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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.

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I just returned from WSAPT / Region II Spring Education Conference and have exciting news to share! John Darnall, BIPS Board Member, attended the WSAPT Board meeting and reported that the PT Tier II survey had the largest response of any survey ICC has conducted to date! Seems our grass roots email campaign created an overwhelming response, so thank you all for your time towards this effort!! John also reported the results have not yet been analyzed and once completed, the analysis will be forwarded to BIPS for further action. This may happen as early as June but may not happen until the Board meets in Sept--an update will be sent out once a decision has been made.

As always, John, thank you so much for your support of the Permit Technician profession!

Kind regards,
Cindi Somers, CPT
WSAPT 1st VP / ICC PT EDC Member

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.

The Board has voted to provide t-shirts to all current members in KCMAPT. For information on how to get your FREE Chapter shirt, click here. Here's a photo of the shirt.

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 results of the public comment hearings for the Group B (2013) code changes can be found here. The report of the final action hearings for the Group A (2012) code changes can be found on the ICC website.

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.

Dear fellow Permit Technician:

Join our conversation on PT Hotwire . It's really about you!

Don't miss the opportunity waiting for you now on the first website for all American permit technicians, PT Hotwire . It is a web blog organized this year as a major professional communications tool for any local or state government official who process building permits in all 50 states. For your ICC Chapter, PT Hotwire is an excellent tool to:

  • Announce an upcoming training event

  • Share professional advice on problem solving and best management practices

  • Alert others about job openings

  • Post news items on what your ICC Chapter is doing to make a difference

  • Raise the public profile of your profession and your ICC Chapter

Got a news item for PT Hotwire and want to know how to post it? It's simple! Just send it to this email address: . If needed, we will edit the item. And we will post it right away!

This is a volunteer effort (with some professional help) to benefit all permit technicians and your ICC Chapters. Use it! It costs you nothing, except taking a moment to send in an item and check PT Hotwire for the latest tips, news and notes on what matters to you in your job. Just go to the blog today and subscribe at the top of the home page. You'll get the latest information in your email.

We hope to be talking with you soon!

Best Holiday Wishes,
Tamara Hagerman and Amy Barenklau

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

Promoting permit technicians and building safety wins Chapter Merit Award for KCMAPT
Innovative ways of promoting the role and value of permit technicians helped the Kansas City Metropolitan Association of Permit Technicians win the International Code Council's Chapter Merit Award last week.

The KCMAPT Chapter was presented the award during the International Code Council's Annual Conference and Code Hearings in Portland, Ore. The award recognized the chapter's accomplishments between May 1, 2011, and April 30, 2012, and was decided by ICC's Chapter Awards Committee on a point rating system.

Four other ICC chapters won the Chapter Merit Award in the competition for the esteemed Chapter of the Year Award, which went to the Central Florida Chapter of ICC. The other chapters receiving the Chapter Merit Award were the Colorado Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the Northwest Building Officials & Code Administrators Chapter of Illinois, the Southern California Fire Prevention Officers Association and the Virginia Building Code Officials Association.

Tamara Hagerman of Baldwin City, who succeeded Amy Barenklau of Paola as KCMAPT President in March, said her chapter members feel honored to receive the Chapter Merit Award. She credited Barenklau's unique building safety lectures to young elementary students as a major reason why KCMAPT was a recipient.

"Her innovative and creative building safety and education ideas - have elementary school children in the KC Metro area thinking building codes are cool,' Hagerman said in her remarks to accept the Chapter Merit Award in Portland.

Other activities recognized by the Chapter Awards Committee were the chapter's continuing education efforts for members, promoting Building Safety Month and its members' involvement in the Kansas Disaster Assessment Team, which responds to flood, tornado and other disaster events in the Kansas City region.

Last week, Hagerman and Barenklau helped launch a national blog aimed at promoting ICC permit technician chapters throughout the nation. The blog, called PT Hotwire, is sponsored and managed by KCMAPT, but is designed to be used by all ICC permit technician members and chapters to post professional news, chapter events, meeting notices, educational events and career help.

"Permit technicians need a forum that is unique to our professional issues and interests," Barenklau said. "We are making this easy to access and easy to use. Chapters can post news items, education course notices and career help. Members can register with the blog and respond by sharing their experience and advice."

Hagerman said the blog should also raise the profile of permit technician chapters and members with the rest of the ICC universe and the interested public.

"It's going to be a great tool when you're at work and for chapter meetings," Hagerman said. "I think we as ICC Certified Permit Technician Chapters should participate in this endeavor. We have a voice. We should express our views and opinions, and that's what the PT Hotwire is all about."

The link to PT Hotwire is: .

Results of the Chapter's roofing permit fee survey can be found here .

Kansas City Metro Association of Permit Technicians current Past President Amy Barenklau (left) and current President Tamara Hagerman met with Rick Hauffe, ICC Government Relations Regional Manager, about professional challenges and providing opportunities for building permit technicians in Kansas, the Midwest and the rest of the nation. The three met in Paola, Kansas, where Barenklau works for the city government. Hagerman works for nearby Baldwin City. Topics included the Chapter's efforts in the last several years to sponsor training events and networking with other state and regional Chapters of permit technicians to enhance education and career opportunities.

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