ICC Exam Administrative Rules and Procedures

ICC Exam Administrative Rules and Procedures

ICC Exam Administrative Rules and Procedures

For Certification Exams

How often can I take an exam?

During any six (6) month period and for any one certification category, you may take the exam a total of six (6) times. If you have already used one or two of your exam attempts within your 6-month period of retesting upon July 1st, you will be allowed to continue retesting until your six at-tempts are fulfilled in the 6-month period. You will be responsible for payment of the exam fee for every exam you take. For example, a candidate takes the Residential Building Inspector exam on January 1 and fails, then retests on March 1 and fails. The candidate cannot retake this exam until six months from January 1 (July 1).

Taking the examination in one category has no effect on testing for the six-month period for another category. For example, if you take the Residential Building Inspector examination and fail it, you would be allowed to take a Commercial Building Inspector or, for example, one of the Plumbing Inspector examinations, without regard to the six-month period for your Residential Building Inspector examina-tion.

Does the Code Council require a candidate to have a certain level of experience or education before taking an examination?

No. Most Code Council examinations are open to all individuals with no prerequisite for experience or education. Code Council certification should be used as one of several measures of an individual’s qualifications when screening applicants for a position. Inspectors should possess the right mix of technical knowledge, education, and related experience. Because proper weighting of the relative importance of these three qualifications is a subjective decision, determining the emphasis of Code Council certification is most appropriately performed at the local level by the building official. For this reason, the Code Council does not specify education or experience requirements for certification applicants for most categories. However, the Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector (LINK to Reinforced Concrete Special Inspector Info Sheet) has additional requirements after passing the certification exam.

Which exam(s) should I take?

As requirements for employment differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the Code Council cannot recommend specific certifications to you. We strongly encourage you to contact the jurisdiction in which you wish to work for more information on their specific needs, and couple this information with the exam-specific listings in this bulletin.

Is a Code Council certification the same as a license?

A license is a permit to work in a particular occupation, issued as a result of state or local legislation. Code Council certifications are voluntary certifications. Many jurisdictions require Code Council certification in their administrative regulations.  Check with your state or local agency to find out if your state recognizes Code Council certifications.

What is the best way to prepare for an examination?

The best way to prepare for an examination is through the study of codes and standards. Code Council seminars, self-study workbooks, code commentaries, and textbooks may be helpful. Practice examinations for many categories are available for a fee from the Code Council at www.icccampus.org. These may be useful to those candidates who need to refresh their skills in taking exams. It is important to realize, though, that the difficulty level of the practice exams may not represent that of the actual Certification exam.

Sample questions are available for most exams at www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.; these items are similar to those used on the exams, but will never appear on any exam form. However, nothing can substitute for studying the code and on-the-job experience of code use and application. You must devote the time needed to understand the code and master the ability to apply it.

When can I test?

Paper-and-pencil examinations are administered on a limited basis. To get the most updated information, go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.

Computer-based examinations are administered frequently at over 350 sites across the nation. To get the most updated information, go you www.pearsonvue.com/icc.

How often can I test?

There is no mandatory waiting period before retaking a failed exam. However, it is strongly recommended that you allow time to study the approved references before registering to test a second time.

When will I receive my results?

Paper-and-Pencil Examinations: Results for examinations taken by paper-and-pencil are mailed within three to four weeks of the exam date.  Pass results also will be posted to the Code Council website in approximately the same time frame.

Computer-based Examinations: Results for examinations taken electronically are available immediately after completion of the examination. For most certification categories, candidates will automatically receive a Code Council wallet card within seven to nine weeks after they pass the examination. Some categories have additional requirements prior to receiving the full certification. Wall certificates are available upon request.

I didn’t receive my pass letter or wallet card.  Can I have another mailed to me?

Yes, but the item must be requested within 90 days from the date of the passed examination to have another mailed without a fee.  If a resend of a pass letter or wallet card is requested after 90 days from the exam, a fee will be charged. For fees and other optional services, go to our Forms Library.

What type of question format will be included in the examination?

Test questions are in four-option, multiple-choice format, with one answer on each question scored as correct. Due to the rigorous psychometric processes used by the Code Council in exam development, questions do not follow patterns (e.g., “the most common answer is ‘B’”).

Are the examinations open book?

Yes, most exams are open book. To get the most updated information on examinations, go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.

Can’t I just look up all of the answers in the books?

Because of the time constraints, you will not have time to look up all of the answers.  For those answers you must look up, you must be VERY familiar with the references to avoid wasting time searching for information. First impressions are often the most accurate, but you may change your answers if time allows.

How long are the examinations?

The length and allowed time varies depending upon the subject matter. To get the most updated information on examinations, go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog.

How many examinations can I take at one administration?

For Paper-and-Pencil exams, you may schedule two exams at one administration, but multiple exams must be scheduled for different starting times (i.e., 8:00 and 10:30).

For Computer-Based exams, in most cases you may take two exams in one day, as long as each examination is only two hours in length. 

Should I guess if I don’t know the answer to a question?

There is no guessing penalty, so it is to your advantage to answer every question. Remember to base your answers on the listed references for each exam, not solely on long-time field practices.

How do I renew my certification?

