .7 CEU’s

MISCELLANEOUS COURSES

2015 IEBC - EXISTING BUILDINGS

The 2015 International Building Code (IBC) no longer has provisions to address existing buildings, instead it now refers to the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) for requirements in relation to existing buildings. This class provides an introduction to the IEBC. It clarifies how the code is laid out and provides specific guidelines for how to use the book. Specific guidelines addressing mandatory structural, fire safety, and accessibility triggers will be discussed. Requirements for repairs, alterations, additions, moved structures, and historic structures will be addressed.

1-Day

2012/2015 IBC - SIMPLIFIED STRUCTURAL PLAN REVIEW

This seminar provides a step-by-step approach for performing a structural plan review to ensure that projects conform to the structural requirements of the IBC and IRC. The review process provided is strictly for residential to moderately-sized commercial projects, as larger projects may require a more extensive structural review. The seminar does not teach how to perform structural calculations, but rather explains how to verify the project’s design assumptions and overall compliance with the building code. Many examples will be given throughout in addition to sample plan review comments.

1-Day

2012 IBC - STRUCTURAL CHANGES

Many of the structural code provisions will change with the adoption of the 2012 IBC. Most of these changes occur to structural standards that are referenced by the IBC. Many of these are significant changes from what was required by the 2006 and 2009 IBC. The referenced material standards for wood, concrete, steel, and masonry have all changed to some extent. The main changes affecting jurisdictions include new wind and seismic design methods. This class will help each attendee in developing a revised “Design Criteria” for their jurisdiction prior to the adoption of the 2012 IBC and will help them to ask appropriate questions of designers during the plan review and inspection stages to ensure that they are up-to-date with the new structural provisions of the building code.

1-Day

2015 IBC - STRUCTURAL CHANGES

Many structural code provisions were changed as part of the 2012 International Building Code. While not many significant changes have occurred to the structural provisions from the 2012 IBC to the 2015 IBC, this course will dissect those changes that have occurred. The course will discuss not only those changes that have occurred within the IBC itself, but to several of the referenced standards such as ACI 318 and ACI 530 which cover the structural concrete and masonry requirements.

Half Day

2012/2015 IBC & ASCE 7 - BRACING OF NON-STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

Nonstructural damage has historically accounted for 25-50% of the damage observed in recent earthquakes in the United States. This class will clarify what non-structural components are, what the code requires in regards to seismic restraint, and will discuss typical bracing schemes. A major portion of the discussion will revolve around what building departments should require during plan review and what they should be looking for in the field during inspections. Many jurisdictions are beginning to enforce this code requirement more stringently. The class will also discuss the difficulties that these jurisdictions have had, simple approaches to enforcement, and how to create a win-win scenario for the jurisdiction and the building owner.

Half Day

2014 NEC UPDATES

This full-day course covers various code changes that have been made to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC). The class includes changes to: definitions, general requirements, branch circuits, feeder conductors, outside branch circuits and feeders, service requirements, overcurrent protection, grounding and bonding, wiring methods and materials, equipment for general use, special equipment and systems.

1-Day

2011/2014 NEC - SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS

This course is designed to help provide the essentials for a better understanding of how and where the codes address solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. This course will cover the fundamental code requirements of both residential and commercial PV systems. It is designed to start with the basics of Photovoltaic requirements and lead the attendees step by step into more difficult concepts while simplifying the requirements. Hands on example components will be presented to help explain some of the code requirements concerning PV systems. This class is designed to aid inspectors, electricians, and design professionals in the plan review process of PV systems.

1-Day

2014 NEC - RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS

This 8-hour course will focus on the various types of residential solar PV systems. The class will start with the basics of Photovoltaic systems and lead the attendees step by step into more difficult concepts while simplifying the requirements. Systems to be covered include micro inverter systems, string inverter systems, string inverter with DC to DC converter systems, and battery systems. Hands on example components will be presented to help explain some of the code requirements concerning PV systems.  This class is designed to aid inspectors, electricians, and design professionals in the plan review process of PV systems. This full-day presentation is based on the 2014 NEC.

1-Day

2012/2015 IRC & IBC - BRACED WALLS VS. ENGINEERED SHEAR WALLS.

This 8-hour course will focus on the various types of commercial solar PV systems. The class will start with the basics of Photovoltaic systems and lead the attendees step by step into more difficult concepts while simplifying the requirements. Systems to be covered include string inverter systems, central inverter systems (large scale), and bipolar systems. This class is designed to aid inspectors, electricians, and design professionals in the plan review process of PV systems. This full-day presentation is based on the 2014 NEC.

1-Day

2014 NEC - SOLAR PV CODE REQUIREMENTS UPDATE CLASS

This half-day (4 hour) course is designed to update the students on changes to solar photovoltaic (PV) requirements based on the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC). This course will cover the major changes to solar PV systems including: article 690 definitions, general requirements, wire color designation, DC voltage allowance, disconnects, overcurrent protection, rapid shutdown of systems, wiring methods, grounding, and point of interconnection requirements.

