Code Change Training (CCT)



The Virginia Building Codes are updated through Virginia’s public code development process. Every three years, the International Code Council’s model I-Codes are updated and those codes are used to develop Virginia’s building and fire codes. The next Virginia code update will be based on the 2021 I-Codes.  

For existing DHCD Certificate holders: Once a new Virginia code edition is adopted, Code Change Training for the latest code cycle is mandatory to maintain your DHCD certification. See below to determine which Code Change Training modules are required for your specific certification(s). Note that the Administrative and Administrative Refresher modules are required for ALL certificate holders. 

Important Note: Code Change Training is a separate mandatory requirement from the Continuing Education (CE) requirement. Hours earned from DHCD Code Change Training cannot be used towards DHCD Continuing Education hours.


2021 Code Change Training

Training Requirements

To determine which training modules are required for your certification(s), see “2021 Code Change Training Requirements” in the Resources section at right.

Training Timeline

DHCD Certificate holders will have 1 year from the official Virginia code adoption date to complete the required code change training modules. 

In-Person Training

Live in-person 2021 Code Change Training classes launched in October, 2023 with classes currently scheduled through March, 2024 in various locations throughout the state. Click here to view the live calendar of in-person classes. Click the Log In link at the top of the calendar to page to log into your DHCD account and register for classes. Students must attend the entire day of training to receive credit. 

Online Self-Paced Training

2021 Code Change Training will be available in an online self-paced format through the Code Academy Learning Center beginning January, 2024. If you prefer this format, please make sure you can access the Code Academy Learning Center so that you are prepared once courses are live. For more information on the Code Academy Learning Center, click here.

Available 2021 Code Change Courses

Administrative Bundle:

  • 2021 CCT – Administrative and Related – Required for ALL DHCD certificate holders
  • 2021 CCT – Administrative Refresher – Required for ALL DHCD certificate holders 

Commercial Bundle:

  • 2021 CCT – Virginia Construction Code
  • 2021 CCT – Virginia Energy Conservation Code
  • 2021 CCT – Virginia Existing Building Code

Residential Bundle:

  • 2021 CCT – Virginia Residential Code (includes Residential Energy and Residential trades)

Trades Bundle:

  • 2021 CCT – 2020 National Electrical Code
  • 2021 CCT – Virginia Plumbing Code
  • 2021 CCT – Virginia Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes

ICC a117.1 Accessibility Standard 

Note: For in-person classes, the Commercial and Residential bundles may be combined in one day of training. 

Code Change Module Tracking – Once a course is completed through the Learning Center, expect the course to appear in your DHCD profile within 2 weeks.


Once Logged In, to locate a specific 2018 code change module, search "2018" and the name of the module, e.g. "2018 Virginia plumbing code.”

  • 2018 CCT – Residential Bundle - 2 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Virginia Residential Code (VRC)
    • Residential Energy (VECC-Residential Provisions)
  • 2018 CCT – Commercial Bundle - 3 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Virginia Construction Code (VCC)
    • Commercial Energy (VECC - Commercial Provisions)
    • Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC)
  • 2018 CCT – Administrative Bundle - 7 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Administrative Refresher
    • Administrative Module (Administrative provisions, VA Certification Standards, Manufactured Housing, Industrialized Buildings, and Amusement Device)
    • International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC)
    • Elevator (Elevator and Escalator provisions)
    • Fire Edits (explanation and background of recent changes to SFPC)
    • SFPC (Statewide Fire Prevention Code)
    • Virginia Maintenance Code (Note that VA has dropped the "property" for 2018)
  • 2018 CCT – Trade Bundle - 4 Self-Paced Modules:
    • Virginia Plumbing Code (VPC)
    • Virginia Mechanical Code (VMC)
    • Virginia Fuel Gas Code (VFGC)
    • National Electrical Code (NEC)


Once Logged In, to locate all live 2015 code change modules, search "2015" and the name of the module, e.g. "2015 plumbing.”

  • Administrative Update

  • Virginia Construction Code (VCC)

  • Virginia Residential Code (VRC)

  • Virginia Existing Building Code (VEBC)

  • Virginia Elevator Provisions

  • Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC)

  • Virginia Energy Conservation Code (VECC)

  • Virginia Plumbing Code (VPC)

  • Virginia Property Maintenance (VPMC)

  • Virginia Electrical/2014 NEC

  • Virginia Mechanical/Fuel Gas (VMC & VFGC)

  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)


Although DHCD is the primary provider of code change training in Virginia, the agency partners with several organizations to maximize the availability of Code Change Training to code officials. These approved providers utilize DHCD materials and VBCA-approved instructors. Completion of these offerings is reflected on the JPVBCA Online Registration System once attendance sheets are submitted to the Code Academy. For information regarding training provider schedules, please contact the provider directly.


Besides DHCD, other certifying or licensing entities may require the completion of continuing education or code update training. In cooperation with the Department of Professional Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and with the Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), DHCD courses qualify for continuing education credit training towards journeyman or master license, and 1031 certification, respectively.

DHCD is an approved DPOR provider of continuing education. Students who wish to receive DPOR credit for VBCA classroom classes must provide their complete licensure information, including license number, before the end of each course. VBCA will then forward all data to DPOR for processing. Any questions regarding license renewal should be directed to DPOR.

Certain DHCD programs also qualify for continuing education credit with the VDFP for 1031 credit. Appropriate forms are provided during the designated approved programs and submission of those forms is handled by DHCD. All questions regarding VDFP credit should be directed to VDFP.