Certification is offered by the Florida Association of Code Enforcement in four curriculum levels:  Fundamentals of Code Enforcement, Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement, Legal Issues in Code Enforcement, and Officer Safety & Field Applications. Courses may be taken in any order. Certification in each level requires the completion of all course work and a passing grade on the exam.

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. The fee for the examinations is $85 if received two weeks before the date of the examination, $120 after that date and $135 for non-members ($170 if late).

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

***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.***

Refunds less a $20.00 administrative fee are given if written cancellation is received at least three days prior to the exam.

For complete details on the process and requirements for testing and certification, please review the Candidate Information Bulletin.  In the bulletin you will find information on the certification process, registering for the exam, fees, examination rules, areas of concentration for each certification level and more.

The Florida Association of Code Enforcement also offers a Certificate as a Code Enforcement Professional (CEP) for achieving the first three levels of certification, successful completion of the Legal Issue Paper, and employment for at least three years as a code enforcement officer.

For more information on the exam or certification courses please contact:

Susan Pruchnicki
Florida Institute of Government
University of Central Florida
12443 Research Pkwy, Ste. 402
Orlando, FL 32826-3282
(407)882-3960 FAX (407)882-3968

Unleveling the Training Field

In 2009, in an effort to individualize the Certifications offered by the organization, the Florida Association of Code Enforcement, Inc. voted to change the identification of their certification courses from a numbered system ("Levels" I, II, III, and IV) to course titles (Fundamentals, Administrative Aspects, Legal Issues, and Officer Safety & Field Applications respectively). Toward that end, each course has been referred to by its title instead of by any designation of levels in all Board communications.  This was in response to a misconception that these certifications had to be completed in a certain order and it was hoped that this effort would clear that up. 

Accordingly, the only manner in which levels were mentioned was solely as an aside advising "formerly known as".  Moving forward there will no longer be any mention of "formerly known as" and only the class titles will be mentioned in all future communications and on the F.A.C.E. website.  If your jurisdiction still uses the level numbering system, please ask them to replace the levels with these titles.

Certification will continue to be offered by the Florida Association of Code Enforcement in four curriculum programs.  Those certifications are:

  • Fundamentals of Code Enforcement
  • Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement
  • Legal Issues in Code Enforcement
  • Officer Safety & Field Applications

Each certification program offers training on different functions and duties of code enforcement, and anyone may attend any certification in any order.  You may view the course content for each at http://face-online.org/education/