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Licensure/ Certification  

Standard Inspection Classes  

  Contacts: 
    Jeff Foster 
    336-838-6516 
    jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu 

 

Building 

Building Level I 

This course is for inspectors whose primary responsibility is inspecting residential and commercial buildings up to 20,000 square feet. 

Building Level II 

The student will gain knowledge of the NC state Building Code as it applies to residential and commercial inspection. This course covers inspection of one-story buildings up to 60,000 square feet or buildings up to four stories at 20,000 square feet per floor. 

Building Level III 

This course is designed for the education and training of the code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting all types of construction of unlimited size and is built on the Building Level I and Building Level II Standard Inspection courses. Upon completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of Volumes I and II-C of the NC Building Code and will be able to apply the Code in the inspection field. In addition, with the successful completion of this course and the Law Administration courses in conjunction with other education and experience requirements specified by the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the Building Level III State examination for inspector certification. 


 

Electrical 

Electrical Level I 

This course is designed for the education and training of the Electrical Level I code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting residential and small commercial electrical installations in construction up to 20,000 square feet. Upon completion, course participants will have a better understanding of Volume IV of the NC State Building Code and will be able to apply the Code in the inspection field. In addition, with successful completion of the Electrical Level I and the Law and Administration courses in conjunction with other educational and experience requirements specified by the NC Code Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the Electrical Level I State examination for inspector certification. 

Electrical Level II 

This course is designed for individuals who have the responsibility of inspecting one-story buildings up to 60,000 square feet or buildings up to four-stories at 20,000 square feet per floor. The course meets the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for 18 contact hours of continuing education credit. This course is not sponsored by the Board. 

Electrical Level III 

This course is designed for the education and training of the Electrical Level III code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting electrical installations in all types of construction of unlimited size and is built upon information presented in the Electrical Level I and II Standard Inspection courses. Upon completion, course participants will have a better understanding of Volume IV or the NC State Building Code and will be able to apply the Code in the inspection field. In addition, with the successful completion of the Electrical Level III and the Law and Administration courses in conjunction with other education and experience requirements specified by the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the Electrical Level III state examination for inspector certification. 


 

Fire Prevention 

Fire Prevention Level I 

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for basic fire prevention code enforcement. This course follows the guidelines set by the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board. Lecture, demonstration, and skills evaluation are the principal methods of instruction. Specific training area include: rules of building code enforcement, fire code as it relates to other building codes, use of the fire prevention code, and technical provisions. Prerequisite: None. 

Fire Prevention Level II 

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for advanced file prevention code enforcement. This course follows the guidelines set by the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board. Lecture, demonstration, and skills evaluation are the principal methods of instruction. Specific training areas include: rules of building code enforcement, fire code as it relates to other building codes, use of the fire prevention code, and technical provisions. Prerequisite: Completion of Fire Prevention Level I, or job experience approved by the qualification board. 

Fire Prevention Level III 

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for advanced fire prevention code enforcement. This course follows the guidelines set by the North Carolina Code Official Qualification Board. Lecture, demonstrations, and skills evaluation are the principal methods of instruction. Specific training areas include rules of building code enforcement, fire code as it relates to other building codes, use of fire prevention code, and technical provisions. Prerequisite: Completion of Fire Prevention Level II or job experience approved by the qualification board. 


 

Law and Administration 

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the governmental and legal system with which every code enforcement official works. The course also satisfies the training requirements to gain admission to the state qualifying exam. Students are to furnish their own textbooks: Legal Aspects of Building Code Enforcement available from Institutes of Government at (919) 966-4119, General Statutes and Rules of the Building Pertaining to Enforcement Code available from NC Dept of Insurance at (919) 733-3901. 


 

Mechanical 

Mechanical Level I 

This course is offered for the individual who has responsibility for inspecting residential and small commercial work. Individuals will become familiar with the code sections which are applicable to residential and small commercial inspection. The primary objective is for the student to gain a working knowledge of the code as it applies to residential and small commercial inspection and how to readily apply the code to day-to-day problems. Another objective of this course is for students to gain admission to the qualifying examination for a Standard Certificate at Level I. Students must bring their own textbooks and books are available from NC Dept of Insurance by calling (919) 733-3901. 

