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Continuing education and development is imperative to reach high level of standards. Indiana Association of Building Officials holds seminars, workshops and classes that help professionals in our industry advance.

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Spring 2020: May 4 - May 6
Marriott Indianapolis East, Indianapolis, IN
Please note May 5th is a primary election day so vote early!

Fall 2020: Sept. 13 & Sept. 14
Fairfield at Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks, IN

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The safety of Indiana citizens is why we offer critical and timely educational opportunities.

Upcoming events

    • 16 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville
    General Administrative Rules (675 IAC 12)

    A training seminar sponsored by the Indiana Association of Building Officials, Inc. a chapter of the International Code Council, Inc.

    Date: January 16, 2020

    • Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
    • Class will start at 9:00 a.m.
    • There will be 1-hour allotted for lunch (lunch will not be provided)
    • Class will conclude at 4:00 p.m.
    Location:  Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville


    Member $100, this fee will cover the instructor and materials

    Non-member:  $125, this fee will cover the instructor and materials

    Lunch will not be provided

    *IABO has applied for funding through the Statewide Fire and Building Safety Education Fund (675 IAC 12-11).  Please DO NOT pay in advance as an invoice will be sent following the class.

    This course consists of six contact hours and earns 0.6 ICC PPN CEU's.  PPN #1060-20298

    Course Description:

    The General Administrative Rules (GAR) is an essential "Rule" that all Building and Fire Officials use every day in performing their job duties.  This seminar will include an in-depth review of specific "rules" within the GAR, the statutory provisions related to the specific "rules" within the GAR, and statutory requirements that affect local building and fire officials  (i.e. what is an "official interpretation", when are local ordinances considered in "conflict with rules of the Commission", or is a local ordinance "more restrictive than rules of the Commission".  This seminar will include any statutory changes from the 2019 Legislative Session, if any, that may affect the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

    This seminar will provide an in-depth examination of the following "Rules" within the General Administrative Rules: Rule 4 (Development and Application Rules); Rule 5 (Variances); Rule 6 (Design Releases); Rule 9 (State Fire Marshal: Permits); Rule 10 (Building Regulations of State Agencies and Political Subdivision); and Rule 13 (Conversion of Existing Buildings).

    Participants are encouraged to bring a current copy of the General Administrative Rules, highlighter and a few Post-it flags to be used as "tabs".  If participants do not have a current copy of the General Administrative Rules, one may be downloaded from the following link:


    Course Objectives

    • Provide a clear understanding of statutory requirements and their relationship to various "Rules" within the General Administrative Rules, including associated "history lines;
    • Provide the skills and working knowledge for practical application of the various "Rules" within the General Administrative Rules;
    • Understanding the variance process and the local building and fire officials' responsibility;
    • Identify what is and is NOT a change of occupancy;
    • Identify when construction is or is NOT exempt from a design release;
    • Identify what events are required to obtain permits from the State Fire Marshal;
    • Ability to determine if your local building code and/or fire prevention ordinances are in compliance with Statute as well as the Rules of Commission, and;
    • Ability to identify when a Class 2 structure may utilize "Rule 13" in the conversion to a Class 1 structure.

    Presenter:  Shelly Wakefield, C.B.O.
    Shelly has over 40 years experience with local unit of government level and state government as a building and fire official as an inspector, plan reviewer, and administrator of the various "Rules" of the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

    Shelly developed a passion for the General Administrative Rules, while serving at the local unit of government,  and it continued during her tenure at the state level, as she found the GAR to be a valuable tool, where she could provide vital information to local owners, building/fire officials and contractors to facilitate the continued progress of construction in a positive manner.  This is where Shelly's passion for code education began while at the local level.  Shelly's passion for code education stems from the key important people who took the time to share their code knowledge, therefore Shelly's sharing of code knowledge is a "pay it forward" as a way to thank those who took the time to provide code education to Shelly.

    Shelly retired from the State of Indiana in May of 2013 and joined the firm of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc., Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors, where she is a Senior Plan Reviewer/Project Manager, performing building and fire code plan reviews for several local building departments.

    Prior to retirement, Shelly was employed by the State of Indiana, Department of Homeland Security, Division of Fire and Building Safety, prior to the legislative change in 2005, Shelly was employed by the Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services, Indiana State Building Commissioner's Office.  During her tenure at the State, Shelly was Director of Fire and Building Code Enforcement, Director of Building Code Enforcement, Acting State Building Commissioner, Acting Director Plan Review and Manager of Code Adoption.

