The Pennsylvania Construction Codes Academy (PCCA) was created by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services of the Department of Community and Economic Development to address statewide training and certification requirements for construction code officials.
Although PCCA’s primary mission is to provide training to new and current construction code officials, our courses are also open to builders, contractors, architects, engineers, and municipal officials—anyone with an interest in the proper enforcement of the UCC. With PCCA, students can expect:
- A Department of Labor & Industry approved continuing-education provider; many of our courses are also eligible for ICC and AIA continuing-education units.
- Instructors who are experienced, certified professionals working in their field of expertise, and who bring with them real-world experience in code administration and enforcement.
- Expert responses to UCC-related questions and issues as well as access to resources such as sample forms and code books.
We offer administrative, residential and commercial courses specifically tailored to the individual disciplines required for state certification. Most of our “Essentials” courses are designed to help prepare students the required certification examinations, and frequently incorporate practice exams along with practical information on the application of the codes.
In addition to the basic courses, PCCA offers a variety of continuing-education workshops ranging from the inspection of manufactured housing to legal aspects of code administration. We continue to add new courses to our curriculum and recently expanded our services to include an online UCC Bulletin Board.
Our courses generally are delivered in a one-, two- or three-day format. Learning objectives include:
- Understanding the relationship between the Uniform Construction Code and the International Code Council’s family of codes.
- Receiving hands-on practice in quickly and authoritatively referencing relevant code chapters and sections.
- Gaining proven strategies for efficiently and effectively performing inspections and plan reviews.
Below is a current list of our available courses; simply click on each course for a full description.
PCCA also provides customized on-site training for municipalities, third-party agencies, code groups and associations. For information, please call 717-763-0930 or e-mail email@example.com.
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The PENNSYLVANIA CONSTRUCTION CODES ACADEMY is a cooperative venture between the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.
PCCA is the result of multiple training partnerships with organizations throughout the Commonwealth. The following partners have been instrumental in the continued success of the Academy, whether by helping us develop our curriculum, providing training, co-sponsoring sessions for their members, or researching and designing new training materials and courses.
The mission of the Building & Fire Code Academy (BFCA), a subsidiary of B&F Technical Code Services, Inc., is to provide comprehensive and practical education in the administration, application and enforcement of building and fire codes. The BFCA also is an International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) authorized provider and an American Institute of Architects-Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) registered provider.
Pennsylvania’s Bureau for Historic Preservation is part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and serves as the State Historic Preservation Office. The role of the Bureau is to identify and protect the architectural and archaeological resources of Pennsylvania. Our responsibility is to work with individuals, communities, local governments and state and federal agencies to educate Pennsylvanians about our heritage and its value, to build better communities through preservation, to provide strong leadership, both individually and through partnerships, and to insure the preservation of Pennsylvania’s heritage.
Commonwealth Building Officials (CBO), Charter Chapter #6 of BOCA International, and PennBOC Chapter Region #6 of the International Code Council, was established in 1965 to advance and improve code-enforcement practices, to elevate the professionalism of code officials, to provide public education on the importance of the service performed by the construction code official, and to promote good public relations and good government in municipalities.
International Code Consultants, Inc., is a multi-dimensional company with experience and expertise in a variety of municipal and private venues. Services include plan review, inspection and permitting services, zoning, code enforcement, subdivision and land development reviews, emergency management operations and disaster plan preparation. In addition, International Code Consultants has recently partnered with the International Code Council to deliver ICC seminars customized specifically for Pennsylvania.
The mission of the Lancaster County Code Association (LanCode) is to provide educational opportunities and a network for communication among municipal code officials, third-party inspection agencies, design professionals, contractors, trade associations and other interested parties.
The Pennsylvania Association of Building Code Officials (PABCO) is a nonprofit membership organization that is open to all certified and registered code officials, third-party agencies, municipalities and individuals or business entities with an interest in building code administration and enforcement. PABCO’s primary mission is to provide its members with current Pennsylvania-specific news regarding code administration and enforcement and immediate alerts of legislative bills and regulatory actions that have a potential impact on code enforcement in Pennsylvania. PABCO also hosts a discussion forum and classified ads for members only.
The Pennsylvania Association of Code Officials (PACO) was established in 1997 to advance the professional development of its membership in the form of training and networking. From its original membership of 20, the organization has grown to 220 members representing five counties surrounding the Philadelphia metropolitan area. For the past four years the organization has held an annual Spring Forum in addition to its regular seminars, and business meetings include short-format training programs.
The foundation for the Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference (PennBOC) was established by a group of building officials in 1958. PennBOC received the distinction and honor in 1962 as the first charter chapter of BOCA International, and in 2002 the organization expanded its range and experience by becoming a chapter of the International Code Council. PennBOC holds numerous educational seminars throughout the year and has hosted an annual conference since 1974.
The Pennsylvania Housing Resource/Research Center (PHRC) serves the home building and remodeling industries and the citizens of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing. In addition to the development and delivery of an extensive training program to code officials and building industry professionals, the PHRC conducts applied research, fosters the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfers appropriate technologies to the housing community.
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