Mechanical Level II 

This course is designed for the education and training of the Mechanical Level II Code Enforcement Official who has the responsibility of inspecting mechanical installations in all types of construction up to 60,000 square feet and is built upon information presented in the Mechanical Level I Standard Inspection course. Upon completion, course participants will have a better understanding of Volumes III and IV of the NC State Building Code and will be able to apply the code in the inspection field. In addition, with the successful completion of the Mechanical Level II and the Law and Administration courses in conjunction with other education and experience requirements specified by the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the Mechanical Level II State Examination for inspector certification. 

Mechanical Level III 

This course is designed for the education and training of the Mechanical Level III code enforcement official who has the responsibility of inspecting mechanical installations in all types of construction of unlimited size and is built upon information presented in the Mechanical Level I and Mechanical Level II Standard Inspection course. Upon completion, course participants will have a better understanding of Volumes III and IV of the NC State Building Code and will be able to apply the code in the inspection field. In addition, with the successful completion on the Mechanical Level III and the Law and Administration courses in conjunction with other education and experience requirements specified by the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, course participants will be eligible to take the Mechanical Level III State examination for inspector certification. 


 

Plumbing 

Plumbing Level I 

This course is designed to review the Building Code with the NC Amendments. The Plumbing Level I course is one of the NC Code Qualification Board's Standard Inspection courses. All credits for this course will go toward the Board's certification program. The students will learn how to read, comprehend, and apply the codes as necessary in their every day line of work whether he/she is an inspector or a contractor. This course is needed for those who plan to become certified by the State of NC. 

Plumbing Level II 

This course is designed to familiarize students with the new Plumbing Code. Topics covered will include: 

  • Basic 
  • Definitions 
  • General Regulations 
  • Materials 
  • Joints & Connections 
  • Traps and Cleanouts 
  • Interceptors-Backwater Valve 
  • Plumbing Fixtures 
  • Hangers and Supports 
  • Water Supply Piping 
  • Drainage and Venting 
  • Storm Drains 

Plumbing Level III 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to (1) understand the plumbing code book, (2) be familiar with the certification examination and contractor's exam, (3) have the knowledge concerning the installation of plumbing in a variety of structures. 

 

www.nclicensing.org 

NC State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractor 

 

CE Seminars - Contact Jeff Foster at 336-838-6516, jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu
 


 

Real Estate  

  Contacts:   
     Jeff Foster   
    336-838-6516   
     jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu   

 

Real Estate Pre-Licensing  

This course meets the educational requirement for the NC real estate broker license. It prepares you to pass the real estate broker examination administered by the N.C. Real Estate Commission (NCREC). Topics include basic real estate principles and practices, law and contracts, financing, closing, valuation, fair housing, property management, taxation and math. Additional topics include land use, insurance, real estate license laws, rules and regulations. The class is a 75 hour class.  

Real Estate Post-Licensing  

Real Estate students must complete the Broker Pre-Licensing Course successfully, pass the State Licensing Exam and actually hold a Broker License on "Provisional Status" before they are eligible to take the three 30 hour Broker Postlicensing Courses. These 3 (Broker Relationships & Responsibilities, Contracts & Closings, and Selected Topics) can be completed in any order. These courses must be completed within 3 years after receiving their original Broker License to remove the "Provisional Status".
 

www.ncrec.state.nc.us; (NC Real Estate Commission) 


 

Insurance  

  Contact:   
    Jeff Foster   
    336-838-6516   
    jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu   

 

Insurance Annual Continuing Education for Accident and Health  

This course provides continuing education units required by the NC Insurance Commission for licensed agents. Any course from the NC Department of Insurance approval list on file at the Department of Community Colleges may be selected. 

Insurance Prelicensing: Life, Accident, and Health 

Under the approval of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, this course prepares and certifies the student to sit for the state licensing examination. 

