Continuing Education

At its meeting on November 20, 2019, the Building Codes Council determined that ICC examinations passed during the licensing cycle may count as one continuing education credit hour. Each licensee seeking continuing education credit for successfully passing one or more ICC examinations must submit proof of his or her examination result(s) to the Council for the one-hour credit.

General Information

24 hours of continuing education are required per two-year registration cycle. The reporting period is from July 1st to June 30th of each odd numbered year, and hours cannot be carried over to the next registration cycle. Proof of continuing education is by audit, and can be submitted via email, fax, or mail to the Council.

Courses must be selected from the List of Approved Courses in order to be eligible for continuing education hours and reimbursement.

At its November 28, 2007 meeting, the Council formed a Continuing Education Policy dictating the general requirements for Registrants.

Please select the appropriate tab below for more information specific to Registrants and Course Providers.

For Registrants

24 hours of continuing education are required per two-year registration cycle. The reporting period is from July 1st to June 30th of each odd numbered year, and hours cannot be carried over to the next registration cycle. Proof of continuing education is by audit, and can be submitted via email, fax, or mail to the Council.

Per Regulation 8-120, if the first period of registration is less than twenty-four (24) months, continuing education required for the first registration renewal must be based on the following:

  1. For registrations issued one (1) to four (4) months before expiration, no hours.
    B. For registrations issued four (4) to eight (8) months before expiration, four (4) hours.
    C. For registrations issued eight (8) to twelve (12) months before expiration, eight (8) hours.
    D. For registrations issued twelve (12) to sixteen (16) months before expiration, twelve (12) hours.
    E. For registrations issued sixteen (16) to twenty (20) months before expiration, sixteen (16) hours.
    F. For registrations issued twenty (20) to twenty-four (24) months before expiration, twenty (20) hours.
    G. For each subsequent registration, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours will be required.

Registration and Reimbursement:

The Course Registration Form must be completed and sent to the Council via email, fax, or mail prior to the course registration date in order for a registrant to be scheduled for class. If attendance is not approved in advance, the course will not be eligible for reimbursement by the Council. Requests received after the registration date will be forwarded to the course provider with the understanding that the Council will pay for the advance registration fee, but any additional or late fees must be paid by the attendee/jurisdiction.

Courses must be selected from the List of Approved Courses in order to be eligible for continuing education hours and reimbursement.

One correspondence or home study course approved for continuing education, excluding code books, will be eligible for payment by the Council. Approved correspondence or home study courses are limited to one per jurisdiction and will be ordered and purchased by the Council, in the name of the building official.

In order to receive reimbursement for a course paid for by the attendee/jurisdiction, the Reimbursement Request Form must be completed and submitted to the Council within LLR’s fiscal year. After the current fiscal year has passed, reimbursement will no longer be available.

The Council may establish a maximum payment per credit hour. For courses with a higher cost per hour, the cost in excess of the per-hour maximum must be paid by the attendee/jurisdiction. The Council may approve continuing education courses for credit hours, but not payment. For such courses, all costs must be paid by the attendee/jurisdiction. The Council may limit payment of continuing education to a maximum of 12 hours per registrant per year.

Self-pace Online Courses

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Building Codes Council will temporarily allow self-pace online Continuing Education (CE) courses. These courses will serve as a means of earning continuing education hours through the June 30, 2021, registration cycle, along with in-house or live web courses.

In order to qualify as continuing education credit, a self-pace online course must be offered by ICC or a Council-approved CE provider and be appropriate for your registration type.  Any or all of the required twenty-four (24) CE hours in a registration cycle may be earned through qualifying self-pace online courses.   Likewise, the Council will accept reimbursement requests for the courses up to the required 24 CE hours. A list of approved self-pace online courses can be found here and will be updated as more providers are added. Also, in accordance with the Council’s CE Policy, you may not exceed 6 hours of training per day.

For Course Providers

Request for Course Approval

Individuals or companies that wish to have a course approved for use as continuing education hours for building code enforcement officers must complete the Request for Course Approval Form and attach the below documentation. To qualify for continuing education credit, a course must be approved before presentation to registrants.

