National Credential
Credential: Building Plans Examiner - B3  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Code Council (ICC)

The International Code Council (ICC) Building Plans Examiner – B3 certification is an intermediate-level credential for individuals who review and examine building construction documents for conformity to building codes and regulations. Building Plans Examiners are responsible for reviewing submitted plans to determine if the plans meet requirements set by the jurisdiction within which the building stands. At this level of certification, the examiner reviews plans for any size of building in any occupancy classification. The ICC B3 exam validates an individual's basic technical knowledge, education and related experience as an examiner. The certification holder demonstrates the ability to read blueprints, and has a strong knowledge of building codes, and can determine if plans meet regulated criteria for safety, utilities, and installations. Additionally, examiners with the B3 certification review the status of and land and building permits. Certified individuals understand building planning, footings, foundations, floor construction, wall construction, coverings, roof and ceiling construction, and public safety construction as it applies to building code compliance. There are no experience requirements, education requirements, or pre-requisites that must be met prior to taking the written exam. However, individuals seeking the Building Plans Examiner certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise. Candidates are required to pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Building Plans Examiner - B3

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Building Plans Examiner - B3

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Building Plans Examiner - B3

The Building Plans Examiner - B3 credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must adhere to the ICC Code of Ethics.

Building Plans Examiner - B3

  • General Administration (5%)
    • Project Administration (3%)
    • Public Information and Legal (2%)
  • Building Planning (21%)
    • Building Location (1%)
    • Allowable Increases (2%)
    • Use and Occupancy Classification (4%)
    • Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy (2%)
    • Type of Construction (2%)
    • Height and Area Design (4%)
    • Exterior Walls and Openings (3%)
    • Interior Environment (1%)
    • Safeguards During Construction (1%)
    • Accessibility (1%)
    • Materials Specifications (1%)
  • Footings and Foundations (8%)
    • Footing and Foundations (3%)
    • Stepped Footings and Special Foundations (2%)
    • Foundation Walls (3%)
  • Floor Construction (4%)
    • Floor Systems (3%)
    • Concrete Slabs and Floor Systems (1%)
  • Wall Construction and Coverings (12%)
    • Wood Wall Systems (2%)
    • Steel Framing Systems (2%)
    • Masonry Wall Systems (2%)
    • Concrete Wall Systems (2%)
    • Exterior Wall Coverings (2%)
    • Interior Wall Coverings (2%)
  • Roof/Ceiling Construction (4%)
    • Roof/Ceiling Assemblies (3%)
    • Roof Coverings (1%)
  • Public Safety and Special Construction (46%)
    • Means of Egress (5%)
    • Number, Width, and Arrangements of Exits (4%)
    • Exit Stairways and Ramps (4%)
    • Exit Doors and Egress Windows (3%)
    • Protected Exitways (3%)
    • Special Exiting (1%)
    • Fire Alarm and Extinguishing Systems (3%)
    • Area and Occupancy Separations (4%)
    • Fire-Resistive Construction (4%)
    • Heat and Smoke (3%)
    • Interior Finishes (2%)
    • Safety Glazing (2%)
    • Opening Protectives, Penetrations, and Joint Systems (4%)
    • Miscellaneous Construction (1%)
    • Building Services and Special Construction (2%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Building Plans Examiner - B3 examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the International Code Council (ICC) testing process, visit the agency website.

Building Plans Examiner - B3

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Building Plans Examiner - B3 credential has the following recertification information:

  • The ICC certifications are valid for three years. Recertification requires earning Continuing Education Credit (CEU) and paying a recertification fee. The number of CEUs required for recertification can be found in the ICC Certification Renewal Bulletin. Review the ICC Certification Renewal page and the FAQs about the Certification program changes for more information.

Building Plans Examiner - B3

Additional considerations for the Building Plans Examiner - B3 include:

  • Though ICC does not require meeting experience requirements, education requirements, or pre-requisites prior to taking the written exam, individuals seeking the Building Plans Examiner certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise. Related education and management experience is useful when taking the certification examination.
  • Some states and cities have specific construction and building inspection licenscing requirements. Candidates must check the licensing regulations specific to the location. ICC develops and administers customized construction trade licensing exams for state and municipal jurisdictions. Additional information can be obtained from the ICC Exam Catalog page; key in the exam title into the search field.
  • Successfully passing this exam in combination with other specific exams and requirements may allow a candidate to obtain a combination designation. A combination designation is granted automatically through a candidate's myICC account once all prerequisites are met and all exams have been passed. 

    Visit the ICC's page on Combination Designations to learn more about earning a designation.