The Georgia Association of Code Enforcement (GACE) is a Professional Organization dedicated to establishing responsible Code Enforcement throughout local Governments in Georgia and professional development of its members. The GACE Code Enforcement Officer Certificate Program is sponsored by GACE in cooperation with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association.                                  

    The CEOCP is administered by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those persons responsible for enforcement of City, County and State Codes in Georgia.


  • Purpose of the Organization. The purpose of GACE shall be to study and advance the science and practice of Code enforcement, to further the interests of the profession, and to promote professionalism, fellowship, education, and communication among its members.

  • G.A.C.E.

    ESTABLISHED:  1998

    Dedication to training the Code Enforcement Officer throughout Georgia.  

    The first training conference held by GACE was in the Fall of 1998 at the  UGA Center for Continuing Education located in Athens Georgia. GACE Training is facilitated through the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government  and is in participation and supported by  ACCG and GMA.  The membership count for  GACE in 1998 was totaled at 50 today; GACE Celebrates an increase of over 800% at 409 members, all due to dedication of  GACE Members and Local Jurisdictional Support for the Code Enforcement Field.  

    From 1998 to 2008 GACE has revised the training from One Level to Two Levels and has began an assertive approach to seek State recognition.  2008 produced a good year and the 2009 endeavor will be to continue our two main goals 

    1. LJR Committee presenting state legislation to incorporate the code enforcement profession to Georgia Law, and

    2. Certification Committee to present a streamline training schedule to produce a  Certified Program sealed by the STATE of GEORGIA.

    GACE celebrated its Ten Years where it all began at the UGA Center for Continuing Education in Athens Georgia September 30 thru October 3, 2008  

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    Russell Moody
    1st Vice President
    Russell Gay
    2nd Vice President
    Philomena Robertson
    3rd Vice President
    Keith Colquitt
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    Susan Carpenter
    Alayne Hightower


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  • G.A.C.E. Training
    The goals of the Certificate of the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement are to:
    1. Encourage professionalism in public code enforcement administration throughout Georgia.
    2. Increase knowledge of the major aspects of code enforcement administration.
    3. Develop skills necessary for the enforcement of environmental, housing, and land use codes.
    4. The GACE Certificate Program offers three levels of training. Six core courses and a selection of electives totaling nine hours form the basic framework of Level I. Level II includes an additional five core courses and an additional 24 hours of electives.
    The GACE Certificate Program offers three levels of training. To receive a Level I certificate, participants must complete 45 hours of course work (36 hours of required courses and nine hours of electives) and pass a written exam after each required course with a grade of 70 or better. Requirements for the Level II certificate consist of an additional 45 hours of coursework (30 hours of required courses and 15 hours of electives) with the same requirement of successfully passing a written exam for each required course with a grade of 70 or better. The Level III certificate program requires the completion of 75 hours in a separate curriculum consisting of technical and leadership courses. Upon successful completion of all coursework, participants must write a reflection paper on selected courses taken.
     All of the classes are taught on a rotating schedule. Based on your choice of class selections, you can earn up to 18 hours of credit toward your certificate level at the annual conference and an additional six or twelve hours by attending the workshop training.
     To be eligible to participate in the certificate program, an individual must:
    • Be a G.A.C.E. Member throughout the entire program
    • Be willing to uphold the by-laws of the organization
    • Be an honest member and ethical person
    •  Communication (6 hours)
    •  Cultural Differences in Code Enforcement (6 hours)
    •  Enforcement Techniques and Investigative Process and Court Procedures (6 hours)
    •  Environmental Protection and Environmental Nuisance Abatement (6 hours)
    •  Handling Special and Hazardous Materials (6 hours)
    •  Housing and the ICC Property Maintenance Code (6 hours)
    •  Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement (6 hours)
    •  Planning Concepts and Dealing with Citizen Boards (3 hours)
    •  Preparing Your Case for Court (6 hours)
    •  Public Service Ethics (6 hours)
    •  Safety Tactics and In-Field Safety for Code Officers (6 hours)
    •  Signage and Right-of-Way Encroachments (3 hours) 
    • Administering Flood Plain Regulations and Stream Buffer Rules
    • Airborne Viruses, Mold and Bacteria
    • Basic Supervisory Skills
    • Business Writing
    • Change Management
    • Code Enforcement and Mobile Homes
    • Codes and Fire Suppression
    • Conflict and Anger Management
    • Customer Service
    • Developing and Administering the Code Enforcement Budget
    • Disaster Recovery and Debris Removal
    • Drugs, Chemicals, and Other Contraband
    • Financially Troubled and Abandoned Properties
    • Homeland Security in Code Enforcement
    • Making Public Presentations
    • New Technologies in Code Enforcement
    • Politics in Code Enforcement
    • Principles of Leadership for the Code Enforcement Officer
    • Stormwater Management and Control
    • Time and Stress Management
    • Zoning Code Enforcement
    • Technical Rotation — Course Descriptions:
    • Budgeting
    • Business Writing II
    • ICC Legal Management
    • ICC Property Maintenance
    • ICC Zoning
    • Ordinances
    • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
    • Leadership Rotation — Course Descriptions
    • Coaching and Positive Discipline 
    • Conflict Management and Resolution 
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Effective Communication
    • Ethical Use of Power
    • Leading Teams and Group Dynamics
    • Managing Performance 
    • Motivation and Delegation
    • Navigating Change
    • Negotiation and Mediation
    • Powerful Presentations
    • Public Sector Leadership
    • Role of the Manager
    • Strategic Planning
    Continuing Education:
    Every three years, those who have attained Level I or Level II certification must complete 36 hours of continuing education. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking electives not previously taken or by taking courses in the Level III curriculum.

