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You’re Registered for the CALBO Virtual Education Week. Now What?
Student Resources for YOU!

You’re Registered for the CALBO Virtual Education Week. Now What?

With less than two weeks until the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach kicks off – it’s time to start preparing. CALBO has created these handy resources to help you get organized. We can’t wait to “see” you there. 

- Explore the Virtual Education Week Experience - Click Here

​- Explore the In-Person Education Week Experience - Click Here

- Virtual Education Week Checklist - Click here

- Watch the 3 Minute GoToWebinar Training Video - Click Here

For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103. 

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A CTI Chairman Update
Written by: Chairman Bob Latz

Dear CALBO Colleagues,

Pandemic. I don’t know about you, but that was a word that was new to my vocabulary until this past March.  Since that time, like you I have been working to change practices and procedures in this aggressively changing environment. CALBO has been no exception to this, and I wanted to share with you some insights over the past nine months as the CTI Chair.

Just like our members, CALBO and CTI has adapted to the ever-changing protocols.  We have tried hard to keep our educational offerings afloat and staggered throughout our populous state, but unfortunately, we had to cancel our in-person ABM and two of three of our Education Weeks.  However, with adversity comes opportunity and I’m very proud of how we have seized great moments to shine as an organization and profession.

CALBO had “dabbled” in online training, but our goal was to roll out a robust, holistic virtual model that would offer an enhanced and personalized experience for the student. With the pandemic, we rolled these offerings out sooner than expected and they have been an unparalleled success. CALBO webinars last from 90-120 minutes each but are instructed by subject matter experts in real-time.  This enables all students to participate, pose questions and participate in a simulated in-person setting. We have been very pleased by the response from both our students and online instructors.  Please continue to check the CALBO website for the latest offerings.  At this time, registration is open for 12 future webinars over the coming weeks.

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CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day – Coming Soon
Join Us Virtually!

Join the CALBO Outreach and Communication Committee virtually on April 14, 2021 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm for the CALBO Job Fair. This virtual event is being held with Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, but is open to job seekers and students throughout the state. The Outreach and Communications Committee is pleased to announce that CALBO President, Shane Diller will be providing opening remarks and City of Pleasant Hill Chief Building Official, Geoffrey Simmons, will be providing the keynote address.

The CALBO Outreach and Communication Committee needs your help! We are seeking volunteers to provide insight into the work we perform and what it is like to be a member of the building regulatory community. Seeking volunteers from Counter Techs, Plans Examiners, Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officials, and Private service providers to tell our story, provide advice and to meet one-on-one with students and job seekers. We also need jurisdictions and private service providers to participate and spread the word about the Job Fair, remember, being virtual, our outreach will be in a position to attract job seekers to positions throughout the state.

To volunteer or for additional information please contact Jay Hyde, Chai of the CALBO Outreach and Communications Committee at jhyde@mogaveroarchitects.com

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Get Familiar with GoToWebinar – CALBO’s Online Training Platform!

Whether you are attending a CALBO webinar or Virtual Education Week courses, get familiar with GoToWebinar online training platform to ensure you are prepared for your next online training experience.

IMPORTANT: All webinars and virtual courses are broadcasted live on the GoToWebinar online platform. Follow these directions below to receive emails with your GoToWebinar personalized emails and to access the GoToWebinar platform. These steps are required for online attendance and CEU verification.

Ensure you receive our emails  
  - Add info@calbo.org and customercare@gotowebinar.com to your contact list or address book.
  - Check your spam filter settings to ensure these addresses are not blocked.
  - Check with your email/IT administrator to “allowlist/whitelist” these domains: calbo.orggotowebinar.com and joinwebinar.com.

Install the GoToWebinar application now!
  - Visit https://global.gotomeeting.com/host to download the GoToWebinar application to your device – either a Mac, PC, laptop, iPad or another device.
  - The GoToOpener “helper” app will launch in your default browser and ask your permission to install theGoToWebinar software.
  - Follow the browser prompts as instructed.
  - Once the software is downloaded successfully, the GoToWebinar application will remain in your system tray – look for their icon as shown in their logo above.