Half Day

2014 NEC - SOLAR PV SYSTEMS WITH BATTERY BACKUP

This half-day (4 hour) course is designed to help students understand how battery systems are to be properly installed and will focus on the various 2014 NEC code requirements that govern battery-backup solar PV systems. The class will cover code requirements including battery types, battery enclosures, working space, disconnects, overcurrent protection, wiring methods, ventilation requirements, charge control, and signage.

Half Day

2012/2015 IBC - UNUSUAL STRUCTURES

The focus of this class will be to discuss several types of unusual structures that a building department may see from time to time. This seminar will discuss projects such as precast concrete sandwich panels, ICF systems, straw-bale construction, high-ropes courses, adobe construction, performance-based design, deep foundations, foundation improvement methods, rack-supported buildings, billboards, as well as other items. The class will focus on the structural requirements that should be reviewed to ensure life-safety provisions are met during the plan review phase as well as items to focus on during the inspection phase.

1-Day

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

The intent of this class is to assist building departments in planning and preparing for response to natural disasters within their jurisdiction. While the lessons learned in this class can be used for any natural disaster, such as earthquakes, flooding, and high wind, the course will mainly follow the recommendations of ATC-20, “Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings”. Topics to be discussed include: planning considerations, needed equipment, rapid-visual-screening, requirements for placarding, specific items to look for based upon type of construction, geotechnical hazards, and nonstructural hazards. A real-life event will be used as an example of how a building department can respond to a disaster event.

Half Day

THE FUTURE OF CODE PROFESSIONALS

This seminar discusses the future of code professional industry. While this is of concern nationally, this seminar uses data specific to the municipality and is meant for not only those currently working in Building Departments, but jurisdictional decision-makers as well as those interested in joining the profession. It will discuss the current and future needs of the profession as well as how to prepare for the future.

1-2 Hours

COLD WEATHER CONSTRUCTION

This seminar discusses the specific cold weather construction limitations for masonry, concrete, ICF, and stucco construction. Much of the time will be spent discussing some of the specific construction requirements that are not noted in the building code, but rather in referenced standards that are not always available to building departments. This is a great course for jurisdictions located in areas that are susceptible to cold weather.

1-2 Hours

SUSPENDED ACOUSTICAL CEILINGS

The purpose of this class is to help plan reviewers, inspectors, and installers to understand the code requirements for suspended acoustical ceilings. The Uniform Building Code provided specific suspended ceiling requirements yet the IBC now references other codes and standards. This class will present the specific requirements of these referenced standards and will give clear and concise requirements for suspended ceilings. It also will discuss other items such as hard-lid ceiling systems, ceiling clouds, bracing of light fixtures, bracing of non-bearing partition walls, and approved seismic clips.

1-2 Hours

ACCA MANUAL J - RESIDENTIAL LOAD CALCULATION

September 12, 2019

Learning Objectives for this class include:

  • Review/identify the IRC code requirements for HVAC load calculations
  • Understand why loads are important
  • Identify and understand the key elements impacting the building loads
  • Develop an ability to calculate CFM requirements based on the room loads

This course is recommended for HVAC contractors, plans examiners, building inspectors and design professionals. Course details include a discussion on indoor and outdoor design conditions, the building envelope components –  windows, doors, skylights, walls, ceilings and floors, infiltration, internal gains, duct locations and ventilation system. Actual load calculations, submitted for permits will be reviewed, identifying energy code requirements and the impact increased building efficiency has on the calculated load. An ACCA developed checklist, Verifying ACCA Manual J® Procedures is included and reviewed in this class.  7 hours

ACCA MANUAL D - RESIDENTIAL DUCT SYSTEMS

September 19, 2019

Learning Objects for this class include:

  • Application of previously calculated loads in designing duct systems
  • Understanding friction losses in duct systems including fitting design
  • Develop a knowledge in flex duct design and installation
  • Identify HVAC devices/components creating pressure losses in HVAC system

This course is also recommended for HVAC contractors, general contractors, plans examiners, building inspectors and design professionals. Course details include understanding air handler/furnace blower data/tables and how external static pressure impacts air flow.  Additionally, discussion will provide direction on duct total equivalent length (TEL), trunk and branch duct sizing, low resistant return paths, accessory pressure drops, filters and registers.  An ACCA developed checklist, Verifying ACCA Manual D® is included and reviewed in this class.  7 hours

ACCA MANUAL S - RESIDENTIAL EQUIPMENT SELECTION

September 26, 2019

Learning Objects for this class include:

• Why is proper equipment selection important?
• Application of information developed in the Manual J and D procedures to the equipment selection process
• What problems come from wrong sizing equipment?
• The impact of improper equipment selection on comfort, efficiency and equipment life

This course is also recommended for HVAC contractors, general contractors, plans examiners, building inspectors and design professionals. Course details bring together data produced in the load calculation and duct design, providing specific direction on selecting equipment performance parameters matching the completed load calculations and duct designs. Additional subjects include latent heat/moisture control, increased airflow in dry climates and required altitude adjustments. An ACCA developed checklist, Verifying ACCA Manual D® is included and reviewed in this class. An ACCA developed checklist, Verifying ACCA Manual S® Procedures is included and reviewed in this class. 7 hours

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