The International Code Council’s College Technical Training Program (CTTP) is one part of ICC’s Safety 2.0 initiative to welcome the next generation of leaders to the building safety profession. This program works in tandem with existing construction trades, construction technology and engineering programs to encourage colleges and trade schools to teach students about codes and standards.
Along with the ICC High School Technical Training Program (HSTTP), these educational programs integrate courses on one or more of the International Codes into schools’ current construction trade curricula. Students receive a nationally-recognized Certificate of Completion (COC) from the Code Council upon completion of any of six disciplines – building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, masonry and energy – and passing a final exam.
The building safety profession is an excellent option for young adults looking for a rewarding, high-paying career.
- The demand for skilled workers is up. Over the next 15 years, the building industry will experience a loss of 80 percent of the existing skilled workforce. This is an excellent career field for those looking for a challenging and enduring career.
- Help your community. Building safety professionals help ensure that our buildings are safe and our communities are resilient by protecting us against disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse.
- Salaries are high. According to a 2014 study, the median salary for code officials is between $50,000 and $75,000 per year. And, there’s room for growth! One fifth of the survey respondents earned between $75,000 and $100,000 annually. This is significantly above the median household income of $51,017 reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012.
- Testing is easily accessible. Most certifications take around 150 hours of study and testing. Candidates can get started from anywhere. Many of our trainings are available online, and our online testing center, PRONTO, allows users to take tests 24/7 from any secure location.
The Program at Work:
The Pennsylvania College of Technology
The Pennsylvania College of Technology (PCT), Williamsport, Penn., is one of eight colleges currently in the ICC College Technical Training Program. In 2014, the COC was implemented into the existing Carpentry and Building Construction Technology program.
PCT’s School of Construction and Design Technologies offers curriculum in the following:
- Residential Construction Technology and Management: Building Construction Technology Concentration
- Residential Construction Technology and Management: Architectural Technology Concentration
- Residential Construction Technology and Management: Building Construction Technology - Masonry Concentration
Each can lead to an Associates in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. The program at PCT expanded in 2016 to include the Codes, Specifications and Estimating curriculum.
Instructors say students see the curriculum as a tool not only to learn the codes but to enhance career opportunities in the construction industry. Penn College has a 96 percent employment rate for their graduates: the students who complete the AA degree are heavily recruited and many have signed letters of employment in most cases prior to graduation.
Pennsylvania College of Technology students, instructor and dean receiving ICC’s Certificate of Commitment, acknowledging the college’s commitment to code education
The Program at Work:
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Waco Campus
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Waco Campus introduced ICC’s CTTP in 2015 to students in their Building Construction Technology course. Students in this program have excelled and are advancing to take the Building Inspectors certification exam. They are finding the CTTP to be an excellent foundation for achieving additional ICC certifications. TSTC expanded the program in 2017 to their Harlingen Campus with similar success. Instructors say contractors have expressed a desire to employ TSTC students with ICC certificates.
Texas State Technical College Students with instructors and code officials at its certification presentation.
In this video, Andres Zapata, TSTC student, and Michael Carillo, TSTC instructor talk about the benefits of participating in ICC’s College Technical Training Program. ICC’s High School Technical Training Program is referenced as well.
Click here to learn more about Safety 2.0, the Code Council’s signature initiative to welcome a new generation of members and leaders to the building safety professions.
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The International Code Council’s Mentor Program connects seasoned building safety professionals with job seekers interested in joining the industry. Participants can develop meaningful, long-term connections with others passionate about building safety in their area. Take just a few minutes to fill out a short application to share the specifics of your situation, and potentially change the course of your career.
If you are a school or instructor interested in participating in the College Technical Training Program, contact us.
For more information
- International Code Council praises signing of legislation reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
- Cracking the code: how the building safety industry is growing talent to keep our communities safe
- Highest Paid Occupations in Construction
- High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University
- U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Construction and Building Inspectors