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The designation of Certified Code Enforcement Officer (CCEO) can be obtained in two ways: 1) by passing the exams for the Module I (Basic), Module II (Intermediate) and Module III (Advanced) levels; or 2) by passing the Academy Modules I, II, III levels AND submitting to the CACEO office $65 per level (those taking the classes from CACEO do not have to upload certificates or pay the upload fees).. A combination of exam and Academy classes is also acceptable. The Basic and Intermediate levels may be obtained individually, however all three levels are required in order to achieve the CCEO designation.

Certification by Examination
Each level (Module I, 2, 3) has a specific examination. The Module I examination has 100 questions concerning 14 subject areas. The Module 2 examination contains 150 questions concerning 16 subject areas. The Module 3 examination contains 200 questions in 16 subject areas. Each examination is timed and is designed to test your knowledge of the subject areas. The examination process allows open book and open note. As is the case with any timed open-book exam, the time allotted for research is limited.

The Certification Exams are offered each year at the Annual Seminar. Additional exam sites will be offered as demand dictates. A minimum of three (3) examinees are necessary in order to schedule a certification exam. A passing score of seventy-five percent (75%) is required.

Certification Exam Fees for 2019:  $200.00

To register for a Certification Exam, please choose the correct event from the Community Calendar and complete the online registration. Only CACEO members may sit for the certification exam. Requests to sit for certification exam are reviewed to ensure that the applicant has met the work experience criteria in order to sit for exams.  For the M1 exam, that is one year's experience.  For the M2 exam, it is two years experience, and the M3 exam requires 5 years' experience.

Certification by Academy
CACEO also recognizes a group of code enforcement classes, called Academy classes, as being sufficient in establishing proof of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a Certified Code Enforcement Officer. Upon successful completion of the Module I, II and III (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) Academy classes, members can submit proof of completion (a signed Certificate of Completion or college transcript) to the CACEO office along with $65 per module. As of May 2018, Irvine Valley college will no longer offer code enforcement officer classes.  CACEO is diligently seeking new third party providers to fill the void left by IVC's departure.

CACEO will continue to honor IVC certificates but they must be submitted within three years of their date in order to be considered for certification purposes. 

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  5. Douglas Hansen, Redwood Kardon, Paddy Morrissey, Code Check Building For California; Taunton Publishing (
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