Building & Fire Code Academy

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The Building & Fire Code Academy is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) providing comprehensive and practical education in the administration, application and enforcement of building and fire codes.

BFCA encompasses all major model codes and standards of construction disciplines. Additional programs are planned for ancillary municipal services such as zoning, public works and permit coordinating, along with a comprehensive curriculum of code study.

In addition to its standard continuing education courses, BFCA offers discipline specific certificate programs, a 12-week Code Enforcement Career Development Program (CECDP) to provide comprehensive training on the codes, including both classroom and field experience; and a four-year Plumbing Apprenticeship Education Program to supplement an apprentice plumber's on-the-job training. This program prepares Illinois apprentice plumbers for the Illinois state licensing examination, and for the wide range of technical experience expected of them throughout their careers.

The Building & Fire Code Academy is committed to offering exceptional educational programs by providing knowledgeable and experienced instructors and advancing career opportunities for industry professionals.
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Meals


The Building & Fire Code Academy provides students with hot, appetizing meals catered daily by the area's finest establishments when classes are in Elgin. Tasty snacks are combined with lunch menus that include a wide variety of main courses, an assortment of pasta, potato and rice dishes with plenty of hot vegetables, salads and desserts.

Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)


The Building & Fire Code Academy® is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Visit the IBHE website by clicking here or entering www.ibhe.org in your browser.


Code Enforcement Career Development Program (CECDP)



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: Relates and trains in the application of residential and commercial construction codes, plan review, inspection, and code enforcement.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: Applicants must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development certificate (GED) and be able to demonstrate reading comprehension and basic mathematical skills.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: To provide experience working as an intern in municipalities, guide in the application of skills to successfully pass the ICC certification tests, and to assist in the gainful employment of successful graduates.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 1
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period who: 1
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 1
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 0
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 1
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 1
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 1
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 0
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period 0

Certificate Programs


Residential Inspector-Single-Discipline



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing writen reports in the residential industry.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Program graduates will demonstrate skills required to examine and relate information needed to follow and appraise approved documents, perform inspections and write clear and concise reports.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 1
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period who: 1
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 1
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 1
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 1
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 1
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period $49,000.00



Property Maintenance Inspector



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing written reports as related to the property maintenance industry.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: To utilize education and analysis to maintain health, safety and welfare of existing buildings and neighborhoods.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 1
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period who: 1
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 1
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 1
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 1
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 1
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period $42,000.00



Commercial Building Inspector



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing written reports in the commercial industry.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Program graduates will demonstrate skills required to examine and relate information needed to follow and appraise approved documents, perform inspections and write clear and concise reports.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 0
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period who: 0
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 0
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 0
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 0
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period 0



Commercial Mechanical Inspector




DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing written reports in the commercial mechanical industry.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Program graduates will demonstrate skills required to examine and relate information needed to follow and appraise approved documents, perform inspections and write clear and concise reports.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 0
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period who: 0
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 0
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 0
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 0
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period 0



Residential Inspector-Multi Discipline



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing written reports in the residential industry.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Program graduates will demonstrate skills required to examine and relate information needed to follow and appraise approved documents, perform inspections and write clear and concise reports.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 0
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month period 0
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 0
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 0
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 0
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period 0

Illinois Commercial Plumbing Inspector



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing written reports in the commercial plumbing industry.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: Program graduates will demonstrate skills required to examine and relate information needed to follow and appraise approved documents, perform inspections and write clear and concise reports.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 0
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period
0
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 0
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 0
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 0
Average starting salary for all school graduated employed during the reporting period 0

Permit Technician



DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A flexible program with up to eighteen months to complete, which examines construction, documents for comprehension, performing field inspections and composing written reports in order to serve with the title of Permit Technician within a municipality.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: None
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: To use skills presented to comprehend and distinguish Building department functions, and to express and explain permit requirements and submittals.

Reporting Period: July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students who were admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 0
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
0
Re-enrollments
0
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period
0
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 0
-Withdrew from the school 0
-Are still enrolled 0
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 0
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 0
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 0
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period 0

Plumbing Apprenticeship Education Program


DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: A comprehensive four year program which supplements the apprenticeship to plumbers' on-the-job training preparing the Illinois apprentice plumber for the Illinois state licensing exam.
PREREQUISITES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO PROGRAM: Applicants must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development certificate (GED) and be able to demonstrate reading comprehension and basic mathematical skills.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: To advance the educational application, analysis and synthesis of the Illinois apprentice in order to participate in and pass the Illinois State Licensing exam.


Reporting Period: July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014 Number
Number of students admitted in the program as of July 1 of this reporting period 29
Number of additional students who were admitted in the program during the next 12 months and classified:
New starts
12
Re-enrollments
17
Transfers into the program from other programs at the school
0
Total number of students admitted in the program during the 12 month reporting period 29
Number of students enrolled in the program during ther 12 month reporting period who:
-Transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
-Completed or graduated from the program 7
-Withdrew from the school 2
-Are still enrolled 20
Number of students enrolled in the program who were: 0
-Placed in their field of study 29
-Placed in a related field 0
-Placed out of the field 0
Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
Not employed 0
Number of students who took a State Licensing Examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 3
Number of students who took and passed a state licensing examination or professional certification examination during the reporting period 2
Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance during the reporting period 7
Average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period $49,510.00
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COMPLAINTS AGAINST THIS SCHOOL MAY BE REGISTERED WITH THE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION AT:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza
Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701
Voice: (217) 782-2551
Fax: (217) 782-8548


Accreditation




Offering continuing education classes and complete career programs for inspectors, code officials, and design professionals at all experience levels, BFCA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is also an American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) Registered Provider. Students completing courses receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), contact hours and/or state credit where applicable. Architects completing classes earn Learning Units (LUs). All courses qualify for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credit. Specific courses are also approved by individual states.

"Building & Fire Code Academy is not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education."

"Building & Fire Code Academy does not guarantee the transferability of credits to another school, college, or university. Credits or coursework are not likely to transfer; any decision on the comparability, appropriateness and applicability of credit and whether credit should be accepted is the decision of the receiving institution."



Call 1-847-428-2951 or 1-800-488-7057 for more information.




BFCA is an equal opportunity training facility. Training is provided to all without regard to race, sex, ethnic background, political association or membership in any other organization.
New Classes Available

On-Site Classes

To download a 2015 on-site (Elgin) course schedule, click here.

We offer classes designed to help inspectors, plan reviewers and design professionals learn about the International Code Council's 2012 I-Codes®.

Our newest classes are:

Building Plan Review for Fire Inspectors

Performing Fire Inspection

Assertive Communication

Small Project Plan Review

Plumbing Fixture Counts

Managing Distressed Properties

Inspecting Special Events

Advanced Code Problem Solving Skills

Installing Residential Fire Sprinklers

Hazardous Materials Awareness