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Welcome to the Assessment Center, formerly Certification and Testing. Here's what's new! 

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Updated Changes to CBO/CFM Designations

Starting January 1, 2020, candidates looking to obtain a Certified Building Official (CBO) or Certified Fire Marshal (CFM) designation will have 18 months to fulfill the exam requirements to achieve those designations.

Exams required to obtaining CBO or CFM designations:

Certified Building Official (CBO)
Exam ID Exam Title
MM Management Module
MG Legal Module
BC Building Codes and Standards Module

 

Certified Fire Marshal (CFM)
Exam ID Exam Title
MM Management Module
MG Legal Module
FC Fire Codes and Standards Module

 

Achieving both designations has become much easier than before. Once you have completed either the CBO or CFM, you have only one more exam to pass and achieve the other designation. You do not have to fulfill that last exam within the 18 months as long your existing CBO or CFM certification is current. And because ICC allows certification exam attempts up to 6 times in a 6-month period, you'll have plenty of opportunities to take an exam.

Don’t forget to stay on top of keeping your designations renewed by checking your account on myICC!

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California Combination Designations - Now Automated

If you are holding current California Code certifications and are looking to apply these certifications to a Code Council combination inspector designation, you will be automatically granted the designation instead of having to fill out a form.

Our systems will track your progress and detect your exam and California certifications so that you will be automatically granted the combination for which you qualify. From there, you will also have the ability to print the Wall Certificate for your combination.

You are still responsible for renewing your Combination Designations. If you choose not to renew your designation, the designation status on your account will no longer be viewable. Stay on top of keeping your designations renewed!

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Paper-and-pencil Exams Retiring June 30th

All Paper-and-pencil examinations will retire on June 30th, 2018. Now that you have access to a much more convenient testing option through PRONTO, with expanded offerings coming soon, there will no longer be a need for Paper-and-Pencil exam administrations.

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Updated Available Code Years

The following is the list of code years available for testing for the next few years.

CBT = Computer-based Testing; PRONTO = Proctored Remote Online Testing

2018 – Starting January 1 and forward

  • CBT: 2015
  • PRONTO: 2015, 2018*

*Not all exams are available under PRONTO. Check the exam catalog for specific code year availability.

2020 and until further notice

  • CBT: 2015
  • PRONTO: 2015, 2018*

* Not all exams are available under PRONTO. Check the exam catalog for specific code year availability.

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Now Available:
Print on Demand Wall Certificates
& Auto Combo Designations

We’ve got two great new features*
coming out on April 24 that will enhance your certification experience.
Print on Demand Wall Certificates

Starting April 24th, you are now able to print your own wall certificates on myICC for your ICC Certification.

Instead of waiting for the mail to get your wall certificate, ICC has added a Print-on-demand option for you to print your own certificate in your home or office. This comes at no additional cost to you.

*Because of special requirements, not all certificates/designations apply.

But wait, there’s more!

Automatic Combination Designations

Working towards an ICC Combination Designation? Starting April 24, you will be granted Automatic Combination Designations once you pass all exams and prerequisites so you don’t have to do the work.

Usually we require you to fill out and submit a form as soon as you know you’ve completed requirements for combination designations.

Our systems will be able to track your progress and detect your exam and prerequisite achievements so that you will be automatically granted the combination for which you qualify. From there, you will also have the ability to print the Wall Certificate for your combination.*

You are still responsible for renewing your Combination Designations. If you choose not to renew your designation, the designation status on your account will no longer be viewable. Stay on top of keeping your designations renewed!

*Because of special requirements, not all certificates/designations apply.

Bookmark our News & Resources page, Facebook, and Twitter to stay tuned for more about this double-feature launch!

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Exam Review Sessions Going Away June 30th

Review sessions will not be available for examinations taken on or after July 1, 2018-–except for Florida DBPR and St. Louis County examinations.

Why is ICC doing away with review sessions? 