Troubleshooting any audio issues – you need visual and audio (not mic)
  - You will need to visually watch and listen to your course(s).
  - A mic is NOT required. Online students can submit their questions in the question box.
  - Test your device’s audio: https://support.goto.com/webinar/help/test-your-mic-and-speakers-voip-g2w050042
  - Still having audio issues on your device? Please use the phone number listed under “audio” in your GoToWebinar email. You can watch the presentation on your device and listen on your phone.

Watch our 3 minute GoToWebinar training video now!
Learn how to…
  - join an online training once you receive your GoToWebinar confirmation email with your personalized link and what to expect.
  - use the GoToWebinar control panel.
  - ask a question.
  - download class materials and resources.
  - select between computer and phone audio options.

For any questions, please contact the CALBO Office at info@calbo.org or by phone at 916-457-1103.

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2020-2021 Winter CALBO Webinar Offerings

Earn CEUs to reach your training goals today! 

In addition to CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach this year, the California Training Institute is offering multiple webinars courses scheduled into February 2021. These live webinars are specialized training opportunities that will provide insight into a single code topic that complements our full-day courses and are developed by our expert instructors who provide real-life experiences encountered on a daily basis in the building-safety environment.

Don’t wait – register for a webinar today!

Webinars Include: 

- Alternative Housing in the 2019 California Residential Code
Monday, December 7, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Building Code for Permit Technicians and Plan Reviewers 
Thursday, December 10, 2020
- Mass Timber Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11A and 11B: Accessibility for Residential Kitchens and Bathrooms
Thursday, January 21, 2021
- 2019 Energy Code Insulation and QII Requirements 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
- Mass Timber Principles of Fire Resistance Design, Protection of Connections and Special Inspections 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility for Plumbing Elements and Facilities 
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Register Today – Click here. Additional courses will be available later this fall. 

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.

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2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach – Still a Go!
In-Person and Virtual Registration Available

CALBO is heading to Newport Beach from December 14-17, 2020 to broadcast our Education Week courses live. The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) created a variety of offerings to help train building department staff in the latest code changes, including accessory dwelling units, solar photovoltaic systems, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and much more!

We have worked hard with local city, county and state officials to ensure a safe training experience for you. While certain aspects of Education Week may look different, you will still receive the best code training in California with our expert instructors. 

The next San Ramon and Ontario Education Weeks will not take place until Fall 2021, so take advantage of the Virtual Education to earn your CEUs. We hope to “see” you there!

REGISTER ONLINE NOW - DEADLINE NEXT WEEK*

*Registration closes Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5:00pm.
This is a firm deadline – no exceptions can be made.
No changes or transfers can be made after this deadline.

If you have any questions about this event or registration, please contact the CALBO Office,
at 916-457-1103 and info@calbo.org.

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Fall and Winter CALBO Webinar Offerings

Earn CEUs to reach your training goals today! 

In addition to CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach this year, the California Training Institute is offering multiple webinars courses scheduled into February 2021. These live webinars are specialized training opportunities that will provide insight into a single code topic that complements our full-day courses and are developed by our expert instructors who provide real-life experiences encountered on a daily basis in the building-safety environment.

Don’t wait – register for a webinar today!

