WABO Accredited Code Official Program
WABO believes that local jurisdictions’ code enforcement responsibilities are best administered by qualified code officials. WABO believes local authorities should appoint qualified individuals and that recognized qualifications for all code enforcement personnel should be applied throughout the state.
In response to concerns of the state legislative bodies, WABO supports and encourages professional accreditation for code officials to demonstrate qualification to administer state and local codes. Towards that end, WABO proposes to establish a WABO Accredited Code Official Program.
The accreditation program demonstrates that the accredited code official has passed a WABO approved examination that covers Washington laws related to state building codes including, but not limited to, administrative procedures, architectural barriers, and Washington amendments to the administrative codes. It is intended that each jurisdiction employ a building official that meets certain minimum requirements, as specified herein. WABO is committed to supporting individual jurisdictions throughout the state in acquiring WABO accreditation. The program requirements are specified herein.
This accreditation program is voluntary and seeks to validate the individual requirements to work as a code official in the State of Washington. It does not intend to create separate classes of members within the organization, depending on whether one is accredited or not. The accreditation of building officials is encouraged to provide recognized professional credentials for code officials, qualification standards for code enforcement agencies, and greater safety for citizens.
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