Since the launch of ICC’s Learning Center, training has greatly expanded for both Certification and Contractor programs. For example, the Learning Center’s robust Certification Test Academies led by code experts provide exam preparation and question-based review, allowing you to ultimately prepare for taking your targeted exam. In tandem with these in-person events, the Learning Center offers Online Learning opportunities such as study tools, practice quizzes, and guides to required exam references to help familiarize you with study materials and the general test-taking environment.

In addition, the Preferred Provider Network provides a myriad of in-person, online, and on demand training options that, when used in conjunction with the exam’s expanded content outlines (found in the Exam Catalog) can help a candidate prepare for their examination.

Through these training options, you’ll have the opportunity for true study programs to grow your knowledge of the concepts found on the exams.

On top of the Learning Center’s support through online learning and academy programs, the Assessment Center’s launch of PRONTO (Proctored Online Testing Option) allows you to take your exam online with a live proctor any time of the day and gives your results immediately upon exam completion. Instead of having to travel to one of the current testing sites, some of which have limited hours and may not be convenient for many test takers, you can take an exam at your convenience through PRONTO in the privacy of your home, office, or other secured location. With PRONTO available 24/7, you will have the flexibility and control over scheduling your exam.

Since PRONTO’s initial launch, ICC is planning to expand the program by offering additional exams through PRONTO in the near future.

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PRONTO & Assessment Center FAQs

PRONTO and Assessment Center FAQs:

Assessment Center

  • Who is the Assessment Center, and what happened to Certification and Testing?
    • The ICC Assessment Center will take the place of the ICC Certification and Testing division as a newly integrated, one-stop shop approach to simplify user access to services.
  • Will I lose my certifications?
    • No; the ICC Assessment Center will maintain the same strong credentials as the previous system, with an updated look and name. All certification and testing activities previously conducted by ICC will now be available from the Assessment Center, along with new and enhanced services.
  • Why did ICC change the certification department name?
    • The Assessment Center name more accurately reflects that credentials aren’t just tied to testing, but to various means of assessment. New credential types will be available soon in the Assessment Center – watch for more information.

PRONTO

  • What is PRONTO?
    • Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO) is a new program offered by ICC that allows individuals to take an ICC certification exam in the privacy of their home, office or other secured location. Instead of having to travel to one of the current testing sites, some of which have limited hours and may not be convenient for many test takers, candidates can take an exam at their convenience.
  • Why is ICC interested in online testing?
    • This new test-taking platform will remove one of the barriers to individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the building trades, which could help reduce the current shortage of qualified individuals for jobs in these fields.
  • What do I need in order to test through PRONTO?
    • To participate in PRONTO, individuals need to have a computer, web cam, microphone and high-speed (broadband) internet access. Users will be able to test their computer system to see if it works for PRONTO prior to purchasing the exam.
  • Why should I consider taking an exam through PRONTO?
    • PRONTO makes taking a certification exam easier, more convenient, more comfortable and saves time by enabling individuals to take the exams in their own location. The new test-taking platform eliminates the geographical barrier of travelling to a testing center to take an ICC exam, which is especially helpful for testers who live far away from a testing site or can’t easily schedule an exam due to limited testing hours.
  • Who else is offering online testing?
    • While online proctored testing is being successfully used at companies such as Microsoft and Cisco, ICC is the first model code organization to offer secured online proctored exams. ICC is also currently the only model code organization to offer this convenient service at an entirely new, accessible level to testers.
  • When can I take an exam through PRONTO?
    • PRONTO services reflect the demand for flexibility and control over scheduling for the modern-day tester, making exams accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • When do I get my exam results?
    • Individuals will find out their pass/fail status immediately upon completing their exams through PRONTO.
  • What’s happening to computer-based and paper-and-pencil testing?
    • In addition to PRONTO, ICC will continue offering other options for taking certification exams via computer-based testing and paper-and-pencil examinations to provide testers with the highest variety of options.
  • Can I take any ICC exam through PRONTO?
    • PRONTO services are now available for 24 different exams. Even more types of exams will begin to become available in the future, making certification exams more convenient and accessible than ever before.

Got more questions? Click here to read more FAQs.

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