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Course Approval & Submission Process Valid After August 31, 2014

Effective August 31, 2014, rule 1 RCNY 105-03 regarding Department Approved Courses will be in effect for delivering Department approved courses required for training, license qualification and licensee continuing education pursuant to the NYC Administrative Code and Department Rules.

Beginning on August 31, 2014, to become a provider of a Department approved course, you must electronically submit the following 2 items to Buildings University.

Item 1)  Documentation proving your organization is one of the following:

  • Approved by the NYS Department of Education such as through a registered New York State Department of Labor vocational, trade or apprenticeship program or

  • Licensed as an educational institution by the NYS Department of Education; or

  • Accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education; or

  • Certified by an accrediting organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developing Organization with published standards for continuing education and training. IACET is currently the only organization that is accredited by ANSI as a published standard for continuing education and training.

Item 2)  A completed and notarized Course Approval Application

Course Submittal Instructions for Item 1 and Item 2:

  • Scan and save Item 1 and Item 2 as Portable Document Format (PDF), and submit them online using the Course Submission Form.

  • The Department will not process applications that are incomplete or missing accompanying documents or have been tampered with or altered.

  • If the submittal is successfully received, you will receive a reply that “Your course submission email has been received”. If, at a later date, we are unable to process it or have questions, we will contact by email.

  • If you do not receive a reply within one month of submittal recheck the email address you provided on your application and, resend the submittal online and/or contact Buildings University at (212) 393-2167.

  • Applications delivered by individuals to the Department will not be accepted.

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All questions should be directed to:

Buildings University,
NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 393-2167
Fax: (212) 566-4416 or
Submit the Questions Form

Applicants who successfully complete the application process will be listed on the DOB website as course providers for the Department of Buildings.