A new certification developed by the International Code Council brings an added layer of protection to coastal developments and communities with designated flood plain zones. The Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification tests knowledge of general construction provisions, special high wind and load path continuity, special flood hazard areas, detached and accessory structures, and governmental regulations.
“Following the devastating 2004 hurricane season, ICC and its members felt it was important to develop this nationally recognized certification,” said ICC Certification Programs Administrator Jim Slaght. “Having individuals certified as Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspectors helps to protect public safety by ensuring that inspectors are in place to deal with flooding, hurricanes and other catastrophic events.”
Individuals earning the Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification will be able to inspect coastal businesses to ensure that they meet code requirements, including special requirements in high wind zones. These inspectors also will be able to assess the damage caused by hurricanes or floods quickly and effectively to determine the safety and stability of homes and businesses. ICC recommends the Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification for inspectors in coastal regions and in other areas prone to flooding.
There are seven references for the exam, including the 2003 International Building and Residential Codes. The exam was developed with input from industry professionals with experience in coastal construction and coastal zone management. For more information about the Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification, contact Jim Slaght at 888-422-7233, ext. 5221.