SAFEbuilt Academy

Advancing Careers. Enhancing Communities. Building trades and code certification training from the leader in community development services.

Since 1992, SAFEbuilt has partnered with municipalities all over the country to provide exceptional community development services that make communities better and safer places to live, work, and play. As an ICC® Preferred Provider for certified courses, SAFEbuilt Academy delivers high-quality content created for your success.

Compliance Standards and Lessons Learned

We don’t just help you learn the ICC® codes; we break down each code and provide practical, real-life examples that add value to your role and responsibilities. Our students include building officials, plans examiners, building inspectors, and permit technicians. We also train code officials, architects, engineers, and attorneys. Building and life safety is the foundation of strong communities. Train with SAFEbuilt to be the best in your field.

Course Delivery for Today’s Student

The community development industry requires you to understand and apply complex building codes. Yet with so many demands on your time, traditional classroom training isn’t always an option. SAFEbuilt Academy offers in-person, year-round courses across the country, in addition to on-demand or scheduled webinar training. Pick the delivery method and timing that works best for you. Flexibility in course offerings has never been this convenient.

Affordable Fees

Code courses range in price from $395 to $595, depending on the course and certification. Many municipalities and organizations may reimburse course tuition. Check with your organization for details. And if you’re interested in joining a nationwide team of people committed to building better, safer communities, visit our Careers page for current opportunities and to contact a recruiter. SAFEbuilt employees receive free ICC® certification training as part of their employment benefits.

Curriculum and Training Schedule

Taught by ICC® Preferred Education Providers
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Meet Our Training Team

When you attend SAFEbuilt Academy code courses, you get high-quality training and relevant field examples taught by ICC® certified trainers. Learn more about our course developers, trainers, and managers.

Wade Greene:

Training Director

Wade’s service extends over 25 years in the building industry with positions including Inspection, Plan Review, Building Official, and Regional Director. His passion for educating his peers and community of the value of the Building Code is contagious; this has enabled him to serve on many committees including the ICC International Building code (over 10 years) and Residential Code Interpretation Committees. With certifications such as USAF Structural Technician, and Master Code Professional, Wade has used his experience, education, and training to developed and implement SAFEbuilt’s first comprehensive Code Academy and serves as the Chair for both SAFEbuilt’s Training and Safety Committees.

Tinika Blackmon

Training Coordinator

Tinika has honed her building department skills for more than ten years while holding customer service and permit technician positions. She shares her knowledge of local government building departments and ICC® codes and permit tech qualifications through her dynamic training courses. Tinika is an ICC® Preferred Education Provider.

Andrew Bevis


As Deputy Building Official with SAFEbuilt in Atlanta, Andrew focuses on broadening the scope of his efficacy through his many different roles. He has held positions within local government as a Combination Building Inspector and Plans Examiner. Additionally, he has developed and written multiple classes while holding the position of Training Developer for the Building and Fire Code Academy. Andrew worked in the design world at Eggemeyer Associate Architect as a drafter for 4 years. Andrew holds 21 ICC Certifications, some of which include Certified Building Official (C.B.O.) and Master Code Professional (M.C.P). SAFEbuilt Academy proudly utilizes Andrew’s experience with our IBC, IRC, and Fire Courses.

Gary Mullinix


Gary currently works for SAFEbuilt as the Chief Building Official in the city of Milton, GA. Gary’s expertise in residential and commercial construction draws from his 40 years of experience as a carpenter foreman, superintendent, project manager, FEMA disaster response official, Building Official and inspector, plans examiner, certified flood plain manager, planning and zoning official, and Development official. Gary continues to stay involved and serve with FEMA, having recently worked with FEMA as a floodplain specialist in 8 major flood events managing substantial damage assessments and NFIP regulations in the building environment. Gary brings his wealth of knowledge in Structural Engineering to SAFEbuilt Academy by assisting in our IBC, IMC, and IRC courses.

Dennis Smith


Dennis holds an Associate degree in Fire Protection Technology and has served as the former Fire Chief for the City of Fenton, Michigan. Over his 40 years of government experience, Dennis has become especially skilled in his ability to strategically plan the direction of community development programs. Certified by the Council of American Building Officials and the National Fire Protection Agency, Dennis shares his experience with peers when instructing seminars on Building, Fire, and Police standards across the country. SAFEbuilt academy is proud to be one of the training providers to best utilize his range of talents for the IBC, IMC, and Fire Courses.

ICC® Certifications and Continuing Education Credits put you on the path of career success. Train with us to learn best practices, discuss industry trends, and create professional connections. Check this page often for course schedule updates and additional resources.
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