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ICC launches new cloud based testing – PRONTO

PRONTO enables candidates to take tests securely any time of day

 The International Code Council (ICC) recently unveiled a new cloud-based testing system, Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO), which enables candidates to take ICC certification exams at their convenience on their home or office computer.

In the past, test takers had to travel to approved locations for certification exams. The new cloud-based system allows users to take proctored ICC certification exams on their own computer at home, in an office or at another secure location of their choice. This system will supplement the brick and mortar computer-based exam sites and paper-and-pencil testing that were the only options previously available.

PRONTO also allows users to immediately see their exam results. ICC currently has 23 exams available online with plans for additional offerings in the future. Click here to learn more about PRONTO.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Building Safety Month Campaign Contest

We want to thank everyone who participated in our contest and helped to make it a success.

And special congratulations to the winners of the Building Safety Month Campaign Contest!

The joint campaign of Carroll County, Grayson County, the City of Galax, and the Town of Hillsville, was selected as winners in the division of Best Campaign – Small Locality!  The jurisdictions combined efforts to deliver a variety of programs in the region, including a kickoff event at a local Lowe’s store attended by over 375 people. State Delegate Israel O’Quinn read a joint proclamation of Building Safety Month; VBCOA Vice President Pete Mensinger awarded certificates of achievement to graduates of the ICC High School Technical Training Program, and a variety of organizations provided presentations and demonstrations throughout the day.


The City of Alexandria’s campaign was selected as the winner of the Large Locality prize!  The City’s campaign featured community outreach at local businesses, and partnerships with a variety of sponsors and organizations.  The kickoff event was attended by over 250 people, and featured training, demonstrations, door prizes and giveaways.


Congratulations again to all of the winners, who will receive catered lunch for the office, and a full day of training for up to 40 staff.

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Building Safety Month Scholarship Awarded

Meghan Chudasama Chantilly High School

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Building Code Safety Month Scholarship Essay Contest, Meghan K. Chudasama! A rising senior at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, VA, Meghan’s essay was unanimously chosen by the contest’s selection committee. It is clear that Meghan put some time, research, and thought into her response to the essay prompt ‘Code Officials – Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth’. Meghan will receive a $1,500 scholarship award to go towards her upcoming educational expenses.

We thank each participant for the terrific essays that were submitted and we wish them the best of luck with their future endeavors. Read the winning essay here: Meghan K. Chudasama

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ICC Seeks Military Members

ICC members come from many backgrounds and contribute a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the Building Safety Profession. ICC believes that understanding the background of their members will help them to better meet your needs. This includes those who have proudly served or have loved ones who have served our country in the military.

As we in Virginia prepare to celebrate Building Safety Month, we invite all members to complete this short survey regarding military service.

This information will help ICC provide and enhance career opportunities in the building safety profession for veterans and military personnel.

Whether you have served, are a military family member, or even if you just have ideas you would like to share about engaging those who have served in the military, please take this survey.

Click HERE for the survey.

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VA Code Education Conference – 2017

VA Code Education Conference
July 24-26, 2017
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This three-day conference offers a wide variety of education sessions that are sure to be of interest to anyone enforcing, developing, using the code or working in a code related industry. The education sessions will qualify for continuing education credit from DHCD and ICC and may qualify for additional continuing education credit approvals.

In addition to a full education schedule there will be a number of evening networking events including a family pig roast, evening banquet, and an event at the UVA Rotunda. These will be perfect opportunities to connect with colleagues, establish new industry connections, and take sometime to relax and enjoy good company.

For more information or to register on-line visit www.thevcec.org

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Code Official Numbers on the Decline

Those in the code safety profession have long known that an aging workforce is an issue.  The recent article in Builder Magazine shares that concern.  Read the full article here.

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Amusement Device Reminder for VA Building Officials

amusement-deviceThe warm weather is fast approaching which means carnivals, fairs and family fun. Building Officials play a major unsung role in these family times.

It is important to know that the local Building Department is responsible for the inspections of Amusement Devices, whether performed by certified Building Deparment employees or an approved third party.

Only Virginia certified amusement device inspectors can perform the inspections of amusement devices. Certified inspectors may be employees of the local government or may be independent inspectors that are paid for by the amusement device owners or operators.

After the amusement device is inspected and determined to comply with the standards under the Virginia Amusement Device Regulations (VADR), the device is affixed with a Virginia Amusement Device Inspection Seal. Please note that seals will only be provided to the Building Official of the jurisdiction, as they are responsible for the seals.  You may pre-order the stickers by contacting sbco@dhcd.virginia.gov  or by calling 804-371-7150.  Please order early to ensure you have an adequate supply when needed.

The VADR prescribes uniform statewide regulations to be complied with for the construction, maintenance, inspection, and operation of amusement devices, whether mobile or affixed to a site. Should you have any questions on the regulations, additional information and FAQ’s can be found HERE.

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