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Building/Fire Leadership “Working Together to Achieve Public Safety” CERTIFICATION INITIATIVE To support ICC’s initiative of building safety and fire service communities working together to achieve public safety, ICC Certification and Testing (C&T) has completely reworked the exam modules needed for both the Certified Building Official (CBO) and Certified Fire Marshal (CFM) designations. This process began in September 2013 at the meeting of the Board for International Professional Standards (BIPS; now the Certification Committee of the Professional Development Council) in Atlantic City, N.J. With joint efforts ongoing between the Building Officials Membership Council (BOMC) and Fire Services Membership Council (FSMC), the goal is to support the vision of “both sides of the house” coming together to strengthen and grow ICC’s core membership. In support of this initiative, the Exam Development Committees for Certified Fire Marshal (CFM) and Certified Building Official (CBO) were charged with holding a joint meeting to start creating exam modules that could be used interchangeably. The two Exam Development Committees met in Birmingham, Ala., in July 2014 to begin evaluating the existing requirements for the CBO and CFM and determining what the most effective crossover would be. The joint meeting concluded that starting Jan. 1, 2015, the new path to reach either a CBO or CFM designation would start with two modules: Legal and Management. These two ICC Training, Education and Certification APRIL 2015 | 23


April 2015 BSJ
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