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Project Inspector Examinations


Dates and Locations

DATE LOCATION LATEST POSTMARK DATE FOR APPLICATION FILING REGISTRATION FORM & FEE DUE TO DSA
March 8 & 9, 2018 Community College Building, Sacramento, CA January 12, 2018 February 9, 2018
March 8 & 9, 2018 DSA S.D. Regional Office, San Diego, CA January 12, 2018 February 9, 2018
June 14 & 15, 2018 Community College Building, Sacramento, CA April 20, 2018 May 18, 2018
June 14 & 15, 2018 DSA S.D. Regional Office, San Diego, CA April 20, 2018 May 18, 2018
September 6 & 7, 2018 Community College Building, Sacramento, CA July 13, 2018 August 10, 2018
September 6 & 7, 2018 DSA S.D. Regional Office, San Diego, CA July 13, 2018 August 10, 2018

Examinations are subject to revised qualifications criteria, as required by 2013 California Administrative code. See California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1 (PDF - 103) for details. Beginning with the March 2016 exam, the DSA Project Inspector Examination Application will comply with 2016 California Administrative Code requirements (Section 4-333.1) for minimum qualifications, including work experience, education and certifications.

For complete details, see the revised and updated 2018 Project Inspector Examination Information and Application Package (PDF - 426 KB) Revised 12/29/17


Testing

  • Exams are offered in March, June, and September simultaneously in Sacramento and San Diego. The exam dates are subject to change.

  • The exam consists of two parts (Plan Reading and Construction Knowledge) and is divided into the following sections:
    • Administrative (in Construction Knowledge Part only)
    • Structural
    • Architectural
    • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing

  • Applicants must obtain a minimum score of 60 percent in EACH section to pass the exam. The minimum passing score is subject to change.

  • Certificates will only be issued upon request. Duplicates may require a fee. Inspectors are listed on the Certified Inspector List of the eTracker website regardless of whether a certificate is provided or not.

Changes to the Project Inspector Examination in 2018

Beginning with the March 2016 exam, the DSA Project Inspector Examination will be based on the 2013 California Code of Regulations, Title 19 and Title 24, and the edition of standards referenced therein. Title 24 is available in read-only format through the Building Standards Commission’s (BSC) website. Title 19 is available for viewing through the Office of Administrative Law on Westlaw’s website. Beginning around the end of January 2016, minimum qualifications to take the exam will be based on the 2016 California Administrative Code. The proposed express terms revising the current minimum qualifications in Title 24, Part 1, though not yet adopted, are available for viewing on BSC’s and DSA’s website. Examination location, dates, and other relevant information will be forthcoming over the next several months.


Fees

All fees are nonrefundable and subject to change. Fees will likely be adjusted in 2018.

  • Application fee is $225 ($175 for licensed architects and engineers).
  • Examination fees
    • Plan Reading
      • Structural: $200
      • MEP: $100
      • Architectural: $100

       
    • Construction Knowledge
      • Structural: $250
      • Architectural: $100
      • MEP: $150
      • Administrative: $100

DSA Academy Inspector Classes

DSA Inspector Overview Class: Information is available at DSA Academy - Class Schedule and Registration. Classes listed on the DSA Academy website are the only classes sanctioned by DSA. Please visit the DSA Academy website for class dates and registration.

The Project Inspector Overview (PIO) is a required component for Project Inspector recertification and RBIP recertification.

To review dates and locations of classes for 2018, see the 2018 Year at a Glance Class Schedule (PDF).