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CBO 3 part exam

jar546

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The question concerning misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance was worded in a way as to under what would the contractor sue the official who stopped a job based on construction causing damage to a neighboring property (I think in a different jurisdiction) and then the contractor wins the case and under what can he sue the official. I found this to be a confusing question.
 

Saugie53

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I know it's been awhile but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I took the management module first (I was told by somebody else I knew who recently took all three exams that he had the most trouble with that one) back in the last week of January this year and passed on my 1st try! I then took the legal module the first week of February and past that one on my first try also. Since then it has been a mixture of slacking on studying for the building code and standards module and being incredibly swamped at work with the amount of construction going on everywhere so I have not yet taken the last exam but I'm going to start cracking down on studying for it now.

I just wanted to let anyone else who plans on taking them know that I actually found the legal module a little more difficult than the management module. I read the entire legal aspects book front to back including adding my own tabs to it and highlighting the sections I thought were important and I would say maybe 5-10 questions total were out of that book on the entire legal exam. Most of the questions believe it or not were out of the building department administration book and the human resources book (at least on the version of the exam that I got).
I can definitely say anybody that is about to take the management module, a previous post on this thread by Dutyman hit the nail on the head.
Here are some of the main areas that were covered. Most of the questions actually referenced the book that the question was for.
Budgeting: Go through the budget types and budget cycles. Get to know all the fund types and what they are used for as well. Know the equity types, finance dept duties and financial reports.
HR: Go through hiring process, performance evaluations and HR software systems and their uses.
Management: Go through supervisor/building officials roles, supervisor expectations from employees and evaluating employees
Inspector skills: Inspectors main role as an educator, customer service regarding listening and complaints, communication.
Only a few questions on IBC and IFC regarding who gets notice for violations and posting notices.
I used the advice given by him in the above mentioned post including tabbing each of those sections (such as highlighting each budget type and putting a separate tab on each page that listed a different budget type with that budget types name written on the tab) so that way I could flip right to that page quickly and look for the highlighted section to re-read what that budget type was if I needed to verify it was in fact the correct answer. In addition to what he said I can also say there were a couple other questions that were mostly fluff questions like he mentioned from the IBC and IFC which were on things like how long a fire marshal is required to retain plans for and things like that which can all be found in chapter one of each of those books. I can definitely say going over what Dutyman recommended to study covered about 95% of the answers on the version of the management module that I had.

Also anyone that has recently taken the 2018 building code and standards module if you feel like you have any tips I would definitely appreciate them!
 

patrickjames

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I know it's been awhile but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I took the management module first (I was told by somebody else I knew who recently took all three exams that he had the most trouble with that one) back in the last week of January this year and passed on my 1st try! I then took the legal module the first week of February and past that one on my first try also. Since then it has been a mixture of slacking on studying for the building code and standards module and being incredibly swamped at work with the amount of construction going on everywhere so I have not yet taken the last exam but I'm going to start cracking down on studying for it now.

I just wanted to let anyone else who plans on taking them know that I actually found the legal module a little more difficult than the management module. I read the entire legal aspects book front to back including adding my own tabs to it and highlighting the sections I thought were important and I would say maybe 5-10 questions total were out of that book on the entire legal exam. Most of the questions believe it or not were out of the building department administration book and the human resources book (at least on the version of the exam that I got).
I can definitely say anybody that is about to take the management module, a previous post on this thread by Dutyman hit the nail on the head.

I used the advice given by him in the above mentioned post including tabbing each of those sections (such as highlighting each budget type and putting a separate tab on each page that listed a different budget type with that budget types name written on the tab) so that way I could flip right to that page quickly and look for the highlighted section to re-read what that budget type was if I needed to verify it was in fact the correct answer. In addition to what he said I can also say there were a couple other questions that were mostly fluff questions like he mentioned from the IBC and IFC which were on things like how long a fire marshal is required to retain plans for and things like that which can all be found in chapter one of each of those books. I can definitely say going over what Dutyman recommended to study covered about 95% of the answers on the version of the management module that I had.

Also anyone that has recently taken the 2018 building code and standards module if you feel like you have any tips I would definitely appreciate them!
I just recently passed the legal module and am currently studying for the management module. Thanks for the heads up. The budgeting guide is way more user friendly than the legal aspects of code.
 