Insurance, Long Term Care/Medicare 

This course is designed for those who want to be licensed agents in the area of supplemental policies for the aged. The student will acquire a working knowledge of Medicare parts A and B, along with Medicare terms in general. Medicaid eligibility requirements and skilled nursing facility insurance will be covered along with other government programs. This course will not satisfy Continuing Education credits. Prerequisite: None 

 

www.ncdoi.com 

NC Dept of Insurance 


 

Notary Public 

  Contact:   
    Jeff Foster   
    336-838-6516   
    jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu   

 

Designed for the person who is working for a new commission, this course also provides helpful information for those who are already commissioned. A person who wishes to be commissioned as a Notary Public by the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State must complete a course of instruction at a community college which will verify completion of course to the Secretary of State's office. 

www.secretary.state.nc.us/notary 

NC Secretary of State 


 

Activity Coordinator   

  Contact:   
    Larry Taylor   
    336-838-6204   
    larry.taylor@wilkescc.edu   

 

This course is designed to prepare individuals to seek employment as an Activity Coordinator in long term care facilities. Covered will be the following topics: 1. Activity Coordinator Programming; 2. The Aging Process; 3. Health Conditions and Activity Implications; 4. Mental Health Conditions and Activity Needs; 5. Activity Assessment; 6. Activity programs; 7. Therapeutic Activities; 8. Creative Activity Programs; 9. Motivation and Leadership Skills; 10. Volunteers; 11. Activity Analysis and Adaptive Devices; 12. Activities for the Terminally Ill; 13. Activity Presentations; 14. Activity Evaluations; 15. Activity Care Plans; 16. Course Summary. 


 

 

Effective Teacher Training - Wilkes and Ashe County
 

Included are sessions on learning expectations, time management, instructional methods, preparation, monitoring student interaction, social interaction, non-instructional duties and evaluation.  Ashe County Schools requires this course for all substitute teachers. 

 

Jeff Shore - Wilkes, 336-838-6206, jeff.shore@wilkescc.edu
 

Celia Robinson - Ashe, 336-846-3900, ext 3117, celia.robinson@wilkescc.edu
 


 

 

Driver Education Instructor Training  

  Contact:   
    Susan Miles   Greg Minton 
    336-838-6474  336.838.6217 
    susan.miles@wilkescc.edu   greg.minton@wilkescc.edu 

 

This course is designed to help students complete the requirements to be certified to teach Driver's Education in North Carolina. Covered in the course will be: (A) Basic Driver Education Course, (B) Concepts of Teaching and Learning, (C) Classroom Instruction, and (D) Behind-the-Wheel Instruction for the instructor-trainees. 

 


 

Vehicle Safety/Emission     

  Contact:   
    Jeff Foster  
    336-838-6516   
    jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu   

 

NEW REQUIREMENTS!!!! All technicians coming to these courses MUST bring their 310 Form from the DMV website SIGNED by the shop owner/manager! Not having a signed form will delay your inspection license being processed!!  NCDMV LT310 Form found here.

Auto OBD Emission Control Inspection 

This course is designed to prepare auto technicians and service personnel as OBD emission inspectors for motor vehicles. Course topics include regulations and test inspection procedures required by the NC DMV-Enforcement section for OBD emission inspectors. Upon completion a student should understand the rules, regulations and procedures for OBD emission inspections, be able to inspect a vehicle properly and be prepared to sit for the state certification. 

Auto Safety 

This course prepares auto technicians and service personnel as safety and emission inspectors for motor vehicles. It includes regulations and test inspection procedures and is taught to insure that the student understands the rules and regulations, can inspect a vehicle properly and can successfully pass qualification exams for certification as a safety and emissions inspector at a licensed inspection station. This is for vehicles that were manufactured prior to 1996. 


 

 

Waste Water Treatment   

  Contact:   
    Jeff Foster   
    336-838-6516   
    jeff.foster@wilkescc.edu   

 

This course follows prescribed training to meet certification requirements of the North Carolina Water Pollution Control System Commission and may be approved in the following certification areas: Grade I, Grade II, Grade III, Grade IV. 

 

www.deh.enr.state.nc.us 

NC Division of Environmental Health 

 

  

Refrigerant Recovery 

This course will prepare the students for the ASE Refrigerant Recovery Examination, which is required to meet the new EPA Refrigerant Recovery Recycling Regulations. Contact Chris Bare for more information at 336-846-390, ext 3112.

 

www.refrigerationboard.org 

NC State Board of Refrigeration Examiners 

 

 

Certified Fiber Optic Specialist Outside Plant (CFOS/O)  

The individual courses cover all topics needed to prepare students for the CFOS/O exam.  This 2-day, 16-hour fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling.  Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course.  This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day.

