Originally Posted by jcarrillo View Post
During this slow time for me, I’m considering to obtain an International Residential Code B1 Certification. Hoping it can bolster my marketing campaign and/or meet minimum requirements to possibly land a municipal position.
B1 is only the structural certification. There is still the Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical certifications. Is there a reason that you are not aiming for a Residential Combination (R5) certification?
BTW consumers have become very intelligent when researching any certification and ICC makes it easy for them to do. For those consumers who have selected me because of my ICC certifications they are well aware how many Inspectors try to obtain only the B1 rating to make it appear as if they are fully certified in all areas. After all those Inspectors are not lying when they state they are certified by ICC as a Residential Building Inspector. They just don’t tell consumers they never bothered to obtain the other certifications to round out their credentials.
Those of you who are ICC certified, was it difficult?
I never thought it was. When I sat for the tests I took them 2 at a time and spent no more than 20 minutes on each test and never opened the book since they are open book tests. I didn’t miss maybe one question on a test. Of course I did not think the Texas State licensing test was hard and did the same on it including high score. However if you look at the Texas licensing stats there is a 50% failure rate for Inspector testing. So using my opinion might not be an accurate “Average Opinion”.
Has it helped?
All knowledge and learning helps! As for a specific answer yes it always helps to know what the standards are since the Building Codes, just like any other standard, are created from good practices already in place.
If you are wondering if it will help with your goal of using it for marketing purposes the answer is “It depends”. It depends on if you actually learn and understand the Building Codes. If you do then yes it will help reinforce your appearance and reputation with consumers. If all you do is study long enough to pass a test so you can legally use the title for marketing then it will do you more harm than good particularly if you make bad calls or miss calls.
Will I be wasting my time/money?
It is never a waste of time or money to educate yourself whether you obtain and use the ICC certifications or not.
Do you work for a city?
No. Many larger municipalities around my location do not allow their Inspectors to perform similar side work as they view it as a potential conflict of interest.
Also, does NACHI provide adequate education?
No offense to INACHI since I have yet to find any INACHI course that was not worth taking. INACHI courses are WAY BETTER than any of the “Paid For” training classes I have taken for Inspectors. However I suspect INACHI training would not fully prepare you to master a complete understanding of the Building Codes nor I suspect are they intended to.
Or are additional sources recommended?
The best source of training available is a copy of the Building Code manuals themselves and NOT just the “Code Check” books! Literally read the appropriate manual(s) cover to cover and become familiar with their intended format/layout/use. One of the first sections of each manual is “Effective Use…” which will most certainly help you understand how they are constructed.
Another possible help is to attend the ICC Residential Code Institute training class which is a week long training on the Building Codes.
Another help is to become an ICC member since you will have access to Requests For Interpretation of the Building Codes and other resources.