Saugie53

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I just wanted to come on here to post an update to let everyone know that I finally ended up attempting the last exam I needed which was the building codes and standards module on Sunday and thankfully passed on my first try and have finally received my CBO certification! I wanted to thank everybody on here that posted tips and suggestions, I definitely could not have been as successful as I was without them. The last exam was definitely not easy and I ended up answering the last question with about 2 minutes left on the clock which did not give me a lot of time to go back over some of the questions I had bookmarked but was able to find 95% of the answers in the books during the exam to questions I was unsure about so before it was over I had a feeling that I was going to pass. The best tip I could give is to add additional tabs to the books so you can find sections faster. What I did is I used practice tests people had given me on here and a sort of study guide one of my co-workers had made up when he was taking the exams and based off those I tabbed the sections of the book where the answers to those practice questions were found and read through and highlighted those specific sections so if I needed to reference it during the test I would find my tab flip to that page and then look for the highlighted sections to locate them faster. That seemed to work pretty well. I would also say to anyone watch the clock if you're trying to find an answer to a question and you see that it's taking you longer than about 2 minutes I would pick whichever answer I thought was it bookmark the question and then move on to the next one that way you don't run out of time before all of the questions are answered and you're not leaving the question blank in case you don't have time to go back to it. I wish anybody else going through the process right now luck and if anybody has any questions about any of the exams feel free to ask I'll help the best I can!
 

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I just wanted to come on here to post an update to let everyone know that I finally ended up attempting the last exam I needed which was the building codes and standards module on Sunday and thankfully passed on my first try and have finally received my CBO certification! I wanted to thank everybody on here that posted tips and suggestions, I definitely could not have been as successful as I was without them. The last exam was definitely not easy and I ended up answering the last question with about 2 minutes left on the clock which did not give me a lot of time to go back over some of the questions I had bookmarked but was able to find 95% of the answers in the books during the exam to questions I was unsure about so before it was over I had a feeling that I was going to pass. The best tip I could give is to add additional tabs to the books so you can find sections faster. What I did is I used practice tests people had given me on here and a sort of study guide one of my co-workers had made up when he was taking the exams and based off those I tabbed the sections of the book where the answers to those practice questions were found and read through and highlighted those specific sections so if I needed to reference it during the test I would find my tab flip to that page and then look for the highlighted sections to locate them faster. That seemed to work pretty well. I would also say to anyone watch the clock if you're trying to find an answer to a question and you see that it's taking you longer than about 2 minutes I would pick whichever answer I thought was it bookmark the question and then move on to the next one that way you don't run out of time before all of the questions are answered and you're not leaving the question blank in case you don't have time to go back to it. I wish anybody else going through the process right now luck and if anybody has any questions about any of the exams feel free to ask I'll help the best I can!
Congratulations!
 

patrickjames

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I just wanted to come on here to post an update to let everyone know that I finally ended up attempting the last exam I needed which was the building codes and standards module on Sunday and thankfully passed on my first try and have finally received my CBO certification! I wanted to thank everybody on here that posted tips and suggestions, I definitely could not have been as successful as I was without them. The last exam was definitely not easy and I ended up answering the last question with about 2 minutes left on the clock which did not give me a lot of time to go back over some of the questions I had bookmarked but was able to find 95% of the answers in the books during the exam to questions I was unsure about so before it was over I had a feeling that I was going to pass. The best tip I could give is to add additional tabs to the books so you can find sections faster. What I did is I used practice tests people had given me on here and a sort of study guide one of my co-workers had made up when he was taking the exams and based off those I tabbed the sections of the book where the answers to those practice questions were found and read through and highlighted those specific sections so if I needed to reference it during the test I would find my tab flip to that page and then look for the highlighted sections to locate them faster. That seemed to work pretty well. I would also say to anyone watch the clock if you're trying to find an answer to a question and you see that it's taking you longer than about 2 minutes I would pick whichever answer I thought was it bookmark the question and then move on to the next one that way you don't run out of time before all of the questions are answered and you're not leaving the question blank in case you don't have time to go back to it. I wish anybody else going through the process right now luck and if anybody has any questions about any of the exams feel free to ask I'll help the best I can!
Congratulations on your accomplishment
 

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Out of curiosity does anybody from a state that uses Uniform Plumbing/Mechanical have experience taking the codes module (BC)? I'm in CA and so far I've taken all my inspector certification using the CA codes so I'm not familiar with IPC/IMC and I'm wondering how much I may need to study those before attempting the BC exam.
 