    Prior to employment with the State, Shelly was employed by the City of Columbus/Bartholomew County Indiana from 1978-1993 as an Assistant Code Enforcement Officer (fancy words for Building and Zoning Inspector).

    Shelly is a two-time Past President of IABO (2004-2005 and 1996-1997) and has served on a majority of IABO's committees.

    Registration Deadline:

    The registration deadline is January 9, 2020.  Registrations received after January 9 will not be guaranteed class materials at the time of class.

    After registration is successfully submitted a confirmation email will be sent to the email address entered during registration.

    Cancellation Policy:
    All cancellations must be received in writing no later than January 9, 2020 to avoid penalty.  All late cancellations and no shows will be billed $50.  Faxed cancellations must be verified they were received.  It is the responsibility of the registrant to make the verification.  Emergencies will be dealt with on an individual basis.

    Attendance Notice Regarding Certificates/Funding: 

    Indiana Association of Building Officials is committed to complying with the requirements of the Division of Fire and Building Safety, as they administer the education fund.

    As Indiana Association of Building Officials submits the request for funding on behalf of the membership, IABO will not submit an attendee’s name who does NOT attend the entire class; failure to attend the entire class renders that attendee ineligible for funding.

Past events

20 Nov 2019 2014 Indiana Building Code: Chapter 34
16 Oct 2019 Electrical Provisions: 2005 InRC & 2009 InEC (When, Where and Why)
22 Sep 2019 2019 Fall Indiana Code Education Conference
21 Aug 2019 2014 InBC Fire Door Systems: A Guide to Code Compliance
17 Jul 2019 2014 InBC Performing Structural Plan Reviews
19 Jun 2019 7 C's for Inspectors
15 May 2019 2009 Indiana Electrical Code - Grounding and Bonding
29 Apr 2019 2019 Indiana Code Education Conference
20 Mar 2019 Residential Swimming Pools & Electrical Bonding
20 Feb 2019 2005 IRC Mechanical Fuel Gas Provisions including Combustion Air, Ventilation, Gas Pipe Sizing and other related topics
13 Dec 2018 Code Palooza
15 Nov 2018 What is an Industrialized Building, Mobile Structure and Manufactured Home? Everything You Need to Know!
25 Oct 2018 2005 InRC Introduction to Basic Electrical Provisions
16 Sep 2018 2018 Fall Indiana Code Education Conference
22 Aug 2018 2012 IBC Fundamentals
25 Jul 2018 2012 IFC/IBC Hazardous Materials Provisions
27 Jun 2018 2012 IFC High-Piled Combustible Storage
23 Apr 2018 2018 Indiana Code Education Conference
22 Mar 2018 Essentials of Quality Concrete
22 Feb 2018 NFPA 72
25 Jan 2018 The General Administrative Rules (675 IAC 12) Rules 3,4,5,6,9,10,11 and 13
07 Dec 2017 Chapter 34, IBC, and Code Applications for Existing Buildings
15 Nov 2017 2014 Indiana Mechanical Code & 2014 Indiana Fuel Gas Code
10 Sep 2017 2017 Fall Indiana Code Education Conference
24 Aug 2017 Introduction to Sprinklers, Pumps and Standpipes
27 Jul 2017 Transitioning from 2003 IRC to 2015 IRC
22 Jun 2017 2014 InBC Care Facilities Provisions
25 May 2017 2005 Indiana Residential Code Chapter 11 and RES Check AND 2009 Indiana Electric Code to Solar Energy
27 Mar 2017 2017 Indiana Code Education Conference
02 Mar 2017 Residential Code: Swimming Pools
02 Feb 2017 Overview of Fire Provisions
27 Oct 2016 Introduction to Basic Electric
22 Sep 2016 Introduction to Basic Residential Plan Review
28 Aug 2016 IABO Member Benefit Days and Membership Meeting
26 May 2016 2005 InRC: Residential Code, Structural Chapters; 4 Foundations, 5 Floors, 6 Walls, and 8 Roof-Ceiling Construction
11 Apr 2016 Indiana Code Education Conference and Annual Business Meeting
24 Mar 2016 Indiana Commercial Swimming Pool Code
28 Jan 2016 2012 IBC Means of Egress
08 Nov 2015 IABO Member Benefit Days
15 Oct 2015 2012 InPC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles
18 Sep 2015 2012 IFC Transition from the 2006 IFC
27 Aug 2015 2005 InRC Chapters 4-10
05 Aug 2015 FIRESTOPPING - Plan Review and Inspection Based on the 2012 IBC

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