Miami-Dade County requires qualifications for code enforcement personnel beyond those contained in FS 468. In addition to possessing the appropriate certification from the State of Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board (BCAIB) all Building Officials, Plans Examiners and Inspectors must also be locally certified by the Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA).
If an applicant for BORA certification does not possess a current certificate from the State of Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board, the applicant must apply for a Provisional certificate as a prerequisite to "temporary certification." Provisional certificates may be issued by BCAIB to newly employed or promoted personnel, but only to those who possess the standards and eligibility requirement for a standard certification.
The term "certification", as used by BORA, shall mean compliance with the minimum qualification and experience for Building Officials, Chiefs, Inspectors and Plans Examiners established by Chapter 8 Article II of the Code of Miami-Dade County and approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of Rules and Appeals.
Certification by BORA is valid for the duration of the calendar year and must be renewed each January 1st. Applications for recertification must be submitted to BORA by December 15th. As a prerequsite for annual recertification individuals must have attended continuing education classes or seminars in their respective fields for a minimum of sixteen hours during the previous calendar year.
Of the hours required a minimum of 12 hours shall be satisfied by attendance at courses and/or seminars provided by Miami-Dade County, and a maximum of four hours may be satisfied by attendance at programs certified by:
- The Contractors Industry Licensing Board
- The Electrical Contractors Licensing Board
- The Board of Professional Engineers
- The Board of Registered Architects
- State of Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board
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