Building Officials Leadership Academy

BOLA CrestThe California Building Officials’ leadership program, Building Officials Leadership Academy (BOLA), is designed to maximize the leadership capabilities of seasoned public safety professionals, in addition to those who seek a future within California’s building departments.

The Executive level coursework of the BOLA program is intensive, and program participants are expected to spend a great deal of the time studying and collaborating with each other on the course materials. To assist and encourage completion, each participant is assigned a mentor who will provide advice and guidance - serving as an overall resource. In addition, BOLA participants will become an active part of the network of program peers who can utilize each other’s talents and strengths.

BOLA CrestThe BOLA Core Curriculum Week consists of five consecutive days of training, including four courses in conjunction with the CALBO Leadership and Advocacy Day at the CALBO Office in Sacramento, California.

  • Day 1: Creating an Administrative Foundation for a Successful Building Department
  • Day 2: Persuasive Communication
  • Day 3: CALBO Leadership and Advocacy Day
  • Day 4: State Laws Enforced by Building Departments
  • Day 5: Critical Thinking for Today and Tomorrow

In addition, all BOLA students are required to complete three (3) elective courses offered at the CALBO Education Weeks each year. There is no time completion requirement for the electives, but all BOLA students must attend the weeklong core curriculum program in Sacramento. There are NO make-up opportunities for missed core curriculum courses.

Registration Information

Download the 2017-2018 BOLA Program Registration Packet Now! If you have any questions, contact the CALBO office at 916-457-1103 or email

Click here - 2017-2018 BOLA Program Registration Packet