The commissioner of labor and industry shall adopt rules establishing required competency criteria for individuals serving as construction code inspectors. For the purpose of this section, "construction code inspectors" means building inspectors, mechanical inspectors, plumbing inspectors, and combination inspectors under the supervision of the building official. Required competency criteria shall be relevant to the building, mechanical, and plumbing codes as adopted in Minnesota.
The commissioner of labor and industry shall adopt rules establishing or approving education programs for construction inspectors related to construction inspection and administration of the State Building Code. Each construction code inspector must satisfactorily complete continuing education requirements as established in rule by the commissioner.
A person holding current certification as a building official under section 326B.133 is exempt from this section.
All construction inspectors shall, within one year of hire, be in compliance with the competency criteria established according to subdivision 1.