Test Site Regulations

The rules and procedures below are strictly enforced at all Code Council examinations. Following these rules guarantees the security of examination materials, provides reliable test results, and increases the public’s trust of certified professionals.

What to Bring to the Test Site:

Examinees must possess and present a valid (unexpired) photo ID with signature, issued by a governmental agency, e.g., a driver’s license, passport, etc. 

Examinees may bring the following items to the examination:

  • Three No. 2 pencils (sharpened)
  • Reference material(s)- please make sure the reference(s):

à Are bound (either original bound book, three-ring binder, or stapled). Photocopies of copyrighted materials are not allowed.

à Have notes written in ink or highlighted

à Have permanently attached tabs (tabs that can’t be removed without destroying the page).

  • Eraser
  • Magnifying glass
  • Eyeglasses, if necessary
  • Architects’ scale or rule
  • Watch without alarm/camera
  • Battery-operated calculator that is:
  • Nonprogrammable
  • Not capable of storing examination information
  • No ribbon or paper printing capabilities
  • Foreign language/English translation dictionaries


What should I leave at home?

  • Any kind of ink (ballpoint, felt-tip, gel, etc.) pens,
    colored pencils, highlighters, writing paper, or briefcases
  • Personal items such as purses, wallets, or watches—lockers are available at Pearson VUE for small items, but will not accommodate laptops, briefcases, or large purses or bags
  • Calculators with print capability and/or that store formulas
  • Copying, recording, or photo devices
  • Cell phones, beepers, radios, MP3 players, and/or PDAs


Test Proctors

The test proctors have two main jobs: they give the examinations and make sure the exam materials at the test site are protected. Proctors are well-trained and treat candidates with respect, and in turn, expect the same level of respect from candidates. Threatening a proctor or interfering with the administration of an examination at any time may be considered a criminal offense and punishable by law. In addition, proctors cannot discuss contents of the exam or reference materials with a candidate.

Proctors have the right to remove a candidate’s test and ask the individual to leave the building if the candidate: 

  • Gives or receives help during the examination
  • Attempts to remove exam materials or notes from the room
  • Creates a disturbance
  • Copies or attempts to copy examination questions or answers
  • Is found to have prohibited materials (cell phone, recorder, etc.) during the exam


If a candidate is asked to leave the test site for any reason, the candidate will not receive a refund, may jeopardize their right to take a Code Council examination in the future, and may face possible prosecution.


Technical Difficulties at Exam Site

Code Council testing procedures are designed to minimize negative conditions at the examination site such as bad lighting, excessive noise, or uncomfortable temperature conditions. In unlikely cases where such conditions may occur, the required passing score will not be changed. Should you feel your exam experience or conditions at the test site to be unfavorable, notify the proctor.  If you would like to file a complaint, you must ensure that an Incident Report (IR) is created by the test personnel, and then follow up using the appeals process. In order for the Code Council to investigate and respond to your complaint, an IR must be filed before you leave the test site. Once the investigation is completed, you will receive a letter of determination from the Code Council.

General comments regarding the exam experience are encouraged. Please forward your comments to appeals@iccsafe.org.

Please note all comments will be read; however, you will not receive a written response.


Administrative Rules and Procedures