    Attendees may be able to receive POST credit for some of the courses offered at the conferences. Please contact POST in order to determine the process for requesting credit from the Peace Officers Training Council for classes taken through GACE.

     A special Annual Update class is being added to the course offerings at the annual conference. This class is designed to satisfy the continuing education requirements for individuals who have completed Level I and II. The topic(s) for the Annual Update will differ at each annual conference.

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      CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER II-Mechanical   The City of High Point (pop. 110,638) seeks a qualified person for the position of Code Enforcement Officer II-Mechanical in the Inspection Services Division, Planning and Development Department.  Major responsibilities include inspecting buildings and structures for compliance with NC State Building Codes and Codes of Ordinances for the City of High Point; preparing written reports of inspection findings; reading and reviewing construction plans and documents for the purpose of determining compliance with building codes; investigating complaints from citizens and public officials regarding code violations; and preparing correspondence to property owners, builders or other parties of interest relating to enforcement of the Building Codes and related laws and ordinances.    Position requires High School Diploma or GED Equivalent and prior experience in building construction or inspection related to the mechanical trade sufficient to assure working knowledge of single family residential and commercial construction and repair.  Certification as Mechanical Inspector Standard Level II by the State of North Carolina or the ability to obtain a Probationary Certification as a Mechanical Inspector II from the State of North Carolina is required.  Standard Level III certification as a Mechanical Inspector preferred.  Must possess acceptable valid NC driver’s license; strong oral and written communication skills along with organizational skills.  Salary from $40,000 annually depending on qualifications along with an excellent benefits package.  Applicants must upload a Cover Letter and Resume with Application.  Applicants must complete supplemental questions to be considered for the position.   Interested applicants must apply through NEOGOV, the City of High Point’s new job application system.  To apply, please type the following link into your web browser:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/highpointnc.  This process will require you to have an email address which will be used to contact you throughout the hiring process.  If you have already created your GovernmentJobs.com personal account, please login.  If not, please click on the link to create an account (registration is free).  The Online application must be completed on or before the closing date of December 23, 2016. The City of High Point is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • ocillacode
      Post by @ocillacode on Mar 30, 2015 at 11:46am We just adopted new ordinances for most of our Code Enforcement violations. I need to check again and see if there is anything in there regarding this. Thank You.
    • dMaidon
      Post by Tim Prater on Mar 30, 2015 at 9:31am Under our nuisance abatement ordinance we will issue a notice of violation with a 10 day compliance deadline to obtain water service if the deadline is not met we will condemn the house due to unsanitary conditions.
    • ocillacode
      Post by @ocillacode on Mar 19, 2015 at 1:18pm Thank you for the information. I don't think we have adopted the IPMC. I will get with my council and give you a call if I have any more questions.
    • dMaidon
      Post by jpitman on Mar 19, 2015 at 8:07am If your jurisdiction has adopted the IPMC (International Property Maintenance Code) then you as a code officer can require water service and operable plumbing. This includes a functioning sewage or septic system. I would urge your councilmen to adopt the IPMC if they have not already. It is a great tool and very effective while being quite comprehensive so far as problems with a property. If you have any further questions about it you can call me, I would be glad to discuss...Jerry Pitman 706-312-7204