ISU Hospital Inspector Certification Program (HICP)

Certification Examination Information

To be successful in the Class A or B examination, a candidate must obtain a minimum, combined score of 75% of the Code and Plans parts within each of these sections:

  • Administrative
  • Structural and Anchorage (Class A), Anchorage only (Class B)
  • Architectural
  • FLS
  • Mechanical & Plumbing
  • Electrical

A candidate who passes all sections of the Class "A" or "B" exam except one, and obtains a score of at least 50% in the one failed section, may retest that section within six weeks of the original exam date. Failure to achieve a minimum score of 75% on the retested section will be considered failure of the entire exam. The candidate may apply for a new exam pursuant to the procedures explained in the Applying for the Certification Exam section at the top of this page.

Examination results will be mailed to the candidates approximately four weeks after the examination date.

A candidate who has failed an examination may apply to participate in a re-examination no sooner than six months from the exam previously taken by the candidate.

An applicant/candidate who is disqualified from an examination may not participate in an examination for a period of one year from the date of disqualification. Please refer to the "Conduct Relative to the Exam" section on this page for a list of inappropriate activities.

All applicants must submit the "Application Review Fee" (non-refundable and non-transferable*) with the exam application. The "Examination Fee" may accompany the application or be submitted later with the confirmation letter. All fees listed below must be received no later than 10 business days before the examination date in order to participate in the exam.

  • See Amounts to Pay

    • Application Review Fee (non-refundable/non-transferable) - $100.00
    • Examination Fee (Class A or B)- $300.00
    • Examination Fee for each specialty (Class C)- $100.00

    *The "Application Review Fee" is only applicable to one application and cannot be transferred to another Exam Classification (i.e. an Application Review Fee for the Class A exam cannot be transferred to the Class B or Class C Application Review Fee).

    Fees shall be made payable to "OSHPD". Acceptable methods of payment are:

    • Check
    • Money Order
    • Novus/Discover card
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express

Payments must be submitted and/or mailed to:

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Facilities Development Division
Hospital Inspector Certification Program
700 North Alameda St., Suite 2-500
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If OSHPD reschedules an exam, OSHPD will notify the candidates of the new date in writing. If a candidate is unable to participate on the new date, the candidate may reschedule within a 12-month period and fees will be transferred to the new date.

With a one week notice to OSHPD, candidates who are accepted for an exam, but are not able to attend for any reason will receive a one-time transfer for a future examination. The examination fee collected from the first appointment may be applied to the new test date. A candidate may request to reschedule or cancel an examination appointment by submitting a written request or by contacting OSHPD before the examination date. No refunds will be made for late cancellations or no-shows.

All candidates seeking excused absences must submit written verification and supporting documentation of the situation to OSHPD within 14 days of the original examination date.

The following are valid reasons for an excused absence:

  1. Death in the immediate family;
  2. Disabling traffic accident;
  3. Court appearance or jury duty;
  4. Military duty; or
  5. Illness (either the exam candidate or an immediate family member).

If a candidate is absent from an examination appointment and has not rescheduled or canceled according to this policy, OSHPD will be owed the full examination fee for that missed examination session.

Applicants must submit the Reasonable Accommodation Request form (pages 3-6 of Policy Intent Notice (PIN) 61) at least 30 days prior to the exam date. Please direct questions regarding accessibility and/or reasonable accommodation to Nancy Rebenstorff at (916) 440-8316 or email

The candidate should allow time to arrive to the examination location, check-in, and setup for the examination. Directions to the locations may be requested from OSHPD, if needed.

Examination times* for Class A, B, & C:

Class A
8:00 a.m.* - 5:00 p.m.

Class B
8:00 a.m.* - 3:00 p.m.

Class C
8:00 a.m.* or 1:00 p.m. (as scheduled)
Lunch period: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

*All examinations will start promptly at the beginning time listed above. Exceptions to these times must be approved in advance.


  • Must have received written approval and paid all fees to participate in the examination.
  • Must bring a valid form of photo identification with signature (example: a driver′s license).
  • May bring any of the codes and standards referenced on the Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams web page.

An applicant/candidate who participates in any of the following acts before, during, or after the administration of the examination shall be disqualified by OSHPD. The applicant or candidate shall not engage in activities that would compromise the integrity of the exam including but not limited to the following:

  1. Copy any portion of the examination.
  2. Participate in collusion regarding the examination
  3. Disclose contents of the examination questions to anyone other than a person authorized by OSHPD.
  4. Solicit, accept or compile information regarding the contents of the examination.
    This includes annotating or highlighting code books as a means to compile information regarding the contents of the examination
  5. Falsify documents required for the examination entrance.
  6. Engage in harassment of proctors or other candidates.
  7. Write on the examination booklet, plans or any other document other than the provided answer sheet.
  8. Use literature other than those referenced on the OSHPD web page (View Acceptable Reference Materials for Exams. No notes, loose paper (except ASTM E580-10a which may be printed out and stapled) or binders (except Code binders) are allowed.
  9. Share materials with another candidate.
  10. Bring any electronic devices into the exam room including but not limited to cellular phones.

Questions that seem ambiguous or incorrect may be challenged on the scratch paper provided. The challenge must be filed immediately upon conclusion of the test in writing. The challenge must include the question(s) and grounds for the challenge (i.e. incorrect code section, typographical error, etc.), exam date, and the candidate′s signature. Differing opinions on code interpretation are not grounds for challenge. The results of the challenge will be returned by mail. Make sure to mark the best answer; do not leave the challenged question blank.

Scratch paper is provided in your exam booklet and will be collected at the conclusion of the exam.

A candidate who is successful in passing the examination will receive an OSHPD Hospital Inspector Certificate and photo ID card. The candidate′s name, email address and telephone number will be posted on the OSHPD list of certified Hospital Inspectors available to the public through the OSHPD website.

Certification by OSHPD:

  • Is valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance.
  • Must be renewed prior to expiration in accordance with the process explained on the Hospital Inspector Recertification web page.
  • Does not guarantee job placement.

Duplicate Hospital Inspector certification cards may be issued to replace a lost, destroyed, or mutilated card by submitting a written request with the accompanying $25.00 duplicate certification fee.

We welcome your feedback, comments, and questions. Please direct them to the Inspection Services Unit,

This page was last updated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.