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Code Enforcement

Certification and Recertification


The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at FAU is pleased to coordinate certification classes and provide professional development training to Code Enforcement personnel within an 8-county area. Please watch this page for schedules for  Florida Association of Code Enforcement (F.A.C.E.) certification classes and examinations, and for seminars and classes to fulfill the F.A.C.E. re-certification requirement.


Active F.A,C.E. Member $35.00, Associate Member $25.00, and you must register for membership online.


To register for F.A.C.E. membership please click here


Please contact Susan Pruchnicki at:  407/882-3960 or with questions or for more information.

Recertification is required every two years after first being certified. In order to remain certified, code enforcement personnel must attend 16 hours of continuing education classes during every two year period after they were first certified. Once you have fulfilled this requirement, please submit the Affidavit of Completion of Continuing Education Requirements. You may obtain the affidavit in the F.A.C.E. newsletter Interface or by clicking on this link, or by contacting the Institute of Government at 561/297-3749. Please note that submission of this information is up to the individual.



For description, brochure and registration information please go to the: UPCOMING PROGRAMS PAGE





Certification requires attendance at all classes for that series and passing the multiple choice examination with a score of 75 or higher.

Members of F.A.C.E. receive a discount on certification classes and exam registration fees as well as a newsletter and networking opportunities. You do NOT have to be working in Code Enforcement in order to join.

Registration for F.A.C.E. membership must be done online

(Active Member $35.00, Associate Member $25.00)


Please follow this link to become a F.A.C.E. member


Please contact Susan Pruchnicki at:  407/882-3960 or with questions or for more information.


 If you are interested in a certain certification class that is not being offered at this time, please call 561/297-3749 or email to be put on the email notification list.  We will notify you when the class becomes available.






Fundamentals of Code Enforcement

REPORT WRITING: Learn how to gather information and prepare code enforcement documents while improving accuracy, clarity and conciseness. Includes preparing investigative documents, case dockets or summaries, and required formal notices. (4 hours)

VERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Understand two-way communication with emphasis on listening skills and non-verbal communication; learn specific techniques for dealing with angry people and the use of verbal judo when dealing with the public. (4 hours)

LEGAL ASPECTS OF CODE ENFORCEMENT: Review the laws affecting code enforcement, from the U. S. Constitution to Chapter 162 of the Florida Statutes, including equal enforcement, right of entry, and issuance of warrants. (8 hours)

PROPERTY RESEARCH AND OWNERSHIP: Learn to understand legal descriptions, locate property, and calculate the area of parcels. Identify various types of ownership and the methods of researching them. (8 hours)

ETHICS: Examine ethical dilemmas and guidelines, definitions, common rationalizations, and establishment of an ethical environment. Gain knowledge of the ethical standards of public administration. (4 hours)

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF CODE ENFORCEMENT: Learn how to apply basic knowledge and skills to daily activities. These skills will include enforcement techniques, inspection procedures, field communications, and call handling as well as legal issues requited to complete duties from the initial complaint to the final hearing process. Part I - Administrative: Learn the role and history of code enforcement, complaint taking procedures, phone procedures, and proper documentation. Part II - Field Inspections and Civil Process: Learn proper inspection procedures, field contacts, how to ensure officer safety, how to prepare field reports, how to effectively present cases to the Code Enforcement Board, and how to deal with hearing procedures, citations, and liens. (12 hours) ____________________________________________________

Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement

THE MANAGER'S ROLE IN CODE ENFORCEMENT: Learn Strategic Planning, Visioning, Organization, Standard Operating Procedures, Budgeting, and Technology with this course. (8 hours - NEW 2013)

MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: When dealing with the media and the public, learn to put your best foot forward -- instead of putting it in your mouth. Be proactive. Give effective interviews by developing a media strategy that will present Code Enforcement to the public positively. (4 hours - Revised 2013)

