"Your website and publications have been a useful source of good information that I have shared with builders and fellow plans reviewers."
– Code Official - Spotsylvania County, Virginia

If you are currently receiving our emails or participating in our education offerings, you already have an account with us. Email membership@awc.org if you are interested in upgrading to Code Connections today!

Register for Code Official Connections 
Get Connected

Code Official Connections is free to qualified U.S. governmental employees* and is designed for the professional needs of the code administration and enforcement community.

The AWC Code Official Connections program ensures code officials are among the first recipients of the most up-to-date building code related wood design and construction information and technical support regarding traditional and engineered wood products. Code officials enjoy a wide array of AWC offerings including:

  • One free AWC/ANSI electronic standard (PDF) of your choosing (i.e., NDS, SDPWS, or WCFM) at sign up
  • Free electronic or discounted printed Technical Publications
  • WoodPost, a monthly e-newsletter tailored for code officials
  • Announcements of education programs offering ICC Preferred Provider CEUs and other credits
  • Easy-to-use online tools (e.g., the Maximum Span Calculator for Wood Joists and Rafters as well as PDFs of the Code Conforming Wood Design guide and the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide)

To receive the free electronic standard, be sure your account profile indicates that you are interested in receiving them. They will be sent to you electronically. Publications discounts will automatically show up in our shopping cart.

AWC has also developed a service to respond to technical inquiries on building codes, standards, and other design information regarding traditional and engineered wood products. Contact the AWC Help Desk at 202-463-4713, or by e-mail at info@awc.org.

No Cost

Qualified U.S. code officials can join Code Official Connections for free. Verification may be requested (see application). If you do not qualify, AWC also offers a Design Professional Membership for an annual fee.

Free Continuing Education
"A great service has been provided to the code official community. With limited funds in a slow economy, training budgets often suffer. Job well done and it is most appreciated."
– Code Official - City of Portsmouth , VA

AWC makes it easy to keep up to date with new standards and codes and AWC’s tools and products through its educational programs. AWC grants:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as part of the International Code Council (ICC) Education Preferred Provider Program,
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as part of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Diamond Review Program, and
  • Health, Safety and Welfare Learning Units (LUs) as part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System.

Note: Beginning in 2016, 50 percent of the CEUs required by ICC for certification renewal must be earned from training by ICC or an ICC Preferred Provider – compared to 20 percent in 2015.

Free Electronic Standard

Choose one free AWC/ANSI standard PDF when you sign up for Code Official Connections.

Code Official Connections – Is it for you?

* If you are a qualified U.S. governmental employee who administers or enforces building or fire codes in your jurisdiction, sign up for AWC's free Code Official Connections and your application will be processed. To qualify for the Code Official Connections program, an applicant must meet one of the following:

  • Individuals who administer or enforce codes as inspectors, plans examiners, permit technicians, or Building Officials and are directly employed by a governmental organization, or
  • Individuals who are not employees of the governmental authority but work on the behalf of a governmental organization serving as a contract Building Official, plans examiner or inspector, or
  • Service providers that conduct International Residential Code or International Building Code mandated inspections or plan review as a locality approved 3rd party provider.
  • If you do not qualify for Code Official Connections you might be interested in AWC’s Design Professional Membership (DPM) program. DPM benefits now include WoodPost, a bi-weekly e-newsletter tailored to code officials.

    Alternatively, we also offer a free Basic Account where you can register to receive information on free continuing education opportunities like webinars, self-study programs, and other educational events. Sign up for AWC Continuing Education Emails here:


    Students receive discounts on publications when they obtain a free student membership. Student memberships are granted for 6 months to students who are enrolled full-time in a wood design course at a U.S. college or university. Your student email address, university name, course name and professor name are required when applying. Your enrollment will be verified prior to having your membership approved.

    Print Publication Discounts
    Publication List Connections
    Wood Design Package w/NDS $150 $75
    Wood Frame Construction Manual $80 $40

    Publication Savings: $115