DSA Academy – Accessibility Classes in October

DSA Academy – Accessibility Classes in October

Just a reminder that the DSA Academy is offering Accessibility classes in October in Los Angeles! For more information about each class, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title.

Access Compliance (2013 and 2016 California Building Code [CBC])

  • October 4, 2016 – Los Angeles

Plan Review – Accessibility (2013 CBC)

  • October 5, 2016 – Los Angeles

Accessible Public Housing Regulations, Standards and Guidelines

  • October 6, 2016 – Los Angeles

Transient Lodging, Housing at a Place of Education, and Social Service Center Establishments

  • October 7, 2016 – Los Angeles

Space is limited, so we strongly recommend that you use our online registration system, which allows you to pay for your class fee with a credit card. Registrations sent via regular mail will be processed in the order received by our office. To register, please follow these instructions:

Registration closes two weeks prior to the class date or when the class reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.

If you would like to take all four Los Angeles Accessibility classes (October 4-7), the fourth class is free! Please contact Larry Meade before registering, if you are choosing this option.

Please direct any registration questions to Larry Meade at (916) 327-8864 orLaurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.

Access Code Development – DSA/DOR Meeting Information

Access Code Development – DSA/DOR Meeting Information

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is conducting a series of meetings, public workshops and other activities to discuss possible amendments to the 2016 California Building Standards Code. These meetings and public workshops provide open forums for the public, the disability community and other stakeholders to participate in identifying and vetting potential modifications to California’s building codes.

August 10, 2016 – Transcript
DSA and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) jointly conducted a preliminary teleconference for a small group of representatives from the disability community on August 10, 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to begin soliciting comments and suggestions for potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code.
August 10, 2016 – DSA/DOR Meeting Transcript
September 1, 2016 – Meeting Invitation
DSA and DOR will hold the next teleconference on September 1, 2016. This meeting will highlight key aspects of the development, adoption and implementation of construction-related accessibility standards. DSA will also share information and seek input regarding potential amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes.
September 1, 2016 – DSA/DOR Teleconference Announcement
More information about this series of meetings is available on DSA’s Access 2016 webpage. Questions and comments about these activities should be directed to Dennis J. Corelis, Deputy State Architect at dennis.corelis@dgs.ca.gov or (916) 445-4167.

Updates and Clarification Regarding Project Inspector Duties

Updates and Clarification Regarding Project Inspector Duties

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has updated Interpretation of Regulations (IR) A-8: Project Inspector and Assistant Inspector Duties and Performance. Key revisions include:

  • Changes to the items required in the project inspector’s job file.
  • The allowance of project inspector records in electronic format with specified provisions.
  • Clarification regarding the process for project inspectors to transfer job files to a replacement project inspector.
  • Clarification regarding the maximum total number of hours that DSA allows project inspectors to work on simultaneous projects.
  • A new requirement specifying that the project inspector shall notify DSA by email 48 hours in advance of construction work that would cover any uncorrected deviations.

DSA has also modified forms DSA 119 and DSA 180 in accordance with revisions made to IR A-8. For detailed information, please see:

Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov.

New! Individual Performance Feedback for the CASp Exam

New!  Individual Performance Feedback for the CASp Exam

Starting with the October 12, 2016 examination, the Division of the State Architect will provide individual performance feedback for the questions asked in both portions of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) exam.

Closed Book CASp Exam Information
The closed book examination is comprised of 60 questions which examinees have 90 minutes to answer. Results for the closed book exam will include the examinee’s score by category. The closed book exam will be comprised as follows:

  • Knowledge of the California Building Code (CBC) Standards and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities: Scoping and General/Technical
    • 24 questions
    • Questions will assess knowledge and application of the 2016 CBC, Title 24, Part 2; the 2016 California Historical Building Code, Title 24 Part 8; the 1991 ADAAG; and the 2004 ADAAG.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal Regulations and Guidelines for Housing
    • 12 questions
    • Questions will assess knowledge and application of the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA); Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS); Fair Housing Act (FHA) and FHA Accessibility Guidelines; 2016 CBC, Chapter 11A (Private Housing); 2016 CBC, Chapter 11B (Public Housing).
  • Knowledge of Federal Regulations for Accessibility
    • 8 questions
    • Questions will assess knowledge and application of Titles I, II, III, IV and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act; ABA; the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas.
  • CASp Responsibility and California Statutory Requirements for Disability Access
    • 8 questions
    • Questions will assess knowledge of the CASp Program Regulations, and knowledge and application of California laws related to access in the Civil Code, Government Code, and Health and Safety Code.
  • Identifying Applicable Standards
    • 8 questions
    • Questions will assess a candidate’s ability to identify and apply the requirements of one or more applicable standards in a given scenario.