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: Establish a year-round cycle of performance management which includes developing and sharing with employees realistic job performance standards, conducting quarterly and yearly performance appraisals,, and using appropriate coaching and counseling techniques. (4 hours)

EMPLOYMENT LAWS: Implement sound, legal, and effective employment policies based on federal and state mandates, paying particular attention to dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, using appropriate interviewing techniques, and general requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (4 hours - New 2013)

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Give presentations like a pro -- in front of 2 or 200 people -- using proven techniques to enhance professional style and get points across. (8 hours)

RECORDS MANAGEMENT IN CODE ENFORCEMENT: Review the best ways to keep the Code Enforcement office data using State approved records management systems and complying with Florida's public records law. (4 hours - UPDATED 2013)

STRESS MANAGEMENT: Control stress and avoid burn-out by learning to recognize and manage the hidden and not-so-hidden stress in life. (4 hours)

TIME MANAGEMENT: Manage time effectively by using principles of time management, recognizing and controlling time wasters, and delegating appropriately. (4 hours) ____________________________________________________

Legal Issues in Code Enforcement

CASE DEVELOPMENT: How to investigate and initiate a Code Enforcement case. How to issue a proper Statement of Violation and Notice of Hearing. How to ensure good service of process. (4 hours)

CODE ENFORCEMENT: SPECIAL ISSUES: Examination of special areas relating to Code Enforcement including repeat violations, demolition, right of entry, stipulations, fines, recovery of costs, and rehearings. (4 hours)

CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD: Expansion of Chapter 162's enumeration of the Code Enforcement Board's purpose, organization, appointment, powers, role at the hearings and responsibilities as a quasi-judicial body. (4 hours)

MOCK CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD HEARING: Following a summary of procedures which should be followed in preparing and presenting effective cases to the Code Enforcement Board, several mock cases are enacted by the attendees. Critique and evaluation follow. (4 hours)

EVIDENTIARY ISSUES: Standards of evidence necessary in a Code Enforcement Board procedure including relevance, rights of alleged violators and the Board, due process, privileges, Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues, hearsay, and use of public records. (4 hours)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ORDINANCES: An overview of ordinance development including construction, format, adoption, and codification. (2 hours)

OTHER LEGAL OPTIONS AND COURT PROCEDURES: Civil and criminal procedures other than the Code Enforcement Board process, including citations, injunctions, public nuisance penalties, and physical arrest. (4 hours)

MOCK CITATION TRIAL: Following an overview of procedures to be followed in court appearances and differences with the Code Enforcement Board process, several mock citation trials are held, followed by critique and evaluation. (2 hours)

TESTIFYING AND DEMEANOR: How to make the most effective presentation either before the Code Enforcement Board or in a courtroom. The importance of proper preparation before testifying. What to expect in the courtroom and how to proceed. Suggestions to witnesses. (4 hours)

MANDATORY REVIEW BEFORE TEST: (4 hours) ____________________________________________________

Officer Safety and Field Applications

Defensive Tactics with Practical Applications: This course offers classroom and hands-on training for the Code Enforcement Officer’s personal safety. You will learn strike and pressure points, proper blocking and striking, weapon defense, takedown, ground fighting, and escape techniques.

Interpersonal Skills Training Part I: Conflict, Courtesy, Human Behavior, and Diversity: Learn skills to better stabilize threatening situations including: how to demonstrate courtesy and respect during times of conflict; understanding of basic individual needs; dealing with the complexities of a diverse population.  Note: The diversity segment of this course will be continued into the next day

Interpersonal Skills Training Part II: Persons with Special Concerns, Substance Abuse, and Officer Survival: This session will continue the diversity training from Session Two.  You will learn to interact with special needs citizens, recognize physical signs of persons under the influence of drugs, and gain the skills necessary to remain alert and aware of your environment to ensure safety while on the job

Field Safety and Survival: Learn the basic skills to handle an aggressive animal; how to identify and properly handle situations involving hazardous materials; techniques such as stance and demeanor to remain in control and avoid unnecessarily confrontational situations





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