Webinars Include: 

2019 CBC Chapters 11A and 11B: Accessibility for Residential Kitchens and Bathrooms
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Nonresidential Submittal Requirements
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility for Plumbing Elements and Facilities
Thursday, October 29, 2020 *Registration Closing Soon*
- Shear Exhilaration for Wood Framed Structures 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
- Overview of the Non-Structural Requirements of the 2019 California Residential Code
Thursday, November 5, 2020
- What’s New to the 2019 California Building Code: Tall Wood Construction Overview
 Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Accessory Dwelling Units
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Occupied Roof Decks in the 2019 California Building Code
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Permit Technician 101: Understanding and Growing Your Building Department Role
Thursday, November 19, 2020
- Means of Egress in the 2019 California Building Code
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Residential Submittal Requirements
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
- Alternative Housing in the 2019 California Residential Code
Monday, December 7, 2020
- Overview of the 2019 California Building Code for Permit Technicians and Plan Reviewers 
Thursday, December 10, 2020
- Mass Timber Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Mass Timber Principles of Fire Resistance Design, Protection of Connections and Special Inspections 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Register Today – Click here. Additional courses will be available later this fall. 

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.

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Tips and Tricks for a Successful CALBO Webinar

As building departments across the state implement new procedures in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, CALBO has also had to adapt. Instead of meeting your peers at in-person independent offering trainings, CALBO launched web-based trainings in late June for your CEU needs. Since then, the CALBO Training Institute has planned over a dozen webinars and close to a thousand participants have attended with more and more registering each day. With each completed webinar, we have learned more ways to help membership reach their training goals during these challenging times.

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2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach – In-Person and Virtual Attendance Available

CALBO strives to be the leader in topical, progressive and innovative training. We have worked hard with local city, county and state officials to ensure a safe experience for you.

Due to state mandates in place relative to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Ontario from October 19-22, 2020 and 2021 CALBO Education Week: San Ramon from January 25-28, 2021 have been cancelled.

CALBO will host the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach with the opportunity to attend courses in-person or virtually from December 14-17, 2020.

Already registered for course(s) at the CALBO Education Weeks in Ontario, San Ramon or Newport Beach? What are your next steps?

Are you a new Education Week registrant?

We look forward to working with you and assisting where needed. Thank you for your patience with the various COVID transitions. We are doing our best to keep up with the needs of our membership while ensuring the safety of everyone.

If you have any questions about these events or registration, please contact the CALBO Office, at 916-457-1103 and info@calbo.org.

*Important: The course matrix was updated on 10/12/20.
Course availability is first-come, first-served at time of online registration.

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Advanced Overview for Permit Technicians
Thursday, May 20, 2021

ICC PP Course No. 23886 (0.6 CEUs) – In-Person
ICC PP Course No. 27537  (0.6 CEUs) – Online

This course is designed for experienced permit technicians seeking to elevate their building department knowledge and skills. An overview of state laws and the granting of authority are discussed to give context for the role of building departments in California communities. Attendees gain a more in-depth understanding of how the work of permit technicians interacts with other departments and agencies and learn basic plan reading skills to ensure plans submittals are complete for plan review and permit issuance. Examples of over-the-counter type plan review are presented for a better understanding of plan review techniques to assist permit technicians advance their career. After this course, permit technicians will know how to improve their work performance, but gain an understanding of how to better prepare for a long-term career in California building departments.

Visit the CALBO Summer Conference and Mini-Education Week page to register! 

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Residential Plan Review
Friday, May 21, 2021

ICC PP Course No. 23881 (0.6 CEUs) – In-Person
ICC PP Course No. 27542 (0.6 CEUs) – Online
AIA Course No. 5: 2020 (6 LUs)

This course covers the basic requirements that should be found in a set of plans for residential construction, including site plan, floor plan, roof plan, elevations, sections, energy, framing, foundation and detailing. Whether it is a new home, an accessory dwelling unit, a room addition, a patio enclosure or a garage conversion, this course highlights typical issues and special requirements encountered based on the different types of projects. Attendees learn how information from each of the different trades comes together on the plans. For additions, remodels and conversions, attendees are also asked to consider the existing conditions and how the proposed construction affects the existing dwelling or structure. Upon completion of the course, attendees will understand the main concepts of what to look for when performing a residential plan review.

Visit the CALBO Summer Conference and Mini-Education Week page to register! 

