Congratulations to Addison Plans Examiner Michael Doherty for being the youngest person ever to obtain the Building Safety Journal’s Master Code Professional (MCP) certification. This is the highest level of designation offered by the International Code Council.
This prestigious international honor is held by just over 800 people in the world. Doherty achieved this certification at the age of 23 and within only three-and-a-half years! He received the certification in February 2020, just nine months after starting as plans examiner for Addison.
Doherty told the Building Safety Journal, “I grew up with family and friends who were in the building code services business. I’ve been around building codes my whole life.” But he achieved a personal, impressive feat when he completed his MCP certification and a college degree at the same time.
Bill Elliott, building official for the Town of Addison, stated in the article, “It takes a special person to complete their certification at such a young age. Michael seems to be focused, very smart and he is working hard.”
Growing up in Abbeville, La., Doherty remembers talking to family members who were third-party providers in municipal contracting for code services. He has always had an interest and knowledge of codes and building safety, so it was only natural that he pursued it as a career. In 2016, he began his certification courses while attending LeTourneau University in Texas. After graduating, he worked as a building inspector in Decatur, Texas, for 11 months before joining Addison as plans examiner.
Currently, Doherty is pursuing a second undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, with a long-term goal of transferring to the University of Texas at Dallas to complete the degree. He intends to use this knowledge to continue serving in the building code industry to build a safer world for everyone.