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Advanced Training Available for Code Enforcement Officers

July 9, 2015

At UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, we’ve been hard at work for the last 12 months on a major expansion of the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement’s (GACE) professional training program for code enforcement officers. The new curriculum, developed with GACE leadership, debuts at a training conference later this year.

Our organizations enjoy a rich history as training partners for code enforcement officers across Georgia, and the expanded curriculum features new, advanced professional development courses for GACE members and government officers. New courses provide leadership and management training for code officers who aspire to supervisory positions in their local government.

We’ve incorporated additional courses that cover property maintenance, legal issues and zoning — all of which meet International Code Council (ICC) program requirements to help code officers get ICC certifications.

We’re looking forward to the premiere of the new curriculum later this year at the GACE Fall Conference. The institute has worked closely with GACE since it was founded in 1998. We've created a certificate program for code enforcement officers that developed into a 2-tiered professional development system. The GACE Certificate Program Level I tier requires participants to complete 45 hours of core courses and electives to earn a certificate; officers must complete another 45-hour curriculum to get a Level II certificate.

To participate in the new Level III Certificate Program, code enforcement officers will first have to complete Levels I and II. In addition, Level III candidates must take 75 hours of technical training and management and development classes. They must also write a reflective paper about how they will apply new management development skills on the job.

GACE President Angie Tkacsik, code enforcement supervisor for the city of Roswell, says the new Level III curriculum is a boon for Georgia code enforcement officers’ professional development.

“Most local governments require code enforcement officers to have or obtain Level I or Level II certificates. Now, we’re able to offer our members a whole new level of training to help them become even more proficient and effective practitioners,” she says.

We’re proud that we can offer a whole new level of training for the more than 400 code officers serving Georgia communities each day. Working together we can provide more opportunities for professional growth and development previously unavailable in Georgia. For more information about the GACE certificate program, visit the Institute’s GACE training page.

About the Author

Anna Boling, a faculty member with UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, manages continuing education programs for the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials and the Georgia Association of Tax Officials. Boling, an attorney, also manages three certificate-based continuing education programs — one each for the Georgia Probate Court Judges and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks and another for GACE.

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