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High School Technical Training Toolkit
ICC's HSTTP is a flexible educational program divided into four parts: building, plumbing, HVAC (mechanical) and electrical. This four-part structure enables a Technical School to integrate one or more parts of the program into its current construction trade curricula to better provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of construction trades. Students completing all elements of a part, including a final exam, will receive a nationally-recognized Certificate of Achievement (COA) from ICC. The program includes the necessary course materials, exams and certificates to ensure easy implementation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The program is very affordable for schools. ICC membership, deeply discounted prices on the International Residential Code book (print or digital), member pricing on study guides, and a set of final exams are all included for $150 per school. Student memberships are available should they want to take part in being a full ICC member with the benefits that entails, but they are not required for any part of the program.
Students at Harford Technical High School were constructing a Habitat for Humanity home, which had to comply with the International Residential Code. Sparked by the students’ curiosity about the code, the Harford County building official tasked with the inspection began discussions about providing the students an opportunity to learn the I-Codes associated with home construction. With the assistance of the school’s instructors, a curriculum was developed using the International Residential Code (IRC) and coordinating Study Companion. This initiative was presented to the Maryland Building Officials Association (MBOA) President Rich Truitt, and current ICC Board Member, with a request for support of the program. With MBOA's support the program started to receive recognition within the code development community. ICC’s Government Relations staff have championed this program for wider adoption with the support and involvement of the ICC Board of Directors. The ICC Chapter Members have endorsed the program and are actively promoting the program at technical high schools throughout the country.
The ICC High School Technical Training Program is designed around the widely-adopted International Residential Code (IRC). This comprehensive code compiles all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings in one convenient code book. This allows the IRC to serve as a comprehensive textbook for students in virtually every construction-related discipline and familiarize students with examples of how construction codes are written and applied. Using the IRC and IRC Study Companion for coursework saves schools and instructors time and money because there is no need to purchase additional codes for various trades. The IRC is the most widely used model building code for one- and two-family dwellings in the United States. It is used or adopted by reference at the state or local level in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.