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BREAKING NEWS

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER STANDARDS BILL
AB2228

The Code Enforcement Officer Standards Act (AB 2228) has now been approved by both the State Assembly and Senate, and is on its way to the Governor for his signature. CACEO, in partnership with the League of California Cities, authored this Bill, and had a consistent presence at the capitol to promote and defend it at all the State hearings, publish and disseminate information, and mitigate opposition. Thank you for your continued support in achieving this success.

In order to pass the final hurdle we ask for additional support. Please submit a letter declaring your or your agency's support. A sample letter is attached that can serve as an example or as a template. It is critical to get these letters of support to the Governor's Office as soon as possible. These letters will help nudge the Governor to sign our bill into Law. Please do not hesitate; begin the process right now.

This Bill has been years in the making, and has been pursued since the inception of the Code Enforcement Profession. We have come too far to fail, and you can be a part of this big win! With this Bill we are following in the footsteps of the California Attorney and CPA professions, and it will herald a new era in Code Enforcement. Thank you in advance for your active assistance. 

AB 2228 will give the code enforcement profession the recognition it deserves. Please help us make it to the finish line by sending in your letters of support! 

Please send all completed letters of support to Amanda Thom at athom@caceo.us or you can send them directly to the Governors Office via United States Postal Service at:

Honorable Governor Jerry Brown
C/O State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Fax: (916) 558-3160

 

TEMPLATE

SAMPLE LETTER

 

 WHAT THIS BILL MEANS

This bill would require the Board of Directors of the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) to develop and maintain standards for the designation of Certified Code Enforcement Officers or CCEOs. The bill would require the board to designate minimum training, qualifications, and experience requirements for applicants to qualify for the CCEO designation.

The bill would also require the board to qualify cities, counties, cities and counties, and accredited educational institutions as Certified Code Enforcement Officer Education Program Providers, and would require all students, participants, or employees who successfully pass the minimum education and certification requirements to be granted CCEO status in an equivalent manner as applicants who attain certification through CACEO’s testing or education processes.

The bill would also require the board to set annual fees in amounts that are reasonably related and necessary to cover the costs of administering these provisions, to maintain a register of applications for certification, and to adopt procedures for discipline, revocation, and sanctions against applicants, registrants, and certificants. The bill would allow all orders of the board resulting in revocation, suspension, or other action to be appealed by a writ of mandate or petition for judicial review to the Superior Court. See the complete text here.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT

Code Enforcement Officers (CEOs) fulfill a special and important government function, and should be distinguished from other public sector employees. Public agencies and CEOs will benefit by having an official State professional development and credentialing program that allows CEOs to show their skills and accomplishments, while enabling agencies to easily qualify candidates for CEO positions. This system helps build trust and confidence, and advances the profession by strengthening the current CACEO education and certification program. Establishing a Certified Code Enforcement Officer title within the California Health and Safety Code will set an officially recognized standard that will clearly distinguish CEOs as experts both in practice and in the courtroom. The increased demand for CEOs to seek this certification will naturally fuel education providers to develop more and more course offerings, and this synergy will help California Certified Code Enforcement Officers (CCEOs) clearly stand out as the nation's best and most qualified code enforcement professionals.

 

HOW TO BECOME CERTIFIED

The designation of Certified Code Enforcement Officer (CCEO) can be obtained in several ways:

1) By passing the exams for the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels;

2) By passing CACEO approved community college academy modules or CACEO Mobile Academies for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels; or

3) A combination of exam and Academy classes. All three levels are required in order to achieve the CCEO designation.

4) For those Officers who have been employed in the Code Enforcement profession for more than five (5) years, the advanced test may be passed for certification with proof of five (5) or more years of employment.

ONE LAST WORD

AB 2228 will give the code enforcement profession the recognition it deserves. Please help us make it to the finish line by sending in your letters of support!

We would like to extend a thank you to all our members and those who have supported CACEO and  those that started this profession, came before us, and those that will eventually join our profession.

 

 

 

 

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