Open Book CASp Exam Information
The open book examination is comprised of 40 questions which examinees have 120 minutes to answer. Results for the open book exam will include the examinee’s score by category. The number of questions asked in each category is not fixed and varies by project type. When the examination results are released, however, candidates will receive feedback on the number of questions provided in each category and the number of questions the candidate answered correctly in each category. The open book exam will be comprised of questions addressing the application of CBC, Chapter 11B, and the DSA-adopted accessibility provisions in other chapters of the CBC, in the following five categories:

  • Scoping and technical accessibility requirements based on project type or special project elements (may include CBC, Chapter 11A; the California Historical Building Code; and portions of CBC, Chapter 11B, Division 8, 9, and 10; depending on project type.)
  • CBC, Chapter 11B, Division 2 scoping and Division 4 technical requirements on accessible routes
  • CBC, Chapter 11B, Division 2 scoping and Division 5 technical requirements on general site and building elements
  • CBC, Chapter 11B, Division 2 scoping and Division 6 technical requirements on plumbing elements and facilities
  • CBC, Chapter 11B, Division 2 scoping and Division 7 technical requirements on communication elements and features

DSA will continue to release the project type for the Open Book exam two months before each examination date.

More information about the CASp program is available on the CASp Webpage. Registration for the October examination is available through your CASp Account Login.

Please direct any registration questions to the CASp Certification team at (916) 323-2737 or CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov. You may direct any questions about CASp Program Administration to (916) 322-2490.

Announcing the Project Type for the October 2016 Open Book CASp Exam

Announcing the Project Type for the October 2016 Open Book CASp Exam

The project type for the Open Book portion of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination on October 12, 2016, is a Title II Seaside Recreation Area and Community Recreation Center. As previously announced, starting with the October 2016 exam, the CASp exam will include test questions related to the provisions of the recently published 2016 California Building Standards Code. An updated List of Reference Materials is available.

Details on the next CASp examination are as follows:

October 12, 2016 — Sacramento and Los Angeles (Hawthorne)

  • Open Book — Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Closed Book — Check in begins at 12:30 p.m.

Registration closes on September 12, 2016.
You can register for this exam through your CASp Account Login.

More information about the CASp program and examination details are available on the CASp webpage. Please direct any registration questions to the CASp Certification team at (916) 323-2737 or CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov. You may direct any questions about CASp Program Administration to (916) 322-2490.

DSA Invoice and Payment Processing Delays

DSA Invoice and Payment Processing Delays

Please be advised that for the coming weeks, Division of the State Architect (DSA) payment and invoicing processes may be delayed as we update and transition our information technology systems. During this time, payments to DSA may take longer to clear, and it may take longer to receive invoices related to processing Construction Change Documents (CCDs) and other services.

As you may know, state government agencies are transitioning to the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) in order to integrate financial management systems for budgeting, accounting, procurement, and cash management. As part of the Department of General Services, DSA’s transition to FI$Cal is currently underway. Aside from the temporary delay for payment and invoice processing, DSA does not anticipate that the FI$Cal transition will have direct impact on you, our clients.

We appreciate your patience during this transition, and apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct any questions toDSACommunication@dgs.ca.gov.

DSA Academy – Accessibility Classes in September

Just a reminder that the DSA Academy is offering Accessibility classes in September in San Diego and Palo Alto! For more information about each class, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title.

Access Compliance (2013 and 2016 California Building Code [CBC])

  • September 13, 2016 – San Diego

Plan Review – Accessibility (2013 CBC)

  • September 14, 2016 – San Diego

Accessible Public Housing Regulations, Standards and Guidelines

  • September 15, 2016 – San Diego
  • September 26, 2016 – Palo Alto

Transient Lodging, Housing at a Place of Education, and Social Service Center Establishments

  • September 16, 2016 – San Diego
  • September 28, 2016 – Palo Alto

Space is limited, so we strongly recommend that you use our online registration system, which allows you to pay for your class fee with a credit card. Registrations sent via regular mail will be processed in the order received by our office. To register, please follow these instructions:

Registration closes two weeks prior to the class date or when the class reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.

If you would like to take all four San Diego Accessibility classes (September 13-16), the fourth class is free! Please contact Larry Meade before registering, if you are choosing this option.

Please direct any registration questions to Larry Meade at (916) 327-8864 orLaurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.

CASp Program – Summer 2016 Newsletter

The Summer 2016 edition of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) newsletter is now available!

The CASp Report is written for current and prospective CASps, and each issue features relevant information for CASps, such as state and federal regulations that affect CASp work.

Please check out The CASp Report: Summer 2016. This publication, and an archive of past newsletters, is available on the CASp Newsletters webpage.

More information on the CASp Program is available atwww.dgs.ca.gov/casp. Please contact DSAcommunication@dgs.ca.gov with any questions about this publication.

DSA: Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes

Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes

To help navigate the 2016 California building codes (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) that are effective January 1, 2017, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) has compiled a summary of the most significant changes.

This Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes provides a brief overview of the changes that most impact the work overseen by DSA.

More information on the building code is available on DSA’s Title 24 News pageand on the California Building Standards Commission website.

Please direct any questions to Jim Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at jim.hackett@dgs.ca.gov.