Masters of Code: Chris Brown achieves the gold standard of code certification
It’s considered the Ph.D. of building safety codes certification. The Master Code Professional (MCP™) is the highest level of designation the International Code Council offers and is the “gold standard” for demonstrating proficiency in the code profession. The Code Council has certified thousands of individuals, but only a small select number have attained this high level of achievement: just over 800 MCP professionals worldwide. Their achievements are a benefit to the code enforcement profession as well as their communities.
To obtain this level of certification requires and demonstrates a commitment to the profession, diverse knowledge of codes and a high level of self-initiative. Chris Brown, Combination Inspector, City of Petersburg, Virginia, is the latest to join the elite group of Master Code Professionals. In this exclusive feature for the Building Safety Journal, we asked Chris to share his experience on obtaining the MCP designation, highlights of his professional career and any insights or advice he has concerning the industry.
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Petersburg, Virginia, United States
BSJ: What led you to pursue and obtain MCP certification?
Brown: I decide to pursue my MCP after taking other exams and doing some research.
BSJ: How did you study and prepare for the many exams you took as a part of your MCP designation?
Brown: I used a study companion and flashcards.
BSJ: What does achieving the prestigious MCP status mean to you?
Brown: I was able to prove to myself that I can accomplish great things with the allowance of God.
BSJ: How would you describe the value or benefits that have come with the recognition of your MCP status?
Brown: None as of yet.
BSJ: What advice would you offer to those who are considering pursuing an MCP designation?
Brown: Talk to those who have accomplished the achievement of MCP.
BSJ: How long have you been in the industry?
Brown: 35 years.
BSJ: What major changes have you seen?
Brown: A decline in craftsmanship in the field.
BSJ: What excites you about the future of your industry?
BSJ: What is one piece of advice that you would give to those starting out in the industry?
Brown: Try to master a trade before moving to something else.
BSJ: Building safety is the focal point of our mission here at the Code Council. What is the importance of building safety to you? How has ICC helped you in your career and commitment to public safety?
Brown: ICC has helped reinforce the importance of safety and doing things to code.
BSJ: Obtaining all those ICC certifications is quite an accomplishment. What are you going to do now that you have achieved this goal?
Brown: I’m unsure what my next step will be.
BSJ: Thank you, Chris, and congratulations. You have definitely been an encouragement to us all in your pursuit of excellence.
To earn the Code Council’s elite MCP designation, a candidate must first pass 10 core Code Council exams plus a number of elective Code Council exams. Typical Master Code Professionals hold 17 or more Code Council certifications. The Master Code Professional designation requires certified individuals to complete an additional 60 hours of Continuing Education Units every three years to maintain active status.
“The Master Code Professional certification is the pinnacle of all Code Council 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.
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.
“Congratulations to Chris on achieving this important and significant accomplishment,” said Autumn Saylor, program services manager of the Code Council’s Assessment Center. “I challenge and encourage all code professionals to strive for this level of achievement, and look forward to congratulating more Master Code Professionals in the future.”
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