ICC Master Code Professionals

Evidence of excellence in serving and protecting the public.

The International Code Council's Master Code Professional (MCP) designation is the highest level of ICC certification and is the "gold standard" for demonstrating proficiency in the code profession. There are more than 800 MCP professionals worldwide, and their achievements are a benefit to the code enforcement profession, as well as their communities. By becoming a Master Code Professional, the highest level of certification in the Code Council's program, you can increase earnings and advance your career. The Council has certified thousands of individuals, but only a select number have attained this high-level of achievement. To obtain this level of certification requires and demonstrates commitment to the profession, diverse knowledge of codes and a high-level of self-initiative.

"The Master Code Professional certification is the pinnacle of all ICC certifications, representing a level of effort, knowledge, and dedication that elevates not only the individual achieving it, but the code official profession as a whole," said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO."

Achieving the Master Code Professional certification was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it," said Danny Hawkins, Deputy Building Official for the city of Fort Pierce in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "I consider it a great honor to be part of such an elite group of building safety professionals who are serving and protecting the public." Hawkins earned his first ICC certification in 2005 and currently holds 19 ICC certifications.

To become a Master Code Professional, a candidate must first earn eight core ICC certifications plus an additional number of elective ICC certifications. Typical Master Code Professionals hold 17 or more ICC certifications. To become Master Code Professional, certified individuals must complete an additional 45 hours of Continuing Education Units every three years to maintain active status. Master Code Professionals are typically responsible for all technical and management aspects of code enforcement with duties that range from the management of a code enforcement department to the supervision of inspectors and plan reviewers.

Join the elite group and let us help you open the door to increased professional challenges and career advancement.

International Code Council welcomes General Code LLC to its Family of Companies

This agreement will considerably expand Code Council content management services and extend General Code’s reach to ICC members

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council welcomes General Code LLC to its Family of Companies, effective November 15, 2017.

The Code Council, a 64,000 member-based association, is the global market leader in developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. General Code is a market leader in codification and content management solutions and currently serves clients in more than half of U.S. states. Based in Rochester, N.Y., the company has been committed to serving its clients for the past 55 years.

“This acquisition of General Code will provide a perfect complement to our product and service portfolio,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We are strategically aligned with similar missions and goals, focused on safety and serving our members and customers.”

The benefits for General Code and its clients are equally significant. By joining the Code Council, General Code will have greater capacity to build on its premier product and service offerings with expanded resources and broader geographic reach to a larger customer base.

“The opportunity for growth and the possibilities this partnership offers are exciting,” said Gary Domenico, General Code president and CEO. “Ultimately, this is a union of two like-minded companies with similar values. General Code will continue to be the market leader in codification services and content management solutions for municipalities, and our values-based culture will continue to thrive in the years to come.”

General Code will retain all of its 113 employees and remain in Rochester. The company anticipates measured, purposeful growth over the next few years.

About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

About General Code

General Code is a values-based organization dedicated to delivering a higher standard in codification and enterprise content management solutions. More than 3,000 municipalities and public organizations have relied on General Code for 55 years to provide services that bring greater efficiency, transparency and continuity to them and their communities.

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Head off contractor fraud following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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ICC News Release
For Immediate Release
Sept. 12, 2017
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Contact: Whitney Doll
(202) 568-1798
wdoll@iccsafe.org

Head off contractor fraud following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

How to avoid getting scammed by shady contractors delivering a disaster of their own

Washington, D.C. – Disasters can bring out the best in people. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we have seen ordinary citizens helping evacuate people and rescue pets, sending money and supplies to help those who lost everything, and assisting neighbors in the task of damage assessment and starting the cleanup process. The aftermath of a natural disaster and the process of rebuilding unfortunately brings out its own set of "bad actors" in the form of exploitative contractors looking to make fast money off vulnerable people rebuilding homes following major disasters like Harvey and Irma.

