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USAF Begins Offering ICC’s Commercial Building Inspector Certification continued personnel, along with some 2,500 civilians who work with the Air Force. “This will help standardize our construction and inspections,” Chacon said. “Our projects will be more effective and efficient.” As military training helps a person even after the service, so too will the Commercial Building Inspector certification. Chacon said military veterans have among the highest unemployment rate. The ICC certification and the other training can help them land a job in civilian life after their tours. Helping to serve veterans is what led Chacon to focus on the Commercial Building Inspector certification. Initially, he had been drawn to the ICC’s highly successful High School Technical Training Program due to the USAF’s already solid relationship with community colleges in many areas. “This certification will provide returning veterans with a leg up,” said Yerkes. “When they come out of the military, they’ll have the training they need. This is very exciting.” Yerkes commended Chacon for caring about those he worked with, now and when they left the service. “He wants the people in his program to learn about the codes,” she said. “It’s nice to find people who are so committed and care about young people.” Naderi said that training will help address a critical need for younger code officials, who are expected to grow dramatically in the next several years as an aging workforce retires. “It’s very important to create a large workforce of experts,” he said. To that end, Naderi hopes creating this model with the Air Force will draw interest from the other branches of service. Jim Brown, Deputy Building Official in Gillette, Wy., is proud the Air Force is the first branch to offer ICC certification, not only because he also is a board member of the Code Council and its subsidiary, the International Accreditation Service. He’s also a proud veteran (1976-80) of the USAF’s 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron, known as the “Fighting Eagles.” “One of the core values of the Air Force is ‘excellence in all we do,’” Brown said. “That’s the same for the ICC, and that’s why the Air Force chose the ICC.” APRIL 2015 | 43 Ensure Testing Laboratories are Competent. Ask for IAS Accreditation. Photo Credit: ATI 14-09471 —*ADVERTISEMENT—


April 2015 BSJ
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