How to Become a Peer Reviewer


If you are an architect or professional engineer and you wish to obtain certification as a Peer Reviewer, you must meet the minimum qualifications and program requirements listed below.

Licensed Professional

To be a certified Peer Reviewer you must hold a valid and current license in the commonwealth of Virginia as a professional engineer or architect.

ICC Certifications and Examinations

Each Peer Reviewer must hold certifications from the International Code Council as shown in the table below in order to be certified as a Peer Reviewer for the specific component. You may obtain International Code Council certification by successfully completing Professional Certification Examinations.

Component Certifications Required Related Codes
Building Building Plans Examiner
Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner
International Building Code
ICC/ANSI A117.1
Mechanical Mechanical Plans Examiner
Commercial Energy Plans Examiner
International Mechanical Code
International Fuel Gas Code
International Energy Conservation Code
Plumbing Plumbing Plans Examiner
Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner
International Plumbing Code
International Fuel Gas Code
ICC/ANSI A117.1
Electrical Electrical Plans Examiner
Commercial Energy Plans Examiner
National Electrical Code
International Energy Conservation Code
Residential Residential Plans Examiner
Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
International Residential Code
International Energy Conservation Code

Initial Training

Once you have passed your required examinations, you must attend a Fairfax County initial training session. Initial training sessions are held by appointment and can be scheduled by contacting Haval Barzingy at 703-222-0114, TTY 711, or by email.

Annual Training

To maintain your status as a Certified Peer Reviewer, you must attend at least three training sessions offered by Fairfax County throughout the year. Training sessions are offered on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in Room 106 or 107 (unless otherwise noted) of the Herrity Building. Each Certified Peer Reviewer must attend a minimum of three training sessions in a calendar year to maintain his or her certification. Available training is posted online.

Program Guidelines

As a Peer Reviewer, you may review plans that were designed by your own firm. However, you cannot be involved in any stage of the design or preparation of any portion of the construction documents for the project under review.

Peer Reviewers shall only review those components, i.e., building, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, residential, which he or she is certified to review and authorized to design under Chapter 4 (§54.1-400 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Peer Reviewer Revocation

Fairfax County may revoke your certification as a Peer Reviewer if you do not consistently recommend drawings which meet the requirements of the building code, following the program guidelines or maintain the minimum qualifications for certification as listed above.


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