Contractor fraud typically refers to the practice of individuals appearing to be contractors soliciting business from homeowners whose property suffered severe damage during a natural disaster. Rather than making the agreed-upon repairs, the individual claiming to be a contractor instead simply takes the money and then either makes shoddy, incomplete repairs or disappears altogether.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, more than 1,300 people were prosecuted for contractor fraud, according to U.S. Department of Justice information. Homeowners flooded in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should be vigilant when looking for contractors, remodelers and builders when they start rebuilding their homes. After a natural disaster, many cities experience an influx of out-of-town contractors, or so-called "storm chasers." Some are shady crews looking to take advantage of local residents desperate to restore their homes quickly.

The International Code Council offers the following information to educate homeowners on how contractor fraud occurs, what to watch out for to avoid being scammed and help curtail the amount of construction fraud that could occur in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • Forewarned is forearmed. Be aware of the potential for contractor fraud. Storm-chaser scams have exploded in recent years and usually target traumatized homeowners and senior citizens.
  • Get a recommendation. If you don't have a reliable contractor you've used in the past, ask your insurer to survey the damage and recommend approved contractors before hiring any post-disaster contractor. Provide your insurer with contractor licenses, written estimates and scope of work in detail.
  • Check the list. Search and verify names through state licensing agencies. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation websites have lists of credible contractors that consumers can consult before hiring someone to repair their homes. It allows you to search by licensees and by license type. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure contractors are licensed in your state.
  • Ask your neighbors. The best protection is personal references. Ask your relatives, neighbors and friends who have had good experiences with contractors. Don’t hire someone who’s just walking from door to door. Check with your neighbors on whether their homes suffered the damage a potential contractor claims to see on yours.
  • Avoid the paperless contractor. Reject anyone who has no business card or company fliers. Be wary of anyone who lists a P.O. box instead of a street address or doesn’t have a local phone number or in-state license plates. Get everything in writing on letterhead (estimates, materials, prices, completion dates). Never sign a blank contract.
  • Vet them online. Check any potential contractors out online and vet the company. See if they have a website and social media pages and check customer reviews online. Ask for a list of recent projects they have completed in the area and, if possible, email other homeowners who have worked with the contractors before to get their testimonials.
  • Watch what you sign. Dishonest contractors will ask a homeowner to sign a contract for repairs on a digital tablet. However, when printed out, the bid is thousands of dollars higher, or the survivor may have unwittingly assigned FEMA disaster aid over to the scammer.
  • Get proof. Request written proof of a contractor's license and workers compensation insurance or builder's risk insurance certificate as well as written estimates and scope of the repair work in detail. Depending on the size of the job, you may want a performance bond, which protects you if work isn't done according to the contract. Call the insurance company to make sure the certificates are not forged. It's also wise to get a copy of the contractor's driver's license or other photo identification.
  • Professionals pull permits. Be wary of contractors who offer to do their work without a contract or pulling permits. Every professional homebuilder executes a contract and pulls permits.
  • Be money-wise. Get more than one bid on work, so you know if you're being overcharged. Pay in installments. Deposits or upfront fees should not exceed 25 percent of the estimate. Pay them only after materials reach your home and work begins. Wait until the repair work is completed to your satisfaction to make the final payment. Don't pay cash or write a check up front. Also, be wary if the materials pricing is too good to be true because it probably is. If someone is half the price of another contractor, that should be a red flag.
  • Document until the end. Throughout the remediation and rebuilding process, document the remediation and rebuilding work to ensure the work is done per contract. Paying a photographer or videographer to document the process may also help sell the home down the road. Don't cut corners to save a little bit now because it may cost you in the end.
  • Be patient and keep calm. Following a disaster, homeowners feel as though they have to act immediately. Don’t let a sense of urgency lead you to hire someone. Be wary of contractors who offer a better deal if you sign a contract quickly or pressure you to start remodeling work as soon as possible. Avoid the high-pressure pitch. It's a numbers game and scammers know that other homeowners are going to bite even if you don't. Remember to be patient about when to start rebuilding.

