Davis completes zoning certification course

Published 4:29 pm Monday, January 2, 2012

Joey Davis, fire chief and Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Tryon, has successfully completed the zoning certification course offered by the N.C. Association of Zoning Officials and the UNC School of Government. This course is designed for local zoning officials in the planning and zoning field who are involved in interpreting and enforcing local zoning ordinances.
Participation in the course promotes continuing professional development and enhances the stature of the zoning official’s performance and professional image, according to the state association. Zoning officers may apply for the certification exam after on-the-job experience as a zoning official and must complete the Introduction to Zoning Course before they can sit for the class.
Certification involves 30 hours of instruction spread over two weeks of in-class training. At the end of the course, the student must pass an exam involving 30 questions, scenarios or multiple choice options.
Davis passed the exam, which requires a passing score of at least 21 out of the 30 questions to receive certification as a North Carolina Certified Zoning Official. After the initial five years of certification, eight hours of credit must be earned every two years to maintain certification.
“This is not an easy certification to obtain. Joey certainly put forth a great deal of time and effort. We are very proud of his accomplishment,” said Justin Hembree, Tryon’s town manager.
– article submitted by Justin Hembree