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Public School Inspection Program

Upcoming Public School Inspection Classes (Tier 1 Only)


Class schedules are pending. Tentative schedule locations are Macomb, IL in April 2016 and Rockford, IL in May 2016

Contact Katherine Nunes at 312-814-8959 (email here) or Cathy Stashak at 312-814-2425 (or email here) with any questions related to the class itself or certifications needed to attend the class.


Minimum qualifications to attend these classes are OSFM Fire Officer 1, OSFM Fire Prevention Officer 1, OSFM Fire Inspector 1, NFPA Fire Inspector 1, or ICC Fire Inspector 1. Additionally, all materials needed for these classes must be downloaded and printed out (or uploaded to a computer or tablet) from the links below.

Public School Inspection Requirements

In accordance with state statute and Illinois administrative code, local inspectors are authorized to conduct annual fire safety inspections in Illinois public school buildings. The below documents pertain to the inspection of public school buildings by representatives of local units of government.

As a reminder, local inspectors must comply with prerequisite certification requirements as well as attend classroom instruction by the OSFM prior to being recognized as being able to conduct public school inspections within their jurisdictions. A list of those individuals that have met all necessary prerequisites and are registered with the OSFM to perform local public school inspections can be accessed below.

The following documents include both the "new fire service" as well as the "ROE/Regional Office of Education" checklist for conducting public school inspections (local inspectors may use either checklist for conducting public school inspections) as well as the accompanying explanatory glossary that can be used with either checklist. The PowerPoint presentation used during classroom presentations is also available on this page.

All materials for class must be downloaded and/or printed out from the documents available below. Please bring:



Note: Local inspectors who have attended a previous OSFM public school inspection class do not need to attend class on an annual basis but are welcome to attend.


Specific questions regarding the public school inspection program and applicable codes should be emailed to the Technical Services Division, or please call 312/814-2425.

Qualified School Inspector List

Qualified School Inspectors [PDF, 321Kb]