Self-Certification Training Class

November 5, 2021

The Department of Buildings is pleased to announce that the next Self-Certification Training Class will be held January 18-20, 2022.

All attendees will receive a print copy of the 3-volume Chicago Plan Review Manual (2022 edition) and up to 21.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Breakfast, lunch, and beverages will be provided each day.

A draft schedule is available here. This schedule is subject to change.

Program Details

Date and Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday January 18 through Thursday January 20, 2022

Location: Malcolm X College Conference Center, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
(accessible by CTA bus and rail; free garage parking available with validation)

Who should attend: The Training Class is for both first time and renewing self-certification professionals (details below).

If there are available seats, other industry professionals may apply to audit the training class.

To apply: [The application period is now closed.]

Payment: Completing the application does not guarantee enrollment in the Self-Certification Training Class. All applications will be reviewed by the Department of Buildings. Admitted applicants will be notified by email and provided with an invoice to pay the registration fee. The Department anticipates it will begin sending notifications in early December.

Public health information: All attendees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and comply with other applicable public health requirements.

Online option: The Department is offering an option for remote attendance and participation for an additional cost for renewals only. Applicants will be provided with more details when invoiced. 

Accessibility: The Department of Buildings is committed to providing accessibility for all individuals, including people with disabilities. To request accessibility, please contact Claudette Hillock at or 312-744-8913.

Information for First Time Registrants

Illinois-licensed architects and structural engineers who have been licensed for at least 3 years and acted as either professional of record or project lead on at least 5 City of Chicago permits and meet other requirements set forth in the Rules for the Self-Certification Permit Program are eligible to apply for the Training Class to register as self-certification professionals.

Information for Renewals

The training class is required for self-certification professionals with registrations expiring December 31, 2021, if they wish to continue in the program. (Expiring registrations will be extended through January 31, 2022, for those who apply for the training class by December 3, 2021.)

The Department is also offering a discounted early renewal option for self-certification professionals with registrations expiring December 31, 2023.

Registered self-certification professionals can check their expiration date here: 


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