Longview’s Building Inspection division is home to two of the world’s highest credentialed building safety code professionals.
Dennis Williams, building inspector master, and Terri Russell, plans examiner, have both received designation as a Master Code Professional, the highest level of designation offered by the International Code Council.
In total, just over 800 individuals worldwide have earned the designation, which requires and demonstrates commitment to the profession, diverse knowledge of codes, and a high level of self-initiative.
“Terri and Dennis’ accomplishments should help Longview residents rest easy knowing that they are getting the highest quality help when they interact with the Building Inspection division,” Building Official Todd Keebaugh said.
Terri Russell earned the designation in August of 2019, and Dennis Williams achieved his certification in July of 2020.
To become a Master Code Professional, a candidate must first earn eight core ICC certifications plus an additional number of elective ICC certifications. Typical Master Code Professionals hold 17 or more ICC certifications. To become Master Code Professional, certified individuals must complete an additional 45 hours of Continuing Education Units every three years to maintain active status.
Master Code Professionals are typically responsible for all technical and management aspects of code enforcement with duties that range from the management of a code enforcement department to the supervision of inspectors and plan reviewers.
“The Master Code Professional certification is the pinnacle of all Code Council certifications, representing a level of effort, knowledge, and dedication that elevates not only the individual achieving it but the code official profession as a whole,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO, in a newsletter highlighting Terri Russell’s achievement.
The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions, including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.