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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 6 & 7, 2019 Community College Building, Sacramento, CA January 9, 2019 February 6, 2019
March 6 & 7, 2019 DSA S.D. Regional Office, San Diego, CA January 9, 2019 February 6, 2019
June 4 & 5, 2019 Community College Building, Sacramento, CA April 9, 2019 May 7, 2019
June 4 & 5, 2019 DSA S.D. Regional Office, San Diego, CA April 9, 2019 May 7, 2019
September 10 & 11, 2019 Community College Building, Sacramento, CA July 16, 2019 August 13, 2019
September 10 & 11, 2019 DSA S.D. Regional Office, San Diego, CA July 16, 2019 August 13, 2019

Beginning with the March 2019 exam, the DSA Project Inspector Examination Application will comply with 2019 California Administrative Code requirements (please refer to the “Changes to the Project Inspector Examination in 2019” section below for further details).

A revised and updated Project Inspector Examination Information and Application Package reflecting these changes is forthcoming. Until that becomes available, see and use the 2018 Project Inspector Examination Information and Application Package (PDF - 426 KB) Revised 12/29/17, but note the applicable exam date based on the table above.


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 2019

Beginning with the March 2019 exam, the DSA Project Inspector Examination will be based on the 2016 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 middle of January 2019, minimum qualifications (including work experience, education and certifications) to take and conduct requirements for examinees during the exam will be based on the 2019 California Administrative Code, Section 4-333.1. The recently adopted final express terms revising the current minimum qualifications in Title 24, Part 1, though not yet effective, are available for viewing on BSC’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 2019.

  • 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.