Certification & Recertification

ICC is 100% Committed to Building Safety

Why should my entire staff be 100% ICC certified? Code Council certificate holders demonstrate a confirmed commitment to protect public health, safety and welfare. Raise the professionalism of your department and ensure all staff members are knowledgeable about the current I-Codes by encouraging your staff to get certified. Staff certifications also can assist in your department's future accreditation efforts.

In its ongoing commitment to education and safe communities, Target will be awarding three code enforcement departments with a $1,100 credit for ICC educational offerings, such as training and training materials. All departments with 100% newly certified staff will be entered into a drawing by population size.

Demonstrate professionalism and commitment to quality - Get 100% of your technical staff certified by ICC. Click here for details.

Benefits of Obtaining Certification

  • Verification of personal and professional accomplishment.
  • Validation of technical expertise.
  • Recognition on a national level.
  • Increase in potential career opportunities.
  • Expanded knowledge.
  • Confirmed commitment to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.
  • Commitment to raising the awareness of the Permit Technician profession.

The International Code Council (ICC) administers the Permit Technician Certification exam. For up to date testing and certification information visit ICCSafe.org, and check out the pages on Certification and Testing and the ICC National Certification Information Bulletin (PDF). To register for an exam, you can sign up here.

Please note that exams based on the 2015 codes are now being administered via computer-based testing, as well as by paper-and-pencil. And, if you need computer-based testing for the 2012 codes, that is also still available.

Exam Basics

  • 1 examination
  • Open book
  • 2 hour limit
  • 60 multiple choice questions, for exam content outline, download the Exam Content Outline (PDF).

General Administration—23 questions, 39%
Legal Aspects—13 questions, 22%
Plans & Documents—15 questions, 25%
Zoning & Site Development—9 questions, 14%

 Reference Books

  • 2015 Int'l Building Code (Chapters 1-3, 6, 12)
  • 2015 Int'l Zoning Code
  • 2002 Legal Aspects of Code Administration
  • Basic Code Enforcement (copyright 2008 or newer)

The reference books are available for purchase through ICC, WABO Bookstore, or WSAPT lending library. You may also check your local library reference section, but be sure to look at the code book with the year as stated above.

Certification Cost

Current examination cost: Computer based exam $199 / Paper and Pencil exam $199. Exam costs are subject to change, check the ICC website for up-to-date information.

Keeping Your Certification Current

In order to keep your certification current, you will need to renew it every three years. Certifications must be renewed on or before the expiration date to qualify. A few months prior to the renewal, you will be sent a notice along with a renewal application. If for any reason you do not receive this notice, you may obtain an application from the ICC website. The renewal application also comes with an affidavit for CEU credits. You must have at least 1.5 CEU credits per 3 year period to review your Permit Technician certification. If you have multiple certification and they are all due on the same date as your Permit Technician certification, you must include enough CEU credits for each type of certification renewal. Check the ICC website for the most current information on CEU credit requirements for renewal as well as current renewal costs.

Are you renewing your certification in the next year? ICC has changed the CEU allowance for working in a jurisdiction to include requiring formal in-house training in order to claim those CEUs. We have asked for clarification of what "formal" means and will share that information when we receive it. Click here for the CEU requirements and list of available CEUs.

A Permit Tech’s Advice on the Exam

The exam was designed to be “self-study.” This is something you can study for and achieve without a structured class. Since the exam is open book, just learn where and how to find the information, and you will do fine. Go with the answer that is most correct. The answers may be tweaked to be almost right, except for a word or two. If the answer says “may require” and the code says “shall require,” whichever best fits “shall” would be correct. The codes were written such that people shall comply with the code.

See our Frequent Asked Questions page for additional helpful information.

Good luck on the test!