COQB - Prequalify or Military
Pre-Qualify or Military Service?
Local government hiring managers often ask:
"What Trade and Level of certification are you pre-qualified for?"
Anyone may submit an online application with supporting documentation of their education and work experience. Board staff will compare this information to the Board rule requirements and issue a determination letter that can be provided to potential employers.
Anyone with military service has demonstrated attention to detail, a sense of commitment to serve others and successfully completed education and training needed to perform a mission critical job. These qualities are exactly what it takes to be a building code official working for a local government!
To be "fully pre-qualified" for a Standard certificate of any trade and level prior to employment, most people must successfully complete Board courses in Law and Administration and a technical code taught through the NC Community College System. They must also pass the State exam.
However, most people can also qualify for 3-year Probationary Level I certificates if supervised when they are employed regardless of their years of experience in the construction industry. Some people have code official / inspector credentials from other states or approved national associations that allow issuance of Standard certificate by comity.
What if I have a criminal record?
The Board's Application and Evaluation Committee may make predeterminations for applicants with a criminal history per N.C. Gen. Stat. 93B-8.1. (b6) Notwithstanding any other provisions in the law, an individual with a criminal history may petition a board at any time, including before an individual starts or completes any mandatory education or training requirements, for a predetermination of whether the individual's criminal history will likely disqualify the individual from obtaining a license. This petition shall include a criminal history record report obtained by the individual from a reporting service designated by the board, the cost of which shall be borne by the applicant.
Staff decisions are reviewed by the Committee. A Board hearing may be requested if aggrieved by any final decision. N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-151.53 sets forth the denial and appeal process.
The Board requires applicants to disclose and consent to a criminal history record check pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 93B-8.1 Applicants may secure a complete criminal records check from several sources including:
- North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)
- U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The factors considered when making a determination include the following:
- The level and seriousness of the crime.
- The date of the crime.
- The age of the person at the time of the crime.
- The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known
- The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
- The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
- The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
- A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to G.S. 15A-173.2.
- The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
- Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.