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NMDC, in cooperation with the Maine State Planning Office (SPO), offers Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) and Local Plumbing Inspector (LPI) examinations at its Caribou office.  CEOs must be certified by the State of Maine within one year of initial appointment in a municipality.  CEOs must be certified in all areas of job responsibility in order to efficiently enforce municipal regulations or ordinances.  Areas of job responsibility are determined by the CEO job description submitted to the SPO.  For example, if a municipality has a building code, shoreland zoning, or a townwide zoning ordinance, the CEO must obtain and maintain certification in each of those disciplines.  Conversely, LPIs must be certified prior to appointment in a municipality.

The CEO program administers seven (7) examinations.  They are Legal Issues, Shoreland Zoning, Land Use, Building Standards, Internal Plumbing, Subsurface Wastewater Disposal, and Court Rule 80K.  NMDC does not regularly offer Court Rule 80K examinations but can do so upon request.  Please allow extra time when scheduling this exam.  In order to become a certified CEO, you need to pass the Legal Issues examination, plus one (1) other specific area examination. 

All examinations are set up the same way.  They contain multiple choice questions, plus a case study.  The multiple choice portion of the exam covers materials found in each training manual.  The case study is a "real world" situation.  SPO wants to determine how you would handle applications, deal with the public, and/or enforcement actions.

Examinations may be taken in any order, however, certification is only granted upon the completion of the Legal Issues exam, plus one (1) specific area exam.  Legal Issues is the basis for all other examinations, therefore, we strongly suggest that you begin with this exam. 

There are no set exam dates.  Whenever you feel comfortable with the material, please do not hesitate to contact Jay Kamm at 498-8736 or 1-800-427-8736 or email:


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Jay Kamm or call 498-8736 or toll free in Maine at 1-800-427-8736.

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