 

This course introduces the student to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable ? used in the Outside Plant Rugged Environment. Students will learn how to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards.  Hands-on activities include both mechanical and fusion splicing. Course fee includes study materials, textbook, CD, exams, and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note:The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course.  This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).  For more information or to enroll, contact Jeff Shore at 336-838-6206 or email jeff.shore@wilkescc.edu. Cost: $650. 

 

Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Course (CFOS/S)  

The individual courses cover all topics needed to prepare students for the Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Course (CFOS/S) exam.

 

This 2-day, 16-hour Splicing Specialist Training includes a complete PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of high performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student. An overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. 85% hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables. Inside or outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized at instructor's discretion during these hands-on sessions along with fiber optics enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both mechanical and fusion splices.  In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and enclosures.  The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces. For more information or to enroll, contact Jeff Shore at 336-838-6206 or email jeff.shore@wilkescc.edu. Cost $650. 


Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course (CFOT)  

The individual courses cover all topics needed to prepare students for the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) exam.


This introductory 3-day fiber optic tech course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This Fiber Optic Training combines theory and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day.  This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber-to-the Desk), FTTH (Fiber-to-the Home), and distribution cabling.  Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards.  This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting.  Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician should attend this class.  Course fee includes study materials, exam fees, Text Book, and CD.  Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course. Effective August 19, 2013, BICSI recognizes Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) training for the following BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs). BICSI Approved CECs: 24 ITS.  Course fee includes all books study materials, exams and 1-year membership to the FOA. For more information or to enroll, contact Jeff Shore at 336-838-6206 or email jeff.shore@wilkescc.edu. Cost: $700. 

 

 

HVAC Technician Training  

One of the most in-demand trades in our area, entry-level HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technicians have the opportunity to grow into a variety of roles in existing businesses and industries, and even consider opening their own business in the long-term. This interactive training program allows students to learn the basics of HVAC installation and maintenance, preparing them for an ever-changing workplace.    


In our HVAC Technician Program, students receive hands-on training in the installation, design, and service of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment for residential and light commercial applications. Coursework includes handling of refrigerants, use of calibration equipment, piping and tubing, basic electrical concepts, the function and maintenance of electric motors, troubleshooting compressors, condensers and evaporators, and more. Upon successful completion, students may earn NATE, EPA, and OSHA certification.  Designed with input from local HVAC employers, this course prepares student for entry-level positions across our region. For more information or to enroll, contact Jeff Shore at 336-838-6206 or email jeff.shore@wilkescc.edu. 


 

Industrial Maintenance Technician   

Industrial maintenance jobs are in high demand today, with job growth expected to exceed 15% in the coming decade. Developed with input from local industry leaders, the Industrial Maintenance Technician program will offer students a wealth of hands-on experience necessary for entry-level positions in this growing field, as well as the opportunity to hear from industry leaders about potential jobs in the region.

 

The comprehensive Industrial Maintenance course will include all the major topics needed for this multi-dimensional career field. The operating principles of shop safety, manufacturing materials, hydraulics and pneumatics, industrial controls, wiring, robotics, lock out/tag out, mechanical systems, introduction to electricity, AC/DC circuits, and introduction to PLCs are among the areas of primary focus. Students will also be exposed to problem solving techniques and critical thinking skills that are essential to workplace success.  Additionally, students will be introduced to the principles of LEAN Manufacturing and will complete an OSHA 10 General Industry Certification.  At the conclusion of this course, students will be provided help with resume writing and interview techniques. For more information contact Jeff Shore at 336-838-6206 or jeff.shore@wilkescc.edu  to enroll.  


 

Related Links 

www.ncdoi.com 

NC Dept of Insurance 

www.ncrec.state.nc.us 

NC Real Estate Commission 

www.wilkescountyschools.org   

Wilkes County Board of Education 

www.secretary.state.nc.us/notary 

NC Secretary of State 

www.refrigerationboard.org 

NC State Board of Refrigeration Examiners 

www.nclicensing.org 

NC State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractor 

www.deh.enr.state.nc.us 

NC Division of Environmental Health