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CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day
Our Annual Event Returns in 2021

 The CALBO Job Fair and Career Development Day returns in 2021 as a virtual event. The CALBO Outreach and Communications Committee has partnered with Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California (East Bay Area) to continue offering our successful job fair in Spring 2021. The job fair will be open to all students and other individuals seeking careers in the Building Regulatory Industry. Being virtual, we invite statewide participation. Watch for an announcement in the next newsletter to learn more about the date and specific information for both job applicants and CALBO members seeking qualified applicants.

For any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact the Outreach and Communications Committee

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2020 CALBO Education Week: New Course Highlights

Did you know that there are almost a dozen newly developed courses offered this year at 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach?

The CALBO Training Institute (CTI) Commissioners have worked tirelessly to develop courses that are not only technically insightful and proficient, but provide real-life experiences that building-safety department staff encounter on a day-to-day basis. CTI’s goal is to furnish building department staff with tools to keep up-to-date on code changes and amendments, new technology, and advanced thinking on issues related to our industry. 

With both in-person and virtual training options available, don’t miss one of these newly developed courses – register today!

New courses include:

2019 California Plumbing Code: Inspection Fundamentals (AM Half Day Course) - Monday, December 14, 2020
2019 California Mechanical Code: Inspection Fundamentals (PM Half Day Course) - Monday, December 14, 2020
Accessory Dwelling Units and Accessory Structures for One and Two Family Dwellings - Monday, December 14, 2020
How to Recognize and Avoid Common Errors and Oversights of Fire Protection System Inspections - Monday, December 14, 2020
Understanding Wildfire Mitigation, Response and Recovery - Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Code Compliance for Existing Residential Buildings - Tuesday, December 15, 2020
2019 California Electrical Code: Residential and Commercial Inspection Procedures - Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Residential Plan Review - Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Swimming Pools and Spas - Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Tenant Improvements for Building Department Staff - Thursday, December 17, 2020
Advanced Overview for Permit Technicians - Thursday, December 17, 2020

 We look forward in seeing you either in-person or virtual at the 2020 CALBO Education Week: Newport Beach. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the CALBO Office or call 916-457-1103.

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A Special Message from Your 2020-21 CALBO President

Dear CALBO Friends and Colleagues,

Autumn is upon us. This time of year brings changes. Leaves turn bright colors; temperatures drop; conferences and trainings get cancelled, moved, and improved. 

I hope that everyone’s families and staffs are healthy and safe. Whether it’s the continued threat of Covid-19, the impressive heatwaves we saw over the summer, or wildfires so many of us are dealing with, 2020 continues to have its challenges to meet and overcome. And overcome them we will. CALBO has long championed resilience, and not just in the seismic sense. CALBO as an organization, and you as its members, have spent the last 6 months developing new strategies to serve our industry and ensure that building safety does not take a backseat as other challenges arise. As CALBO President I, too, have adopted an attitude of resilience and innovation. I continue to reinforce that though we cannot serve you in the ways we are used to, with in-person trainings and conferences, CALBO needs to be a leader in finding new ways to ensure its members remain the best educated in our industry, with the best advocacy efforts in government. 

Our upcoming hybrid Education Week is one of those innovative ways that CALBO is leading the way. We understand that for many in-person training is not practical or advisable right now, while some are looking forward to and able to go to such training. Well, I am pleased to report that we have something for everyone. From our on-going webinars, covering focused training topics, to in-person full-day training in Newport Beach in December, to the ability to attend that same full-day training via professional telecast, CALBO has improved how we train to cover all contingencies. Information about all these possibilities is on Professional Development page on the CALBO Website.

Being innovative means being flexible, and that is something we are very good at doing. As we look ahead to what 2021 brings, you have mine and the CALBO Board’s commitment to continue to find ways to serve and lead. As always, we cannot express how much we appreciate your feedback and support as we continue to move forward, and we look forward to exciting times ahead.

Stay well, 
Shane G. Diller, M.P.A
Assistant Director, Development Services
City of Elk Grove