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2024 OBOA Spring Educational Institute - April 16-18
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 7:30 AM to Thursday, April 18, 2024, 4:00 PM PDT
Category: Events

Join us at our annual highly anticipated Spring Institute!

This year's spring institute features thirteen full-day trainings throughout the three-day event (Tuesday through Thursday). Choose from four classes on Tuesday, five classes on Wednesday, and four classes on Thursday. All classes have been crafted for the professional development needs of OBOA members and our partners -- building officials, administration staff, plans examiners, inspectors, permit technicians, designers, contractors, architects, engineers, and any cross combination of industry professionals.

All OBOA programs offer valuable ICC Preferred Provider CEUs -- always through a great mix of important and high-quality continuing education. Register for one or more classes and spread the word about our great trainings!

Schedule of Class Trainings

Please note: Classes B3, B5 and C1 have been cancelled. We hope to see you in another class!
Thank you for your understanding.


Click here to register for classes

Register by Friday, April 5th for discounted rates!
Save $50 on fees per class, per person if you register by this date.


View all session details by clicking on any class name in green below. 

Class Title/Topic & Instructor Date & Times
A1) 2021 IBC Ch.11 - Accessibility
Todd Snider, SE, CBO, Regional Manager, West Coast Code Consultants
Tuesday, April 16
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
A2) Understanding, Applying and Enforcing NFPA 13D and 13R
Chase A Browning, Instructor, National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)
Tuesday, April 16
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
A3) IBC Ch 7 – Fire & Smoke Protection Features 
Chris Kimball, SE, FPE, CBO, MCP, Vice President, West Coast Code Consultants
Tuesday, April 16
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
A4) When Disaster Strikes! Is your City Prepared to Respond?
(OrSAP Building Safety Evaluator Training) 

Paul Vinje, Chief Plans Examiner, City of Hillsboro and Chris Wong, PE, Structural Engineer, City of Hillsboro
Tuesday, April 16
8:30 am – 4:00 pm 
B1) Underground Fire Service Mains for Fire Protection
Chase A Browning, Instructor, National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)
Wednesday, April 17
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
B2) 2021 IBC Ch. 3–6 Code Analysis 
Todd Snider, SE, CBO, Regional Manager, West Coast Code Consultants
Wednesday, April 17
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
B4) Oregon Commercial Energy Code Overview and Best Practices
Blake Shelide, PE, Facilities Engineer, Oregon Department of Energy and
Paul Vinje, Chief Plans Examiner, City of Hillsboro
Wednesday, April 17
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
C2) Fire Alarm Plan Review and Integration with a Fire Sprinkler System
Rob Geislinger, Field Service Coordinator, National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)
Thursday, April 18
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
C3) 2021 IRC Update – Significant Changes
Chris Kimball, SE, FPE, CBO, MCP, Vice President, West Coast Code Consultants
Thursday, April 18
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
C4) 2021 IBC Ch. 10: Means of Egress
Todd Snider, SE, CBO, Regional Manager, West Coast Code Consultants
Thursday, April 18
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Schedule Details:
– Each class starts promptly at 8:30 am and ends by 4:00 pm and offers six hours of ICC continuing education units (CEUs) through the ICC Preferred Provider Program. 
– There will be a full, hot breakfast from 7:30-8:30 am, hosted lunch break from 12-1 pm, and morning and afternoon breaks with beverage refreshments (for registered attendees).
– Each class runs the full day -- please register for only one class per day.
– "A" classes (4) = Tuesday / "B" classes (5) = Wednesday / "C" classes (4) = Thursday

Registration Details & Fees

Early/discounted registration deadline: on or before Friday, April 5th
Please register on or before this date to receive discounted pricing (save $50 per class, per person!).

Institute Location: Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn
505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon 97355 | 844.434.3400
All classes and events will take place in the Boulder Falls Inn Conference Center, next door to the main hotel entrance. There is a large outdoor lot with complimentary onsite parking.

Registration fees are per day/class and include:
• Full day of in-person class training by well-respected industry experts and professional speakers (varies; six- or seven-hours of class content/ICC CEUs)
• Electronic handout material (will be emailed in advance, as provided by the instructor)
• International Code Council Preferred Provider Program (ICC PPP) continuing education credits/units (CEUs)
• Full, hot hosted breakfast buffet onsite; all-day coffee provided
• Morning and afternoon networking refreshment breaks with fellow attendees, speakers and exhibitors
• Hosted lunch buffet onsite -- this is a great casual time to catch up with friends and make new professional connections
• Face-to-face networking with jurisdictional peers and colleagues; all institute attendees, speakers, invited guests
• Access to vendors and exhibitors and the latest products and services available

Institute Class Fees (per individual):

Early – On or before Friday, April 5th
      • 
OBOA, OFMA or NFSA Member: $395 per full-day class
      • Non-Member: $495 per full-day class*

Regular/Late – after April 5th

      • OBOA, OFMA or NFSA Member: $445 per full-day class
      • Non-Member: $545 per full-day class* 

OFMA & NFSA Partnership: We are proud to offer our partners, Oregon Fire Marshals Association (OFMA) and National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), our discounted membership rates to attend this OBOA institute. Spread the word to your fire colleagues! We invite and aim to provide our fire friends with valuable class trainings at our educational events. This institute is no exception -- lots of great content.

*Non-Members: Want discounted member pricing? Apply here for OBOA membership before registering for classes.

Check Payments: Completion of the registration form secures the spot in class; payment may be made after the form has been submitted (ensures the "seat" and discounted rate is locked in as early as approved) and if a check will follow. Registrations are considered payable, and the cancelation policy is acknowledged upon completion of the form. 

