Building & Fire Code Academy

Building Better With Our Greatest Resource . . . Education ®

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, state-approved Plumbing Apprenticeship Education Program that trains apprentices to become licensed Illinois plumbers.

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.

Accreditation


The Building & Fire Code Academy® is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

The IBHE requires the following information be provided for the most current reporting period and is available for all programs longer than 30 clock hours. This information pertains to students enrolled in the Code Enforcement Career Development Program (CECDP), Plumbing Apprenticeship Education Program (PAEP), and certificate programs.

Code Enforcement Career Development Program (CECDP)

Reporting Period: July 1, 2011- June 30, 2012 Number
1. Number of students who were admitted in the CECDP as of July 1, 2011 0
2a. Number of new starts
0
2b. Number of re-enrollments
0
2c. Transfers into the program from other programs
0
3. Total number of students admitted in the reporting period(#1 plus #2a-c) 0
4a. Number of students in the CECDP who transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
4b. Completed or graduated from the program 0
4c. Withdrew from the school 0
4d. Are still enrolled 0
5a. Number of students enrolled in the CECDP who were placed in their field of study 0
5b. Placed in a related field 0
5c. Placed out of the field 0
5d. Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
5e. Not employed 0
6a. Number of students who took a certification or State licensing exam 0
6b. Number of students who passed 0
7. Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance 0
8. Average starting salary for all graduates employed 0

Plumbing Apprenticeship Education Program (PAEP)

Reporting Period: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Number
1. Number of students admitted in the PAEP as of July 1, 2011 0
2a. Number of new starts 12
2b. Number of re-enrollments 17
2c. Transfers into the program from other programs 0
3. Total number of students admitted in the reporting period (#1 plus #2a-c) 29
4a. Number of students in the PAEP who transferred out of the program into another program at the school 0
4b. Completed or graduated from the program 7
4c. Withdrew from the school 2
4d. Are still enrolled 0
5a. Number of students enrolled in PAEP who were placed in their field of study all
5b. Placed in a related field 0
5c. Placed out of the field 0
5d. Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
5e. Not employed 0
6a. Number of students who took a State licensing exam 3
6b. Number of students who passed 2
7. Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance all
8. Average starting salary for all graduates employed $49,510

Certificate Programs

Reporting Period: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Number
1. Number of students admitted in a Certificate Program as of July 1, 2011 0
2a. Number of new starts 3
2b. Number of re-enrollments 0
2c. Tranfers into the program from other programs 0
3. Total number of students admitted in the reporting period (#1 plus #2a-c) 3
4a. Number of students in Certificate Programs who transferred out of a program into another program at the school 0
4b. Completed or graduated from the program 2
4c. Withdrew from the school 1
4d. Are still enrolled 0
5a. Number of students enrolled in Certificate Programs who were placed in their field of study 2
5b. Placed in a related field 0
5c. Placed out of the field 0
5d. Not available for placement due to personal reasons 0
5e. Not employed 0
6a. Number of students who took a certification or State licensing exam 0
6b. Number of students who passed 0
7. Number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school's placement assistance 2
8. Average starting salary for all graduates employed $52,360


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.

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


COMPLAINTS AGAINST THIS SCHOOL MAY BE REGISTERED WITH THE BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION AT:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701-1404
Voice: (217) 782-2551
Fax: (217) 782-8548



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

Residential Energy Code Assistance Pilot Program

Welcome to the BFCA website. BFCA is the administrator of the pilot program, which is sponsored by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

The intent of this pilot program is to:

  • Be voluntary
  • No additional workload on jurisdictions
  • Train 3rd party energy code plan reviewer/inspectors
  • Assure compliance to the 2012 Illinois Energy Conservation Code
  • Provide rebates to builders who use the 3rd parties trained by the program

To register for this Pilot Program you must:

  • Be a customer of or live in one of the following Illinois Investor Owned Utilities (ComEd, NICOR, Ameren Electric, Aremen Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas)
  • Agree to attend all 3.5 days of ICC training plus successfully pass the ICC certification test
  • Agree to actively engage in energy code plan review and inspections for new single family construction

Click on a location below to register:

Mt Vernon

Jacksonville

Champaign

Peoria

Rockford

Chicago


On-Site Classes

To download a 2014 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