The Building & Fire Code Academy offers certificate programs to assist individuals who wish to receive training aimed toward preparing for a career as a code enforcement official. Each of the following certificate programs combines discipline specific training with general code enforcement classes to prepare individuals for certification testing.
The benefits associated with the certificate programs include:
- All required code books
- Discipline-specific workbooks
- Time with a qualified instructor for assistance in preparing for a certification test, including sample practice questions with answer review
Our flexible programs, which may take up to eighteen months to complete, will enable you to examine construction, examine documents for comprehension, perform field inspections and compose written reports.
Prerequisites For Admission the Programs
Program graduates will demonstrate skills required to examine and relate information needed to follow and appraise approved documents, perform inspections and write clear and concise reports.
The Building and Fire Code Academy Leader and History
Founder and president of the Building & Fire Code Academy, B & F Technical Code Services, Inc.® and the Illinois Institutional Fire Training Corporation, Richard A. Piccolo brings over 30 years of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the CECDP.
A Vietnam war veteran, Mr. Piccolo began his civilian career as a firefighter with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department in 1971 where he utilized his knowledge to conduct community education programs and fire protection code enforcement.
During his 18 years as a firefighter, lieutenant, and public educator, Mr. Piccolo also became involved in other construction disciplines by conducting building plan reviews mastering model codes and standards, and understanding the positive impact of code compliance. Among his many achievements, Mr. Piccolo holds a degree in Fire Science and has earned the top certification in his field as an International Code Council Master Code Professional. He holds 19 certificates in building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection codes. Recognized nationwide for his contributions to building code enforcement, he has served and continues to serve in many distinguished leadership positions within the construction industry and related associations, and has been honored with many awards for extraordinary industry service. He is currently chairman of the Codes & Standards Committee for the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and a former member of the Illinois Building Commission subcommittee. As past president of the Illinois Council of Code Administrators, Mr. Piccolo continues to participate in code organizations nationwide. He has authored numerous training courses taught nationwide. He also served for eight years as an adjunct faculty member at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, where he taught building code and fire science courses. He also is an appointed, court-certified expert in building and construction codes.
Richard A. Piccolo
The Building and Fire Code Academy Accreditation
BFCA is an Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved vocational school. Established in 2001 as an academy offering continuing education and consulting services to those in the building, fire and code enforcement industry, BFCA became an official Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in 2006. The mission of the Building & Fire Code Academy is to provide comprehensive and practical education in the administration, application and enforcement of building and fire codes by offering both continuing education courses and complete career programs to people of all experience levels.
The Building & Fire Code Academy is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.
The Building and Fire Code Academy is now recognized as an International Code Council (ICC) Preferred Provider with approved instructor led on-site and online training programs offering CEUs. In addition, BFCA is also a registered training provider for both the American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA).
Students completing courses receive CEUs, contact hours and/or state credit where applicable. All courses qualify for the Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) credit. To deliver the highest quality of training, all Building & Fire Code Academy instructors are approved by the IBHE as highly qualified experts in the fields in which they teach.