Students - Volunteer Opportunity! If you are a student enrolled at Chemeketa Community College or Portland Community College in the Building Inspection Technoloy (BIT) program, we invite you to our OBOA classes as an attendee and volunteer. There are amazing benefits (including significant financial perks), and we strongly urge you to reach out to us to take advantage of these great opportunities. It is important to OBOA to find ways to enhance your career, and volunteering is a great way to have exposure to potential employers. Please contact Vicky Danielson in the OBOA office to discuss exciting opportunities to participate and earn valuable ICC continuing education credit.


Earn your ICC CEUs with OBOA! 

OBOA is a proud to be part of the International Code Council Preferred Provider Program (ICC PPP) network. All OBOA classes are approved for ICC PPP continuing education credit (units). Take our popular and high-quality classes for application or renewal of your ICC certifications. 

The use of Preferred Provider or ICC training is required as a condition of all certification renewals, so that classes you take through OBOA directly enhance your professional development. ICC certificate holders must obtain a specified number of CEUs every three years in order to maintain their certifications and a portion of these CEUs must be obtained through Preferred Provider or ICC training. OBOA offers an extensive schedule of events for members and colleagues to earn their CEUs.

To receive ICC CEUs for your attendance, each participant must attend the class in its entirety (i.e. all six hours of instruction); partial credit is not available. This is a requirement set by ICC providership. Please review each class date and times to ensure availability to attend. A sign-in and out sheet will be distributed for each class. Attendance is tracked for each session (for CEUs) by the times you log in and log out. It is each registrant's responsibility to accurately record their attendance at programs.


Important Institute Details -- please review 

NEW Centrally-Located Venue: Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn (Conference Center) – 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon 97355 | 844.434.3400
All classes and events will take place in the Boulder Falls Inn Conference Center, next door to the main hotel entrance. There is a large outdoor parking lot with complimentary onsite parking.

Need lodging during the institute? Please make a reservation at our host hotel, Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn. OBOA guests stay at a discounted rate through our group block. Please call 541.451.1000 and indicate you are with the Oregon Building Officials Associations/OBOA. Discounted rates are $124.99 per night plus applicable taxes and fees.

Deadline to reserve: Friday, March 22 – Reservations made after this date are accepted on a space and rate available basis. Please inquire with the booking agent for all hotel policies and details.

Daily Schedule: Each class will begin promptly at 8:30 am and end by 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted for a specific class. All classes are either full-day, six- or seven-hour CEU sessions. There will be a lunch break from 12-1 pm and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks. A hot breakfast buffet will be available from 7:30-8:30 am for registered attendees. Please verify your specific class details including start and end times, as well as lunch break times.

What your registration includes: Attendee registration includes in-person instruction for the selected class; presentation/class handouts or materials (as provided by the speaker); the opportunity to engage with all professional speakers, exhibitors, and other participants; and ICC Preferred Provider Program CEUs (continuing education credit). For the day you are registered, a full, hot breakfast, is available from 7:30-8:30am, a hosted lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm is included in your fees.

Handouts: Session handouts will be provided to each attendee electronically in advance of the institute. An email with a handout link will be emailed to registrants approximately 24 hours in advance of the class. Attendees will receive one email per registered class. Please bring printed handouts with you if you wish to reference paper copies and limited wi-fi will be available.

****––If you plan to bring a laptop/tablet to access class handouts, we suggest you download all materials to your device before arriving to the class/onsite (this would also not require internet access). There will be very limited power access/outlets and it is not guaranteed for attendee devices. Bring fully charged devices, power cords, and consider an extension cord. 

Books/Materials: Please verify each class description for required or suggested materials, such as code books. OBOA is not responsible for the content or length of class handout materials. Code and other reference books are not provided unless otherwise noted (there may be additional workbook fees for certain classes).

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations received on or before April 5 will receive a refund minus a $50 administrative processing fee. Cancellations received after April 5, no shows and same day cancellations will not receive a refund. In the case of a schedule change, substitutions can be made (see below). There is no refund or credit given for partial attendance. Please note the association must meet significant financial commitments and obligations far in advance of the event which dictates many deadlines. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 

Change in schedule/Need to Sub? If the original registrant can no longer attend, substitutions from the same jurisdiction/company can be made. Changes to registrations must submitted in writing in advance of the event (for ICC CEUs and attendance tracking) and will be assessed a $10 substitution fee per change. Please email the OBOA office with any registration questions.


Support the 2024 OBOA Spring Educational Institute!

Contact Vicky Danielson in the OBOA office to discuss opportunities and to register as an exhibitor or sponsor at this event.

Exhibits will be open throughout the entire three-day institute -- register to exhibit one, two or all three days. This is the perfect opportunity to networking with OBOA members, show off your products and services, meet with new prospects while supporting existing relationships.

Sponsorships are the perfect opportunity to put your company in the spotlight. Varying commitment levels and benefits; please consider sponsoring this event. We welcome and encourage our vendor partners to propose other ways to support that would benefit your company. Let's discuss ideas you have!

BENEFITS FOR ALL SPONSORS: Each sponsor receive acknowledgement at their sponsored event, verbally in announcements, in institute printed materials and promotions, on-site materials, signage, and on the OBOA website. A full, complete attendee list will be provided via email after each day of the event.           

Thank you for your interest and support of OBOA!

All materials and information related to any OBOA activity are proprietary and confidential to OBOA. All information and materials, including session details and handouts should not be shared, copied, or used for any other purposes.

Contact: [email protected]