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2021 ICC Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Practice Test

Building Code Masters' 2021 Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Practice Exam for the ICC certification stands as an invaluable resource for aspiring professionals seeking to excel in the field of code enforcement.

Designed with in-depth knowledge of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), this practice exam offers a comprehensive practice test for candidates to hone their skills and knowledge. It meticulously covers essential topics of administration and legal, lighting ventilation and occupancy, fire and life safety, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and property conditions.

The exam is designed to simulate real-world scenarios, providing candidates with a practical understanding of the complexities they might encounter in their roles as residential building inspectors.

With a focus on clarity and relevance, Building Code Masters' 2021 Practice Exam equips candidates with the confidence and expertise needed to successfully navigate the challenges of the ICC certification.

2021 ICC Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Certification Outline

The outline provided is directly from the specification of the coverage areas that are on the real certification exam from the ICC. All of the information about ICC certifications can be viewed through the ICC exam catalog.

Administration and Legal (22%)

Notices and Orders (22%)

  • Determine if a building is unsafe, substandard, or non-compliant with housing codes.

  • Communicate orders to owners/occupants, notify relevant agencies, and initiate re-inspection and follow-up procedures.

  • Advise affected parties of their due process rights.

Repair, Vacation, and Demolition (8%)

  • Issue violation notices for mandatory repair, vacation, or demolition.

  • Communicate orders, notify agencies, and coordinate with contractors/subcontractors.

  • Ensure due process rights of affected parties.

Public Information (4%)

  • Provide housing code compliance information to the public, landlord/tenant organizations, and government agencies.

  • Share compliance details relevant to historic preservation efforts.

Enforcement Process (2%)

  • Gather, maintain, and present evidence for house and property maintenance code enforcement.

  • Provide testimony for board of appeals, serve as an expert witness, and ensure constitutional right of entry to private property.

Light, Ventilation, and Occupancy (14%)

Light and Ventilation (14%)

  • Inspect habitable areas, hallways, and stairways for compliance with light and ventilation requirements.

Occupancy (4%)

  • Inspect for minimum occupancy conditions, proper access, and compliance with code in living spaces.

  • Ensure adequacy of living, sleeping, and kitchen areas for occupants.

Fire and Life Safety (14%)

Means of Egress (4%)

  • Inspect and maintain required exits for safe egress, including emergency exits and security bars compliance.

Stairs (4%)

  • Verify stairs' dimensions, condition, handrails, guardrails, and compliance with illumination and egress sign codes.

Fire Safety (3%)

  • Inspect smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers, and fire safety systems.

  • Ensure proper functioning of portable fire extinguishers and exit doors.

Exit Doors (3%)

  • Inspect fire separation elements and verify operability of egress doors and exit hardware.

Mechanical (6%)

Heating Systems (6%)

  • Verify operational heating systems, clearances, chimneys, vents, and automatic shutoffs compliance.

Plumbing (10%)

Water Supply (2%)

  • Inspect water supply for contamination signs, backflow protection, and fixture functionality.

DWV (2%)

  • Check drain, waste, and vent system for damage, connections, fouling, and accessibility.

Bathrooms (2%)

  • Verify proper installation, maintenance, and functionality of bathroom fixtures.

Kitchens (2%)

  • Ensure presence of a kitchen with hot/cold running water and approved sanitary drain.

Water Heaters (2%)

  • Verify compliance with installation requirements, clearances, relief valve, and venting.

Electrical (8%)

Hazardous Conditions (8%)

  • Inspect electrical system for damage, improper installation, protection, and grounding.

  • Verify lighting fixture clearances, flexible cords usage, and minimum outlet provision.

Property Conditions (26%)

Site Sanitation (4%)

  • Inspect property for site sanitation compliance, drainage, rubbish containment, and storm drainage.

Site Safety (4%)

  • Verify clearances from electrical wires, swimming pool safety, and safe maintenance of walkways/driveways.

Exterior Conditions (6%)

  • Inspect exterior for safety, maintenance, integrity of decks/porches, roof coverings, and basement hatchways.

Interior Conditions (6%)

  • Inspect interior for safety, surface maintenance, insect/rodent infestation, and structural integrity.

Nuisance Abatement (6%)

  • Check compliance with nuisance abatement ordinances, including dilapidated buildings, rodent harborage, hazardous storage, and vehicle conditions.

How To Study With The Property Maintenance Practice Test

Knowing how to tackle answering questions from all of the required sections is a daunting task. Practicing answering building code questions is essential for a building inspector or someone about to take an exam.

In the field, a building inspector should be able to answer general questions about administration and legal, lighting ventilation and occupancy, fire and life safety, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and property conditions. During an exam, test takers must be able to navigate the International Property Maintenance Code and other texts fast enough to answer all of the questions within the allowed time of 120 minutes.

Residential Building Inspector Practice Test Study Recommendation

Building Code Masters recommends that test takers be able to do the following before taking a certification test:

  1. Have the table of contents and index tabbed for easy access.

  2. Be able to look up 50 practice test questions in under 1 hour.

  3. Know the location of and mark all important tables.

This basic three step formula has proven successful for several examinees and speed is key just as it is in the field. Building Code Masters has several practice exams for building inspectors to test their skills and learn the most essential questions and scenarios they will be presented with.

How to Take the 2021 Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Test

The final step in completing your certification is scheduling and taking the examination. All exams can be schedule from the exam catalog or ICC account. Either log in to your account and follow the credentials tab OR go directly to the exam catalog and schedule from there.

From myICC account:

myICC residential building inspector

From Exam catalog:

exam catalog residential building inspector


Good luck to all the examinees! May your hard work and dedication be reflected in your exam results. Trust in your preparation, stay confident, and give it your best effort. Wishing you success and a bright future in your endeavors!


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