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PermitTechNation (PTN) was officially granted ICC Chapter status at the ICC Board of Directors meeting in July 2016. Congratulations to PTN! Click here for an article about the new ICC Chapter.


ICC will be holding a Training and Certification Summit beginning on May 22, 2017 at the University of Texas at Arlington. Visit the website ICC has developed for this event for more information.


January 7, 2016

To the Kansas City Metropolitan Association of Permit Technician Members:

Our member and past-president, Amy Barenklau's husband, Robert, passed away yesterday evening of cancer.

The visitation, which will be held at Firehouse Gym, 202 E. Wea, Paola, Kansas 66071, from 4pm-6pm on Friday. The funeral services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 9th at the same location. Interment will follow in Osawatomie Cemetery.

We are a close group and I know each and every one of you would like to express your condolences to Amy, Haley and Chase Barenklau on their loss.

The Board of Director's, on behalf of the chapter, will be sending a donation to the volunteer fire department of which Robert was a member, as well as, some items in which to help the family with their day to day life.

A benefit which has been created to help the Barenklau family, will be held on February 6. If any of you are interested in attending, participating or donating there are links and information included. You can access information about the benefit by going to www.benefit4robert.com.

It is times like these we all hope don't occur but when they do it is nice to know there are friends who will support you.

Tamara Hagerman, CPT
Immediate Past President


This notice shows proposed changes to the current KCMAPT By-Laws with regards to issues on two subjects, which can be found here.

The first proposed change is to address the creation of a Secretary position on the Board of Directors. This person would be the official keeper of the chapter's records and would be required to have current and active status with KCMAPT. The approval of this position would remove one of the at-large board member positions.

Please review the changes and if you feel these are appropriate and should be incorporated please make a motion to approve forwarding the proposed by-law changes to the Board of Directors for approval at the next Annual Business Meeting, March 17/24. 2016.

We ask the vote be completed by January 15, 2016 at end of business day.

Duly Submitted by the By-Laws Committee:
Tamara Hagerman, Chair
Kristein Reichardt, member


Fellow Kansas City Metro Association of Permit Technician members, as you may be aware elections for Officer and Board of Director positions will be in March of 2016 at the Annual Business Meeting.

We are looking for individuals who are interested in helping to carry on the fine work of our current and past administrations. As you know volunteering to run for office is a rewarding endeavor and will continue a much needed organization into the future. So, to our fellow members, each and every one of us is encouraged to participate in the growth of our chapter by running for office.

The following positions will be open for elections: President (1 year term); Vice-President (1 year term); and a Board of Director (3 year term).

If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact any of the nomination committee members (listed below):
Tamara Hagerman, Chair
Kristein Reichardt, Committee Member
Carmela McIntosh, Committee Member



The webcast of the ICC-ES Evaluation Committee meeting offers building industry professionals unique insight into the development process of Acceptance Criteria - the criteria that ensures innovative building products comply with codes and standards. Watch the webcast of the ICC-ES Evaluation Committee meeting as it streams live from Birmingham, Alabama. For more information and complimentary registration, click here.


Kidde Recalls Smoke and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms Due to Alarm Failure - Click here for information on the units which have been recalled. Click here for information from Kidde that was sent to local fire officials.


Greetings Fellow Permit Technicians -

It is with excitement that I share the news for the advancement of the Permit Technician profession - the Board for International Professional Standards (BIPS) has reviewed the survey results for an advanced level of Permit Technician, and has approved a new category - Certified Permit Specialist!

To become a Certified Permit Specialist, you will first be required to pass the Permit Technician Exam and second, pass the yet to be developed 'Administrative' exam. ICC Exam Development Committees (EDC'S) will develop the 'Administrative' exam which will address administrative, budgeting, customer service, etc. This exam will be used for the certification categories where the title is "Specialist", and will be a prerequisite to obtaining certification as a Plumbing, Mechanical, or Fire Code Specialist. Once you are a 'Certified Permit Specialist' and decide you want to move into another 'Specialist Certification', for example, 'Residential Code Specialist', you would need to pass only the residential exam.

A sincere thank you to the BIPS Board for approving the Permit Specialist category! Providing a path for the next generation of Code Officials to obtain the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities will ensure the highest quality of service for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment. A special thank you to John Darnall, for his dedication and support of the Permit Technician profession! And lastly, thank you to all the Permit Techs who worked to see this come to fruition and to all who participated in the survey!

The category name may change during the development stages. Additional information regarding the 'Specialist' category and 'Administrative' exam will be forwarded once available.

This is being sent to the permit tech networking distribution list. If you would like to be removed from this list, please reply to csomers@ci.richland.wa.us. Thank you!


The Colorado Association of Permit Technicians (CAPT) has published their 60th Newsletter. Click here to view it.


For those that attended the stress training that Carole taught at the September 2013 training, here's notes from her training.


Since 2003, deck collapses have caused thousands of reported injuries and several deaths. As a result the Chapter has put together information on deck safety which can be found by clicking here.


The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Metro Association of Permit Technicians has resurrected the scholarship fund. This fund has a limit to the total monies available for scholarships per any given year. Click here for more information.


KCMAPT has developed a handout with Christmas tree safety tips as a community service. Feel free to make these available in your jurisdictions as well as with those who sponsor tree sales.
Tips on full page
Tips on half-page

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