Certified Members

A person involved in the regulation of health and safety in the environment, both natural and man-made, or is otherwise responsible for enforcement of municipal, county, state or federal codes or working in a position or field closely related to either the regulation of health and safety in the environment, both natural and man-made or the enforcement of municipal, county, state or federal code and who resides or is employed in the State of Kansas, shall be eligible for regular membership as a Certified Member once certified by KACE as a Code Enforcement Officer and upon payment of established dues shall be known as a "Certified Member". A Certified Member may use the designation after their name/signature "KACE/CEO" or "CEO/KACE" and shall be eligible to hold any office within KACE subject to any other condition required in the by-laws.

Professional Members

A person involved in the regulation of health and safety in the environment, both natural and man-made, or is otherwise employed in or responsible for enforcement of municipal, county, state or federal codes or working in a position or field closely related to either the regulation of health and safety in the environment, both natural and man-made or the enforcement of municipal, county, state or federal code and who resides or is employed in the State of Kansas, shall be eligible for membership as a Professional Member until certified by KACE as a Code Enforcement Officer, and upon payment of established dues shall be known as a "Professional Member". A Professional Member may use the designation after their name/signature "KACE" and shall be eligible to hold any office within KACE subject to any other conditions required in the by-laws.

Affiliate Members

Any student, nonresident or individual interested in code enforcement, but not otherwise eligible for membership. Affiliate Members are not entitled to vote on KACE business matters or to hold any positions within KACE other than as a committee member.

Honorary, Retired and Agency Members

Honorary Member: An honorary member in the Association shall be a person who has rendered outstanding meritorious services for the furtherance of the objectives of this organization. Such persons, upon the motion of any member in good standing, may be elected by the Board of Directors or by the Association to Honorary membership and shall be excused from the payment of dues and assessments. They shall not be eligible to vote or to hold office or be a member of the Board unless they are also a Certified or Professional Member.

Retired Member: A retired member of the association shall be an active member in good standing at the time they retired from employment in the enforcement of housing, health, land use, or other municipal, county, state or federal codes.  A retired member shall be entitled to the same rights as a Certified or Professional Member, except that they cannot hold a position on the Board of Directors.

Charter Organization: Any governmental jurisdiction employing or sponsoring one or more Certified or Professional Members shall be eligible for membership as a Charter Organization upon payment of established dues. Charter organizations shall be eligible to vote on matters of KACE concerning certification.

Affiliate Organization: Any commercial entity or governmental agency or non-governmental agency or association interested in supporting the purpose and mission of KACE shall be eligible for membership as an Affiliate Organization. Affiliate Organizations shall be eligible to participate in exhibits or displays at KACE meetings and conferences without charge, but shall not be eligible to vote on matters of KACE.

KACE Certification Program

A. Initial KACE Certification Requirements

  1. Complete 48 hours of KACE-approved training, of which a maximum of 24 hours may be from non-KACE providers. Training must be related to duties of a Code Enforcement Officer in the state of Kansas and may include, but not necessarily be limited to legal issues, procedural practices, professional development, personal and public relations.
    1. 24 hours of training must be official KACE-presented or KACE-sponsored courses.
    2. No more than 24 hours of training from non-KACE providers may be used to fulfill initial KACE certification training requirements.
  2. Must be a current paid member at non-certified KACE membership category rate.
  3. Employed in the regulation of health and safety in the environment, both natural and man-made, or a related field or otherwise responsible for enforcement of municipal, county, state or federal codes in the state of Kansas.
  4. Certification must be renewed every two calendar years starting from December 31 of the initial certification year, regardless of what month of the year the applicant completed initial education requirements.

B. Special Provisions for First-time Applicants already certified by other organizations

KACE recognizes prior education and professional knowledge required to be a certified or endorsed member of certain other professional organizations such as the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) the International Code Council (ICC) and its state chapters such as Heart of America (HOA). Therefore, for first-time certification applicants who hold current code enforcement certifications or endorsements issued by another state or national code enforcement professional organization, the following standards apply for initial KACE certification.

  1. Present documentation of the equivalent of 48 hours of code enforcement education training to include:
    1. 12 hours of KACE-approved training on Kansas Statutes or legal aspects of code enforcement in Kansas
    2. Certification or proof of knowledge mastery within the last 3 years by another code enforcement professional organization such as AACE, ICC or HOA.
  2. All remaining certification requirements for initial certification, items 2-4 in Section A.

C. To Maintain KACE Certification

KACE-Certified Code Enforcement Officers must maintain minimum continuing education requirements on an annual basis. Certification status is reviewed every two years, counting from December 31 of the first year certification is achieved.

The following minimum 16 hours continuing education requirements apply to all certifications:

  1. 8 hours each year: KACE-presented or KACE-sponsored education.
  2. 8 hours each year: Training related to duties of a Code Enforcement Officer in the state of Kansas and may include, but not be limited to: legal issues, procedural practices, professional development, personal and public relations. These hours may be either KACE or non-KACE trainings.

D. Qualifying non-KACE training hours for Certification Purposes

  1. Credit must be requested no later than ninety (90) days after completing the course. The Certification Committee reserves the right to reject outdated or non job related hours.
  2. Following items must accompany the training credit request:
    1. Date of training.
    2. Name, address and contact information of the host agency,
    3. Instructor name and credentials
    4. Course syllabus/course content.
  3. Non-KACE hours are credited on an hour-for-hour basis

To submit non-KACE qualifying hours, mail documentation in D.2. and proof of attendance to the KACE offices or e-mail the items to the KACE mailbox at info@kace-ks.org