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April 2015 BSJ

W hen I became your Board President, I dedicated this year to the “next generation.” Over the years I have come to understand this is a top priority in our industry. Chapters are a primary conduit between the ICC and the membership. The value Chapters bring to our industry must be prominently recognized and continually promoted as they are today’s mentors, helping lend all we can to tomorrow’s accomplishments. Your Board Members have committed to engage our Chapters and work with them to get the next generation of code officials involved in our profession and our association. Working toward this goal, I would like to tap into the ideas and experience of our longtime Members and determine what first got them excited about what we do, and encourage them to share that with their office or Chapter. We also need to reach out to the younger group stepping into our profession and figure out how to further engage them and continue to inspire and motivate the next generation’s involvement, based on their perspective. In a recent survey, it was confirmed that code officials are aging and making plans for retirement in significant numbers, and without new ones coming into the fold, the impact on public safety could be considerable. So I’m pleased this issue of the Building Safety Journal Online highlights the education programs the Code Council offers to assist us all in accomplishing this goal. Education is key to developing those who will come after us, motivating them to consider the industry, get properly trained, and have a passion for the codes and standards that play such an important role in the construction of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Whether you are new to the profession or an experienced code official, ICC has a variety of learning options and numerous certifications to help you in your career goals. Your ambition may lead you to achieve the designation of Master Code Professional, which is the highest level of certification the Code Council offers. But don’t think you have to be at the height of your career to reach this goal. Just ask Andre Jaen, who achieved MCP at the age of 24, and Chance Price who earned MCP at the age of 27. Read more about these MESSAGE from the PRESIDENT Guy Tomberlin, CBO President ICC Board of Directors International Code Council APRIL 2015 | 04


April 2015 BSJ
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