  1. Course Outline: A complete course outline to include an overall course summary, which should include detailed information about the proposed subject matter and the benefit the course will provide to the target audience.
  2. Instructor/Moderator Qualifications: Submit a bio for all course instructors or moderators to include:

    1. Name
    2. Current title or position
    3. For structured courses, experience in the course subject matter; or for in-house training, proof of a Building Official Registration, Commercial Registration or Single Discipline Registration in the field being taught (individuals registered in the Limited or Provisional classifications will not be recognized as instructors or moderators).

Types of Courses:

Continuing education courses may be submitted in one of two formats: Structured Course or In-house Training.

Structured Course means a formal course, which may be presented to registrants in one of the three formats below. When completing the Request for Course Approval Form, please select all formats that apply.

  1. In-person: course is offered in a classroom setting with an instructor/moderator present.
  2. Live Webinar: course has various elements of live instructor/moderator interaction throughout.
  3. Self-pace Online: course must be less than 4 credit hours and the course provider must have mechanisms in place to assess registrant participation.

For structured courses, the instructor or provider is fully responsible for certifying the attendance of each registrant in the manner prescribed by the Council below under Course Verification.

In-house Training means informal training of a technical nature approved by the Council and given by a building inspection department or entity by a member (moderator) of that department; or an entity that holds a Building Official Registration, Commercial Registration or Single Discipline Registration in the field being taught. Two or more building inspection departments or entities may conduct in-house training as a joint project. For in-house training, the moderator is fully responsible for certifying the attendance of each registrant in a manner prescribed by the Council below under Course Verification.

In-house training must be of an instructive nature and must reference specific building codes sections, customarily accepted construction practices, plan review, inspection techniques or alternate methods or materials acceptance and code relevance. Debates, personal philosophy, or individual theory will not be given credit.

Continuing education courses are reevaluated periodically to ensure quality and applicability of the information.

Course Content:

A course must provide information within a license category that is useful to its target audience on a day to day basis. Information to assist registrants in obtaining certification in any of the registration classifications may be acceptable. Courses may focus on code provisions, code administration, plan review, inspection techniques, treatment or testing of materials, the use of referenced standards, etc.

Information that is related to the registration categories, but is of no practical use will not be considered for credit. Providers associated with manufacturing, representing, promoting or selling a specific product, service, component or system must provide course information in generic form. Courses containing logos, advertising, or any information that promotes a product, service, component or system will not be approved. Information that is deemed to potentially influence a code enforcement officer to give preference to or otherwise provide an unfair advantage of one product, service, component or system over another will not be approved.

Course Credit:

Course credit will be allowed in increments of one half credit for each 30 minutes and one credit for each 60 minutes of educational time. Segments of courses longer than 30 minutes must extend to the next full 30-minute increment before credit will be allowed (i.e. 30 to 59 minutes = one half credit hour; 60 to 89 minutes = one credit hour).

Course credit is only allowed for the actual time allotted to education. Introductions longer than five minutes, breaks, lunches, etc. will not qualify as educational time. Credit will not be allowed for courses less than 30 minutes in total length. The maximum allowable education time per day is limited to six (6) hours.

Course Verification:

The instructor or moderator must verify the attendance of each registrant who completes a course by offering a certificate, letter, or the Council approved Continuing Education Verification Form.

If the provider elects to create a verification form, the document must contain the name of the registrant, name of the course, date the course was given, number of hours approved by the Council, and the signature of the instructor. All information, including the registrants name must be on the course verification document prior to the instructor’s signature.

Appeal:

A provider whose course is not approved may appeal the decision to the Council, provided the appeal is in writing and received by Council staff within 10 working days after the decision is rendered.

Course Evaluation:

A course participant has the right to challenge the value of the course content or the ability of the instructor. A challenge must be in writing and must state the reason for which the allegation is based.

Courses may be monitored by Council staff for content and consistency, with or without notice.