We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Do I Get a Permit Technician Certification?

By Cindy Quarters
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A first line worker in a city, county or other type of building department, a permit worker typically interacts with customers, performs paperwork and assists applicants in getting necessary building permits. Specialized training is available for people interested in this type of work. In order to receive permit technician certification, a person must complete all aspects of the training as well as successfully passing a certification exam.

Permit technician certification is not necessarily required in order to obtain a job. It can, however, be very helpful in demonstrating to potential employers that you have the needed skills and knowledge to perform all job functions. A person who has received certification has proven familiarity with building codes and enforcement, zoning and other knowledge essential to a permit technician’s job. If you are already working in the field it can also be helpful to obtain certification to become eligible for promotions and pay raises.

The International Code Council, commonly referred to as the ICC, is the organization that oversees the process of certifying permit technicians, as well as certification for many other careers within the building industry. A candidate must apply for, then successfully take and pass the ICC examination before receiving credentials. Prior to taking the examination most students prepare by taking classes that cover the various aspects of the exam.

Receiving permit technician certification requires that you be familiar with all the essentials needed to carry out the job. At the most basic level, this includes an understanding of building code enforcement and how a building department operates. To pass the test you will also need to have some knowledge of how to read blueprints as well as international building and zoning codes. An understanding of the legalities of code administration is also required.

For most people, the best way to prepare for the certification process is to take a class that covers everything the test will require. Such classes are offered in many different ways. Some building departments bring in teachers to teach employees and interested candidates, but most often a student must find and pay for the classes on his or her own. If you are interested in taking the test, you can typically choose to either take online classes, a correspondence course or enroll at a local college that offers such a program.

Once you have completed the required instruction, sign up for the ICC permit technician certification examination. You can register and pay on the ICC website. In most cases you can also fill out a testing application and sign up for the test through your school, since many schools help students register for the exam as part of the course. Once you have successfully passed the ICC test you will receive your certification.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.