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Posted on: February 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Weekends in Classroom Pay Off for Town Inspector

Daniel Pope receives fifth Level III certification Jan. 26 in Raleigh.

Lead Inspector Daniel Pope of the Code Enforcement Department has earned his fifth Level III certification, joining a select group of inspectors across N.C. with top level certification in all five building trades.

Only 243 of 4,000 inspectors in the state have amassed such credentials, and 172 currently are working as inspectors.

Pope is the second Town of Holly Springs inspector to earn top level certification in the building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire codes.

“He’s been very career-driven,” said Code Enforcement Director Ricky Blackmon, who obtained his fifth Level III certification in 1994. “He’s a tremendous asset to the department.”

Pope spent nearly 500 hours in community college classrooms during weekends and some evenings taking courses and more than 30 exams covering the State Building Code. Most of Pope’s certifications have been earned since 2011.

“It was a long time in the making and a lot of hard work,” he said. “I’m thankful to finally get them and blessed to have the town behind me.”

Last year, the Code Enforcement Department issued building permits for 657 single-family houses, continuing the upward trend that began after permits bottomed out at 177 during the recession in 2009. Since 2010, Wake, Harnett, Johnston, Durham and Chatham counties have had growth rates that are among the highest in N.C.

With volume and complexity on the rise, inspectors’ ability to ensure that construction meets the intent of state regulations becomes increasingly important.

Certification levels are based on the type and size of the building inspected. For example, someone with a Level III mechanical certification is authorized to inspect the heating and air conditioning system of any size or type of building.

Holly Springs’ six inspectors are certified inspectors in multiple trades at various classification levels. Collectively, they hold state licenses in the building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical trades that were obtained while working in the industry.

Pope said inspectors are encouraged to continue pursuing additional knowledge.

“The town has a wonderful incentive program if they want to achieve this,” he said.

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