Education

Susan Pruchnicki - susan.pruchnicki@ucf.edu – Phone: 407-882-3960
Jeffrey Look - svpresident@face-online.org - Phone: 352-393-8460

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The Florida Association of Code Enforcement (F.A.C.E.) was established to study and advance the science and practice of code enforcement statewide through training, certification and the exchange of ideas, information and techniques. In cooperation with the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida, F.A.C.E. has developed a comprehensive professional development program consisting of four levels. Each level requires completion of a course and an exam. Only Level IV has a required physical component.  A listing of the current course and exam schedule can be viewed by visiting the F.A.C.E. calendar.

Process

Fundamentals of Code Enforcement (Level I)

Course Details
  • Report Writing (4 hours)
  • Communication Skills (4 hours)
  • Legal Aspects (8 hours)
  • Property Ownership (8 hours)
  • Ethics (4 hours)
  • Principles & Practices of Code Enforcement (12 hours)

Candidates must complete the requisite 40 hours of Level 1 courses, and successfully pass an examination in order to receive certification.

Course Hours: 40 hours + minimum 75% Pass on exam = Certification in Fundamentals of Code Enforcement


Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement (Level II)

Course Details
  • Manager's Role in Code Enforcement (8 hours)
  • Media Relations (4 hours)
  • Records Management (4 hours)
  • Employment Laws (4 hours)
  • Performance Management (4 hours)
  • Stress Management (4 hours)
  • Time Management (4 hours)
  • Public Speaking (8 hours)

Course Hours: 40 hours + minimum 75% Pass on exam = Certification in Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement


Legal Issues in Code Enforcement (Level III)

Course Details
  • MOCK CODE BOARD HEARING - (4 HOURS)
  • CASE DEVELOPMENT - (4 HOURS)
  • SPECIAL ISSUES - (4 HOURS)
  • CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD - (4 HOURS)
  • EVIDENTIARY ISSUES - (4 HOURS)
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORDINANCES - (2 HOURS)
  • MOCK CITATION TRIAL - (2 HOURS)
  • OTHER LEGAL OPTIONS - (4 HOURS)
  • TESTIFYING AND DEMEANOR - (4 HOURS)
  • REVIEW OF ENTIRE LEVEL III - (4 HOURS)

Course Hours: 36 hours + minimum 75% Pass on exam = Certification in Legal Issues in Code Enforcement


Officer Safety and Field Applications (Level IV)

Course Details
  • PRESENCE AND STANCE - (3 HOURS)
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF SKILLS - (5 HOURS)
  • CONFLICT - (3 HOURS)
  • COURTESY AND RESPECT - (1 HOUR)
  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR - (3 HOURS)
  • HUMAN DIVERSITY AND CULTURE - (3 HOURS)
  • DEALING WITH PERSONS WITH SPECIAL CONCERNS - (1 HOUR)
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE - (1 HOUR)
  • OFFICER SURVIVAL CONSIDERATIONS - (4 HOURS)
  • ANIMAL ENCOUNTER ISSUES - (1 HOUR)
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS/SITUATIONS AND INCIDENT COMMAND - (1 HOUR)
  • DEFENSIVE TACTICS - (4 HOURS)

Course Hours: 30 hours + minimum 75% Pass on exam = Certification in Officer Safety and Field Applications


Testing

Course Details
  • MUST HAVE COMPLETED ALL COURSE WORK TO SIT FOR EXAM
  • EXAMINATIONS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL AND MONITORING SUPERVISION OF PROFESSIONAL TESTING SERVICES, INC.
  • NO PERSON MAY ATTEND TAKE AN EXAM IF APPROVED PAYMENT HASN'T BEEN MADE PRIOR TO THE START OF THE CLASS OR EXAM

Fee Schedule for F.A.C.E. Coursework:

Class hours • $13/hour, members; $17/hour, non-members
On Site Exams • $85, $120 (Late) members; $135, $170 (Late) nonmembers
Exams at PTI: $125 members, $185 non-members
Legal Issue Paper • $60, members; $80, non-members

***Effective January 1, 2016 no person may attend F.A.C.E. training courses or take an exam if approved payment hasn't been made prior to the start of the class or exam.***


Re-Certification Process

Once certified, F. A. C. E. requires recertification in the form of 16 hours of relevant continuing education every two years.  As a member, there is no fee charged; Non-Members pay a significant fee. Please see the Recertification/Continuing Education Page for information on how to maintain your certification including annual fees and continuing education requirements.

Should a Member default on the requirements, they are offered extensions, up to one year depending on the number of certifications held, with the incurrence of a late fee.  If they fail to meet the extension deadlines, F. A. C. E. revokes their certifications, and they are required to retest or retake the course(s) and exam(s), depending on the length of expiration.

FACE Certification/Exam Candidate Information Bulletin


Certified Code Enforcement Professional Certification: (CEP)

Course Details
  • MUST BE CERTIFIED IN FUNDAMENTALS, ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS AND LEGAL ISSUES
  • ACCEPTANCE OF A LEGAL ISSUE PAPER

Code Enforcement Journal of Legal Issues Papers

CEP Journal
  • A JOURNAL OF SELECTED CODE ENFORCEMENT LEGAL ISSUE PAPERS SUBMITTED BY MEMBERS TO BECOME CERTIFIED CODE ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS (CEP).