How to Build Up Your Certifications and Advance Your Career

If you’ve been working in the construction field for a year or two, you may be wondering about your next career move. Additional trainings and certifications can help your resume stand out and shows employers that you are committed to advancing your skills and knowledge. In turn, it can also help your career trajectory. In some cases certifications can even be required, such as New York City now requiring OSHA-30. Here are a few of the current popular credentials for construction workers:

OSHA and NASP Safety Certifications

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides tgeneral safety training that all construction workers should know. If you are an active construction worker, you know that as of December 1, 2019, New York City now requires all workers to have completed their OSHA-30 training. By September 1, 2020, workers will also need to complete an additional 10 hours to be allowed on construction sites. The National Association of Safety Professionals (NASP) offers a step beyond OSHA requirements and can help demonstrate your commitment to safety. NASP provides a wide range of safety certifications, from their “Basic Training Academy” to specialist safety training.

American Institute of Constructors (AIC)

The American Institute of Constructors administers two levels of certifications: Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC). According to AIC’s guidelines, the AC certification is intended for recent graduates of a 4-year Construction Management Program or those transitioning into construction management from outside industries. The second level, CPC, is meant for established constructors who have several years of project oversight experience. Receiving one of the AIC certifications can demonstrate strong knowledge of the construction process to prospective employers. 

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

The National Center for Construction Education and Research provides the National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP) and the Pipeline Training and Assessment Program. NCCER offers comprehensive additional training within specific trades of construction. There are over 70 disciplines to choose from, including construction essentials, carpentry, drywall, electrical, HVAC, and many more. To achieve a credential within a specialization, you must complete a written exam and agree to performance verification. Current program fees and costs can be found here.

Green Business Inc. (GBCI)

As green building gains popularity within the construction industry, the Green Business Certification Inc.’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has become an increasingly valuable credential to have on a resume. LEED has multiple credentials that you can pursue, starting with the Green Associate level, which tests a candidate’s understanding of current green building principles and practices. The next level is LEED Accredited Professional certifications, which include credentials in building design and operations, operations and maintenance, interior design and construction, and residential homes.  

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