The responsibilities of building officials are not limited to issuing permits and inspecting buildings. Today, building officials are required to administer and enforce policies, interpret and apply legal provisions and possess strong communication, personnel and financial management skills. Develop those skills at the International Code Council Code Official Institute April 24-27 in Portland, OR.

The Code Official Institute, co-sponsored by the Oregon Building Officials Association, is a must-attend event for building department administrators who want to improve their management skills. It is also valuable for the state's new building officials who have to meet Oregon's requirement to pass the Legal and Management portions of the ICC Certified Building Official exam within six months of hire.

Featured topics of the Code Official Institute include legal aspects of code administration, building department financial and personnel management, ethics in public life and increasing the credibility of the code official. Highly recognized professionals will share their knowledge, expertise and experience in building department administration. These experts include Linda Pieczynski, a preeminent attorney specializing in the field of code enforcement, and Laura Scott, ICC Manager of Chapter Relations, who has experience as a code enforcement officer, supervisor, code writer and trainer.

Participants in the four-day institute have the opportunity to earn CEUs and LUs. Additionally, the Code Official Institute also allows attendees to interact, network, gain valuable insight and share experiences with peers. All participants receive comprehensive manuals to reference during the event and to use as a resource on the job.

To register for the Code Official Institute online, visit link below. For more information call Salina Horton at 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 4284 or e-mail