Education


Susan Pruchnicki - susan.pruchnicki@ucf.edu – Phone: 407-882-3960
Mitch Posner - svpresident@face-online.org - Phone: (561) 822-1476


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The F.A.C.E. Board of Directors and our partners at the Institute of Government/University of Central Florida continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19). In three short months the Board of Directors and Committees assessed our position, addressed issues and implemented change to ensure the Foundation for the Future is secure.  The Board began holding virtual meetings to address all the issues affecting our organization and members. As a result we held the first ever virtual conference which was a resounding success.  This experiences has opened a path for us to hold both in-person and virtual training opportunities in the future.  

The Board and IOG staff have been receiving inquiries about when face to face presentation of certification courses will begin again. During the July 21, 2020 Board Meeting this topic was presented and discussed at length. The overall opinion is that with more than 10,000 new cases in Florida daily, provisions of the Emergency Declaration and Orders must remain in place.  By Consensus of the Board, it was determined we do not support face to face learning at this time.  In late August a request to hold a Chapter Annual Training face to face utilizing recommended safety measures was received. Although cases appear to be reluctantly receding, there are communities delaying entering into Phase 2 and some Phase 2 communities are pulling back to phase 1, particularly during the tentative re-opening of schools and universities. We remain in accord, we cannot support face to face learning at this time. This item will remain on each Board Meeting Agenda until it is determined safe to return to the classroom. In the meantime, members needing continuing education hours can take advantage of online opportunities by visiting http://face-online.org/education/webinars for more information.  We encourage each Chapter to investigate virtual platforms that integrate attendance tracking for CEH Training. Please continue to check our home page for updates on the status of in-person learning.  Thank you for all that you do to serve your communities.  Stay Safe and Well!

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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.


Certification

There are currently four certification courses offered.  Each course covers a different aspect of the profession; they may be taken in any order as available in your area.

Process


Earning your Certificate

Online registration is available for all F. A. C. E. training.  These class-room style courses are offered by the Institutes of Government at FAU (Southeast Florida), FSU (North Florida), USF (West Florida), and UCF (Central Florida).  Seating is limited to 30 students per offering in Fundamentals, Administrative Aspects, and Officer Safety & Field Applications.  Up to 50 seats are available for Legal Issues.  Locations vary based on the availability of training space.  The COURSE and EXAM are SEPARATE registrations and fees.

Attend a class.  You must attend ALL hours of the class to be eligible for the certification exam.  Daily sign in sheets are provided and verified prior to the exam.

Take the exam.  Exams are CLOSED BOOK, timed (2 hours), and are proctored under the auspices of Professional Testing, Inc.  The length of the exam varies with the course. 


Fundamentals of Code Enforcement

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

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

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

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


Officer Safety and Field Applications

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


Cost to Attend


Fee Schedule:

Class hours • $13/hour, members; $17/hour, non-members
On Site Exams • $85, $120 (Late) members; $135, $170 (Late) nonmembers
Exams at PTI: $115 members, $175 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.***


Testing

Course Details

MUST HAVE COMPLETED ALL COURSE WORK TO SIT FOR EXAM.  All questions are multiple choice; a total score of 75 or higher is required to become certified.

EXAMINATIONS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL AND MONITORING SUPERVISION OF PROFESSIONAL TESTING SERVICES, INC.  Exams are scored by Professional Testing, Inc. and mailed to the UCF-IOG for processing.  This may take up to six weeks.

Should you fail the exam, you may challenge your score, request a review, and/or retake it. You must pass within THREE YEARS of completing the course. NO PERSON MAY ATTEND 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.  When you pass your FIRST certification course (doesn’t matter which topic), you are assigned a RECERTIFICATION DATE – this will be January 1 or July 1 (depending on the testing date) two years in the future.  This date will appear in the congratulatory letter sent and in your online record. Once assigned, the month and date DOES NOT CHANGE when you earn additional certifications; this maintains consistency in recordkeeping.  Mark this date on a calendar with reminders so you don’t forget.

RECERTIFICATION requires maintaining your membership and completing 16 hours of continuing education relative to your daily duties as an enforcement officer and providing PROOF OF ATTENDANCE (a certificate of Completion or a sign in sheet) for each event to F. A. C. E. every two years.  It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your dues are paid and your training hours are provided.  Do not rely on anyone else to do this for you!

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.

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).

Join F.A.C.E. Today!

Join F.A.C.E. today by visiting the Membership page.  You will receive discounts on training and many more F.A.C.E. Member Benefits.