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Welcome to the DSA Academy

The DSA Academy offers classes that promote consistent knowledge and application of the California Building Codes (CBC) as well as regulations needed for successful plan review, and construction of projects under DSA’s jurisdiction.

Number of students registered for DSA Academy classes:
1 1 6 2 8
DSA is implementing a new Check Processing Policy. You will be required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions prior to paying for a class.

New Requirements for Project Inspectors: The Project Inspector Overview is a required component for re-certification and all upgrades. For more information on these requirements please visit the Project Inspector Program website at
Senate Bill (SB) 1608 and the California Architect’s Board (CAB):SB 1608 requires that all California Architects complete coursework on disabled access requirements as a condition of license renewal. Currently the California Architect’s Board lists the DSA office as one of the training providers; however DSA does not make the decision if the CAB will accept our training classes as part of their licensing requirements. For further information please contact the California Architect’s Board regarding their policy on this requirement.

History of the Academy:
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) Academy opened for business in April 2006, with the vision to create consistency in the application of building codes and regulations. Consistency that will result in safer schools, built more quickly, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.

As the State of California’s policy leader for design and construction, the DSA works to ensure that Kindergarten through 12th grade schools and community colleges are designed and built according to the appropriate codes and regulations. In doing so, DSA helps keep both people and property safe.

The DSA Academy offered classes on four subjects in the first year, training over 600 students in both Northern and Southern California. To meet the ongoing needs of the many people involved in school building (school employees, private design professionals and engineers, DSA staff, construction managers, project inspectors, and others) the DSA Academy continually develops and refines class and course material with nine subjects developed at this time.

Why Do We Need a DSA Academy?
Academy Mission and Goals

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