In most cases, you will need to have a certain number of continuing education credits (CEUs) to renew your certification.  For more information on keeping your certification current, go to www.iccsafe.org/renewals

Can I use my VA Montgomery Bill benefits to pay the fees for taking the examinations?

Many Code Council exams have been approved for VA reimbursement. To obtain more information on educational benefits for veterans, call 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551).

How can I access my certification information on the ICC website?

Log into verify.iccsafe.org with your email address on record with ICC; your zip code on record is your password. Click on “My ICC” and then “My Certifications” on the navigation bar. Do not create a new account on the renewal site, as this new account will not link you to your existing information.

How do I get a ProBoard-stamped certificate for Fire Inspector I or II?

If you pass an exam on or after January 1, 2013, you may order a wall certificate with the ProBoard stamp at no charge. Go to www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog and choose the After the Exam tab to view all applications.

When are exams updated to the newest codes?

Examinations are updated to the latest edition of the International Codes® effective January 1 of the year following the date of publication to allow time for candidates to become familiar with the new code provisions. 

Who can see my candidate records?

All Code Council certification examination candidates have certain rights in relation to their educational records. To view the complete Certification Records Policy, visit the Code Council website at www.iccsafe.org/certification-exam-catalog in the “After the Exam” section. 

 

 

For Contractor/Trades Exams

How can I become licensed?

The International Code Council is not a licensing agency. If you want to become licensed in a city, county, or state that participates with the Code Council, that jurisdiction will require you to take and pass a Code Council examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, contact the jurisdiction for any other requirements in order to become licensed.

When can I test?

Computer-testing is administered by Pearson VUE frequently at over 350 sites across the nation. Pearson VUE test dates and sites can be found on their website at www.pearsonvue.com/icc.

How often can I test?

You must wait 10 days before retaking a failed exam. It is strongly recommended that you allow time to study the approved references before registering to test a second time.

What examination do I need to take?

As requirements for employment differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the Code Council cannot recommend specific examinations to you. We strongly encourage you to contact the jurisdiction in which you wish to work for more information on their specific exam requirements for licensure.

How do I know if pre-approval is required for me to test?

Contact the licensing agency or review the appropriate Contractor/Trades Examination Information Bulletin on the Exam Catalog.

What references or code books are the exams based on?

The approved references for each exam are listed in the Examination Outlines section of this bulletin. For the most up-to-date  information, visit the Exam Catalog.

Are the examinations open book?

Most Contractor/Trades exams are open book. Refer to the Examination Outlines section of this bulletin for open/closed book requirements for specific exams. Additional policies governing the use of references can be found in the Test Site Regulations.

When will I receive my results?

Results for examinations taken electronically are available immediately after completion of the examination.

I didn’t receive my pass letter.  Can I have another mailed to me?

Yes, but the pass letter must be requested within 90 days from the date of the passed examination to have another mailed without a fee.  If a resend of a pass letter is requested after 90 days from the exam, a fee will be charged. For fees, go visit www.iccsafe.org/contractor.

What type of question format will be included in the examination?

Test questions are in four-option, multiple-choice format, with one answer on each question scored as correct. Due to the rigorous psychometric processes used by the Code Council in exam development, questions do not follow patterns (e.g., “the most common answer is ‘B’”).

Can’t I just look up all of the answers in the books?

Because of the time constraints, you will not have time to look up all of the answers.  For those answers you must look up, you must be VERY familiar with the references to avoid wasting time searching for information. First impressions are often the most accurate, but you may change your answers if time allows.

How long are the examinations?

The length and allowed time varies depending upon the subject matter. To get the most updated information on examinations, go to the Exam Catalog and search for your exam.

How many examinations can I take at one administration?

For computer-based exams, in most cases you may take two exams in one day, as long as each examination is only two hours in length. 

Should I guess if I don’t know the answer to a question?

There is no guessing penalty, so it is to your advantage to answer every question. Remember to base your answers on the listed references for each exam, not solely on long-time field practices.

What score do I need to pass the test?

Most Contractor/Trades examinations require a candidate to answer at least 70 percent of their questions correctly in order to pass the exam. The Master Electrician examination requires 75 percent of the questions to be answered correctly to pass. Particular licensing agencies may require a passing score of higher than 70. It is important that you carefully read the relevant bulletin or contact the licensing agency for information regarding their minimum passing requirement.

Can my exam score be cancelled?

The Code Council reserves the right to revoke or withhold any examination scores if, in its sole opinion, there is adequate reason to question their validity. Reasons are: 

  • Giving or receiving assistance with answers during testing
  • Using unauthorized materials during testing
  • Failing to abide by the rules presented or directions from the proctor(s)
  • Attempting to, or removing examination materials or questions from the testing center.

In cases of examination irregularities which are suspected at testing centers, the scores of the individual(s) involved will not be released unless approved by the Code Council. Additional sanctions may be authorized by the Board, which may include restrictions on retesting for up to three (3) years.

Some scores may be rendered invalid because of circumstances beyond the examinee’s control, such as faulty examination materials or mistiming. These situations will be investigated; when such occurrences result in cancellation of an examinee’s scores, the Code Council will arrange for a makeup examination for the examinees concerned.

 

 

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