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Out of curiosity does anybody from a state that uses Uniform Plumbing/Mechanical have experience taking the codes module (BC)? I'm in CA and so far I've taken all my inspector certification using the CA codes so I'm not familiar with IPC/IMC and I'm wondering how much I may need to study those before attempting the BC exam.
I'll try asking this question differently.

To anybody who has taken the building codes module (BC) could you share roughly how many questions pertained to plumbing and mechanical codes?

Thanks!
 

Saugie53

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I'll try asking this question differently.

To anybody who has taken the building codes module (BC) could you share roughly how many questions pertained to plumbing and mechanical codes?

Thanks!
I would say probably about 35-40% of the questions I had were from the plumbing or mechanical code, but there are several versions of the exam so others could have more and others could have less. My former co-worker had to take the BC exam 4 times before he passed and he said he had different questions on each exam he took so it's not like it would have helped him to try and memorize the answers as may not have any of the same questions the next time.
 

Joe.B

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I would say probably about 35-40% of the questions I had were from the plumbing or mechanical code, but there are several versions of the exam so others could have more and others could have less. My former co-worker had to take the BC exam 4 times before he passed and he said he had different questions on each exam he took so it's not like it would have helped him to try and memorize the answers as may not have any of the same questions the next time.
Thanks. I'm just trying to figure out how many more books I'm going to buy. I really don't want to buy the IPC and IMC because they're not the codes my state has adopted. Most of the other codes we use are based off of the international codes. I am going to buy some books (IBC & IRC), use my CA code books for some (NEC & IFC), and study from online resources for others (IPC & IMC).

I'm considering just taking the test cold with minimal books on the off-chance I actually pass, and assuming I don't pass it will be a valuable learning experience.

I appreciate the input!!
 

patrickjames

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Thanks. I'm just trying to figure out how many more books I'm going to buy. I really don't want to buy the IPC and IMC because they're not the codes my state has adopted. Most of the other codes we use are based off of the international codes. I am going to buy some books (IBC & IRC), use my CA code books for some (NEC & IFC), and study from online resources for others (IPC & IMC).

I'm considering just taking the test cold with minimal books on the off-chance I actually pass, and assuming I don't pass it will be a valuable learning experience.

I appreciate the input!!
If it's referenced material , there will be a question from it.
 

Saugie53

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Thanks. I'm just trying to figure out how many more books I'm going to buy. I really don't want to buy the IPC and IMC because they're not the codes my state has adopted. Most of the other codes we use are based off of the international codes. I am going to buy some books (IBC & IRC), use my CA code books for some (NEC & IFC), and study from online resources for others (IPC & IMC).

I'm considering just taking the test cold with minimal books on the off-chance I actually pass, and assuming I don't pass it will be a valuable learning experience.

I appreciate the input!!
My state uses the IMC and IPC with state-specific amendments so I am in and out of those books all the time and I can say if I did not have the books during the exam I would not have been able to answer some of those questions. Some of the questions they ask you will have to reference tables in the code after given specific information, for example there may be a question something like in an assembly occupancy with an occupant load of 115 how many fixtures do you need for each sex? Which makes you then have to look up the fixture table in the plumbing code find the section for assembly occupancies and see how many fixtures are needed per how many people to figure out the total. There's no way to know that answer without having to look at that table in the code during the exam. You can give it a try but there were a few questions similar to that on my exam.
 

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Most ICC tests are word for word out of the reference materials, so having the books and being familiar with the layout, index & table of contents will be key in get the right answer. They like to trick you with one or two word changes that can make you miss the answer.
 

Saugie53

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Thanks. I'm just trying to figure out how many more books I'm going to buy. I really don't want to buy the IPC and IMC because they're not the codes my state has adopted. Most of the other codes we use are based off of the international codes. I am going to buy some books (IBC & IRC), use my CA code books for some (NEC & IFC), and study from online resources for others (IPC & IMC).

I'm considering just taking the test cold with minimal books on the off-chance I actually pass, and assuming I don't pass it will be a valuable learning experience.

I appreciate the input!!
I can honestly say if that is your plan your most likely going to end up spending more money than if you bought the books before taking the exam...the exam is $140 if you take it and fail and realize you need the books your out the $140 for the exam and will end up purchasing them anyway...I just looked on Amazon and the 2018 IPC and IMC are selling for $39 each brand new. If you purchase the books and pass the 1st time you still end up saving $60 compared to not purchasing the books and taking the exam and failing...if your doing it to save a few bucks it's not worth it in my opinion just putting it out there.
 
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