Earn, Maintain or Verify a Certification


Earn a Certification

The state certification is a mandated program for all local governmental code enforcement personnel and independent third-party inspection agents who, per Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and Virginia Certification Standards (VCS), are required to obtain certification to ensure consistent and technically accurate code interpretation and application.

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Continuing Education

DHCD requires continuing education as a component of maintaining compliance with the state regulations relative to certain certifications granted by the Board of Housing and Community Development.

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Code Change Training

Code Change Training is mandatory for all building and fire code enforcement personnel holding one or more Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development issued certifications. These courses are offered in conjunction with the code adoption cycle and are available in both classroom and online formats.

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Verify a Certification

Certification status is public information in Virginia per the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and 22 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 171 records of the Department of State. Clicking this link will take you directly to the certificate search page where you can search for an individual’s certificates by entering the individual’s name, and search results can also be filtered by… Click Here