CZO® Certified Zoning Officer Exam
General CZO® Exam Information
The Pennsylvania Association of Zoning Official’s CZO® Certified Zoning Officer Exam, This exam establishes a baseline of qualifications for the Pennsylvania professional Zoning Official. Based on general zoning practice and procedures along with specific aspects of Pennsylvania Zoning Law and the Municipalities Planning Code, the CZO® Exam is the premier test and qualification standard for Pennsylvania’s Zoning Professionals.
The CZO® Exam has a time limit of 90 minutes. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions each worth 2 points and is open-book. Any bound, copyrighted books may be used during the exam. However, the correct answers to all questions will be determined only by the “Required References” noted below.
Exam Content Areas and Percentage of Final Grade:
- Legal Aspects of Zoning Inspection (18%)
- Administrative Aspects of Zoning Inspection (14%)
- Zoning Plan Review (38%)Signs Regulations (20%)
- Land Development and Subdivision (10%)
Passing Grade and Certification Maintenance
Successful Candidates for the CZO® Certified Zoning Officer Credential must earn a score of 80% or better on the exam. The Certification is good for an initial period of three (3) years and as long as the holder is a member of PAAZO. Thereafter, the Certified Zoning Officer must obtain a minimum of 15 CEUs in zoning, code enforcement, or building inspection within every three (3) year period to maintain the certification. CEUs obtained for certain professional certifications, such as for PA UCC certification maintenance, are reciprocal with PAAZO CZO® certification maintenance. PAAZO is an approved PA UCC continuing education provider.
To Take the CZO® Exam
Those with a score of less than 80% correct may retake the exam with up to 3 attempts.
If your PAAZO membership is current, click here to access the exam on your Learn@PSATS dashboard.