Building Inspection Courses

These courses are designed to assist anyone in the building construction industry will an understanding of the Manitoba Building Code, Manitoba Plumbing Code and that Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings, as well as the legal implications of the permitting and inspection processes.

Note: Exam dates will always be the last scheduled date of the class.

Introduction to the Code

This course is designed for those individuals who either currently use the MBC or MFC in their day to day work, and especially for those individuals who are going to be using the Codes for the first time.

Most Code programs are delivered on the premise that candidates come with knowledge and skills on the entire Code. Divisions A and C provide the required structure for Code Officials to properly apply the Codes. This program will provide the participant specific instruction on what an inspector can and cannot enforce based on the application of the code and finally it will teach participants how to properly classify a building. This program is designed as a prelude to participants continuing with advanced Code courses.

Manitoba Building Bylaws

Manitoba Building Bylaws is a four day course that will examine the legal requirements of the building permitting process as well as the Building Official’s role within it. The course will assist Building Officials in recognizing the applicability of laws at various levels (federal, provincial and municipal) in the building process as well as providing understanding regarding when their role in the legal process begins. Finally the course will conclude with information about what would be required of a Building Official should they be called to court.

This course will be of assistance to Building Officials working in both Part 3 and 9 as well as others involved in the administration and enforcement of Manitoba’s Acts, Regulations, Codes and Bylaws. It may also be of interest to administrators to provide an overview of the work of these employees.

Part 3 – Large Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing code practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in interpreting and implementing the principles of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) with respect to large buildings (Vol. 2 Division B Part 3). It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to all large buildings. Participants must have a basic understanding of the NBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams or applying the knowledge to their jobs.

This course will help the learner find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on educating the participant so that he or she may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Construction Types, Occupancy, Fire-Resistance and Occupant Loads
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Safety within Floor Areas
  • Exits
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Health Requirements
  • Barrier-Free Design
  • Tents and Air-Supported Structures
  • Self-Service Storage Buildings
  • Alternative Solutions, Renovations & Relocated Buildings
  • Environmental Separation
  • Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing

Part 3 – Complex Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the National Building Code (NBC) with respect to Large (Vol. 2, Division B, Part 3) buildings. It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to Part 3 Buildings with emphasis being placed on Complex Buildings which are defined in the NBC as:

1) Post disaster buildings, and
2) Buildings containing building systems, works, fixture and service systems to which Subsection 3.2.6 or Articles 3.2.8.3 to 3.2.8.9 apply.

This course will assist in learning how to find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance ratings
  • Appendix D, Fire Performance Ratings, including Flame spread, Smoke development
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Safety within Floor Areas
  • Environmental Separation
  • Additional requirements for high buildings
  • Appendix B, Fire Safety in high Buildings
  • Mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces
  • Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing
  • Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites

Part 9 – Small Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing code practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in interpreting and implementing the principles of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) with respect to small buildings (Vol. 2 Division B Part 9).

It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to all small buildings, defined in the NBC as:

1) Three or fewer stories in building height.
2) Having a building area not exceeding 600 m2.
3) Used for major occupancies classified as Group C-residential occupancies, D-business and personal services occupancies, E-mercantile occupancies or Group F-2 medium hazard industrial occupancies and Group F-3- low hazard industrial occupancies.

This course will emphasize the requirements for small buildings, excluding the “House” which is covered in another course. The “House” building form includes residential single detached, semi-detached, townhouse or row dwellings with no more than one unit above another unit. A house with a secondary suite or basement apartment, a duplex, stacked semi-detached or stacked townhouse would be the House building form.

Small buildings include all other Part 9 buildings such as a triplex, small apartment building, single occupancy or mixed occupancy buildings.

Participants must have a basic understanding of the NBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams or applying the knowledge to their jobs.

This course will help the learner find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on educating the participant so that he or she may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Special Structures and Basics of Structural Requirements
  • Design of Area and Space
  • Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Protection I, II, and III
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Plumbing

Additional Small Building Topics (Floors-On-Ground, Above-grade Masonry and Insulating Concrete Form (ICF), Wood Frame Construction, Electric Facilities, Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites)