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The achievement of the MCP designation has become the gold standard for demonstrating proficiency in the building and fire safety profession. To obtain MCP requires and demonstrates commitment to the profession, diverse knowledge of codes and a high level of self-initiative. Becoming an ICC Master Code Professional—the highest level of certification the Code Council offers—is no easy task. The Code Council has certified thousands of people over the years, but only some 800 can wear the gold-colored lapel pin signifying the ultimate achievement. Often the MCP is the crowning accomplishment in a building official’s career. Clearly, it takes intelligence. It takes grit. It takes determination. And it took Andre Jaen fewer than three years. He also achieved the MCP in February, a handful of weeks continued on page 26 W hat do you say when you’re building a home on a deadline and the inspector— good-looking fella with a drawl maybe an octave higher than Elvis and young enough to be your son—says you have some electrical issues to clear up? If you’re working with Chance Price in the Columbia, S.C., area, you say, “Thank you.” Price is a building inspector with SAFEbuilt, a third-party firm that does inspections and plan reviews for jurisdictions that don’t have the resources for their own building departments. At 27, he’s been in the business for nearly seven years. He’s married, has three kids continued on page 28 One Summit Conquered Onward and upward for 24-year-old who achieves Master Code Professional Young MCP Leading the Way for a New Generation of Code Officials By Nick Reiher ICC Training, Education and Certification APRIL 2015 | 25


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