Code Change Training (CCT)




Code Change Training is mandatory every three years for all Building and Fire Code enforcement personnel holding one or more Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development issued certifications. 

The 2018 Code Changes are broken out into 16 individual online modules. Training requirements are based on Training requirements are based on the certifications you hold and are detailed on the Code Change Training Requirements document.



2018 Code Change Training (CCT) is offered exclusively in an online self-paced format through the Code Academy Learning Center. To determine which modules are required, see the Code Change Training Requirements document .

For more information on the Code Academy Learning Center, click here

Code Change Module Tracking – Once a course is completed through the Learning Center, expect the course to appear in your DHCD profile within 2 weeks.


Once Logged In, to locate a specific 2018 code change module, search "2018" and the name of the module, e.g. "2018 Virginia plumbing code.”

  • 2018 CCT – Residential Bundle - 2 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Virginia Residential Code (VRC)
    • Residential Energy (VECC-Residential Provisions)
  • 2018 CCT – Commercial Bundle - 3 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Virginia Construction Code (VCC)
    • Commercial Energy (VECC - Commercial Provisions)
    • Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC)
  • 2018 CCT – Administrative Bundle - 7 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Administrative Refresher
    • Administrative Module (Administrative provisions, VA Certification Standards, Manufactured Housing, Industrialized Buildings, and Amusement Device)
    • International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC)
    • Elevator (Elevator and Escalator provisions)
    • Fire Edits (explanation and background of recent changes to SFPC)
    • SFPC (Statewide Fire Prevention Code)
    • Virginia Maintenance Code (Note that VA has dropped the "property" for 2018)
  • 2018 CCT – Trade Bundle - 4 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Virginia Plumbing Code (VPC)
    • Virginia Mechanical Code (VMC)
    • Virginia Fuel Gas Code (VFGC)
    • National Electrical Code (NEC)


Once Logged In, to locate all live 2015 code change modules, search "2015" and the name of the module, e.g. "2015 plumbing.”

  • Administrative Update

  • Virginia Construction Code (VCC)

  • Virginia Residential Code (VRC)

  • Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC)

  • Virginia Elevator Provisions

  • Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC)

  • Virginia Energy Conservation Code (VECC)

  • Virginia Plumbing Code (VPC)

  • Virginia Property Maintenance (VPMC)

  • Virginia Electrical/2014 NEC

  • Virginia Mechanical/Fuel Gas (VMC & VFGC)

  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)


Although DHCD is the primary provider of code change training in Virginia, the agency partners with several organizations to maximize the availability of Code Change Training to code officials. These approved providers utilize DHCD materials and VBCA-approved instructors. Completion of these offerings is reflected on the JPVBCA Online Registration System once attendance sheets are submitted to the Code Academy. For information regarding training provider schedules, please contact the provider directly.


Besides DHCD, other certifying or licensing entities may require the completion of continuing education or code update training. In cooperation with the Department of Professional Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and with the Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), DHCD courses qualify for continuing education credit training towards journeyman or master license, and 1031 certification, respectively.

DHCD is an approved DPOR provider of continuing education. Students who wish to receive DPOR credit for VBCA classroom classes must provide their complete licensure information, including license number, before the end of each course. VBCA will then forward all data to DPOR for processing. Any questions regarding license renewal should be directed to DPOR.

Certain DHCD programs also qualify for continuing education credit with the VDFP for 1031 credit. Appropriate forms are provided during the designated approved programs and submission of those forms is handled by DHCD. All questions regarding VDFP credit should be directed to VDFP.