In the January, 2018 edition of the Engineering Newsletter, the NC Department of Insurance published an article titled ‘Update on 2018 NC Building Code’. According to the update, the 2018 plumbing and mechanical codes will go into full effect on January 1, 2019.
Contractors who wish to begin using the new code may do so as early as July 1, 2018, with either the 2012 or 2018 codes being acceptable for the six month period of July 1—December 31, 2018. The new code books are now available for purchase.
The new exam material, based on the 2018 codes, will become effective on January 1, 2019. If you are taking an exam prior to December 31, 2018, you will need to use the 2012 codes as a reference. If you are taking an exam after January 1, 2019, you will need to use the 2018 codes. Applicants who fail an exam must wait at least 90 days to retest. If you fail an exam before the cutoff date (12/31/2018) using the 2012 code, and then retest after the cutoff date(01/01/2019), you will need the new 2018 codebooks.
As a reminder, all examinees must bring reference materials to the exam site, and the materials will be inspected to ensure that they meet the Board’s established requirements. You may click here to read the reference material requirements.