 

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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ICC 2017 Annual Conference cultivates education, networking, leadership

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ICC News Release
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Sept. 5, 2017
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Contact: Whitney Doll
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ICC 2017 Annual Conference cultivates
education, networking, leadership

Special events include expert-led training sessions, Global Connections Day and a chance to hear from Buckeye legend Archie Griffin

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council (ICC) will host its 2017 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, from September 10-13, 2017. The Annual Conference offers members expert insights on building safety, fire prevention and resilient construction with unique educational sessions led by nationally-renown instructors.

This year’s theme of “Many Voices for One Purpose” highlights the Code Council’s many different members and stakeholders from across the spectrum working together to promote safe buildings and resilient communities. In addition to industry-leading educational sessions, the 2017 program includes special networking events, a range of compelling speakers, historic building tours and the Building Safety & Design Expo.

“Our annual conference provides our members and partners with the opportunity to learn from one other, take advantage of educational programs and expand their professional networks,” said ICC’s Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We’re grateful to our generous sponsors for helping to make this year’s conference one of the best yet.”

Archie Griffin, senior advisor for advancement at Ohio State University, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Members’ Luncheon on Sept. 12. Griffin is a two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy and was named one of the NCAA’s Most Influential Student-Athletes. The All-Century player will talk about the qualities of leadership. After the luncheon, ICC will host a meet and greet with Griffin.

At Global Connections Day on Sept. 13, Paul Rivers, a senior fire protection specialist with more than 40 years of experience in the fire protection industry, will discuss “Building and Fire Codes, Fire Protection and Safety around the World: Fire Regulation Solutions for Developing Countries.” Additional speakers include Jaime Moncada, an experienced fire protection engineer with experience in projects throughout Latin-America; Dante Amarto, strategic account manager at Metrostudy; and Lori Parris, deputy director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Other special events at the conference include the Bob Fowler Motorcycle Ride and the Third Annual Ron Burton Golf Outing, which raises funds to support “Journey to Leadership,” an initiative that aims to inspire code officials to reach new levels in their career development.

For more information about ICC’s 2017 Annual Conference, including registration, schedules, transportation and lodging, visit www.iccsafe.org/conference.

 

About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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Secure your spot at the Plan Review Institute

Make your plans now for the Plan Review Institute, Oct. 2-6 in Chicago. This five-day event is based on the 2015 International Codes and will include interactive exercises that detail best practices for performing residential, structural and nonstructural plan reviews. Read more.

How solar energy helps save money — and the future

The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. Code officials have a critical role in ensuring safe solar system installation. A new training course is helping building designers and code enforcement staff to add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Read more.

Free webinar showcases powerful codes tool

Join us for a 60-minute free webinar offering a walkthrough of the features found on ICC’s digital library premiumACCESS. Learn how to use this powerful online tool to get the most out of the codes. The next webinar is Aug. 30 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Read more.

IS-BLE/ICC 300 Standard development committee meeting

Bleachers and grandstands can present a risk. People may fall and injure themselves while walking on bleachers when there are missing or inadequate bleacher components to assist in access and egress, such as aisles and handrails. It’s important to help ensure that bleacher-related incidents do not occur. Join ICC’s Kimberly Paarlberg on August 29 for a teleconference on the ICC Consensus Committee on Bleacher Safety (IS-BLE). Read more.

Join us at the Government Relations Forum

The ICC Government Relations Department is bringing a prestigious group of speakers to our annual conference in Columbus to discuss several current topics and emerging trends across the country. The presentation topics include a discussion on residential energy efficiency and home energy ratings, how building and energy codes affect realtors and their clients, and the latest on developing science-based tools to measure resilience in our communities. Read more.

We’ve changed the way you’ll experience Annual Conference

This year’s ICC Annual Conference and Building Safety & Design Expo in Columbus, Ohio, will bring together building safety professionals from across the spectrum with plenty of opportunities to advance your career and network with peers in a meaningful way. With this year’s schedule packed full of interesting, educational and fun events, ICC added some new features and made changes to the way you’ll experience Annual Conference. Read more.